Culture and Controversy in Science Education Engagement

Friday, February 17, 2012: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 215-216 (VCC West Building)
As the Far North experiences climate change at an alarming rate, its marine and terrestrial ecosystems are also rapidly transforming. This occurrence is causing many new challenges for scientists, educators, and policy-makers. Broad-scale changes include significant loss of sea ice, reduction in permafrost, and the conversion of tundra to wetlands and shrublands. These ecosystem-level changes in physical conditions are influencing the health of human and environmental systems. Science-based management and conservation is needed to help determine how our society will adapt and keep nature resilient and healthy. At the same time, growing demand for energy and metals is increasing the pressure to expand the rate of resource development. Scientists and educators need to bring these issues of land, environment, and sustainability forward to the students who will become the future stewards of our planet. The ability to approach and resolve global problems similar to the Pebble Prospect through stakeholder collaborations and industrial ecology depends on an educated populace. This session will describe formal and informal educational approaches to place-based sustainability issues.
Lawrence K. Duffy, University of Alaska
Gregory Van Doren, White Earth Tribal and Community College
Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Environmental Science Lab
The Pebble Prospect: Issues in Sustainability
Catherine Middlecamp, University of Wisconsin
Uranium and Indigenous People
Lawrence K. Duffy, University of Alaska
Developing a Place-Based Science Course for the Arctic
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