Stay Current with GSS

This page has the most recent “stay current” articles sent to the GSS email list (google group) weekly. To receive the weekly email updates, email gssmail@berkeley.eduwith subject line “Join GSS” and provide the name of your school, city, state, and country. The articles are also compiled chapter-by-chapter through “Stay Current” links in the Contents page […]

DEW3.2. What Has Been in Your Backyard?

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } This investigation was developed by Becca Kranz and John Pickle. Materials and Preparation To do this activity you will need Access to the Internet or download all materials over the Internet first,  Familiarity with AnalyzingDigitalImages software and spreadsheet software,  Images of pollen maps in order to […]

DEW Sources of Equipment

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } The following sources are not endorsements of any particular product or supplier, but since one of the goals of this project is to develop and integrate low-cost equipment to support scientific exploration and learning, we did need to post our sources. Aerial Photography: Purpose–valuable way to collect useful […]

About Self-Organizing Systems

{ To Index of GSS Books } Self-Organizing Systems: A Unifying Paradigm for Science Education  Richard Golden and Cary Sneider April, 2013 Nature, in the systems view, is a sphere of complex and delicate organization. Systems communicate with systems and form supersystems. Strands of order appear and out of increasingly complex levels of organization novel properties […]

PG8C. Stay Current—Choosing a World

Staying current for Chapter 8 See non-chronological resources { Population Growth Contents } 2021-04-12. ‘Sink into your grief.’ How one scientist confronts the emotional toll of climate change. By David Malakoff, Science Magazine. Excerpt: “I was trained to be calm, rational, and objective, to focus on the facts,” sustainability scientist Kimberly Nicholas recalls in her new book, Under […]

PG7C. Stay Current—Can We Limit Human Population Growth?

Staying current for Chapter 7 { Population Growth Contents } 2022-07-01. For scientists, Roe’s end raises concerns about personal safety and professional choices. [https://www.science.org/content/article/scientists-roe-s-end-raises-concerns-about-personal-safety-and-professional-choices] By Katie Langin, Science Magazine. Excerpt: When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on 24 June, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion and handing decisions about abortion access to state legislators, the […]

PG5C. Stay Current—The Environmental Impact of Populations

Staying current for Chapter 5 See non-chronological resources { Population Growth Contents } 2022-08-18. Seeing Through Turbulence to Track Oil Spills in the Ocean. [https://eos.org/features/seeing-through-turbulence-to-track-oil-spills-in-the-ocean] By Guillermo García-Sánchez,  Ana M. Mancho,  Antonio G. Ramos,  Josep Coca and  Stephen Wiggins, Eos/AGU. Excerpt: After oil and tar washed up on eastern Mediterranean beaches in 2021, scientists devised a way to trace the […]

PG4C. Stay Current—The History of Human Population Growth

Staying current for Chapter 4 See non-chronological resources { Population Growth Contents } 2019-09-17. Almost Everywhere, Fewer Children Are Dying. By Josh Katz, Alicia Parlapiano and Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/17/upshot/child-mortality.html] Excerpt: Two decades ago, nearly 10 million children did not live to see a 5th birthday. By 2017, that number — about 1 in […]

PG3C. Stay Current—Population Reproduction, Growth, and Change Over Time

Staying current for Chapter 3 { Population Growth Contents } 2022-06-09. ‘Fantastic giant tortoise’ species thought extinct for 100 years found alive. [https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/09/galapagos-fantastic-giant-tortoise-species-thought-extinct-found-alive] By Sofia Quaglia, The Guardian. Excerpt: A rare Galápagos species, the “fantastic giant tortoise”, long thought extinct, has been officially identified for the first time in more than a century in what […]

PG2C. Stay Current—Patterns in Populations

Staying current for Chapter 2 { Population Growth Contents } 2019-10-11. Giant reptiles once ruled Australia. Their loss sparked an ecological disaster. By John Pickrell, Science Magazine. Excerpt: BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—Saber-toothed cats, short-faced bears, and other ferocious mammals were the top predators of the ice age across most of the world. But not in Australia. Here, […]