Climate & Extinction
Communicating Science: Climate & Extinction
What is global warming? What relationship do we have with the world around us? What kind of relationship do we want to have? In Communicating Science: Climate & Extinction, students will develop a strong foundation for success at KU and beyond, while learning how to critically evaluate and effectively discuss the pressing issues that should be of concern to all of us as global citizens.
GEOL 121 - Life Through Time: DNA to Dinosaurs
Alison Olcott, Geology
Fulfills Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11), Goal 3 Natural Sciences (GE3N), 3 credit hours
Welcome to “Life Through Time: DNA to Dinosaurs!” Have you ever watched the news and asked yourself why it matters if global temperatures are warming, or whether humans are responsible for the extinction of species around the globe? Have you ever wandered through a museum and wondered what life in Kansas would have been like 100 million years ago, or how dinosaurs could grow to be longer than 4 KU buses and weigh as much as 5 elephants? “Life Through Time: DNA to Dinosaurs” will lead you on a journey through time to explore the eternal interconnections between life and the geology of Earth, including our own complex relationships with the world around us.
Alison Olcott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology. Born in upstate New York, her interest in fossils started young; every time she walked with her dad in the woods, he would pick up rocks to show her fossils. Now, instead of just looking at the fossils, Alison and her students use chemistry to explore fossils of all types, sizes, and ages, although she is most interested in figuring out how best to look for signs of the oldest life on Earth, and how to apply those lessons to the search for life on other planets. She also makes sure to take her two little girls out in the woods to pick up rocks and show them fossils.
UNIV 101 – University Seminar
Jill Becker, KU Libraries
2 credit hours
UNIV 101 helps students to make a smooth transition to KU and provides an important foundation to their academic studies. This two-credit hour seminar is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to exploring the interconnections between life and the geology of earth, by being a part of the Communicating Science: Climate & Extinction learning community, you will know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.
Jill Becker is the Head of the Center for Undergraduate Initiatives and Engagement for KU Libraries. A Kansas native, Jill grew up in Eudora (about 10 miles east of KU), earned her bachelor’s degree in English from KU, and her master’s degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. At present, Jill is pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at KU. Although she likes to joke that she didn’t get very far in life geographically, her hopes as a librarian and teacher illustrate her high ambition: to help undergraduate students gain a better understanding of the nature of information in today’s world so that they can become informed seekers, users, and producers of information. When not engaged in cultivating students’ intellectual capacities, Jill works on cultivating her secret persona as an amateur urban farmer by trying (and failing) to grow vegetables in her yard and tending to her chickens.