Women in Science and Environmental Professions (FOR 797, Section 2) Spring 2001 Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00, 327 Marshall
|Heather Engelman, Visiting Instructor||Janine DeBaise, Assistant Professor|
|218 Marshall||105 Moon Library|
Welcome to the Women in Science and Environmental Professions seminar. This is a 1-credit college-wide seminar, which means that the class is geared towards a diversity of students from various departments at ESF. The main goal of the course is to provide an open forum for female and male faculty and students to interact and discuss gender issues pertaining to science. The course consists of one hour of lecture or discussion per week, with opportunities to interact with female professionals outside of class. Updates to this syllabus can be found at: http://www.esf.edu/womenscaucus/syl2001.htm .
After completing this course, the student should be able to:
- Articulate the issues and obstacles facing female professionals.
- Discuss career strategies for professional development.
- Demonstrate professional presentation skills.
The schedule consists of five 3-week cycles. The first week of a cycle will consist of general discussions of a topic pertaining to women in science and environmental professions. The class as a whole will discuss several readings on a given topic. Students will be expected to (1) briefly summarize an assigned reading and its major points to the class, and (2) formulate 2 questions from each of the readings for class discussion.
The second week will introduce the class to a visiting scholar's field of work. This is necessary because the seminar's participants come from a variety of backgrounds; everyone will benefit by knowing more about a speaker before she arrives at ESF. The second week's discussion will consist of an overview of the speaker's general topic area, led by members of the class, including specific examples of her work. This session affords an opportunity for students to practice and critique their presentation skills. The third week of the cycle will consist of a seminar from a visiting scholar, which will include plenty of opportunities to interact with that person in a mentoring atmosphere.
Each student is expected lead or co-lead a discussion on a given speakers work, to select reading materials (Those listed below have been used in the past. Student leaders, can choose from, add to, or replace these selections), and participate in class discussions. We have recruited some of the most well respected female professionals in different fields to visit ESF. We expect that students will seize the opportunity to interact extensively with the speakers during their visits, and to help make their visits to ESF memorable and productive. Students will compile a Campus Climate journal with suggestions from readings, discussions, interactions with outside speakers, and personal experience. Journal entries will assist in the preparation of a class report about the climate at ESF, and a blueprint for needed changes.
|Jan 16||Course introductions and discussion: Career
choices of women, academic choices of women at ESF.
|Jan 23||Introduction and discussion of JoAnn
|Jan. 30||JoAnn Burkholder, Professor and
Director, Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology, NCSU
The Toxic Pfiesteria Complex: A Story of Water Pollution, Fish Kills and Human Health at the Science/Policy Border
|Feb. 6||Campus climate.
|Feb. 13||Introduction and discussion of Marilyn Fogels work.|
|Feb. 20||Dr. Marilyn L. Fogel, Senior Scientist,
Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Finding Evidence of Life in the Solar System: Ideasa from Earth
|Feb. 27||Discussion: Learning styles and perceptions of
men and women.
|Mar. 6||Discussion: Productivity differences.
|Mar. 13||SPRING BREAK|
|Mar. 20||Introduction and discussion of Susan Stouts work.|
|Farnsworth Speaker: Susan Stout, Research
Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Irvine, PA. Are
we asking the right questions? Some thoughts about a silviculture and biophysical forestry
research agenda for North America
Co-Sponsored by the Faculty of Forestry
|Apr. 3||Discussion: Mentoring
|Apr. 10||Preparation for Frances Spivy-Wever|
|Apr. 17||Frances Spivy-Weber, Exec. Director of the Mono Lake Committee, Lee Vining, CA Environmental Organizing: a woman's local, national, and international leadership experience|
|Apr. 24||SHIRLEY MALCOLM, Head, Directorate for
Education and Human Resources Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Bringing Science to People and People to Science: New Faces -- New Places
Sponsored by Urban Initiative and Office of Multicultual Initiative
|May. 1||Campus Climate blueprint and course evaluations.|