The College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences is offering a class this fall that is concentrating on one of the biggest news headlines of the year: the Gulf oil spill. This class explores technical and scientific issues of the spill, along with ethical and societal implications. If I was a student, I would definitely put it on the top of my "must take" classes for 2010.
At the University of Minnesota, our students are not only learning about events that have happened recently--say, 5 or 10 years ago--they are also learning about issues that the world is facing at this very moment in time. The class is being lead by Ph.D. student Robert Gilmer. Robert went on a 10-day trip to the Gulf of Mexico to see, firsthand, how the spill was affecting New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta. Here is a video of him explaining his plans for the class:
Here is a link to Robert's blog that he created during his trip down to the Gulf.