We teach students factual knowledge and expect them to assimilate critical thinking and synthesis, but this has always seemed odd to me; even presenting knowledge in a certain order, discussing assumptions, and pointing out flaws does not replicate the process of discovery and analysis that goes on when one is problem solving. I want my students to be, first and foremost, good problem solvers. Most of them will not be ecologists, but all of them will need to solve problems.
“The College of Sciences is all about knowledge creation…” When my fellow liaison Marc Weissburg said this during a discussion of the role of the College of Sciences in promoting service learning and sustainability, I was immediately struck by its truth.
During the Zika Outbreak, lessons our nation’s leaders learned about proactive response and preventive public health measures after Ebola made little difference in countering the disease, as Congress delayed funding for its efficient control.
Recently, the Georgia Tech Alumni magazine wrote an article exploring what “sustainability” means. Considering how much buzz (I know, it’s bad, but they make that joke too!) surrounds this word these days, many prominent figures around campus were asked to weigh-in.
SLS has a sophomore-level class called Technology and Sustainable Community Development. I coordinated the first offering in Spring 2016, with a team of diverse intellectual characters -- Sabir Khan (Architecture), Betsy DiSalvo (Interactive Computing), Jennifer Hirsch (SLS and City and Regional Planning), Wayne Li (Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering) and Dan Matisoff (Public Policy).
I had the honor and pleasure to be there when Serve-Learn-Sustain officially opened in January 2016. During Spring 2016 I had the opportunity to work on new SLS projects - like the Big Ideas - and see their developments from a scratch on a piece of paper to a webpage, exciting!
The term “smart city” has become common parlance in city planning circles in recent years. While there is no universally agreed upon definition, descriptions of smart cities typically refer to integrated and interoperable networks of digital infrastructure and information and communication technologies (ICT) that collect and share data and improve the quality of urban life (Allwinkle and Cruickshank 2011; Batty et al.
The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) recently created a Strategic Advisory Council comprised of faculty and staff around Georgia Tech's campus. The council will meet twice a year and will provide guidance to SLS leadership related to overall strategy and framework development, development of curricular and co-curricular pathways (such as a minor or alternative transcript), and fundraising.