Introduction to Peace Studies, Spring 2007
This course surveys: (1) the major causes of deadly conflict around the world; (2) various definitions of “peace” and the conditions under which it occurs and is sustained; and (3) the style and comparative success of various strategies such as building peace movements and nonviolent social change as ways to achieve peace.
Tips on Viewing the Aurora
Visitors to this site can learn about conditions necessary to view auroras from their geographical location. Materials provided include an explanation of geomagnetic activity and maps showing its distribution, and an explanation of how geographic latitude differs from magnetic latitude, with tables showing magnetic latitudes for major cities around the world. Links are provided to auroral activity and space weather forecasts.
Natural Inquirer Journals: Facts to the Future
The articles in this Natural Inquirer include just a few of the renewable natural resources studied by USDA Forest Service scientists. By reading these articles, you will learn about the condition of the resources in the year 2000, and you will learn what might happen to them by the year 2040. In the year 2040, how old will you be? Do you think that the condition of the Nation's renewable natural resources will be important to our society in 2040? Why or why not? The articles in this journal wil
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site: Birthplace of the Modern Presidency
Examines the career of our 26th President -- the conditions under which he became a vice presidential candidate, the assassination of President McKinley, the home where TR was hastily inaugurated in 1901, and the influence he exerted on the nation and the presidency. His inauguration marked a turning point in the role of the presidency, launching a change in national policy and propelling the U.S. into world affairs.
Art and Ecology
Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. As a result, paintings can be good resources for learning about ecology. Teachers can use this lesson to examine with students the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life. It also addresses the roles students can take in caring for the environment. Students will look at paintings that represent cool temperate, warm temperate,
To What Extent Do Economic Conditions Determine the Outcome of Presidential Elections?
Students consider how economic performance is evaluated and are introduced to four major indicators of macroeconomic performance: growth rate of real income, unemployment rate, inflation rate, misery index. They complete a worksheet comparing changes in these indicators with the outcomes of U.S. presidential elections from 1960 to 1992 and examine the influence of economic conditions on the likelihood of the incumbent party winning an election.
Clean Energy: Converting Light to Energy
This unit explores the issue of energy production as a pressing global issue and how nanoscience could enable important breakthroughs in energy generation and conversion. In particular, traditional and newer "nano" solar technologies are introduced and explored. Upon completing this unit, students will understand: Clean alternative energy technologies must be developed to provide sufficient energy to meet growing global demand, and must be sustainable both environmentally and economically; Nanos
This 16-slide PowerPoint presentation discusses the characteristics of granitoid rocks including geographic occurrence, rare earth elements, enclave characteristics, pressure-temperature conditions, the influence of water, and tectonic setting. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
GCC-NLM Professional Development Collection
A Professional Development Framework is presented, based on 5 core competencies of Leadership skills, Strategy, Decision Making, Innovation and Execution. This curriculum is being fleshed out […]
A Colonial Legacy in Miskito Turtle Knowledge (Nicaragua)
Over the past several decades the increasing prevalence of natural resource crises has led many ecologists to seek alternatives to Western resource use paradigms. Primary amongst these alternatives are systems guided by indigenous knowledge (IK). It is commonly presumed that these systems represent institutions uncorrupted by the exploitative hand of Western culture and state domination and therefore hold the key to rectifying the unsustainable behaviors of Western societies.
Red de Oportunidades: Conditional Cash Transfer Evidence from Panama
This paper estimates the impact of the conditional cash transfer program, Red de Oportunidades, on school enrollment, child labor, and preventive health services participation in Panama. The analysis relies on data from the Living Standards Measurement Survey of 2008. It uses a propensity score matching technique to identify the impact of the program in rural and indigenous areas of the country by replicating the selection criteria followed by the government to identify potential benefici
Intersecting straight lines. (Coordinate Geometry)
An interactive applet and associated web page that show how to find the intersection of two straight lines, given the equation for each. The applet sows two lines defined by two pairs draggable points. As any point is dragged the equations for the lines are derived and the point of intersection calculated. The web page shows worked examples using various line slopes, equation forms and unusual conditions, such as one line being vertical. The grid, axis pointers and coordinates can be turned on a
Murals: Heritage on the Walls - designing a mural
In this lesson, students will explore the process of designing and painting a mural. They will take into consideration the function of murals as examples of media in public, visual space and create a painting that functions as a public mural in this same, unique way. By working together, students will develop team-building skills and collaborate to create a pictorial, collective voice.
Managed Care and Health Insurance
Presents an overview of major issues related to the design, function, management, regulation, and evaluation of health insurance and managed care plans. Provides a firm foundation in basic concepts pertaining to private and public sector health insurance/benefit plans, both as provided by employers and government agencies such as Medicaid and Medicare. Key topics include population care management techniques, provider payment, organizational integration, quality and accountability, cost-containm
The purpose of this activity is to explore the connections between cloud type, cloud cover, and weather and stimulate student interest in taking cloud type observations. Students observe cloud type and coverage and weather conditions over a five-day period and correlate these observations. Students make and test predictions using these observations. The intended outcome is that students learn to draw inferences from observations and use them to make and test predictions.
Elementary GLOBE: We all need soil!
A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will explore three activities that promote understanding of and respect for soil. They will generate responses to the following questions: "What makes up soil?" and "What lives in the soil?" Next the students will watch a demonstration of how much soil there is on Earth that is available for human use. Last they will create their own soil connection sentences. The purpose of this activity is to introduce
Elementary GLOBE: Earth System in a Bottle
A learning activity for the "All About Earth: Our World on Stage" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. In pairs, students will create experimental conditions in terrariums in order to study what plants need to live. Variables to study include the presence or absence of soil, water, and sunlight. Students will record the growth of radish plants as well as observations of "the water cycle" in their terrariums. At the conclusion of their experiments, students will share their results with the class
Elementary GLOBE: Cloud Fun
A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Each student will be given the opportunity to create their own cumulus cloud out of white paper and mount it on blue paper. Students will also complete the Cloud Fun Student Activity Sheet that includes a description of the cloud and what the weather was like on the day the cloud was observed. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify cumulus clouds and observe the weather condit