Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Connecting with the PSU Center for Sustainability

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to spend some time chatting with Dr. Sue Barsom, one of the staff of Penn State's Center for Sustainability.

CFS's mission is to develop "integrated research, education, and outreach efforts that advance the ethic and science of sustainability."  This involves courses and co-curricular activities that engage students with sustainability challenges in a variety of ways.  In fact, thanks to the Center, Penn State is this year introducing a new undergraduate minor in Sustainability Leadership.

The agenda for our conversation was to discuss a possible joint seminar or more extended event about incorporating sustainability themes into math courses. With thousands of Penn State students passing through "general education" and calculus-level mathematics each semester, and the insight into sustainability questions that can be gained from even quite simple mathematical models, it would seem a natural connection to make.

I'm excited about the possibilities here!

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