Monday, March 1, 2010

Summer Term

Here is some information on two courses I'm teaching this summer at Boston University.

Politics, Public Relations, and Public Policy: The Boston Harbor Clean Up MET AD 893

Offers a unique investigation of how business, advocate groups, environmentalists and government can affect the outcome of large projects through negotiation, regulatory process and interaction. Students gain insights into the legal, social, environmental, and historical context that led to the $4 billion dollar twenty-year project that took the Boston Harbor from a sewage infested environment to a swimmable national park. The instructor, Mr. Berman, has served as communication director and spokesman for Save the Harbor/Bay for over ten years. He is one of the region's foremost experts on the restoration as well as the flora and fauna of the Harbor area. Intensive course. 4 cr.

This course was featured in the BU Bridge: Learning about the Boston Harbor Cleanup from the waterway's eyes, ears, and mouthpiece.

Summer 2 (June 30-July 16):
Wed., June 30: 6-8 p.m.
Fri./Sat./Sun., July 9-11: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wed./Thurs./Fri., July 14-16: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bruce Berman

From Periwinkles to Pilot Whales: Investigation on Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay MET ES 141

Examines the flora and fauna of the Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay ecosystems on the beach, at the shore, in the Harbor Islands, and on the waters of Boston Harbor and Mass Bay. With 50 miles of protected water, four sheltered bays, seven river systems, dozens of islands, and a nine-foot average tide, Boston Harbor is one of the most diverse urban ecosystems in America. Students keep daily records of their experiences, record and analyze data for a research paper, and learn to use GIS Datalayers, species maps, and field work guides. 4 cr.

Summer 2 (July 26-August 6):
B1 Mon., July 26: 6-8 p.m.
Fri./Sat./Sun., July 30-August 1: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wed./Thurs./Fri., August 4-6: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bruce Berman

Click here to find out a little bit about my perspective on Boston Harbor.

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