Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Students Use Zoom to Discuss Research

Poster sessions are a visual way for science students to share what they have learned in a class project. Students put their research together in a poster format and then talk to attendees about their project. So, what do you do when no one is allowed on campus? Jerrod Shipman and Chrysa Malosh turned to Zoom, which has the ability to do breakout rooms. That allows participants to visit various small groups. I recently had the opportunity to do a virtual poster session for their ISCI 1030, Science, Society and Sustainability classes. It was remarkably comfortable and fun.

These were the research project topics:

Breakout Room 1: Elements of Green Architecture.  

Breakout Room 3: National Parks System

Breakout Room 4: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Cars for Transportation and Energy Usage.

Breakout Room 6: The Effects of Meat Production on the Environment

Breakout Room 7: Doomsday Clock

Breakout Room 8: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Breakout Room 9: Hydraulic Fracturing

Breakout Room 10: Eretmochelys Imbricata (Hawksbill Sea Turtle)

Lauren Nutter said of her research on the National Parks System: “I didn’t realize how much government oversight there was keeping things running smoothly.” She and partner Kayleen Cardle showed how the various parks impact CO2 levels in their geographic area.

One project took a look at how a grass roof can save energy and help the environment in other ways. Another explored the impact of meat production on the environment.

Anna Pease and William Seiling explored Hydraulic Fracturing. At one point in their explanation one of Anna’s kids came in the room. It’s just another one of those fun Zoom moments that have made life more interesting lately. Anna handled it with ease.

I could fill pages with the interesting things that I learned. Kudos to the instructors and students for great projects and an imaginative way of presenting them. It’s a testament to all that we are learning about online education these days.

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