Cal State Fullerton

2015 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Meeting

Wicked Problems and STEM: Curriculum, High-Impact Practices, and Student Success

February 7, 2015
California State University-Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831

Wicked problems, such as global climate change, are complex problems that often have contradictory aspects and that are not easily resolved. These kinds of real-world problems can be used not only to engage students in high-impact educational opportunities, but also to create local and global solutions. We are providing a platform for our members to share pedagogies that utilize Wicked Problems to promote student success in STEM.  The schedule includes a panel of speakers in the morning, each presenting his or her Wicked Problem (15 minutes each) with time for questions from the audience. In the afternoon, breakout sessions take place, some as follow-ups to the morning panels. Time is also embedded in the day for networking. It is our hope that these sessions will provide ideas and practical advice for STEM educators to consider implementing or to enhance the use of Wicked Problems in science courses to improve student retention and success. 

Event Resources

The event handout is available here. The handout includes the final agenda, session descriptions, and campus maps. The participant list will be available in hard-copy at the event. Additional session resources are posted below. 

Wicked Problems Panel Topics and Leaders

  • HIV-AIDS: Science, Society & Service
    Karl Haushalter, Harvey Mudd College
  • Epidemiology & Sociology of WHO Marquis Diseases
    Andrea Nicholas, University of California, Irvine
  • The Ecology of Homelessness
    Heather Tarleton, Loyola Marymount University
  • Grand Challenges: Sustainable L.A.
    Rachel Kennison, University of California, Los Angeles

Breakout Session Topics and Leaders

  • Value of  Education-based Research in the Classroom
    Brian Sato and Justin Shaffer, University of California, Irvine
  • Grand Challenges: Sustainable L.A.
    Rachel Kennison, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Real-World Problems to Close the Achievement Gap
    Katie Rodriguez, Pasadena City College
  • Research-based Lab Courses
    Stanley Lo, University of California, San Diego
  • Wicked Problems: Biostats
    Ashley Carter, California State University Long Beach
  • HIV-AIDS: Science, Society & Service
    Karl Haushalter, Harvey Mudd College
  • Epidemiology & Sociology of WHO Marquis Diseases
    Andrea Nicholas, University of California, Irvine
  • The Ecology of Homelessness
    Heather Tarleton, Loyola Marymount University

Registration

Registration is now closed. The registration fee is $40 per person and includes lunch and materials.

Event Sponsors

The 2015 SoCAL Meeting is generously supported by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University-Fullerton.