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Practicum Introduces Students to Earth Institute Research

Traffic jams like this one in Monrovia, Liberia, are one challenge for sustainable urban development, one of the topics of the Earth Institute Practicum series this fall. Photo: UN/Christopher Herwig
Traffic jams like this one in Monrovia, Liberia, are one challenge for sustainable urban development, one of the topics of the Earth Institute Practicum series this fall. Photo: UN/Christopher Herwig

Each fall the Earth Institute offers a broad survey of the applications of frontier research to the practice of sustainable development through contributions from Earth Institute researchers and directors in the Earth Institute Practicum (SUMA K4734). The practicum provides an opportunity to learn about salient issues in sustainable development, sustainability management and environmental science from world-class faculty and researchers in these areas. Under the instruction of Art Lerner-Lam, the practicum provides a dynamic forum featuring guest lecturers, who discuss the real-world applications of their research. The practicum meets weekly on Mondays from 4:10-6:00 p.m. in room 411, International Affairs Building (420 W 118 St.).

Students wishing to register for the course may elect to take the course for 1 credit (pass/fail), 1 credit (letter grade), or 3 credits. Students interested in registering for the course should contact Nathan Rudder, senior program manager, at nrudder@ei.columbia.edu.

  • Sept. 14: Art Lerner-Lam, Lamont Research Professor; Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Sept. 21: Steve Cohen, Professor of Professional Practice, Faculty of International and Public Affairs; Executive Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Sept. 28: Cynthia Rosenzweig, Adjunct Senior Scientist for NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Head of the Climate Impacts Group, Center for Climate Systems Research
  • Oct. 5: Pedro Sanchez, Director, Agriculture and Food Security Center; Co-Chair, Hunger Task Force, Millennium Project; Senior Research Scholar, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Oct. 12: Elliott Sclar, Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development
  • Oct. 19: Robin Bell, Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor; Head of Polar Geophysics Unit
  • Oct. 26: Ben Orlove, Professor of International and Public Affairs; Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
  • Nov. 9: John Mutter, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences and International and Public Affairs
  • Nov. 16: Mike Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Law; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
  • Nov. 23: Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Mathematics and Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Nov. 30: Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
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