2014 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Network Fall Meeting

Multidisciplinary Sustainability in STEM Education

November 1, 2014
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

The theme of the PKAL Upstate Regional Network fall meeting at Ithaca College is the use of a multidisciplinary approach and sustainability themed questions to enhance student understanding of 21st century problem solving. Morning sessions will examine the need for developing 21st century problem solvers and a framework for connecting disciplines through sustainability themed questions. Afternoon sessions will have participants work in multidisciplinary teams to create discipline based sub-questions to address an overarching sustainability themed question such as “What are the Current and Future Impacts of Global Climate Change on Polar Bears?”, and a group discussion of barriers / solutions for implementation of sustainability into the curriculum. The afternoon will also include a participant poster session.

Draft Schedule (as of 9/16)

8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15 am

Welcome & Introductions

10:00 am

Keynote: Why Sustainability in the STEM Curriculum Matters
Jason Hamilton, Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Ithaca College

10:45 am


11:00 am

Multidisciplinary Sustainability Education Project Experience
Tom Pfaff, Professor of Mathematics and Director of Ithaca College Honors, Ithaca College



1:00 pm

Identifying Key Questions and Sub-questions in Multidisciplinary Groups

2:00 pm

Poster Session

3:00 pm

Brainstorming and Sharing of Barriers:
Solutions for Implementation of Sustainability in the Curriculum

4:00 pm

Meeting Concludes

The meeting will take place in Room 208 in the Center for Natural Sciences Building at Ithaca College. Free parking is available in Lots O and U; no permit required. Additional information related to parking and directions is available here:

Call for Posters
Poster guidelines are available here.

Event Sponsors
This event is sponsored in part by the
National Science Foundation grant DUE-0837721, Multidisciplinary Sustainability Modules: Integrating STEM Courses, and the US Department of Education, FIPSE Program funded Sustainability Improves Student Learning (SISL) initiative.

Host Contact
Dr. Michael “Bodhi” Rogers; mrogers@ithaca.edu