Unity Fishbowl Talks

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Unity Fishbowl Talks is a colloquium series for Unity College faculty and invited outside speakers to discuss ideas on pedagogy and to present their scholarly work.

Unity Fishbowl Talks is a colloquium series for Unity College faculty and invited outside speakers to discuss ideas on pedagogy and to present their scholarly work. 

These discussions and presentations address the need for a trans-disciplinary forum for teaching efforts at Unity College and also provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions on research. It is at this intersection of teaching and research goals where speakers can make the most impact on Unity College students. 

Attendance is highly encouraged, with most Fishbowl events occurring during community time on the second Thursday at noon or the third Tuesday at 11:00 am. The events take place in PW 204 and unless otherwise noted, include free lunch and a coffee discussion in the Student Center immediately after each presentation.

Fishbowl is generously sponsored by the Teaching Discussion Group and the Office of the President.

Spring 2015 Schedule: 

Thursday, Feb 12, 12:00 - 12:30 - Host: Bill Kovarik
Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00 – 12:00 – John Lawrence, Guest Host: Janis Balda
Thursday, Feb 26, 12:00 – 12:30 – Mick Womersley
Thursday, March 12, 12:00 – 12:30 – Jonah Gula and George Matula
Tuesday, March 31, 11:00 – 12:00 – Erika Latty
Thursday, April 9, 12:00 – 12:30 – Aimee Phillippi
Tuesday, April 21, 11:00 -12:00 - Kathleen Dunkel

John Lawrence, Ph.D.

The Role of Business Education in the Development of Sustainability Science Leaders by Professor John Lawrence, Ph.D. Guest Host: Janis Balda

Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00 – 12:00 PW 204

About the Talk: This thought provoking talk will explore the value of business education for sustainability science students and consider how this business education can be achieved in a way that best complements the student's scientific education.  The presenter teaches business concepts to environmental science students and sustainability concepts to business students and executives at the University of Idaho.  He has written a number of sustainability focused teaching cases and recently guest edited a special issue of the Case Research Journal that focused on sustainability.

About the Speaker: Dr. Lawrence teaches courses in strategy, innovation, and project and process management in the University of Idaho’s Executive MBA, Professional Science Masters, and undergraduate business programs. The UI’s Executive MBA graduating classes have voted Professor Lawrence the outstanding EMBA faculty member four out of the last six years and in 2011 he received the UI’s Teaching Excellence Award, the highest teaching award the university bestows on its faculty.  Professor Lawrence has also received the Environmental Science program’s outstanding faculty award in 2011-12 for his work developing the UI’s new Professional Science Master’s program.  

Mick WomerselyApplying Realism to Climate Policy by Professor Mick Womersley

Thursday, Feb 26, 12:00 – 12:30 PW 204

About the Talk:This talk will cover the interactions between climate policy and current geopolitics, particularly the crisis in Ukraine. Professor Womersley will apply Keynesian macroeconomics and geopolitical “realism” to the situation and propose partial resolutions, as well as one or two wilder ideas.

About the Speaker: Mick Womersley is Professor of Human Ecology at the Center for Sustainability and Global Change at Unity College.


The Unity College Bear StudyThe Unity College Bear Study - Jonah Gula and George Matula

Thursday, March 12, 12:00 - 12:30 PW 204
In 2012, Unity College received approval from the Maine Department oflnland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to capture, tag, and track black bears in Central Maine. The project expands bear research into an area where bears are in the early stages of colonization and nuisance complaints are rising. The project is the first to integrate undergraduates into all aspects of the study: planning, implementation, data analysis, and more. Unity College students are acquiring practical, real-world exposure to wildlife management through the bear study. Data collected during the 2013 and 2014  field seasons has provided valuable information about a recolonizing bear population, and can be used by the MDIFW to inform bear management goals and objectives. As the project continues, new opportunities for student research is arising, and students can apply what they have learned in class to real-life conservation.