We are in a data and information rich epoch, yet the sheer amount of information can be both overwhelming and difficult to verify. Information visualization provides a path to better understand unique characteristics within large data sets, as well as communicate complex scientific phenomena such as the impact of global warming.
Why do plants and animals live where they do and how will they respond to increasing anthropogenic pressures? This course will explore scientific approaches to untangle the dynamic interactions between geologic features, human impacts, climate, and biodiversity. In it, we will use real data to examine the fundamental principles of landscape ecology and biogeography and their applications to conservation practices. The course will consist of 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of lab per week.
Making the List: Banned Books, Best Sellers, and Best Of
What makes a book a success? In this writing course, we will examine three measures of book quality: literary prizes, bestseller lists, and the banned book list. The course will include projects that enhance written, oral, visual, electronic and nonverbal (WOVEN) communication skills while honing students’ ability to think and talk critically about literature, culture, and consumer habits within a wide variety of reading communities and other audiences.
This English language course will explore and create solutions toward a Sustainable Future for cities here and around the world. Our local focus will be Atlanta, where we hear speakers, read about, and visit examples of sustainable solutions in food and energy. Then, we will work in teams to teach and demonstrate an example of sustainability to the ones most likely to carry it out: kids. We will incorporate their perspectives in our activities. Throughout, students will reflect in writing and speaking and receive support to improve academic and professional English fluency.
This poster design tool is developed from ideas used by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield in their GT 1000 courses. While many students already have skills with design software and photography, for instance, this tool can be a valuable way to have them practice design skills using Adobe software available in the library, the Multimedia Studio, or through the Virtual Lab. Students will be able to share their understanding of what sustainability means and how Georgia Tech is already practicing sustainability on campus through this creative exercise. Contact the SLS main office for assistance in displaying quality student work on campus.