deborah gross


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.

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Course Modules (7)

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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Choosing Papers part of 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 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 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 (3)

Report on Unlearning Racism in Geoscience from the NAGT Traveling Workshop Program Pod part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday:Poster Session III
In Spring 2021, twelve facilitators from the NAGT Traveling Workshop Program (TWP; organized a discussion pod as part of the Unlearning Racism in Geoscience program (URGE; ...

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)

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.