Content with Disciplines : Sciences and Engineering

“Biology of Global Change” course: becoming an active participant in solving environmental problems

During the winter 2000 term at Carleton College, Phil Camill, Assistant Professor of Biology, taught a class entitled “”Biology of Global Change.”” Through the creative curriculum of Professor Camill with help from the two ACT service-learning student coordinators and the environmental studies intern, the students in the course were able to experience community-based learning in which they developed civic competencies and civic habits. They were given multiple opportunities to do the work of citizenship through real projects of impact and relevance that were linked to their academic learning. A major emphasis of the “”Biology of Global Change”” class was to…

Partnership with the Forest Grove School District: meeting the needs of ESL students

A strong example of an initiative at Pacific University that both teaches citizenship skills to students and enables the University to be a citizen in the community is our multi-faceted partnership with the Forest Grove School District. This school district has a very high percentage of students on free and reduced-cost lunch program and a rapidly increasing population of Spanish-speaking students. Limited funding from the State challenges the district to meet student needs and as a result it depends heavily on assistance from the community. Students from Pacific tutor English as a Second Language students, read to primary grade students…

Partnering with other colleges: Land conservation effort

Much environmental work requires a large number of people dedicated to a single, concentrated effort. This is exactly what took place at Sideling Hill Creek in Maryland when a team of students from Mount St. Mary s College, Garret Community College, and Frostburg State University joined community volunteers to engage in an environmental conservation effort. The volunteers spent the day planting pine seedlings along the creekbed. Over the course of the day, the group planted more than one thousand seedlings, covering three acres of land and widening the existing buffer along the creekbed by 200 feet. From Service Matters 1998:…

Combinatorial mathematics for Community Collaboration

Students in UMM’s math department developed statistical models to examine the behavior of Stevens County economic data over a period of time. The result was a display of seasonal economic and employment fluctuations in certain industries, and an evaluation of the trends in these fluctuations. Students in Combinatorial Mathematics course analyzed transportation and network flow within the city of Morris. They developed partnerships with the local department of transportation and police departments. The students developed the most efficient snow plow routes and studied how to best place street signs. The Design of Experiments course analyzed four topics relating to water…

Environmental Issues: Student Enhancement and Development Partnership

As part of an honors Environmental Issues course students at Gannon University lead workshops on ecology at a local camp. Elementary school students come for a day of hands-on learning after studying the environoment in school. Part of the Gannon students’ final grade is based upon their journals written about the workshop experiences. Contact:Dr. Steven Ropski at 814.871.7637 or ropski_s@cluster.gannon.edu This information originally appeared in “”Science and Society: Redefining the Relationship”” by Stephen Miller. Published by Campus Compact, 1996.

Multiple lessons from a single community problem: project around Lake Winnecook

In some cases, the multiple lessons that grow out of a single community problem can bring together various campus disciplines, service-learning projects, and community organizations. In Unity, Maine, a campus-wide partnership between Unity College and a neighborhood association was recently formed to address issues associated with the local lake. A grant from the National Science Foundation provided faculty members with release time while they developed related service-learning courses. The result was the development of fourteen different service-learning classes engaging in studies related to the water quality of Lake Winnecook. Classes conducted water testing, studied pollution, algae growth, and related policy…

Regional Ecosystem Applied Learning Corps

The Regional Ecosystem Applied Learning Corps is a collaborative program between Southern Oregon University, The Rogue River National Forest, the City of Ashland, and twelve other land management and community organizations. The program intergrates an academic and applied learning curriculum allowing REAL Corps members to gain a comprehensive understanding of public land management policies and practices, knowledge of social and ecological issues and gain practical experience through accomplishment of projects benefiting public lands, the surrounding communities, and enviroment. Website

Generations in Exchange

Adults can learn a great deal about ingenuity and determination from children. An “Eco-Troop” of fourth and fifth graders in Florida grew fond of the scrub jay, an endangered species that is so friendly the bird will eat a peanut from an open hand. The students were determined to protect the scrub jay. Oblivious of the monumental difficulties involved in buying the land necessary to preserve the scrub jay’s local habitat, they set to work. The school principal and their teacher brought the parents together with the children for weekly strategy sessions. Teachers and children refused to allow the adults…

Ecotoxicology

Course Description: Graduates (~5) and upper-level undergraduate students (~15) from Biology, Chemistry and Geology will learn about the various classes of toxicants (including those naturally occurring), how toxicants move in ecosystems and within organisms (humans, animals, and plants). Lectures will cover chemical transformations and mechanisms of toxicity. This course will also introduce the students to how controlled toxicity experiments are conducted, how data is reduced, and the power of statistical analyses to identify significant effects. A case study approach will be utilized in lecture and labs to examine the toxic effects of acidification, heavy metals, PCB, insecticides, and environmental endocrine…

Sustainable Design Field Camp

SYLLABUS CGN 4931 Sustainable Design Field Camp (Special Topics Course) OR EEL 4903 Sustainable Design Field Camp (Cross-listed) (Summer C 2012) Course Lectures: 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, and 7/10 for 2 hours in evening Field Dates: July 16 to July 31 Maximum Number of Students: 16 Instructors: Dr. Christopher J. Brown, Cell Telephone: (904) 742-0191 Dr. Alan Harris, Cell Telephone: (405) 818-9909 Dr. John Nuszkowski, Telephone: (904) 620-1683 Office: CCEC, Rooms 2100 & 3122 Email: christopher.j.brown@unf.edu; alan.harris@unf.edu; john.nuszkowski@unf.edu Class Hours: Weekly 2 hour seminar and 6 field trips Office Hours: TBA I. TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER READINGS Required: Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for…

Biology: Finding relvance in service

Biology 101, the introductory biology course at Western Washington University, lists as one of its primary objectives, to develop an understanding of science, the scientific method, and the relevance of science to our lives. To this end, all students are required to engage in a community project. Students engage in a community service effort of their choosing, and use the experience to reflect on the ways that their interactions with people and the environment relate to biology. From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American Democracy Contact: Biology Department at Phone: 360-650-3627…

Green Urbanism and Urban Gardening

Course Description and Goals: The block of courses is about doing something about the environmental issues we face – a task that, of course, will require research, analysis, organization, and writing, but that must also result in practical action.  The goals of the course are to encourage you to become an active citizen in your own educational process and our wider community; to learn about, analyze, critique, and apply some of the historical and contemporary interdisciplinary thinking regarding green urbanism and urban gardening to a particular community project; to immerse yourself in one local attempt to bring Cincinnati closer to…

Mathematics Tutoring for Students Grades 1-8

Academic Partners: College of Science and Health Professions and College of Education Departments of Mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction Community Partners: Students, Families, Teachers and Administrators of Northeastern Oklahoma Elementary and Middle Schools – Public and Private Institutions   PREREQUISITES:   Successful completion (C or better) in MATH 3433.  Successful completion (C or better) OR concurrent enrollment in MATH 3443.   DESCRIPTION OF COURSE AND INTRODUCTION:   Based on the philosophy that not all learning resides within the walls of the university and framed by the P-A-R-C Model for Service Learning, this course will be divided into four sections. Preparation…

FOCUS (Fostering Our Community’s Understanding of Science): Service Learning Experience

OVERVIEW This course facilitates a partnership between area public schools and the University of Georgia. Students enrolled in this course will spend significant time in a local elementary school assisting a classroom teacher in science instruction. The course goals are as follows: Improve the science experiences and science content knowledge of elementary students in the UGA area through relevant and hands-on science instruction Increase awareness among elementary students about career opportunities related to the sciences Provide experiences for students and teachers that will bring about more positive attitudes about science Improve the content knowledge and confidence of local elementary teachers…

Engineering Engagement: Beyond the lab and the drawing board

Course Description Many engineering and science related projects around the world require public approval, but how is the public engaged and what models exist for ensuring that engagement is truly fair or that the public is making informed decisions based on an understanding of the problem? This is a criteria for many World Bank projects in developing countries where “community participation” is required, but where less attention is paid to the level or quality of community participation which in many cases ends up being an information/infomercial session for local communities. How is this done locally, on campus or in surrounding…

HIV/AIDS and Its Biological and Social Impact

PHILOSOPHY OF GENERAL EDUCATION A complex array of forces continually transforms our world. Marygrove’s general education program engages these forces, providing opportunities to examine them from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Our objective is not only to disseminate information about forces that shape our world but also to intensify our critical thinking about them. At Marygrove we try to make certain that all the courses you take will help you develop skills that can be put to use in your professional and personal life. The classes are designed to assist you in: Strengthening writing, critical thinking, oral communication, and research…

Environmental Practicum: The Upper Altamaha Initiative

JURI 5290/ ECOL 8710 Mission Statement: To help protect the ecological integrity of the Oconee and Ocmulgee River Basins by working with stakeholders to reduce the impact of human activities on water quality and biodiversity. The Upper Altamaha Initiative is a service learning course that provides a structured and supportive format for students to apply policy, design and ecological principles learned in the classroom to the real world of people and policy. Initiative Philosophy and History The Upper Altamaha Initiative matches graduate students from the University of Georgia with community stakeholders facing specific environmental challenges. Students from law, ecology, environmental…

Engineering Design Project (International)

UGA Bulletin Course Description Engineering design experience including completion of a design project under the supervision of a project director. Prerequisites: ENGR 2920 and permission of department Prerequisite or corequisite: SPCM 1100. Grading Required by all students enrolled in ENGR 4920 Mid-Term Status Report: Oral Presentation (Required of all students enrolled in ENGR 4920) Final Report: Oral Presentation Final Report: Poster Presentation Final Report: Written Document Other assessment tools for the International Section Design Notebook (ideas, calculations, meeting notes, weekly reflections, future plans, etc) Progress Reports 2-3 page reflection at the end of the course Pre- and post-testing with respect…

Biology in Engineering

Course designations: This is a service-learning course, and a communication intensive course Course description: Effect of variability and constraints of biological systems on engineering problem solving and design; engineering units; engineering report writing; oral report presentation; laboratory demonstration of biological engineering analysis. Objectives: After completing this course, you should be able to: Define and discuss engineering and biological engineering. Have a better appreciation of yourself and your learning process, including why you picked this major. Understand in some depth the area of biological engineering in which you want to study Communicate effectively with your community partner(s) and your peers, and…

Animal Cognition & Consciousness

PHIL/COGS/BIOL 314 PHIL 414 Animal Cognition & Consciousness with laboratory component Required Readings: Rader & Radner, Animal Consciousness Dennett, Kinds of Minds Allen & Bekoff, Species of Mind Bekoff, The Cognitive Animal Altmann 1974 Observational study of behavior Many articles and excerpts posted on the Blackboard site. Be sure you can access Blackboard! Course Description: This course examines the notions of intelligence, cognition, reasoning, consciousness, and mental content as they appear in the philosophical views and empirical studies of animals in individual and social contexts. Cognitive ethology strives to scientifically measure the extent and limits of the mental lives of animals. We will…