It is my goal, as an instructor of science, to guide students through the fascinating nature of our physical world. I intend to discover with them the importance of living in balance with the universe as members of a historical civilization and as members of but one species on a diversely populated planet. May we come to understand that science need not only seek to improve the ease and comfort of our lives, but also do so in such a way as to not impede the existence of other life forms. As a result of learning and discussion, I hope students come away from my class with a sense of empowered responsibility to advocate, educate, and act on behalf of their well-thought-out convictions.