Students Visit International Maker Faire Through UMass Partnership with Makers @ Amherst Media

Students Visit International Maker Faire Through UMass Partnership with Makers @ Amherst Media

Courtesy of UMass-Amherst, Center for Public Policy and Administration September 23, 2014 Associate Professor Charles Schweik (environmental conservation and public policy) took a group of students last weekend to the international Maker Faire in New York City. The event, which has been touted as the “greatest show and tell on earth,” showcases diverse do-it-yourself technologies, including three-dimensional design and printing; unmanned robotic vehicles such as an open-source underwater robot; and devices made from do-it-yourself low-cost computing methods. In addition to public policy and administration students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the group included students from the UMass departments of natural resource conservation; engineering; and communication, as well as computer science students from Mt. Holyoke College and some eighth-graders from Amherst Regional Middle School. The students were part of a new undergraduate course offered by the UMass department of environmental conservation and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, which encourages students to undertake collaborative “maker” projects to solve environmental science and management...
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Video Media for Science Education and Conservation

Andy Danylchuk is creating an initiative at UMass focused on the use of video media for science education and conservation.  The demand to use video media in our collective disciplines is growing pretty fast, whether for teaching, research, client needs, meeting expectations of granting agencies, or simply creating a greater public awareness of how science works and why conservation is important. This semester we've kicked off a discussion-based course focused on the subject, and in the spring Andy hopes to hold informal mini-workshops/discussions centered around some documentary screenings he'd like to do on campus. (more…)...
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Charlie Schweik co-chaired the 2nd International Association for the Study of the Commons (ISAC)

Charlie Schweik co-chaired the 2nd International Association for the Study of the Commons (ISAC)

Charlie Schweik co-chaired the 2nd International Association for the Study of the Commons’ (ISAC) Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons at New York University On September 5 and 6th, 2014, Associate Professor Charlie Schweik co-chaired the 2nd International Association for the Study of the Commons’ (ISAC) Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons at New York University [1]. The theme of the conference was on “Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources” with special attention to the fields of medicine and the environment. For people who are wondering what “Knowledge Commons” are, Schweik and his colleagues – law professors Kathy Strandburg (NYU), Brett Frischman (Cordoza Law school), and Michael Madison (Pitt Law) -- working with IASC, produced a short introductory video available at [2]. In a related event, Schweik also has a chapter on entitled “Toward the Comparison of Open Source Commons Institutions” in a new book, Governing Knowledge Commons (Oxford University Press, 2014) edited by Frischman, Strandburg and Madison [3]. [1] http://iasckc.nyuengelberg.org/ [2] http://www.iasc-commons.org/blog/commons-action-new-video-knowledge-commons [3] http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199972036.do...
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Lena Fletcher Has Been Awarded 1 of 13 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching

August 28, 2014 The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) has awarded 13 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching (FIT) to UMass-Amherst instructors for 2014-2015. The FIT fellowship draws upon other previous teaching-centered fellowships (e.g., TBL Fellows, TEACHnology Fellows), and will focus on active, collaborative and innovative pedagogies that will empower faculty to take advantage of new classroom spaces in the Integrative Learning Center. Fellows will receive support from the CTFD and will be mentored by instructors who have previously taught in Team-Based Learning (TBL) rooms in Goodell and the Library.  The 2014-15 fellowship awardees are Mary Ellen Burke, College of Nursing; Matt Davidson, CNS; Lena Fletcher, CNS; Christin Glodek, SBS; Christiane Healy (Meyer), CNS; Jason Hooper, HFA; John Kingston, HFA; Laetitia La Follette, HFA; Graciela Monteagudo, SBS; Bjorn Harald Nordtveit, College of Education; Ellen Pader, SBS; Reiko Sono, HFA; James Staros, CNS....
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