Synthesis Author(s): Michael Fernandez (Freshman Spring 2013), Madelyn McMullen (Freshman Spring 2013), Katie Mahoney (Freshman 2013)
Comparison Question: How does water pollution affect the human populations dependent on water supplies?
This project focuses on the effects that water pollution has on the surrounding human populations. It focuses on three distinctly diverse cases that demonstrate the wide variety of effects of water pollution.
Water Security in India’s Slums is an enmeshed qualitative study of how the water supply’s health can radically influence the nature of urbanizing areas. In entering the affected area the researchers interviewed residents, governmental officials, and alike in order to determine the...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Olivia Cornell, Sarah Sulam, Spring 2013
Comparison Question: What are the basic elements and benefits of ecotourism?
Ecotourism is a form of travel where participants visit undisturbed natural areas in an effort to experience a low-impact alternative to mass tourism. For some it is a spiritual journey in order to connect with the natural world, for others it is a way to give back to the global community. We found two projects, on two separate continents, corresponding with the topic of ecotourism.
In Africa, The Magoroto Mlinga Community Ecotourism Project works...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Ellen Anderson, Daniel Leavenworth, Mikeala Owen, David Bennett
Comparison Question: How do different attitudes towards environmental change translate into natural resource conservation practices?
Our group is interested in the links between environment and culture. Specifically, we are interested in how different attitudes towards environmental change translate into natural resource conservation practices. We seek to explore this idea by comparing four different Lewis & Clark SGE projects: consequences of the American Dream, plastic bottled water consumption, environmental resource management in Australia, and shifting ideologies in India.
One of the projects we chose is called Consequences of the...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Hannah Clements, Kevin Moriarty, Tori Abrams, Spring 2013
Comparison Question: To what extent are the methodologies of these projects effective in revealing the usage of alternative transportation systems?
Due to a common interest in alternative modes of transportation, our group came together and formulated a question asking what methods are the the most efficient in evaluating a city’s transportation systems. We found three projects pertaining to this topic, two of which are still in progress, which proved to be an obstacle in our analysis. Our synthesis focuses on which methods do and do not work to reveal the true usage of specific...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Tom Krome, Patrick Lane, Osamu Kumasaka, Erika Page, Spring 2013
Comparison Question: How do land use management patterns correspond to nations' infrastructural and economic development?
As global systems flourish and spread, the problems that they propagate intensify and become more complex. By analyzing management policies of various participant nations, we hope to draw relevant comparisons between governments that must promote economic growth in order to develop infrastructure and those who have already become developed. Land use, and particularly the trend from agricultural to urban expansion, is well-suited to describing nations’ economic maturity.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s need for responsible farming practices is based...—>view entire situated synthesis