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Research Paper People and Other Animals

A research paper relating to topics discussed in class will be the main assignment focus throughout the course [for people and other animals]. Undergraduate students must write a paper of a minimum of 12 pages, while graduate students have a minimum length of 25 pages.

Paper Other People and Animals SDG 15 - Life on Land
Reflection Papers (Ethics in your Life) Ethics In Your Life: Being Thinking Doing (or Not?)

Students are required to submit three short (roughly 250–300 word) reflection papers over the course of the term in response to the outside events* you attend.

Field Trip, Paper Experiential Learning Social Studies SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
Reaction Papers Environmental Conflict

Students are responsible for writing a 1–2 page reaction paper based on the readings (or another assigned topic) for each week's class for a total of eight reaction papers. Papers are due in the class for which the reading is assigned. Reaction papers are your personal response to the week's readings. These papers should offer an overview of the main points of the book or articles under consideration. It should also include your own assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of these readings and, if possible, should link the reading at hand to other readings from the course or topics discussed in class.


Paper Other Anthropology SDG 13 - Climate Action
Re-Designing Massachusetts Avenue (Assignment 2) Urban Transportation and Planning

The Cambridge Director of Transportation has asked you, his trusted advisor, to help him plan his strategy with respect to current issues regarding Massachusetts Avenue between Central Square and the Harvard Bridge.

For this assignment, you will have access to the counting reports of the teams at three intersections and locations along Mass. Ave. You should walk and observe, and use the first several steps of the 19 step process as part of your background work in preparing to write the assignment. Pay explicit attention to the first step: "who are you?" and how this impacts the advice you give.

Redesign Place-Based Learning Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Quiz 2 D-Lab I: Development

This is a quiz, with open-ended questions from D-Lab I: Development.

Exam Other Development SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Public Participation and Group Decision-Making Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning

There is an ongoing debate between political philosophers and dispute resolution professionals regarding the most appropriate means of conceptualizing the public interest (with regards to the use of natural resources or patterns of urban development). The philosophers believe "deliberative polling" that provides a snapshot of what the "average citizen" prefers should be sufficient for elected officials to determine what actions to take in the public interest. Dispute resolution professionals argue the public interest can best be understood as the product of a consensus building dialogue among contending interests (not individuals) and that public officials armed with polling data can never know or produce on their own the public interest.

Paper Other Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Project of Change or Research Paper Environmental Justice Law and Policy

Beginning in week four, students should form groups of not more than four students to work collaboratively on either 1) a final research paper or 2) a proposal for a project that responds to a contemporary issue in environmental justice. The project of change or research paper may be designed in collaboration with a local public agency or community-based organization, or by the team without outside consultation.


Group Presentation Collaborative, Small Group Learning Environmental Law, Policy SDG 16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Project 4: General Circulation Weather and Climate Laboratory

In this final project, we draw together some of the ideas explored in Projects 1, 2, and 3 and apply them to study, using atmospheric data and a rotating annulus, aspects of the general circulation of the atmosphere.


Oral Presentation, Report Inquiry-Based Learning Climate SDG 15 - Life on Land
Project 3: Convection Weather and Climate Laboratory

In this project we enquire into the nature of the convective process. We will simulate convection in the laboratory using a tank of water with a heating pad at its base and study convection in the atmosphere using thermodynamic diagrams.


Oral Presentation, Report Inquiry-Based Learning Climate SDG 15 - Life on Land
Project 2: Fronts Weather and Climate Laboratory

In this project, we inspect fronts crossing the country associated with day-to-day variations in the weather using real-time atmospheric observations. In the laboratory we create fronts by allowing salty (and hence dense) columns of water to collapse under rotation and gravity. We discover that the observed changes in winds and temperature across our laboratory and atmospheric fronts is consistent with Margule’s formula (a discrete form of the thermal wind equation) and see that the dynamical balance at work in the atmosphere is the same as in the density fronts created in the rotating tank.


Oral Presentation, Report Inquiry-Based Learning Climate SDG 15 - Life on Land