Three FEWS graduate courses will provide a common platform for the NRT cross training and career skills. These courses, through the lens of food, water, and energy, will emphasize technical and professionally transferable skills including project management, leadership, ethics, communications, teaching, and teamwork. The classes will use project-based learning and peer-to peer learning methodologies with reduced lecture time to develop critical engagement and creative thinking on course topics. This will be performed in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS). A 1-unit Brown Bag Seminars course will also be created to offer trainees program advising, career development advice, and business and entrepreneurship skills.
4 UNITs, Letter Grade, FALL 2018
INFEWS Field Lab Seminar course will introduce trainees to INFEWS-related UCLA and Los Angeles county facilities and environs led by various faculty. Students will work in groups to consider key problems related to the site visits, analyze data, and recommend possible solutions for a case study. This course can act as a jump start for an advocacy component or opportunity to develop a leadership project that meets the Leaders in Sustainability (LIS) certification requirement.
4 units, Letter Grade, WINTER 2019
Leaders in Sustainability is the common course for all students participating in the Leaders in Sustainability (LIS) program, including those from engineering, law, management, public affairs, public health, natural and social sciences, and others. Course includes academically-based discussions on various sustainability-related themes, capitalizing on the wide mix of disciplines represented among participating students. Sessions feature UCLA faculty members, external speakers, and leadership skills to help students learn more about how to best put their interests in sustainability to use.
4 UNITS, lETTER GRADE, SPRING 2019
Communications in FEWS-Related Science and Technology will educate NRT trainees in strategic scientific communication with professionals, the media, policymakers, and the general public. This course is aligned with the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) and will teach oral, visual, and written communications in
different media forms (e.g., print, social media) that will provide trainees with the basic knowledge and background to successfully communicate beyond the laboratory and classroom setting.