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Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions: Global Change

Global Change

The focus of Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions 2021 was  Global Change. Incoming first-year and transfer students learned about  global change, its history and causes and its consequences.

Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions: Global Change

Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions is a special kind of multidisciplinary experience created for all incoming first-year and transfer students and their families.

The experience is packaged as an online course available in WolfWare — NC State’s suite of academic technologies — giving students experience with the technologies they’ll use during their academic careers before they begin their first semester at NC State.

The focus of Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions 2021 is Global Change. In this course, we will consider global change, its history and causes, its consequences. Students will learn directly from NC State faculty who are contributing to diverse solutions around the world. Ancient life, mass extinction, modern ecologies and climate justice are just a few of the topics this course will cover. 

The course is not required; however, we encourage students to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity created just for incoming students.

Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions aims to encourage students to discover more about various disciplines, to connect with the broader NC State community, and to Think and Do, applying and reflecting upon what they’re learning.

Course Content

Topics covered in the 2021 Global Change focused Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions encouraged students to engage in critical thinking and to understand what one person can do to be a part of the solutions.

The Presenters

The ones who are the subject matter experts and examples of stellar presenters in more than 70 different disciplines.

Listed in alphabetical order.

  • DeAnna E. Beasley, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science (UTC)
  • Kofi Boone, Professor and University Faculty Scholar, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
  • Mara Cuebas-Irizarry, Graduate Student Researcher; Teaching Assistant Biotechnology Program, Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Caren Cooper, Associate Professor, Leadership in Public Science, Forestry & Environmental Resources
  • Angel Elisa Cruz, Academic and Extension Initiatives Manager, Horticulture – Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Joe DeCarolis, Professor, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
  • Kathie Dello, North Carolina State Climatologist/Director, State Climate Office of North Carolina, State Climate Office
  • Rob Dunn, Applied Ecology
  • Ryan E. Emanuel, Professor and University Faculty Scholar, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Jason Flores, Associate Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Andy Fox, Professor/University Faculty Scholar, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
  • Terry “Bucky” Gates [Moderator], Assistant Teaching Professor at NC State; Research Associate at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences
  • Lauren Gibson [Moderator], Ph.D. student in NC State’s Environmental Education Lab; Youth engagement specialist with NOAA’s Office of Education, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • Carlos C. Goller, Associate Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Marsha Gordon, Professor and Director of Film Studies, English
  • Fred Gould, Professor; Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, Office of Research and Innovation (ORI)
  • Kathryn M. Grossman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Nora Haenn, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Frank Harmon, Professor in Practice, Architecture
  • Nyeema C. Harris, Associate Professor of Wildlife and Land Conservation; Director of Applied Wildlife Ecology (AWE) Lab; Yale University
  • Chris L. Hawn, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Geography and Environmental Science
  • David B. Hill, Professor and Head, School of Architecture
  • Bill A. Hoffmann, Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Holly S. Hurlburt, Assistant Dean, University College; Professor of History, History
  • Ethan Hyland, Assistant Professor, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Roland Kays, Research Professor at NC State; Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Robert M. Kelly, Alcoa Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering / Director, NC State Biotechnology (BIT) Program, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • John Kessel, Emeritus Professor of English, English
  • Christina Hammock Koch, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Jane L. Lubischer, Associate Department Head, Biological Sciences; Program Director, Inclusive Excellence at NC State, Biological Sciences
  • Katherine “Katie” Mack, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Brian Malow [Moderator], Science Comedian
  • Jorge Mari, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Environmental Humanities and Film, Foreign Languages and Literature
  • John Millhauser, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Asia Murphy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Studies
  • Kirsten S. Paige, Assistant Teaching Professor of Musicology, Music
  • Deja Perkins, Urban Ecologist, Community Engagement Specialist, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, Novelist
  • Melissa Ramirez, Associate Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Sonja Salmon, Associate Professor and Industrial Partnerships Manager, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
  • Deaja Sanders, Graduate Student Researcher, Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Matt Shipman [Moderator], Research Communications Lead, University Relations
  • Kathryn Stevenson, Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • David R. Tarpy, University Scholar Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Applied Ecology
  • Adam Terando, Research Ecologist, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (USGS), Applied Ecology
  • Jessica Yinka Thomas, Director, Business Sustainability Collaborative; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Roger H. von Haefen, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; Associate Director, Center for Environmental and Resource Economics Policy (CEnREP); Editor, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Elsa Youngsteadt, Assistant Professor and Extension Urban Ecology Specialist, Applied Ecology
  • Lindsay E. Zanno, Associate Research Professor, NC State University and Head of Paleontology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences

The Disciplines

A word cloud to visualize all of the disciplines represented in Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions: Global Change.