A flavour of the FLAME fervor


01. Critical Thinking
Prof. Avani Sabade

Critical thinking is briefly defined as "the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it." Critical thinking skills will help you understand reasoning better by analyzing the structure of reasoning. In doing so, we will learn to distinguish between good, bad, insufficient and sound reasons offered as evidence. This short exercise in critical thinking will help you check biases, prejudices in your own thinking.

02. Beyond Pink and Blue: Understanding Gender Roles and Stereotypes
Prof. Juhi Siddharth

The session will introduce students to basic concepts of gender roles and stereotypes in our society. It will focus on how biology and culture have shaped these ideas and how these ideas have undergone a change over the past few decades.

03. The Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles in India
Prof. Andrea Phillott

Sea turtles are found in all coastal waters of India and in the Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Like all sea turtle species worldwide, turtles in India are experiencing threats that include coastal development, impacts of fisheries, climate change, illegal tale, and pollution and disease. In this session, students will learn about sea turtle biology and actions that conservationists are taking to reduce threats to their survival.

04. Climate Change and Pandemics--Converging threats
Prof. Chaitanya Ravi
Even as the coronavirus claims more lives every day and shows no sign of being eradicated, a greater threat is appearing on the horizon. The massive ice melt caused by global warming is causing the collapse of permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in regions such as Alaska, Northern Russia, and Greenland. This is exposing ancient organic matter (plant and animal bodies) to the surface after millions of years. A 30,000-year old dormant virus found in this collapsing permafrost managed to revive in a lab to feed on amoeba. This has led to fears that humans could be exposed to pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria and viruses that our immune systems have no exposure to and are hence vulnerable. This session will challenge students to understand the converging threat posed by a changing climate and its potential to expose humans to pathogens from the near and distant past, a challenge that could prove more serious than the coronavirus. The session will include a lecture, class-discussion of key concepts, online discussion board and a student video discussing their views.

05. Digital Footprints
Prof. Jasmine Hsu

In this digital era, we spent countless hours online every day. Are you aware of risks and exposures when you decide to fill out a poll or play a game for fun? In this session, we will learn about digital footprints and online safety and share tips on how to safeguard oneself online.

06. Into the Mind of the Joker
Prof. Sairaj Patki

This session will include a psychological analysis of the “Joker” from Batman films from the point of view of Personality Psychology and Criminal Psychology.

07. Learn Accounting Using the Game of Monopoly
Prof. Jaslene Bawa

This session includes the board game Monopoly to introduce accounting concepts as well as journal entries and posting to the general ledger, while playing the game and recording the transactions they make. Students working in teams of two-three will play a round of the game. They will use actual Monopoly boards and follow most of the rules of the board game, collecting “rent” when classmates land on their property, calculating depreciation on houses and hotels, and accruing interest on bank loans. Students then reference those transactions during the session as the session discusses topics such as how transactions occur, the double entry system and three golden rules of accounting.

08. The Exciting World of Data Visualization
Prof. Rupa Korde

How to find the right data for your academic research and essays? How to create exciting charts and graphs and where to find data and tools to make them? This session will introduce students to the world of data visualization.

09. Programming Can Be Fun!
Prof. Anuradha Laxminarayan

In this digital age, our lives are dominated by technology. Machines seem to think, guess, and plan our thoughts. Phones are smart. Google is intelligent, sometimes a few steps ahead of us.  What is the science that makes all this work? In this hands-on course, we learn to play ‘God’: one who controls and ‘programs’ machines.

10. Creative Writing and Rethinking of the Past
Prof. Michael Burns

Creative writing means making something from nothing. Rather than using studies and facts as your “clay”, creative writing puts the responsibility onto you to generate ideas and momentum. We do this all the time in both fiction and non-fiction stories. But one critical element of this process is fueled by a totally incorrect assumption that we have all accepted as self-evident. What is it? And what is a better way of looking at this thing? We will explore it together in this mini-workshop.