17th Symposium on Education


5. A multidisciplinary research course on hurricane Katrina for Freshman students at Howard University

Gregory Jenkins, Howard Univ., Washington, DC; and G. Middendorf and J. Reidy

When hurricane Katrina came ashore in the greater New Orleans area, the impact was felt throughout the country, but the African American community was severely impacted. Hurricane Katrina generated a number of activities at Howard University (an HBCU) to help address the needs of the student body directly or indirectly impacted. Fundraisers, special university efforts to support students, town hall meetings and a symposium on Katrina were a few of the activities during the fall of 2005. During the spring semester of 2007, a three-credit course was proposed for second-semester freshmen to examine the various disciplinary aspects of Hurricane Katrina. The primary objective of this course was to expose the students from various majors to research techniques using Hurricane Katrina as a focal subject. This course was linked to a 3 credit-writing course. Lecturers from different disciplines came to the class to present a multidisciplinary approach to hurricane Katrina and students worked on team projects. A sample of topics includes social-economic precursors of hurricane Katrina, an analysis hip-hop response to hurricane Katrina, and ethical engineering in the construction of the levees. A subset of the students went to New Orleans during the spring break to conduct interviews, obtain a first hand view of the disaster and the rebuilding efforts and to assist with the rebuilding efforts. This presentation highlights the activities associated with this course.wrf recording  Recorded presentation

Session 4, Extending our Reach in Atmospheric Science
Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, 209

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