Presentation Title

The Other Side of Possible: Tackling Global Challenges

Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Interdisciplinary Studies

Mentor

Kristen Porter-Utley

Date & Time

April 9th at 2 PM - 3 PM

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 127

Abstract

As first year students in the Integrative Thinking and Writing: The Other Side of Possible (Fall 2015), we were asked to identify a global challenge that is seemingly impossible. During the semester our task was to develop writing projects to understand challenges from a variety of perspectives (e.g., scientific, economic, social, and political). We were also asked to begin thinking about possible evidence-based solutions to the challenge. Our resulting titles include: “Theoretical Sciences and the Validity of Funding Them”; “Making Internet Connectivity Accessible”; “The Danger of Using Plastics?”; “How Can We Protect Birds from the Unintended Effects of Solar Facilities?”; “The Effects of Selective Breeding in Domesticated Animals”; “The Effect of Genetically Modified Organisms on Our Culture”. In our panel, we will discuss the process of developing a semester-long writing project and pinpoint the challenges and rewards associated with such a sustained research and writing endeavor.

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Apr 9th, 2:00 PM

The Other Side of Possible: Tackling Global Challenges

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 127

As first year students in the Integrative Thinking and Writing: The Other Side of Possible (Fall 2015), we were asked to identify a global challenge that is seemingly impossible. During the semester our task was to develop writing projects to understand challenges from a variety of perspectives (e.g., scientific, economic, social, and political). We were also asked to begin thinking about possible evidence-based solutions to the challenge. Our resulting titles include: “Theoretical Sciences and the Validity of Funding Them”; “Making Internet Connectivity Accessible”; “The Danger of Using Plastics?”; “How Can We Protect Birds from the Unintended Effects of Solar Facilities?”; “The Effects of Selective Breeding in Domesticated Animals”; “The Effect of Genetically Modified Organisms on Our Culture”. In our panel, we will discuss the process of developing a semester-long writing project and pinpoint the challenges and rewards associated with such a sustained research and writing endeavor.