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Explores controversies about the use of markets and market reasoning in areas such as organ sales, procreation, environmental regulation, immigration policy, military service, voting, health care, education, and criminal justice. The seminar will examine arguments for and against cost-benefit...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Michael Sandel
Dimensional analysis. Basic elements of steady and unsteady thermal conduction and mass diffusion. Statics and dynamics of fluids. Buoyancy-stability and hydrostatics. Laminar viscous flows, potential flows, origin of lift, and basic aspects of boundary layers. Navier-Stokes and continuity...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: David Sondak
As a scarce and necessary resource, land triggers competition and conflict over its possession and use. For privately owned land, the market manages much of the competition through its familiar allocative price-setting framework. However, because one person’s use of privately owned land affects the...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Jerold Kayden
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This seminar explores how public and private institutions and individuals, under labels of “adaptation” or “resilience,” are positioning built and natural environments to respond to threats posed by climate change. The threats include flooding caused by sea level rise and storm surges as well as...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Jerold Kayden
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This course will survey constructive religious reflection that is informed by an ecological worldview and accountable to various forms of environmental activism. Readings will be drawn from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions, among them Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Paganism...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Daniel McKanan
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Pests have had impacts large and small on human life, serving as sources of lethal pandemics and minor annoyance alike. But what constitutes a pest has varied greatly over time and space. This course examines these themes with a focus on the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, an...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Samuel Dolbee
This course is the first of a two-module sequence in building technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture.  Objectives:  – To study selected aspects of the physical environment which directly affect people and their buildings, such as climate, weather, solar...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Ali Malkawi
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From statistical to continuum mechanics. Geometry of motion. Strain, strain rate, polarity and nematicity. Vorticity. Conservation laws. Stress - passive and active. Symmetry, invariance and constitutive equations. Dimensional analysis and scaling. Navier-Stokes equations and their generalizations...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: L. Mahadevan
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Required for both MLA 1 and MLA AP students taking the third LA core-studio. Ecological Principles for Design (Steven Handel):  The fundamentals of ecological science are introduced toward investigating, understanding, and shaping landscape structure, function, and change. Through lectures,...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: David Moreno Mateos
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To wander about among a vegetation which is new to one is pleasant and instructive. It is the same with familiar plants as with other familiar objects: in the end we cease to think about them at all. But what is seeing without thinking? (Goethe, Italian Journey) In an age of environmental...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: William (Ned) Friedman
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Through a series of case studies, this course will explore paradigmatic design responses to the climate crisis including adaptation (both for communities to remain and retreat) and mitigation (through increased carbon draw-down and reduced emissions). These exemplary cases will be a means to...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Professor: Jill Desimini, Emily Wettstein
This new elective seminar will provide a deeper dive into issues of evidence-based, high-performance, sustainable building design. The course is intended for first and second year Energy and Environment students, MArch students, and anyone with an interest in the environmental performance of...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Holly Samuelson
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A comprehensive introduction to how the principles of mineralogy, phase equilibria, and the compositions of terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials are used to understand the evolution of the Earth and its resources. The course will discuss how we know that the Earth's crust has more than...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Stein Jacobsen
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This course will consider the challenge of climate change and what to do about it.   Students will be introduced to the basic science of climate change, including the radiation budget of the Earth, the carbon cycle, and the physics and chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere.  We will look at...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Daniel P. Schrag
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This is an introduction to Earth and Planetary science for EPS concentrators and an overview, for those outside the field, of the critical events and processes that have shaped the Earth’s evolution and its place in the solar system. The course is designed to highlight the processes, from tectonic...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Jerry X. Mitrovica
Professor: Rebecca Fishcher
This graduate research seminar combines machine learning with applications in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. The class will consist of literature review augmented with significant data curation and coding. Students will decide on topics and machine learning tools may include supervised learning...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Marine Denolle
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Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Charles Langmuir
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Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: David T. Johnston
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Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Rebecca Fischer
Attend a domestic or overseas geological field program of 3-6 weeks duration to learn methods of obtaining, synthesizing, and interpreting field observations. Notes: Field programs are selected individually by students with the advice and approval of the instructor. Students must notify the...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Miaki Ishii
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This course covers theoretical basis for low-frequency seismology.  The topics covered include boundary conditions, eigenfunctions and frequencies of the Earth, normal-mode summations for synthetic seismogram calculations, surface waves, and model-ray duality. Notes: Given in alternate years or...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Miaki Ishii
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This seminar course will generally focus on recent advances in understanding the physical and chemical properties of minerals and melts at extreme pressures and temperatures, with implications for the properties, composition, formation, and evolution of Earth and planetary cores and mantles....
Research Areas: Climate, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Rebecca Fischer
What are the spatial, material, and  cultural values inherent in a property that must be understood to craft interventions and additions that will reveal, complement, sustain and enhance the original work while appropriately addressing social, architectural and technical integrity?  This course...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: David Fixler
Purpose: This course is the second of a two-module sequence in building technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture.  Objective: To continue the study of environmental considerations in architectural design.  Content: The course will cover building systems...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Holly Samuelson
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This course introduces contemporary theories of landscape as a medium of urbanism and product of urbanization. The course surveys sites and subjects, texts and topics describing landscape’s embeddedness in processes of urbanization as well as economic transformations informing the shape of the city...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Charles Waldheim
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Introduction to earthquakes in the context of global tectonics, source mechanisms, types of natural and induced quakes. Faults in the field, dating earthquakes, materials of fault cores. Observations, introduction to the theory, and analog modeling of earthquake cycles, mountain building,...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Marine Denolle
Professor:
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: James Rice
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Science is like a well-woven, ever-expanding fabric, designed to uncover Nature's secrets. This course emphasizes the strong connections between subfields of science,showing it as the never-ending and greatest detective story ever told, with evidence always the arbiter. These characteristics are...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Irwin Shapiro
Biogeography aims to explain distributions of organisms through historical and ecological factors. This course will focus on the history of biogeographic research, developments in the area of historical biogeography, and on ecological processes that affect distributions of whole clades. Topics...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Gonzalo Giribet
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The Pacific Ocean covers a third of the Earth's surface and one-third of humanity lives on its shores and islands, from Russia to New Zealand and from Southeast Asia to South America. This seminar introduces students to oceanic and global history via works in Pacific history by scholars of the...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: David Armitage
Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions have major impact on society and cause great tragedies.  The participants in this seminar will examine one Earth-science related science fiction movie each week and discusses features that are real and fictitious...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Miaki Ishii
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Symbioses - "living together" with microbes - are ubiquitous in nature, with powerful effects on the physiology, ecology, and evolution of all living organisms. The diversity of symbioses drives biological innovation, challenging us to think about life on earth at a different/new level.  This...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Colleen M. Cavanaugh
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Given the current speed of habitat and species loss caused by human development, the restoration of degraded ecosystem is one of the greatest challenges humankind is facing. For this reason, the United Nations declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. This global effort will...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: David Moreno Mateos
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Research Areas: Climate, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Marine Denolle
Professor:
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Kaighin McColl
Professor:
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor:

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