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Autumn 2021

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Undergraduate Courses

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PUBHEHS 4325

Lecture: Climate Change and Human Health

Some people may be skeptical about global warming. However, there seems no doubt that the global climate has been changing. The environmental and climate change challenges the world is facing have never been greater or more complex. Recent US events and disasters indicate that domestic and global actions are needed even we may face stronger political headwinds in the years ahead.  Global climate change may have considerable direct and indirect impacts on human health. These impacts could include excessive heat-related illnesses, vector- and waterborne diseases, increased exposure to environmental toxicants, and exacerbation of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases due to declining air quality. This course will be based on scientific facts, focusing on both natural phenomena and anthropogenic activities, with emphasis on associations between disease initiation and progression in humans. It will also serve as a platform for the students to participate in discussion and debate on these issues.

Class Time and Location: 100% distance learning

Credits: 3 credit hours

Contact Qinghua Sun with questions regarding PUBHEHS 4325.

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Graduate Courses

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PUBHEHS 6325

Lecture: CLimate change and human health

Some people may be skeptical about global warming. However, there seems no doubt that the global climate has been changing. The environmental and climate change challenges the world is facing have never been greater or more complex. Recent US events and disasters indicate that domestic and global actions are needed even we may face stronger political headwinds in the years ahead.  Global climate change may have considerable direct and indirect impacts on human health. These impacts could include excessive heat-related illnesses, vector- and waterborne diseases, increased exposure to environmental toxicants, and exacerbation of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases due to declining air quality. This course will be based on scientific facts, focusing on both natural phenomena and anthropogenic activities, with emphasis on associations between disease initiation and progression in humans. It will also serve as a platform for the students to participate in discussion and debate on these issues.

Class Time and Location: 100% distance learning

Credits: 3 credit hours

Contact Qinghua Sun with questions regarding PUBHEHS 4325.

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EARTHSC 8850

Seminar: how rock, ice, and water shaped ohio

Think Ohio's landscape is boring? This course will change how you see your surroundings. We will explore the imprints of flowing ice and rushing water at some of Ohio's classic glacial geology sites, including Black Hand and Clifton Gorges, the ravines of Highbanks, and the sculpted bedrock of Kelley's Island and the Marblehead Peninsula. The course will be of interest to a wide range of Earth scientists, including those interested in Earth history, surface dynamics, hydrology, and climate change. We'll also have the opportunity to use GPS and remote sensing for mapping features. Most importantly, it's a great way to spend sunny afternoons this fall!

Field trips will be most Monday afternoons through mid-November, plus one weekend overnight (camping) and one full-day on Veteran's Day. Students will research and present on topics of their choice during the field trips, as well as conduct a "mini" project.

Class Time and Location: Mondays 1:50pm-4:50pm, Mendenhall Lab 251

Credits: 3 credit hours

Please contact Prof. Ian Howat with questions regarding EARTHSC 8850.

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Spring 2021

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Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

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EARTHSC 5650

Lecture: Glaciology

A lot of ice is predicted for this winter ..... 
in EarthSc 5650 Glaciology!

Here's some of the questions we'll tackle: Why does it snow? Where and why do glaciers form?
What makes ice flow? How does ice impact the landscape? How have ice sheets responded to climate in the past and how will they change in the future?

While the focus is on glaciers, the course will be useful for anyone wanting some experience with remote sensing, data analysis and basic numerical modeling.

And yes, there will be lots of pretty pictures of glaciers.

Class period is Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:10AM-12:30PM in Hayes Hall 005  (Remote optional).

Contact Ian Howat with questions regarding EarthSc 5650.

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Graduate Courses

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EARTHSC 6750

Lecture: Paleoclimatology

Examination of climate records in ice, lake, and marine cores, tree rings, corals and historical records for a global perspective of Quaternary climate change. Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for EarthSc 750 or GeolSc 750.

Contact Lonnie Thompson with questions regarding EarthSc 6750.

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GEOG 8901

Seminar: Problems in Climatology

Climatology seminar (GEOG 8901). Graduate students will help to select the topic. It will focus on one or more current issues in climatology.and the topics could include: floods and droughts in a changing climate, land-atmosphere interactions, urban climates, climate and health, seasonal climate forecasting, or contemporary research and debates in climatology. This class will be taught using a mixture of lecture and discussion (seminar style). Each topic will be introduced through a lecture given by the instructor that will cover core concepts and relevant theories. This introduction will be followed by student-led discussions of relevant peer-reviewed papers. The research project will provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge that they have gained over the semester to focus on a topic of their choosing. It is expected that students will have a basic understanding of climatology prior to taking this class.

Contact Dr. Quiring for more information.