NIS: Climate Change and the Environment

Northern Illinois University

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
announces a one-day professional development conference as part of the
"New Ideas" series

New Ideas in Science:
Climate Change and the Environment

NIS: Climate Change and the Environment

"Climate Change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority"

~Bill Gates

Holmes Student Center, Regency Room, DeKalb, Illinois
Friday, February 8, 2013
8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Whether you are a first-time New Ideas participant or a returning colleague, this professional development day will provide you with opportunities to explore new subjects, bring teaching resources to your classroom, and collaborate with others. 



8:15 - 8:50 a.m. Check In and Registration, Holmes Student Center - Regency Room (Main floor)

8:50 - 9 a.m. Welcome - Regency Room
Mark Pietrowski, Associate Director, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming

9 - 10 a.m.
1A "Climate Change and Forests: A Guide for Educators"
David Goldblum, Associate Professor, Department of Geography

10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
2A "The Convergence of Renewable Energy Sources and Electric Vehicles"
Kevin Martin, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy
2B "Supporting Drought Mitigation Policies in East Africa: Systems - Conflict Resolution - Policies"
Datu Buyung Agusdinata, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
3A "Climate Change and the Impact on Water Quality in Mexico"
Melissa Lenczewski, Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
3B "Climate Ethics: What Should We Do About Global Climate Change?"
Jason Hanna, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch - Blackhawk Annex (Ground level)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
4A "Incorporating Online Resources into the Classroom"
Melissa Burlingame, Program Coordinator, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy

For an updated schedule, check our website at


What teachers have said about past "New Ideas" programs:
"Finally a workshop right up my alley," Ellain Gallis, Waukegan High School.

"Lively speakers. I thought I knew a lot . . .wow was I surprised. I'm excited to return to my classrooms," E. Marie Schaver, Belvidere High School.

"The knowledge held by the speakers was terrific. I enjoyed their presentations," Merla Hammack, Sycamore Middle School.

"Excellent resources provided; knowledgeable presenters," Randy Harper, Maine West High School.

Why Attend?
This program gives you an opportunity to meet with colleagues from other educational institutions, learn about successful teaching projects, and hear the latest findings from thought-provoking Northern Illinois University scholars. NIU professors and other professionals working in the academic disciplines will share new ideas to supplement your classroom curriculum.

You will:

  • Gain information and perspectives for teaching about climate change.
  • Receive ideas and materials from faculty to use as references when you return to your school.
  • Network with other attendees as you explore new ideas and expand your professional horizons.

Recertification - CPDUs: You will receive a certificate documenting six Continuing Professional Development Units for your participation. Northern Illinois University is an approved provider of professional development activities. This documentation will assist you in your individual recertification plans.

General Information: Enrollments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If reservations exceed conference limits, a waiting list will be established. Late registrations will be accepted if space is available. Registration is confirmed by payment. If the conference must be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund. All facilities are ADA approved.

Cancellations/Refunds: Requests for refunds are accepted if written notification is received by Outreach (see below) before 4:30 p.m. January 24 (refunds will be issued minus a $25 processing fee). No refunds issued for cancellations received after 4:30 pm, January 24. Substitutions of registrants may be made, without penalty, anytime prior to the program’s commencement.

Location: Holmes Student Center, DeKalb. NIU is in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago (one mile north of I-88), 45 miles southeast of Rockford. A map will be sent with your confirmation.

Parking: A visitor's parking lot is located close to the Holmes Student Center. A campus map is sent with your confirmation plus you can mention the conference at the visitor parking lot to park for FREE.

Visit for more information about our upcoming programs for 2013.

Four Easy Ways to Register:

  1. PHONE 1-800-345-9472 or (815) 753-0277 to register with a credit card. TTY/TYY callers, phone (815) 753-2000 and ask to be connected with "Outreach."
  2. FAX your form to (815) 753-6900 to register with a credit card.
  3. MAIL your completed registration form with check to: University Outreach Services, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2860.
  4. ONLINE at