"Stakes is High" Educating New Century Students
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Higgins University Center, Clark University
Free and Open to the Public
Today's students are more technologically competent and globally connected than ever. However, those charged with teaching them often fail to fully engage "New Century" students and miss opportunities to make maximum use of the exciting culture they are creating. Gloria Ladson-Billings, one of America’s leading educational theorists, will address the way youth culture is re-shaping culturally relevant pedagogy to cross racial, cultural, gender, linguistic, and global boundaries.
What is "Smart Grid" and Why Should We Care? A Community Event
Monday November 25, 2013 5:00-6:30
Tilton Hall, Clark University
Come learn about changing electricity systems in Worcester and beyond. This free community event welcomes the Worcester and Clark communities to explore why we should care about electricity system changes and smart grid development. The need for community awareness of and engagement with energy systems is growing as we are increasingly dependent on electricity for basic needs. Innovations in electricity systems are needed to increase reliance and efficiency and to reduce environmental impacts of energy, but like all new technologies, unintended adverse impacts are possible. Investments to improve electricity systems have become a societal priority, yet concerns related to costs, privacy, security, health, and safety have emerged. Worcester is the location of National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions program which is a smart grid pilot, so residents of Worcester and other communities in the region are welcome to attend this session to learn more about emerging developments and debate about smart grid.
Clark faculty presenting at this event include:
Jennie Stephens, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
Chuck Agosta, Professor of Physics
Rob Goble, Research Professor at the Marsh Institute
Gil Pontius, Professor of Geography
Students in Professor Pontius' Land and Water Resources Course will also be presenting
Facilitation by Tim Downs, Associate Professor of ES&P, Difficult Dialogue Leadership Team
This event is sponsored by the Clark University Environmental Sustainability Task Force, the Mosakowski Institute, the Marsh Institute, and Clark's Difficult Dialogue Program.
The Mosakowski and Marsh Institutes have launched a new summer internship program for undergraduates at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA Internships have placed Clark students in exciting, hands-on projects at locations around the United States.
Students from a wide range of majors will have the chance to learn from working scientists and policy experts at one of America's leading public scientific institutions. The interns will also be mentored by Clark faculty to maximize the connections between their internship experiences and their academic programs.
The following four students have been selected for the program, which awards summer research stipends of $4000 per student.
Lucas Earl, '14 is a Geography major who will work on the project, Land-based Influences on the Ecology of Coastal Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems in Puget Sound, WA. His Clark faculty mentor is Professor Christopher Williams from the Geography Department.
Faye Harwell, '15 is a Biology major whose NOAA project will be Coastal Ecology Research Supporting Ecosystem-Based Management, Wells, ME. Professor Deb Robertson of the Biology Department will serve as Faye's faculty mentor.
Gina Jenkins, '14 is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and will spend the summer in Seattle studying Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation, Seattle, WA. Her faculty mentor is Professor Karen Frey of Clark's Geography Department.
Desiree Jerome, '14 majors in Economics and will study Socio-economic Support for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Silver Spring, MD. Professor Jacqueline Geoghegan of Clark's Economic Department will serve as Desiree's faculty mentor.
For more information about Clark's NOAA Internship Program, contact Prof. Robert Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at 508.751.4619 or Jim Gomes, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at 508.421.3872.