“The Blog” as a living, breathing, evolving body of work

The featured image is of saucer magnolias blossoming in front of Burruss Hall. Like these blossoms that are finally coming into their season, we graduate students are future faculty and we are beginning to come into our own as well. I’ve been thinking a lot about what the role of a blog is to academia. In this graduate class, like many others across Tech’s campus, blogging is a requirement for the course. Professors point to the blog as a space for sharing ideas, for collaboration, for practicing writing, and for developing a digital presence–kind of like a next generation CV … Continue Reading →

Time to Put a Bow on it

Since my arrival at Tech, I have experienced more learning and exposure to new ideas than perhaps I have in my entire education to date. I came here primarily for two reasons: the first, because I was interested the Landscape Architecture program because I could pursue an Architecture & Design Research PhD (1 of 5 offered in the U.S.) and second, because the Graduate School offered a Transformative Graduate Education Experience that was promised to  be unlike anything I had encountered before.  So far, I have not been disappointed. Over the past semester, I have tried to absorb as much as I … Continue Reading →

Jigsaw-Zigsaw: An Adventure for Every GEDI

This week, we learned a different approach for teaching and learning in the classroom. This blog entry is the story of that experience. Two weeks ago at the end of class, each student was given a number which corresponded to a short reading assignment, and we were all told to return to class last week ready to go on our sections. With that, class was dismissed and we were all on our way. As we trickled back into the classroom last week, we were greeted at the door by our Teaching Assistant (TA) team, Jyotsana, Greg, & Amy who directed us to … Continue Reading →

On Diversity & Inclusive Pedagogy, Academia could do better

In this post, I wanted to make a brief comment on diversity in general, discuss diversity in higher education, and then I have a few thoughts on diversity in professional offices. I’ll conclude by talking about inclusive pedagogy. It goes hand-in-hand with creating a community environment and appreciating the opportunity for innovative thinking. Image Credit: jlrsousa’s “Bonecas” I am a proponent of diversity. I believe it broadens our horizons and aids us in our personal development.   Katherine Phillips in “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter” makes some interesting and thought provoking statements on diversity and how it enriches our thinking environments and … Continue Reading →

Three Minute Thesis [What role do green roofs play in biodiversity?]

The following is the transcript from my speech at Mississippi State University‘s Three Minute Thesis competition. I’m sharing for two reasons: 1) it was a fun activity that I would like to do again for a chance at redemption (that’s a story for another day…) and 2) I wanted to share my research because that’s what doing research is all about! What role do green roofs play in biodiversity? Imagine yourself in the middle of a city. Impervious surfaces are everywhere, and generalist species like pigeons forage trash discarded by motorists on the street. Oily stormwater refracts into thousands of colors as it joins … Continue Reading →