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PHYS1002ID: An Introduction to the Phyics of Natural Disasters
Professor Abdou Bah
This geophysics course for non-science majors focuses on natural disasters and the dynamic Earth processes that control them. It integrates the principles of geology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and astronomy to provide rudimentary understanding of geophysics. Students learn about the nature, causes, risks, impacts, and prediction of natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and climate change. Laboratory exercises are incorporated with class work to illustrate and supplement the lecture material. 


Our group is presenting in detail of what happen 10 years ago in Japan, when one of greatest earthquake and tsunami hit the Asian country. This disaster is known as Tohoku Earthquake, with an official magnitude of 9.1 and the epicenter located near the east cost of Honshu Island, the main island of Japan. In this poster, we have breakdown the disaster into sub-topics; introducing the disaster, the consequences, what were the emergency plan had been provided, the actions been taken by the government and citizens after the disaster and brief conclusion of our overall analysis.


Good afternoon, we are the climate change group that is part of the PHYS 1002ID-OL07 class that will be presenting our poster and presentation of our discussed climate change class project. As there is many topics to be discussed regarding climate change in general (being too broad), we have decided as a group to discuss New York City and how it is going a winter with minimal snowfall, and how it relates towards climate change. We used data sets online to establish a comparison on how much snow has fallen in New York City over the past couple of years. We have specifically looked at the data to determine what year/season where NYC has experienced the least snowfall in modern times.



This research poster’s theme is floods, with the objective of informing the readers about the dangers imposed by flooding and what humans can do to prepare against flooding. By informing readers what flooding is, how they occur, and the many types of floods, readers are able to use that knowledge and identify flood risks. To fully portray the dangers of flooding we conducted case studies of two disastrous hurricanes, Sandy and Katrina. Using death toll or casualty count and damage costs we are able to showcase the potential danger of floods. In addition to informing readers about the dangers, we also provided possible solutions to counteract such natural disasters. Using New York City and New Orleans, two cities devastated by Hurricane Sandy and Katrina respectively, we provided anti-flood countermeasures both cities had implemented through our research.

COM2403ID: Health Communication Interdisciplinary
David Lee
The interdisciplinary study and practice of communication in healthcare and public health. Topics include provider-patient interaction, team communication, and the diffusion of health information through public health campaigns. Students practice clear, purposeful and compassionate communication across multiple channels, to reduce errors and improve healthcare delivery.


As students commence genetics training, they become users of specialist scientific terminology which may be beyond the average non-specialist. It is agreed that communication is important for scientists to communicate with lay publics, but I wondered, have the principles ever been codified? A course in health communication introduced the idea of plain language principles, which I applied to a presentation about cellular organization and evolution from a common ancestor. In cell biology reductionism has a precise meaning essential to the scientific enterprise. Would science communication conform yield to an analogous reductionism? This poster identifies and resources and states principles of clear communication.

ECON 2505ID: Environmental Economics Interdisciplinary
Professor Sean McDonald

This course examines current environmental issues from a macroeconomic perspective, focusing on both the long and short-term economic viability of various proposals to address current environmental challenges. Traditional goals of economic efficiency will be examined in the context of the need to expand renewable energy sources, green design, sustainable construction and resource allocation and other efforts to combat climate change on a global scale.


HMGT 4987: Urban Tourism
Professor Susan Phillip

This course examines urban tourism as a vehicle of urban renewal and economic regeneration. The roles of government, business, and the community will be explored as well as issues of development, management, the environment and social equity. New York City and Brooklyn will be evaluated as a model for the development, challenges and opportunities of urban tourism.


If someone approached you asking for directions in your neighborhood, would you confidently be able to guide that person? I recently moved to Feltonville, Philadelphia and didn’t know my way around there. After researching my neighborhood and creating a virtual walking tour of it for my Urban Tourism course (HMGT 4987), I can not only give directions with confidence, but I have a greater appreciation of it. My virtual walking tour, Railroads, Education, and Community: The Cultural and Architectural Heritage of Feltonville, Philadelphia, explores the evolution of the neighborhood and its current diversity.