PSU Professor Unveils New Online Interactive Environmental Course April 9

April 1st, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-A PSU professor who developed a new way to teach environmental science will speak at PSU’s Environmental Science Colloquium April 9.

Warren Tomkiewicz helped create an interactive online environmental science course, ‘The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science,’ which features videos, content provided by various experts in their respective fields, visual aids and graphics, a glossary, and a professional development guide, which Tomkiewicz was responsible for writing.

The course is intended for college students and high school science teachers and explores the natural functions of Earth’s systems: geophysical, atmospheric, oceanic, and ecosystems; Earth’s ability to sustain life, and the effects that human actions have had on the different natural systems.

“It really is a one stop resource for dealing with important environmental issues,” said Tomkiewicz.

The talk will focus on how this program can be used as a resource of environmental science information. This two year project was funded by Annenberg Media, produced by the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in conjunction with scientists associated with the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Tomkiewicz currently serves as chair of PSU’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy and teaches courses in Earth system science, oceanography, environmental science and science education at the graduate level. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Plymouth State, his master’s degree from Northeastern University with a research focus in marine ecology and marine flatworms, and his doctorate from Boston University in environmental science education. He also serves as coordinator for the graduate programs in science education.

The ‘Habitable Planet’ presentation takes place Wednesday, April, at 4 p.m. in room 001 of the Boyd Science Center at Plymouth State University. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes