Implementing Climate Change Science at Indiana University Northwest

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Monday, 5 January 2015
Zoran Kilibarda, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

Indiana University Northwest is a commuter campus located in Gary, Indiana. Among the 5,000 students about 42% are minorities (20.2% African American, 17.7% Hispanic-Latino, 2.3% Asian), while female (67%) outnumber male students. Department of Geosciences introduced new course GEOL-G476 Science of Climate Change into curriculum, mainly designed as an elective course that will attract not only science majors but also students from other fields. Our institution joined the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project, and I attended the AMS Climate Studies Course Implementation Workshop in Washington, DC, from May 18 to 23, 2014. During the workshop I learned quite a lot about various aspects of Climate Change from invited experts' lectures as well as from scientists in NOAA facilities we visited on field trips. In Spring 2014 I finished a four week online teaching course that will enable me to successfully offer GEOL-G476 Science of Climate Change course in Summer II 2015 as an online course. This class will use the full AMS Climate Studies course package, which includes Climate Studies textbook, e-Investigation Manual, and Website's weekly Current Climate Studies.