Congratulations to PhD candidate Cathy Day for winning an Innovation in Teaching TA Award from the College of Letters and Science for her work making adaptations to Geog 339: Environmental Conservation.
Faculty have struggled with how best to teach the topic of climate change in this course. The topic (dauntingly big) combined with the large lecture format led to students feeling disempowered to engage this issue given the complexities of the science, policy, and politics. This past summer, Day proposed using a flipped classroom format for our climate change module for the class.
Day and Professor Matt Turner worked together to develop online interactive modules that replaced both reading and lecture material with lecture periods focused on group problem-solving exercises, small group discussions and debates tied to issues of: the ethics of greenhouse gas accounting in international agreements; assessing alternative energy potential for the U.S.; mapping differential vulnerabilities to climate change around the world; projected climate change impact in Wisconsin; and a comparison of Germany and the U.S. in terms of national energy policy etc. (more…)
There was an unusually young scientist in the Williams Paleovegetation Lab in Science Hall this past summer.
After Mason Martinez, a junior from Madison East High School, was accepted into the UW High School Science Research Internship program last spring, he approached Prof. Jack Williams and graduate student, Sam Muñoz, about getting involved with geography/biology/ecology research. (more…)
Qunying Huang studies spatial high-performance cloud computing — sometimes referred to as “cyber GIS.” This mash-up of mapping and technology aids scientists in new discoveries, invites public access to, and advances public knowledge of, geodynamics, plays a role in emergency response planning, and much, much more.
The assistant professor of geography received her Ph.D. in geography from George Mason University, and says she is excited for everything at UW-Madison — even the cold winters.
We asked Huang to share a little about her research and her (cheerful) outlook. (more…)
Senior lecturer Bill Gartner had the privilege of working on the Menominee Reservation this summer as a Co‐PI, with David Overstreet (College of the Menominee Nation), on a project documenting the history of American Indian agriculture and land‐use in northeastern Wisconsin. They have discovered, mapped, and excavated several large raised field and storage pit complexes on the Menominee reservation. Archaeological excavations, archival research, and oral traditions suggest that the sites date from ca 1000 AD to the mid 19th century. The size and spatial organization of the native agricultural communities here have major implications for the cultural and ecological history of the region. (more…)