Transforming Teamwork through Conative Awareness (Spring 2014) -- Graduate collaborators developed and implemented a teamwork module to teach students about their instinctive problem-solving skills, or "conation." Conation is the third part of the mind and it is rarely addressed in team settings despite its critical role in team problem-solving. The collaborators implemented the conation module in SOS 110: Sustainable World; results indicate that students’ ability to work effectively in teams and students’ satisfaction with their teams increased as a result of this module. Project partnerships: ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE), School of Sustainability (SOS).


Whale Watching in Dominica (Fall 2013) -- Part of an ongoing project that builds from ecological, economic, and cultural components, GISER's funding supported a graduate researcher's preliminary visit to Dominica to meet with the Dominica Sperm Whale Project. Together, they will investigate how whale watching in the ecotourism industry is supporting cetacean conservation in the context of a developing Caribbean country. Project partnerships: ASU School of Life Sciences (SoLS), Dominica Sperm Whale Project.

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Roseau, "The Capital of Caribbean Whale Watching" (Photo: Aireona Bonnie Raschke, 2014)

Roseau, "The Capital of Caribbean Whale Watching" (Photo: Aireona Bonnie Raschke, 2014)

Integrating Sustainability Grand Challenges via Experiential Learning Labs (Spring 2013) -- Graduate collaborators developed two learning labs, Infrared Thermography (IRT) Insulation Learning Lab and Shake Table Sustainable Infrastructure Learning Lab, that utilized experiential and active learning on the topic of Improving Urban Infrastructure, addressing one of the five sustainability-related Grand Challenges of Engineering outlined by the National Academy of Engineering. Project partnerships: ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE), School of Sustainability (SOS).

Future Visions at M52: Investigating Social, Ethical, and Legal Constraints (Spring 2012) -- An interdisciplinary team of graduate students worked with stakeholders at the Motorola 52nd Street (M52) site, one one of the primary sources of groundwater contamination in in Phoenix, Arizona. They organized a workshop in August 2012 attended by government regulators, engineering consultants, citizens, environmental justice lawyers, and others, to complete the first participatory technology assessment for site stakeholders. Workshop participants’ co-definition, negotiations, and deliberations over problems at M52 were then presented to the full Community Involvement Group hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Project funds also supported the team working with students on a class project at local BioScience High School, presentation of results at the Dupont Summit 2012 held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, forthcoming publications, and a graduate dissertation chapter related to social, ethical, and legal issues in engineering. Project partnerships: ASU School of Sustainability, BioDesign, Graduate College. 

A Consumer’s Guide to Local Food Systems and Greenhouse Gases (Spring 2012) -- Using project funding awarded by GISER, a graduate student at ASU School of Life Sciences co-authored a peer-reviewed factsheet on local food systems and greenhouse gases with a team consisting of member of the community and a topical expert for the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore website where it is now available for free download. The GISER funding, in particular, went towards the copy-editing, formatting, and publishing of the factsheet. Project partnerships: ASU School of Life Sciences, Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems (Michigan State University).

Lifelong Explorers: Arizona’s Insect Biodiversity Project (Collaborative Citizen Science Project of the Access to Discovery Network) (Spring 2012) -- Project partnerships: ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Burdens and Barriers to Terrawatt-scale Photovoltaic Energy (Fall 2012) -- Funding supported a two-day workshop on solar energy. Project partnerships: ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE),  ASU School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE), ASU School of Life Sciences' Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program (SoLS/HSD), ASU School of Sustainability (SOS).

Mitigating Water Conflicts in the Río Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica (Fall 2012) -- Collaborators developed a decision-support guide for basin-scale water policymakers. Project partnerships: ASU School of Sustainability (SOS), ASU School of Life Sciences (SoLS), ASU Center for Nanotechnology in Society, National University of Costa Rica, and others.