Themes & Pursuits
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) supports education research projects through its Themes and Pursuits program.
The "Learning to Integrate Across Natural and Social Sciences" Theme builds upon existing knowledge from various disciplines to advance our understanding of:
- how undergraduate and graduate students learn to integrate data, concepts, techniques, approaches, tools, perspectives, theories, etc. from natural and social sciences to understand environmental problems and inform solutions, and
- pedagogies that support the development of this cognitive ability in a socio-environmental context at the undergraduate or graduate level.
This education-focused Theme currently supports the Pursuit projects below, funded in 2013.
The "Enhancing Socio-Environmental Research & Education: Building Resources for Action-Oriented Team Science Through Syntheses of Practices & Theories" Theme aims to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the practices, tools, methods, and strategies of action-oriented team science to significantly improve research teams' effectiveness at understanding socio-environmental problems and informing socio-environmental decisions.
This education-focused Theme currently supports the Pursuit projects below, funded in 2015.
|Project Title||Year Funded||Principal Investigator|
|Understanding, Teaching, & Employing Model-Based Reasoning in Socio-Environmental Synthesis (EMBeRS)||2013||Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso , Antje Danielson, MIT Energy Institute|
|Translational Ecology: A Pedagogical Framework to Integrate Natural & Social Sciences||2013||Mark W. Brunson, Utah State University , Michelle A. Baker, Utah State University|
|The Development of a Social & Ecological Framework for Understanding Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation||2013||Rachael Shwom, Rutgers University , Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University|
|Participatory Modeling||2015||Steven Gray, Michigan State University, Alexey Voinov, University of Twente, Michael Paolisso, University of Maryland, Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University|
|Core Modeling Practices||2015||Tony Jakeman, Australian National University, Suzanne Pierce, University of Texas at Austin, Sondoss El Sawah, University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Co-Creative Capacity||2015||Allison Metz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Deborah Ghate, The Colebrooke Centre|
|Data-Driven Drought Effect||2016||Emily Burchfield, Vanderbilt University, John Nay, Vanderbilt University, Jonathan Proctor, University of California, Berkeley|
|Transcending Boundaries||2016||Alexander Metzger, University of Massachussetts Boston, Jason Walters, University of Idaho|
|Breaking the Code||2016||Elicia Ratajczyk, Arizona State University , Ute Brady, Arizona State University , Graham Epstein, Indiana University|