Nov 15 Discussion

November 20, 2007 at 7:26 pm 6 comments

Present: Laura Bradley, Laura Mulshine, Look Tobin, Alan Shusterman


  • Upcoming Green Events in Portland area (lots of nature walks plus some other stuff)
  • Cosmetic safety database (info sent in by Kassi)
  • Future directions for our group. Participation has been declining in recent weeks, perhaps because interest has been flagging, but probably also because of competing demands from school, etc.. If school is the only problem, we can expect the group to revive in the spring. However, there was also interest in looking for activities that would generate more interest and higher participation. We wondered if assigning papers to students to prepare might foster more commitment and interest, or if it would drive them away because of the extra (and undesired) responsibility. WHAT DO YOU THINK? We don’t have a meeting anytime soon, but you can push this conversation along by posting a comment. See button at bottom of page. What would make this group function better for you? To get things started, I will post a couple of comments myself.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan  |  November 20, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    We could function like a Bio seminar class *if there is adequate* commitment from students. That means students have to find papers (I can help) and read them and present them. It may be a lot to ask since there’s no academic credit (reward) involved.

  • 2. Alan  |  November 20, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    At the beginning of the year I suggested that we operate like an environmental news agency. We pick some topics about things in our locale and post news on these topics. We could go out and do the reporting ourselves or, more simply, we could *gather* news stories from other sources.

    I also suggested that we could interview people (scientists, business owners, etc.) and post the interviews as podcasts.

  • 3. Alan  |  November 20, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    We could focus more on field trips. Say try to pick out 4 places we would like to visit next semester and go.

  • 4. Patrick  |  November 20, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Is there anyway for it to a a real seminar, with credit?

  • 5. Alan  |  November 20, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Re: Patrick’s question …

    The short answer to Patrick’s question is, “No. We are unable to offer a seminar in Green Chemistry (or anything else) for credit at this point in time”.

    The longer answer goes something like this…

    Last spring I put a proposal in front of the Chemistry department to create seminar-type courses on several advanced topics, including environmental ones and green chemistry.

    There are many problems that would need to be solved before such a proposal could move forward and I don’t have solutions to these problems. Also, there are other more pressing curricular issues in front of the department, and we need to address these other issues before we will know where seminar-type courses might fit into our program.

    When you put it all these thoughts together, we are back to a short answer: the department is “thinking” about the possibility, but it ain’t gonna happen any time soon so our group needs to decide whether it can function without the support of formal academic credit. Maybe yes? Maybe no?

  • 6. Look  |  November 21, 2007 at 1:02 am

    I’m sure that the group can continue to function without getting academic credit for the discussion. It really isn’t that much more work, especially as you have the entire week to prepare for the next meeting.

    I happened to enjoy everyone coming up with an article (or several) they found interesting and then picking one topic and discussing it further. True, that system only works if more than a couple people show up…

    But green chemistry is something in which we all expressed interest. If people can’t come to the meeting, perhaps they can post their thoughts here or send out a mass email, so that the people who can attend the meeting still have something to discuss in response.

    Anyway, I still enjoy being able to discuss green chemistry with other people. There are some really cool, and really strange, ideas being generated in the world right now. It’s fun to find out what they are.


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