Zoom-time Enhancement

Some say there isn’t anything more exciting than listening to Krygier drone on in Zoom lectures.

But that’s a pretty small group.

Please use the Zoom Chat section to insert comments while I’m talking. Serious, amusing, whatever. I’ll keep an eye on them. If you crack me up or distract me, all the better.

Please also use the “raise your hand” feature of Zoom. I’ll try my best to answer your questions.

 

First OWU Sustainability Task Force Meeting (Zoom): Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30pm

Above left: mysterious Olentangy River object, near OWU Campus
Above right: possibly less mysterious, but still really interesting: Jess Wilber, STF guest from Citizens Climate Lobby; Jess is Great Lakes Regional Fellow International Outreach Intern

Join us for the first Sustainability Task Force (STF) meeting of the Fall 2020 semester: Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30-7:30 pm on Zoom.

Please contact John Krygier for the Zoom link.

For the Fall semester of 2020, we are focusing on work with the Citizens Climate Lobby – our OWU student group and the national organization.

We plan to set short and longer-term goals during the meeting. You will be part of those goals.

Joining us is Jess Wilber: a fourth-year student at Oberlin College with a double-major in Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies, a double-minor in Politics and History, and a concentration in International Affairs. She has spent the last two and a half years working for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, an international grassroots non-profit, non-partisan organization that empowers everyday people to work together on effective climate change solutions. She helped to pioneer their current programs for students in Higher Education. She was among the first members of the Campus Leaders Program, which seeks to educate and empower students to become effective climate advocates and organizers in their communities. As part of that program, she founded the Oberlin College CCL Chapter, or OCEAL, and worked with the local CCL chapter to get the Oberlin City Council to pass a resolution endorsing Carbon Fee and Dividend. She also got the same endorsement from the Oberlin College Sustainability Committee and President Carmen Ambar later that year. She was then hired as the organization’s first Regional Fellow, working to expand CCL’s Higher Ed Action Team and directly overseeing its growth. She has also held various internship positions with CCL, including Higher Education Outreach, Volunteer Education & Engagement, and International Outreach.

Research: intelligence is the ability to adapt to the environment

Ever since psychologists started measuring intelligence, including the academic skills measured by IQ tests and their proxies, they have known that intelligence is not really your ability to solve obscure multiple-choice problems with largely trivial content that will have no impact on your future life whatsoever. Instead, intelligence is the ability to adapt to the environment: adaptive intelligence.

Organisms that don’t adapt die.

Intelligence is not just about an inert ability to take tests; it is about the active deployment of that ability to solve problems of life.

In my in-press book, Adaptive Intelligence, I argue that all us, including colleges and universities, ought to focus not on producing test takers who are content to see the world go to hell in a handbasket so long as they get their degrees and make their money. Look around us. It’s not working! Instead, we need to develop and assess students’ adaptive skills in and willingness to make the world a better place. If not now, when?

Source: COVID-19 Has Taught Us What Intelligence Really Is (Inside Higher Ed)

New Courses: Fall 2019

Like a pancake tossed by the wind, OWU’s ENVS 110 (100.1), 198 (100.2) AND 498 (400.1) – core courses in our newly expanded Environment & Sustainability program – land with a splat for the Fall of 2019.

For now, a preliminary syllabus and schedule for all the courses open this web site. That information will be significantly updated later this spring and summer.

Please contact John Krygier if you have questions: jbkrygier@owu.edu