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Master’s students traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a panel for the 10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment

Master’s students Chris Stratton and Kevin Horan traveled to Washington D.C. in January to participate in a panel for the 10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment. This fall, Stratton and Horan developed and co-taught a course on ecological economics for environmental studies undergraduate students. The two graduate students were invited to participate in the panel discussion «Building Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Ecological Economics» based on their unique teaching and course development experience.

Both second year Master’s students in the environmental studies graduate program, Stratton and Horan taught their course in the fall of 2009. In the class, they outlined the concepts that underlie the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of ecological economics. Stratton and Horan’s course also examined the historical development of economics as a discipline, as well as explored the differences between ecological and environmental economics. While most economics courses take a strictly positive, value-neutral approach, theirs investigated the normative components of economic theories and policies in relation to the Earth’s ecosystems.