Deborah Gross

Chemistry

Carleton College

Deborah Gross is a Professor of Chemistry at Carleton College.  She is also involved in the Environmental Studies program.  Her research interests focus on measurement of the chemical composition of atmospheric particulate matter using a variety of techniques.  She was instrumental in designing the FOCUS program at Carleton College and has run it since its inception in 2007.

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Course Modules (7)

Systems Thinking part of Systems Thinking
The Systems Thinking Module provides a foundation for systems thinking throughout the InTeGrate materials. Units 1 and 2 of this module are designed to be used early within a course and then reinforced later; Units ...

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Unit 3: Modeling a System part of Systems Thinking
This unit introduces systems modeling, which allows students to quantify and manipulate system components to create system responses. Students use a simple systems model of a bathtub to explore the effect of flow ...

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Unit 4: Feedbacks in a System part of Systems Thinking
Feedbacks are a critical part of many systems. In this unit, students use a systems model to explore the effect of positive (reinforcing) and negative (balancing) feedbacks on system behavior. Model results are ...

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Unit 1: Introduction to Systems Thinking – What is a System? part of Systems Thinking
This unit introduces systems and systems thinking. The unit is easily adaptable to any course and includes an introduction of terminology, motivation for using systems thinking, and practice reading, as well as ...

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Unit 2: Picturing Complexity part of Systems Thinking
This unit includes an opportunity for students to move from definitions into reading and creating a diagram of a complex system relevant to their course, and then to exploring the connections between the components ...

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Unit 5: Analyzing Complexity part of Systems Thinking
This unit has students build on a system diagram, to include new knowledge about quantitative values and relationships. They will also write about and discuss what they know about their systems, the questions that ...

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Unit 6: Systems Thinking Synthesis part of Systems Thinking
This in-class exercise is an alternative to standard review sessions and models the systems thinking students need to do when working on complex, interdisciplinary issues. Students quiz each other on course ...

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Activities (7)

Unit 3: Modeling a System part of Systems Thinking
This unit introduces systems modeling, which allows students to quantify and manipulate system components to create system responses. Students use a simple systems model of a bathtub to explore the effect of flow ...

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Unit 4: Feedbacks in a System part of Systems Thinking
Feedbacks are a critical part of many systems. In this unit, students use a systems model to explore the effect of positive (reinforcing) and negative (balancing) feedbacks on system behavior. Model results are ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Unit 1: Introduction to Systems Thinking – What is a System? part of Systems Thinking
This unit introduces systems and systems thinking. The unit is easily adaptable to any course and includes an introduction of terminology, motivation for using systems thinking, and practice reading, as well as ...

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Unit 2: Picturing Complexity part of Systems Thinking
This unit includes an opportunity for students to move from definitions into reading and creating a diagram of a complex system relevant to their course, and then to exploring the connections between the components ...

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Unit 5: Analyzing Complexity part of Systems Thinking
This unit has students build on a system diagram, to include new knowledge about quantitative values and relationships. They will also write about and discuss what they know about their systems, the questions that ...

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Unit 6: Systems Thinking Synthesis part of Systems Thinking
This in-class exercise is an alternative to standard review sessions and models the systems thinking students need to do when working on complex, interdisciplinary issues. Students quiz each other on course ...

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Choosing Papers part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
A procedure for having students dive directly into the literature to select papers that are appropriate for the class as a whole to read and discuss. The activity provides constraints and a format for sorting the ...

Course (1)

Environmental Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Courses
Humans have had a dramatic impact on the chemistry of the earth's environment. In this course, we study the chemistry of molecules in the air, water, and soil. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the ...

Essay (1)

Teaching Students to Work Within the Environmental Analysis Literature part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Deborah S. Gross, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College March 2, 2010 I teach a course entitled "Environmental Analysis" (CHEM/ENVS 328) which requires any 200-level chemistry course as a ...

Conference Presentations (2)

Earth Systems Thinking: An InTeGrate Module That Can Be Used In Any Course part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
One of the themes of the InTeGrate program's pedagogical approach is to foster systems thinking. The concept of systems thinking is addressed in individual InTeGrate modules designed to address specific ...

Broadening Participation through a Community-Building Approach in STEM: Carleton College's Cohort Program Components and Evaluation part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Cohort programs supporting students' sense of belonging, support for learning, and drive to succeed have been instrumental in increasing successful completion of STEM majors by members of underrepresented ...

Other Contributions (6)

FOCUS Colloquium part of Integrative Science & Math Education at Carleton:For Carleton Faculty:Curriculum Develpment Projects
Deborah Gross Author Profile This information was derived from your initial application. The goals and assessment sections should be updated as you move through the project. Project Description ...

Elemental Analysis at Carleton: Integration of the ICP-MS Into Courses part of Integrative Science & Math Education at Carleton:For Carleton Faculty:Curriculum Develpment Projects
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Adding climate modeling into ENTS 287, Climate Science part of CISMI:For Carleton Faculty:Curriculum Development Projects
A variety of exercises to familiarize students with the EdGCM global circulation model have been developed. Students carry these out in groups and individually, and gives students the opportunity to explore ...

Deborah Gross and Debby Walser-Kuntz, Chemistry and Biology part of CISMI:For Carleton Faculty:Equipment
DUSTTRAK II Aerosol Monitor 8532, TSI Inc

FOCUS part of Broadening Access to the Sciences:Case Studies
FOCUS supports students through their entry into the study of science/math at Carleton and as they continue in the curriculum by creating a cohort which enrolls in classes together (in so far as this makes sense), meets regularly in a colloquium throughout the first year, and has an opportunity for work study in the sciences.

Deborah Gross: Using Systems Thinking in Climate Science at Carleton College part of Systems Thinking
My Climate Science course is an introductory-level course, although it requires students to have one college-level math or science course as a pre-requisite. It is typically taught with a mix of lecture, discussion, and student-directed projects, so the activities in this module fit right in! When teaching this course previously, my students and I have discussed the complexity of the Earth's climate system throughout the course, but we haven't taken the time to specifically develop the tools for describing complex systems through diagrams, as this module helped us do. The students were able to transfer these skills to all aspects of their course, and hopefully into other areas, as well.

Communities

Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Central Section

Workshop Participant (4 workshops)