D-Q Builds Environmental Laboratory

May 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge, Tribal College News

D-Q University is building a new laboratory on its campus near Davis, Calif., thanks to a $128,000 grant from the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. Suresh Tiwari, dean of faculty, says the lab’s innovative design will allow the instructor and students to interact in a “collaborative learning” atmosphere, meaning that the instructor lectures and works at the same table where students are learning. This is a departure from the traditional “head of the table” approach to teaching these courses.

The lab will be furnished with ergonomically-designed furniture and a darkroom, which, among other things, will be used to develop photographs science students take in the field of plants, environmental damage, etc. Not only will the lab be used for teaching, but it can be used to provide services to tribes, such as testing water samples for pollutants.

Tiwari says environmental studies courses are tied to California Indian life and experience. For example, when the subject is toxic waste, students may examine how toxic waste affects the Campo Reservation or other California reservations and rancherias. D-Q’s environmental studies program started in fall 1995 and graduated its first student last May.

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