Columbia

RESEARCH CLUSTER: Science and Subjectivity

LED BY:
Robert Pollack, Professor of Biological Sciences

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RCSS DIRECTOR BOB POLLACK IN 1983, NEXT TO SUBWAY POSTER, 116 ST. STATION.
RCSS DIRECTOR BOB POLLACK AND DR. OLIVER SACKS, AT A PRESENTATION BY DR. SACKS IN THE FACULTY HOUSE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
DR. PILAR JENNINGS AND REVEREND DONALD SHRIVER, EMERITUS PRESIDENT OF UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, AT A MEETING OF THE UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON MEMORY AND SLAVERY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
HARVARD MEDICAL STUDENT ASHLEY SHAW WITH AMY POLLACK AT A STUDENT SHOW OF AMY’S WORK, WIEN HALL, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
RABBI ADIN STEINSALTZ AND REVEREND JAMES FORBES JR. AFTER A SESSION OF A CSSR SYMPOSIUM ON THE LIMITS OF LOVE, LOW LIBRARY ROTUNDA, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
WEBSITE:
rcss.scienceandsociety.columbia.edu/
DESCRIPTION:

The Research Cluster for Science and Subjectivity (RCSS) provides undergraduates with the experience of taking responsibility for their own work as future scientists and physicians who will practice with a more complete understanding of their fields and who they care for. We do this by providing stipends for students who propose and carry out their own projects, which involve aspects of science, subjectivity, and service. We envision future generations of scientists, physicians, and other science-grounded professionals building their careers in realization of a more complete human experience.

Together, RCSS undergraduate interns currently explore:

— Spirituality and the arts in end-of-life care
— The role of race and inequality in healthcare
— Ethics and implications of genetics in healthcare

The first and only program of its kind at Columbia University, RCSS is led by undergraduate students under the direction of Cluster Leader Dr. Robert Pollack. Undergraduate interns have assisted in developing two 4-point courses that each combine interdisciplinary studies and service learning:

Life at the End of Life
Marginalization in Medicine

In creating these courses, students were able to advocate for and fill a gap they thought was missing in our education. The courses have been a great success with full enrollments and waitlists.

Other projects include:

— Music and art therapy at Terence Cardinal Cooke (an end-of-life care facility)
— The intergenerational housing project
— Developing an exchange program with Queens University in Brisbane, Australia

The experience of leading a project or helping to create a class has allowed students to investigate academic issues while developing real-world skills and having an opportunity to impact their communities.

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