Colleges Countering COVID

After COVID-19, What? Community Colleges from 4 U.S. Regions Respond

Panel Session

This session will be a continuation of a recent NCSE Essay about refocusing the mission of community colleges towards Nature instead of Workforce. Data shows how students have been impacted and how COVID-19 has increased interest in climate change, which must be moved from the margin to the center of college functions.

Presenters

Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Programs, Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus

Stephen Summers, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Seminole State College of Florida

Session Moderated by Marianella Franklin, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Texas in Rio Grande Valley

Robert Franco, Ph.D., Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai’i

Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., Profession and Coordinator SSP, Bristol Community College

Session Organized by Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Programs, Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus

Evolution of California's Scientific Response in the Wake of a Pandemic

Panel Session

Researchers are collaborating in innovative ways to help detect, monitor, track, and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. This panel will explore topics including: What have we learned about the state-level response to the virus? Do decision makers have access to readily available science they need?

Presenters

Kate Gordon, Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Susan Bonilla, CEO, California Pharmacists Association and Former CA Assemblywoman

Session Moderated by Amber Mace, Ph.D., Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology

Christopher Cabaldon, Former Mayor, West Sacramento, CA

Andy McIlroy, Ph.D.,Integrated Security Solutions Associate Labs Director, Sandia National Laboratories

Session Organized by Sarah Brady, Ph.D., Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology

FlashTalkPlus: Campus Sustainability Education, Research, and Outreach in the Time of COVID-19

Flash Talk

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically reshaped sustainability education, research, and outreach in higher education. In this talk, members of the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability will address strategies for maintaining effective sustainability programming in our socially-distant reality.

Presenters

Nathan Jandl, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Wisconsin-Madison;

Jason Gallup, M.A., Student Intern Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tim Lindstrom, Ph.D., Instructor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Session organized by Tim Lindstrom, Ph.D., Instructor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cultivating Key Competencies for Sustainability in an Era of Digital Learning

Flash Talk

Sustainability scientists are coping with new challenges to translating education into real-world impact in an online era. This presentation will respond by exploring strategies to enhance teaching practices that develop key competencies for sustainability within the context of digital learning.

Presenters

Jordan King, Ph.D. Student, Arizona State University

An Arboretum-University Educational Partnership Via Virtual Podcast Discussions

Flash Talk

Physical distancing restrictions required public gardens to suspend on-site programs, yet one arboretum continued with Penn State Brandywine through biweekly online nature-themed podcast discussions and pathways for Earth advocacy. The new program is viewed as an effective educational model.

Presenters

Laura Guertin, Ph.D., Professor of Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine