Center for Water & Society
UN5100 - Center
for Water & Society, 1 Credit
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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,
Project website: http://asep.mtu.edu
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