Agenda

Taking Advantage of New Opportunities for Environmental Sciences
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
September 19 - 21, 2003

Co-sponsors:

Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadline: September 5, 2003

Friday, September 19, 2003
(Sessions at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower)
3:00 - 4:15 pm

Plenary I:
Welcome, introductions & logistics

Terry Favero, Associate Professor of Biology- University of Portland

Keynote presentation: Building a campus community that is a true environmental learning community
Nan Jenks-Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning- Middlebury College

4:15 - 5:15 pm Plenary II:
A kaleidoscope of options for undergraduate environmental research and education (ERE) programs

Moderator:
Margrit von Braun, Professor and Director Environmental Science and Engineering Programs -University of Idaho

Panelists:
Anna Cavinato, Chair, Division of Science Mathematics and Technology- Eastern Oregon University
James Howard, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Sciences- Humboldt State University
Robert Lackey (invited), Deputy Director, EPA Western Ecology Division Lab, Corvallis
Brad Smith, Dean, Huxley College of Environmental Sciences- Western Washington University


5:15 - 6:00 pm At the table breakout session
Facilitator:
James Howard, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Sciences- Humboldt State University

6:00 - 7:30 pm Reception/Buffet dinner/Poster session
Participants will have an opportunity for informal review of posters from the breakout session and for connecting to new colleagues participating in the assembly.
Hosted by Soderstrom Architects P.C.

7:30 - 8:30 pm

Plenary III:
The work of CEDD

Creating coherence among academic environmental programs: The work of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment
Brad Smith, Dean, Huxley College of Environmental Sciences- Western Washington University and President-elect- Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Academic Environmental Programs: Who? What? Where?
David E. Blockstein, Executive Secretary- Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, and Senior Scientist- National Council for Science and the Environment.

Survey of PKAL participant perspectives on environmental curricula
Will Focht, Director of the Environmental Institute- Oklahoma State University

Saturday, September 20, 2003
(Sessions at the University of Portland)
8:00 - 8:45 am Birds-of-a-feather breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 am Plenary IV:
Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life and Society in the 21st Century

Stephanie Pfirman, Director of Environmental Studies Program- Barnard College and Past Chair, Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education- National Science Foundation

10:15 - 11:30 am

Breakout session I
Examples of programs & program development

  • A balanced portfolio: mixing the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities (from interdisciplinary to trans-disciplinary)
    Lamont C. Hempel, Director for Environmental Studies- University of Redlands

  • Evolutionary development of an environmental science curriculum (from multi to meta-disciplinary)
    Howard Drossman, Environmental Science Program Director- The Colorado College

  • Integrating ethical analysis and scientific analysis in environmental studies
    Russell Butkus, Associate Director- Environmental Studies/Chair, Department of Theology- University of Portland
    Steven A. Kolmes, Director, Environmental Studies Program- University of Portland

  • Providing undergraduate research opportunities to enrich ERE programs: The Hope College story
    Graham Peaslee, Associate Professor of Chemistry/Environmental Science, Department of Chemistry- Hope College

  • Developing a bachelor of science in environmental science at Acadia University
    Linda A. Lusby, Associate Professor, Environmental Science - Acadia University


11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch
Sustainable architecture: a facility as a living structure for learning and teaching about the environment
Daniel Danielson, Managing Partner- Soderstrom Architectural Associates
Steven A. Kolmes, Director, Environmental Studies Program- University of Portland

1:00 - 2:00 pm Tour of Swindells Science Building
From concept through execution, the science facility at the University of Portland considered each and every dimension of sustainability and environmental decision-making. The process and outcome of this planning will be evident during the tour of the facility.

2:15 - 3:15 pm Breakout session II
Exemplary approaches to incorporating environmental interests and concerns across the curriculum
  • Long-term field site analysis for studying ecosystem level processes
    Randy Fuller, Director of Environmental Studies Program- Colgate University

  • Using science controversies in the K-16 classroom to foster public participation in science and technology for a sustainable future: A case study using water
    Joan Marie, Science & Technology Studies- Center for Interdisciplinary Studies- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Earth as a planetary system - the formation, and sustaining of life and sources of water in the solar system
    Bryan Penprase, Associate Professor of Physics- Pomona College

  • Innovations in introductory engineering courses to include environmental science majors
    Eileen Cashman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Resources Engineering- Humboldt State University


3:30 - 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

5:00 - 6:00 pm Teams work on agendas for action to present on Sunday and to bring back to their campus community

6:30 pm An evening together on the town: The Bridgeport Brewing Company
Sunday, September 21, 2003
(Sessions at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower)
7:45 - 9:00 am

Breakfast discussion: What works in...

Education for Sustainability - Western Network (EFS-West) Presentation
Comments from EFS-West
Evan Williams, Director of Environmental Studies- Lewis and Clark College
Lamont C. Hempel, Director for Environmental Studies- University of Redlands


9:15 - 10:30 am Breakout session III
Connecting to the real world
  • Who's doing what on the national scene?
    David Blockstein, Executive Secretary, Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, and Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment

  • Connecting to tribal communities
    Anna Cavinato, Chair, Division of Science, Mathematics and Technology- Eastern Oregon University

  • Teaching faculty members how to connect with the public
    Cynthia Barakatt, Manager of Training and Outreach- Aldo Leopold Foundation


10:30 - 11:15 am Posters: Agenda for action
This session provides final opportunity to complete the agendas for action, and for review and critique of these agendas for action.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm Closing plenary
Leaving an environmental legacy: A challenge for all ERE leaders

Deborah Brosnan, President- Sustainable Ecosystems Institute