Even those who are climate change skeptics are beginning to acknowledge that, as stated by Vice President Mike Pence at the October 7, 2020 Vice Presidential Debate, “The climate is changing.” Whether or not one truly understands that climate and weather are two different entities, and whether or not one acknowledges that this is not a good change, the fact is that these events, including wildfires, hurricanes, rising temperatures, and heavy rainfall contrasted with droughts, all lead to both direct and indirect health issues. The American Medical Association, along with multiple other groups, created The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, hoping to facilitate public awareness of climate change impacts on global health. And while impacts of climate change has been offered as an elective course for medical students and trainees, it has not yet been incorporated into standard curricula for medical education.
Flexibility and agility are keys to creating adaptable spaces that can conform to current academic needs, as well as potential future issues. “There is a need to implement mode shifting ability, using generic meeting facilities and group spaces for mock studios fitted for broadcasting interactive sessions,” explains Carsten Primdahl, lead design architect at CEBRA Architecture. “We also need the ability to create social study bubbles during the pandemic while maintaining social interaction at a distance. This involves activating all kinds of idle space to distribute activity.”
Discussing the need for design that works within the framework of a hybrid method of learning, Stevens says, “We leaned towards asynchronous learning as an overarching vision for the design, with the aim of enhancing accessibility and equity—thinking about the possibilities that come from a space that can accommodate an in-person classroom one day, but also be equipped with the technology for a lecturer
To be, or not to be – a teacher?
Florida is changing its state rules to allow philosophy majors – for decades the targets of ruthless jokes about the usefulness of their college degrees – to teach social sciences in public schools.
Philosophy majors have included Supreme Court Justice David Souter and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
The change is long overdue, said experts in the field. They describe misconceptions by critics who fail to understand that philosophy majors consider questions more broadly and creatively.
“They imagine people sitting on mountains and uttering cryptic sayings or something,” said Gene Witmer, undergraduate coordinator for philosophy students at the University of Florida.
The change expands the pool of teacher candidates for social science courses, which previously required a degree in social science, social studies, history, political science, geography, sociology, economics or psychology. It also means schools that teach philosophy can now hire