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Workshop Program

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Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to
  • Understand how we are currently preparing students to understand the multiple facets of risk and resiliency in the face of natural hazards
  • Work with case studies to identify ways of strengthening teaching about risk and resiliency
  • Create an interdisciplinary community that can work collaboratively on teaching materials and other projects in this area
  • Compile teaching activities, real world examples, and a synthesis of workshop findings for publication on the project website

Wednesday, May 14

5:00 PM Welcoming reception and icebreaker

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Welcoming remarks, workshop goals, introductions - Cathryn Manduca, SERC Director, InTeGrate Principal Investigator, Carleton College

7:15 Keynote address - Risk and Resilience: Implications for society, teaching undergraduates,and workforce preparation (MP3 Audio 26.2MB May14 14) - Leonard Berry, Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University

Leonard Berry, Ph.D.

Dr. Leonard Berry is the Founder and Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES), Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the Director of the Climate Change Initiative at FAU. He has worked on environmental research and development training programs for USAID, UNDP, UNDP, UNESCO, GEF, UNEP and the World Bank. He has worked on climate change issues in Florida for the last 12 years and globally for over 30 years. He is a core member of the Inter-American Water Resources Network, The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact's sea level rise technical working group, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Community Resilience Group, Public Water Supply Utilities

Climate Impacts Working Group, National Council for Science and the Environment, and the Water Web Consortium, an international water information group. In April 2012, he testified to the United States Senate full committee on Natural Resources and Energy on the impacts of sea level rise in Florida.

7:45 Panel Discussion followed by group discussion - moderator: David Blockstein, Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment

How can undergraduate education best contribute to creating a society that understands risk and is resilient?

  • Ricardo Alvarez, Hurricane risk expert, former Deputy Director International Hurricane Center, Research Affiliate Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
  • Tatjana Hocke-Mirzashvili, School of Communication Studies, James Madison University
  • Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and executive director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), University of Southern California

Session notes and synthesis

8:45 Conclude

Thursday, May 15

8:30 Overview of the day and the InTeGrate project (PowerPoint 714kB May14 14)- Cathryn Manduca, InTeGrate Principal Investigator, Carleton College

8:45-10:15 Plenary: Introduction to Cases: What can we learn about communicating about risk and resilience

10:15-11:30 Break out groups: Learning more about sea-level rise and earthquake scenarios and how to utilize them in the classroom

Group facilitators:

  • Southern California Earthquakes - Mark Benthien, University of Southern California; Keith Porter, SPA Risk LLC; Anne Egger, Central Washington University; Patricia Stapleton, Social Science & Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Fort Lauderdale Sea-level rise - Dr. Nancy Gassman, Assistant Director of Public Works Sustainability, City of Fort Lauderdale; Ricardo Alvarez, Hurricane risk expert, former Deputy Director International Hurricane Center, Research Affiliate Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES); Julie Lambert, Florida Atlantic University; Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College

11:30-12:30 Working groups: Challenges and opportunities for incorporating risk and resilience into the classroom (topical) - participants will be broken into groups to explore how risk and resilience are currently being taught in the context of the topics below and to develop ideas for creating new teaching materials.


  • Hurricanes (Group 1 | Group 2) - Alan Benimoff, Kyle Bryant, Marianne Caldwell, Jennifer Haney, Tatjana Hocke-Mirzashvili, David Kobilka, Marc Settembrino - Room 103
  • River Flooding - Kelly Bringhurst, Lisa Doner, Anne Larson Hall, Adelle Monteblanco, Michael Phillips - Room 104
  • Climate Change and Sea Level Rise - Carrie Helgeson Nelms, Eileen Johnson, Julie Lambert, Daniel Spandau, Shimon Wdowinski - Room 104
  • Earthquakes - Anne Egger, Carlos Nunez, Patricia Stapleton, Danielle Sumy, Carla Whittington - Room 105
  • Landslides and Mass Movement - Ana Garcia-Garcia, Robert Clayton, Ganapathy Pattukandan Ganapathy - Room 105
  • Traumatic/acute general hazards (Group 1 | Group 2) - Monica Gowan, Eric Kremers, Corrie Neighbors, Pamela McMullen-Messier, Charlene Sharpe, Jun Zhuang - Room 109
  • Hydrologic Hazards - Mary Anne Carletta, Tej Gautam, Lorraine Motola, Bill Stigliani - Room 109
  • Long-term hazards and planning (Group 1 | Group 2) - Rebekah Green, Andrew Moore, Katherine O'Neill, Sian Proctor, Richard Rueb, Panagiotis Scarlatos, Bruno Takahashi - Upstairs conference room (201)

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Panel: Examples of Incorporating Risk and Resilience into the Curriculum and Across Disciplines - panelists will describe how they have successfully implemented risk and resilience topics in their classroom and across disciplines. Moderator:Alana Edwards , Florida Atlantic University


3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 Break out sessions: Exploring a range of pedagogic approaches to teaching about risk and resilience through example activities - take an in-depth look at some of the approaches that are being used to teach about risk and resilience across the disciplines through participant-submitted materials.

5:00-5:45 Panel: Preparing Students for the Workforce - this session explores the skills employers prefer from college graduates for entry level positions and beyond. Moderator: Mantha Mehallis, Florida Atlantic University


  • Kyle Bryant - Superfund Team, US EPA Region 4
  • Monica Gowan - Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic
  • Daniel Spandau - DJS Consulting

Session synthesis

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5:45-6:15 Synthesis of where we are, plan for tomorrow, workshop evaluation (please complete before dinner)

7 Dinner at on-campus restaurant

Friday, May 16

8:15 Morning instructions: developing an integrate course or module - Anne Egger with Pamela McMullen-Messier and Michael Phillips

8:30 -11:00 Working groups develop potential proposals for new modules or courses

11:00-12:00 Individual reflection followed by group report-out

12:00-1:00 Lunch


2:00 PM Adjourn