Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies 2013

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Award Year: 
2013
Principal Investigator: 
Cynthia Wei, SESYNC
Associated Program: 

2013 case study short course group shotPreparing our students to tackle the urgent and complex environmental problems we face is a critical challenge facing higher education. Problems such as global climate change, water resource management, and sustainable development are dynamic and complex problems that require transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to solve. Socio-environmental synthesis is one such research approach that considers the integrated nature of the environment and human society, and combines insights, methods, and data from the natural and social sciences to produce knowledge and inform solutions.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is dedicated to educating about this research approach and its broad relevance, and to teaching core concepts and competencies necessary to understand, research, and address complex socio-environmental problems.

SESYNC will host participants for a 3½-day short course on Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies. The course will be held July 23–26 at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD. The goals of the short course are to:

  • introduce participants to socio-environmental synthesis research,
  • train participants in the Case Study Method, a powerful and effective teaching approach, and
  • enable participants to write case studies related to socio-environmental synthesis that can be used in their classrooms and shared on the SESYNC website and/or the online collection of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS).
Participants: 
Aaron Adalja, University of Maryland
Saleh Ahmed, Utah State University
Bretton Alvare, Widener University
Caroline Appleton, University of Colorado - Boulder
Vera Bissinger, UFZ - Germany
Susan Caplow, UNC Chapel Hill
Kelly Cobourn, Boise State University
Sandra Laurine Cooke, High Point University
Kelly Garbach, Loyola University
Shawn Garrett, Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Andrea Gaughan, University of Florida - Gainesville
Rachel Kelly Gittman, UNC Chapel Hill
Jonathan Grabowski, Northeastern University
John Graham, University of Michigan
Kristen Gunther, University of Wyoming
Clyde Herreid, SUNY - Buffalo
Dustin Herrmann, UC Davis
Ping Jing, Loyola University
Elisabetta Lambertini, University of Maryland
Edward Landa, University of Maryland
James Lassoie, Cornell University
Steve Lindaas, Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Jennifer Lipton, Central Washington University
Alicia Claire Lloyd, Southern Illinois University
Megan McPhee, University of Alaska
Adelle Dora Monteblanco, University of Colorado - Boulder
Jolvan Morris, Florida A&M
Sofia Olivero Lora, University of Puerto Rico
Marcia Allen Owens, Florida A&M
Cynthia Pfanstiehl, Montgomery College
Narcisa Pricope, Southern Oregon University
Robin Puett, University of Maryland
Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Santa Fe College
Tania Marie Schusler, Loyola University
Steven Scyphers, Northeastern University
Silvia Secchi, Southern Illinois University
Teresa Shume, University of North Dakota
Helen Smith, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Chalida U-tapao, University of Maryland
Gail Wagner, University of South Carolina
Alison Wallace, Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Rachel Berndston, SESYNC
Bill Burnside, SESYNC
Judy Che-Castaldo, SESYNC
Drew Gerkey, SESYNC
Jonathan Kramer, SESYNC
Margaret Palmer, SESYNC

Resources:

Resource Title Brief Summary
Save the Turtles! And the Grizzlies? Or the Woodpeckers? Prioritizing Endangered Species Conservation (2013-1) Nov 15, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom and revised on Sept. 15, 2015

Harnessing Wastewater for Renewable Energy (2013-2) Nov 15, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been classroom tested.

Pollinators in Chicago (2013-3) Nov 18, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been classroom tested.

Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa (2013-4) Nov 18, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been peer-reviewed and published in the National Center for Case study Teaching in Science. This case has been classroom tested.

Ecosystems, Economics, and Equity in the Floodplain (2013-5) Nov 18, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom.

Water and the Zuni Land and People (2013-6) Nov 18, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been peer-reviewed and accepted in the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science's case study collection. This case has been tested in a classroom.

Do Good Seawalls Make Bad Neighbors? (2013-7) Nov 25, 2013

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom.

People, Pigs, and Tigers in Shangri-La (2013-8) Feb 10, 2014

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

Minnesota Wolf Hunt (2013-9) Feb 10, 2014

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom.

Elephants, Poachers, and Ecotourism (2013-10) Feb 10, 2014

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013.

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