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  • SPRING 2012 IPE Classes are enrolling now!

    Posted on November 9th, 2011 stacey No comments

    These are the courses and they are all online. If you need more details, please contact the IPE Program at ipe@ou.edu or 325-0595. You can enroll in them all throught OZONE now!


    IPE 3213.995 “Law and the Environment” with Jennifer Gray, JD

    IPE 3303.995 “Food, Agriculture, and the Environment” with Matthew Collier

    IPE 3423.995 “Human Health, Man-Made Contaminants, & the Environment” with Theresa Coffman Rodriguez

    IPE 3603.995 “Wildlife Conservation & the Global Perspective” with Dr. Janette Wallis

    IPE 3623.995 “Human-Wildlife Interactions” with Dr. Janette Wallis

    IPE 3913.992 “Ecology of Urban Habitats” with Dr. Rebecca Sherry The functional ecology of the fragments of natural and semi-natural ecosystems found in and near cities and towns and how they interact with ecosystems both close to and far from cities and towns such as watersheds and wildlife corridors.

    IPE 3913.993 “The Ecology of Climate Change with Dr. Rebecca Sherry After a discussion of the basic science of climate change with emphasis on the outcome in terms of temperature and precipitation regimes, this class will focus on the impacts of climate change on both natural and human ecosystems, such as changes in carbon and oxygen cycling, sea level changes, plant and animal communities, and feedbacks to climate processes.

    IPE 3913.995 “The Psychology of Place” with Dr. H. Michael Crowson This course addresses several questions regarding the connection between people and the places they inhabit:
    • “What physical, social, and psychological factors are associated with peoples’ identification with and attachment to built and natural environments?”
    • “What characteristics of built and natural environments are associated with psychological well-being?”
    • “How does a person’s attachment to place impact his/her desire to enhance and/or protect built or natural spaces?”

    IPE 3913.996 “Unnatural Disasters” with Dr. Samuel Temple Disasters — Catastrophes — Cataclysms. At the beginning of the 21st century, we seem transfixed by the threat of the unknown and the unpredictable. In the midst of unprecedented globalization, industrial growth and scientific and technological advances, new risks and dangers have appeared that seem to defy our control. In addition to recent “natural” disasters – such as Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in South Asia – we have witnessed “industrial” disasters like the Gulf oil spill and the release of toxic sludge in Hungary.
    Yet what do we really mean when we talk about disaster, natural or otherwise? Is the distinction between natural and man-made disasters as clear as is often assumed? What sorts of social, political and economic choices do societies and individuals make that magnify the effects of natural disasters? Likewise, how have industrial disasters had important environmental consequences?
    This course investigates how attitudes towards disaster have changed since the 18th century; how disasters, natural and otherwise, are often anything but accidental; and what disasters, and responses to them, reveal about our notions of nature, risk, citizenship, and the public good.

    IPE 3913.998 “Biodiversity in 21st Century” with Dr. Janette, Wallis The United Nations declared 2010 as the Year of Biodiversity. What will this mean for the conservation of wildlife and wild lands around the world? In this course, we will explore all aspects of this issue. We will first examine the meaning of biodiversity and learn about the various methods used to measure biodiversity. We will also review the status of flora and fauna around the world, focusing on areas identified as biodiversity “hotspots.” Through online discussions and group projects, students will evaluate several case studies aimed at finding solutions to biodiversity loss. By carefully assessing the progress of these projects, students will gain a better understanding of how conservation biologists are working to ensure a better future for the planet’s biological diversity.

  • So cool!

    Posted on November 7th, 2011 admin No comments
    So cool!

    Black rhino given new home
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