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Professor Colin Polsky Presents "Studying Suburban Lawns and Yards in Urban Geography" at Environment and Development Faculty Workshop

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Professor Colin Polsky

On May 19, 2011, the Environment and Development Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Colin Polsky, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research & Active Pedagogy and an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. In his presentation, "Studying Suburban Lawns and Yards in Urban Geography," Dr. Polsky used the spread of land area devoted to residential lawns in the northern Boston suburbs to catalyze analysis of the social and environmental dimensions of the presence and management of suburban lawns.
The Environment and Development Workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum devoted to issues related to the interaction between human development and the environment. Since the environment is strongly influenced by the course of development worldwide, understanding changes to the global environment therefore requires an investigation of the social, political, economic, and cultural factors driving development. This workshop draws from various disciplinary backgrounds to advance knowledge in this important research area. The group has been convened by Christopher Sneddon, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography, and Sharlene L. Mollett, Assistant Professor of Geography, since 2003 with the assistance of Jane DaSilva of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

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