Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- April 1, 2005
Cal State L.A.'S New Interactive Global Warming Web Site Featured
In Science Magazine's NetWatch This Month
"Global warming's future impact depends on factors such as human population
growth and fossil fuel use," begins Science magazine's NetWatch feature highlighting
Cal State L.A.'s new Global Warming Web site in its April 2005 issue.
Science is one of the world's
most prestigious scientific publications.
The interactive Web-based activity for high school and introductory college courses
was designed by Cal State L.A.'s masters of interactive science Web sites and
project directors Robert Desharnais, professor of Biological Sciences, and Gary
Novak, professor of Geological Sciences.
Desharnais and Novak's Global Warming illustrates principles of global warming and
climate change due to natural and human-caused factors. The site explores climate
through an overview demonstration of the energy budget model and future climate
change activities; animated and interactive tutorials; and online assessment
quizzes. It also shows teachers how to register a class in order to access the
database of individual student or classroom results (for free!).
Other CSULA individuals involved in the creation of the tutorial include faculty
member David Mayo (Geological Sciences), postdoctoral associate Mel Limson
(Biological Sciences), software engineer David Risner, and graphics designer Bobby
Berberyan. The work is supported in part by grants from the U.S. National Science
Foundation and the California State University.
Previous activities developed by the CSULA creative team include Earthquake,
Virtual Dating (about geologic time--not a way to find "that special someone,"
explains the intro), and Virtual River, all accessible at
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323) 343-3044