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Living the Promise Symposium: Renewable Nature

Examine the concept of Renewable Nature, and learn how UCR’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet.

See highlights from this event, featuring Kathryn Uhrich, Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; Distinguished Professor Michael Allen, Associate Professor Juliann Allison, Professor Marilyn Fogel, Associate Professor Louis Santiago, Assistant Professor Emma Aronson, and Distinguished Professor Susan Straight. A reception to close the evening showcased artwork by MFA graduate student Kellie Flint and other academic research displays.

Believers and Nonbelievers Discussion - The Methodology of Historical Science

marilyn_bnbKen Ham famously dismisses evolution with an argument that we can’t know because we weren’t there to see it (and origin of life) happen. There is of course a difference between observational science (behavioral, chemistry) and historical science (anthropology, paleontology) each having its tools. So how does Historical science operate and how reliable are its conclusions? 

See highlights from this event here featuring: Jim Walker, Electrical Engineer. Drexel University; Steve Wyper, History Teacher, Theologian. University of Redlands; Billie Burnham, Anthropologist. Chaffey College; Dr. Marilyn Fogel, Director EDGE Institute, UC Riverside (Environmental Dynamics and Geo-Ecology)

Hosted by Michael Cain, Freeligion Podcast


Outreach to K-12 Students

A major part of the EDGE Institute’s mission will be to provide outreach to K-12 students at public schools throughout the region. With global climate change threatening society and the growing ‘climate gap’-the unequal impact climate change will have on low-income and minority people groups, education to underserved communities on the many aspects of global warming is vital. It is the responsibility of scientists and educators to make climate science accessible to all Americans, since all Americans will be impacted by the consequences of global climate change. The EDGE Institute seeks to provide outreach programs that will offer low-income families and communities of color education about global climate change to better anticipate, cope with, resist and recover from the consequences of climate change.

The format of these outreach programs will be based on a model used by UCR’s Earth Sciences department. Led by a program manager, volunteers, primarily comprised of grad students and some upper division undergraduates, receive training in different presentation topics and materials to present to K-8th students. Presentation subjects might include fossils, rocks & minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, and climate change. The manager and volunteers use power point presentations and hands-on teaching methods like specimen investigation and interactive activities with the students. These teaching elements are easily adapted to different grade levels, learning goals or to include specific content. Teachers in the surrounding area are able to contact the program manager to set-up such a presentation to their classroom at no charge. These hour long presentations give these students an opportunity to learn from researchers and offer a value-added learning experience to students who would not normally have such opportunities.


The outreach program also accommodates field trips to the Earth Sciences department at UCR for students. The students participate in hands-on activities like scavenger hunts, educational games, and mini experiments. This approach introduces young students to the university and is a wonderful way to explore science.

The EDGE Institute intends to follow this successful model to provide education outreach to students and families on the topics of climate change and its effect on the world. The focus will be on bringing these programs to underserved schools with students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and diverse ethnic groups.

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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