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Prescott College is a private liberal arts college in Prescott, Arizona, founded in 1966 with the motto: For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice. It is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which has a student body of roughly 1200, and an average student to faculty ratio of 7:1 in the on-campus classrooms.There are four general degree/delivery model programs at Prescott College: the Resident Undergraduate Program , Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program , the Resident Masters and Limited-Residency Masters Program , and a Limited-Residency Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education.Within the resident undergraduate program, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Visual Arts or Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters.Resident students live in Prescott and attend classes at the college itself. Those enrolled in the Limited-Residency program work with various mentors and Prescott College faculty. PC was an early adopter of Prior Learning Assessment and in 2014 was certified a Veteran Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services—the first private college in AZ to receive such a designation. Regularly ranked a top college by US News, Princeton Review, Huffington Post, Sierra Club, Winds of Change Magazine, and, a top college for classroom discussion. Wikipedia.

Edward Grumbine R.,CAS Kunming Institute of Botany | Edward Grumbine R.,Prescott College | Xu J.,CAS Kunming Institute of Botany | Xu J.,World Agroforestry Center
Biological Conservation | Year: 2011

As China becomes increasingly influential in international affairs, it is important to understand the unique characteristics of Chinese environmental values and policy processes. This is especially true given the rate and scale of China's environmental impacts on natural ecosystems from local to international levels. Currently, however, Chinese conservation values, policies and practices are not well-integrated. We identify four systemic barriers to conservation in China that contribute to this poor integration: weak rule of law; unclear land tenure; top down government authority; and disconnects between scientific research and management implementation. To advance China toward an environmentally secure future, we suggest that combining traditional Chinese environmental values with contemporary science and international conservation practices will help to create a 'Conservation with Chinese Characteristics'. We do not believe that traditional values should replace modern science and management. Rather, we suggest that, given the cultural and political conditions in China today, using traditional values to frame contemporary environmental science and ecosystem-based management may create stronger societal support for conservation implementation. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Lopez A.,Prescott College
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development | Year: 2014

In media education there is a deficit in awareness about the connection between media and living systems. Though issues like economics, body image, sexism, racism and gender stereotyping remain significant concerns for media educators and scholars alike, historically the environment has been a peripheral theme in communications studies and associated disciplines. So while new gadgets and software platforms are touted as necessary aspects of cultural citizenship in media literacy discourses, this view of education, empowerment and participation is usually thought of in limited, anthropocentric ways that exclude living systems and sustainability as integral aspects of communication technologies. This essay proposes that media education should enable us to closely analyze the institutions, technological forms, cultural practices and worldview that are shaped by media technology, including how they impact ecological sustainability. Copyright © 2014, IGI Global.

Mason S.,Prescott College
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2015

This paper continues my 2014 February IS&T/SPIE Convention exploration into the relationship of stereoscopic vision and consciousness (90141F-1). It was proposed then that by using stereoscopic imaging people may consciously experience, or see, what they are viewing and thereby help make them more aware of the way their brains manage and interpret visual information. Environmental imaging was suggested as a way to accomplish this. This paper is the result of further investigation, research, and follow-up imaging. A show of images, that is a result of this research, allows viewers to experience for themselves the effects of stereoscopy on consciousness. Creating dye-infused aluminum prints while employing ChromaDepth® 3D glasses, I hope to not only raise awareness of visual processing but also explore the differences and similarities between the artist and scientist-art increases right brain spatial consciousness, not only empirical thinking, while furthering the viewer's cognizance of the process of seeing. The artist must abandon preconceptions and expectations, despite what the evidence and experience may indicate in order to see what is happening in his work and to allow it to develop in ways he/she could never anticipate. This process is then revealed to the viewer in a show of work. It is in the experiencing, not just from the thinking, where insight is achieved. Directing the viewer's awareness during the experience using stereoscopic imaging allows for further understanding of the brain's function in the visual process. A cognitive transformation occurs, the preverbal "left/right brain shift," in order for viewers to "see" the space. Using what we know from recent brain research, these images will draw from certain parts of the brain when viewed in two dimensions and different ones when viewed stereoscopically, a shift, if one is looking for it, which is quite noticeable. People who have experienced these images in the context of examining their own visual process have been startled by the effect they have on how they perceive the world around them. For instance, when viewing the mountains on a trip to Montana, one woman exclaimed, "I could no longer see just mountains, but also so many amazing colors and shapes"-she could see beyond her preconceptions of mountains to realize more of the beauty that was really there, not just the objects she "thought" to be there. The awareness gained from experiencing the artist's perspective will help with creative thinking in particular and overall research in general. Perceiving the space in these works, completely removing the picture-plane by use of the 3D glasses, making a conscious connection between the feeling and visual content, and thus gaining a deeper appreciation of the visual process will all contribute to understanding how our thinking, our left-brain domination, gets in the way of our seeing what is right in front of us. We fool ourselves with concept and memory-experiencing these prints may help some come a little closer to reality. © 2015 SPIE-IS&T.

Riegner M.F.,Prescott College
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences | Year: 2013

As understood historically, typological thinking has no place in evolutionary biology since its conceptual framework is viewed as incompatible with population thinking. In this article, I propose that what I describe as dynamic typological thinking has been confused with, and has been overshadowed by, a static form of typological thinking. This conflation results from an inability to grasp dynamic typological thinking due to the overlooked requirement to engage our cognitive activity in an unfamiliar way. Thus, analytical thinking alone is unsuited to comprehend the nature of dynamic typological thinking. Over 200. years ago, J. W. von Goethe, in his Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) and other writings, introduced a dynamic form of typological thinking that has been traditionally misunderstood and misrepresented. I describe in detail Goethe's phenomenological methodology and its contemporary value in understanding morphological patterns in living organisms. Furthermore, contrary to the implications of static typological thinking, dynamic typological thinking is perfectly compatible with evolutionary dynamics and, if rightly understood, can contribute significantly to the still emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Grumbine R.E.,CAS Kunming Institute of Botany | Grumbine R.E.,Prescott College | Dore J.,Australian Agency for International Development AusAID | Xu J.,World Agroforestry Center | Xu J.,CAS Kunming Institute of Botany
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment | Year: 2012

The Mekong River is the longest watercourse in Southeast Asia. Although China has an extensive hydropower program underway on the Upper Mekong, as yet there are no dams on the river's lower mainstream. However, as many as 12 additional projects, which would generate substantial energy and wealth especially for Cambodia and Laos, are currently in the proposal stage for the Lower Mekong (LM). The cumulative effects of the LM hydropower projects - if built, and together with existing Chinese dams - will transform the Mekong by altering natural flow patterns and disrupting fisheries and other ecosystem services, to the detriment of the millions of people who depend on the river for their livelihoods. Proposals for new dam construction are driven by several factors, including changing human demographics and development needs, energy and food security concerns, economic cooperation, and climate change. We link these social, ecological, economic, and political forces to ongoing regional governance issues and discuss how to improve the quality of Mekong hydropower decision making in a complex, transboundary setting. © The Ecological Society of America.

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