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CWS Colloquium

Center for Water & Society Colloquium

UN5100 - Center for Water & Society, 1 Credit

Spring 2016

Spring 2016: When Can We Eat the Fish?
An interdisciplinary approach to address the wicked environmental problem of
Hg, PCBs, & PAHs

Tuesdays, 3:35-4:25 pm in Dow 875

Course Leader: Valoree Gagnon (
In this 1-credit colloquium, you will learn about collaborative interdisciplinary research by using an on-going project as a case study. This project is focused on addressing the global and local problems associated with atmosphere-surface exchangeable pollutants (ASEPs) such as mercury, PCBs, and PAHs.
Project website:

Each week, participants will read a journal paper or scientific report in preparation of discussion sessions on Tuesdays. Select films from the Green Film series (held Thursday evenings) will be used in lieu of the paper/Tuesday discussions. Students not registered for the course and faculty are encouraged to participate.

Discussion sessions will be led by a group of students and faculty. This group will prepare a few questions or comments the week preceding the discussion and send these to the class as a way to begin focusing the discussion. The group will begin the discussion session with a 10-minute summary of the major issues covered by the preceding week’s reading and repeat the discussion questions.

Students will be expected either to: (a) produce and present a poster on a relevant topic for the Center for Water & Society’s World Water Day poster session, or (b) write and submit a 5-page reflection paper due at the end of the semester.

This course is oriented towards graduate students, but undergraduates will be admitted by permission of course leaders. Participants must commit to read papers, lead discussions at least once during the semester, and participate in all discussions.

This 1-credit CWS colloquium course is a required component of the CWS Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems

Past CWS Colloquium Topics:

Spring 2015: Science & Policy
Spring 2014: Communicating Wicked Environmental Problems (pdf, ASEP project web page)

Spring 2013: Interactions between water and people
Spring 2012: Humans and Aquatic Ecosystems: A Fluid Situation (pdf)
Spring 2011: The Value of Water: Concepts & Frameworks (pdf)
Spring 2010: UN5990 Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Ecosystem
Spring 2009: UN5990 Climate Change and the Sustainability of Water Resources (pdf)

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