Session Abstracts

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


Application & Hotel Reservation Deadline: September 5, 2003

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

  • Plenary II:
    A kaleidoscope of options for undergraduate environmental (ERE) programs

    James Howard, Dean College of Natural Resources and Sciences- Humboldt State University
    Brad Smith, Dean, Huxley College of Environmental Sciences- Western Washington University
    Anna Cavinato, Chair, Division of Science Mathematics and Technology- Eastern Oregon University
    Eileen Cashman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Resources Engineering- Humboldt State University

  • At the table breakout session

  • Plenary III:
    The work of CEDD

  • Birds-of-a-feather breakfast

  • Plenary IV:
    Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life and Society

    Margaret S. Leinen, Assistant Director, NSF- Directorate for Geosciences (invited)
    Stephanie Pfirman, Director of Environmental Studies Program, Barnard College (invited)

  • 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 ecience 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

    • Incorporating service learning opportunities
      Eric Pallant, Director, Center for Economic and Environmental Development and Associate Professor of Environmental Science- Allegheny College

  • 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 Tech

    • Earth as a planetary system
      Bryan Penprase, Associate Professor of Physics- Pomona College

    • 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

    • Roles and responsibilities of senior administrators in nurturing strong ERE programs
      James Howard, Dean College of Natural Resources and Sciences- Humboldt State University
      Marlene Moore, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Biology- University of Portland
      Gary Reiness, Professor of Biology- Lewis and Clark College

  • Breakfast discussion: What works in...

  • 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