A Field Practicum in Panama
Embedded Field Program
July 6-22, 2012
Biology 297E/497B (Online; March-May, 2012)
Global Climate Change: Sustainability of Select Tropical and Aquatic Ecosystems with Biology 297A/497A
The overarching goal of this spring 2012 CHANCE embedded field program is to prepare current and future K-12 teachers to become effective environmental educators. Several Penn State undergraduates majoring in various disciplines will also be selected to participate in this field course; and, Panamanian K-12 teachers will be joining the CHANCE participants for a professional development workshop on the use of inquiry in the science classroom which will be held at the Smithsonian headquarters in Panama City to culminate the trip component. This course will also address the “Taking Action on Climate Change” environmental priority set forth by the United States Environmental Agency (EPA). By working with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in selected biological field stations throughout Panama, field research activities will be used to explore ways in which the biodiversity of a wide variety of habitats is being affected by climate change and the ways in which conservation and sustainable development can be practiced in order to improve the global environment. As an indirect benefit the student will also experience the biogeography, culture, politics, economics, and history of this region.
For more information please visit: http://www2.lv.psu.edu/jxm57/panama2012/index.html or contact Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin at JShea@psu.edu
Application deadline is March 1, 2012.
Education Abroad (Study Abroad)
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Peruvian Adventure, Spring Break 2006
As part of the SPAN 296H seminar, entitled, Andean cultures: Past and Present,. students from Penn State Lehigh Valley (6 students), Penn State Berks (10 students), and University Park (1 student) visited Cuzco, Peru, the heart of the Inca empire. They also toured many significant historical and religious sites in the area including:
- Machu Picchu
- Ollantaytambo,where the Incas defeated the Spanish in the 1500's
- Pisac, one the most important religious site for the Incas because of the Sacred Valley
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