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Sara Harris

Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
University of British Columbia
Participates in 2 items

Sara E Harris is a Professor in the department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Associate Dean Academicin the Faculty of Science at theUniversity of British Columbia. In 2015, she was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow for her Massive Open line Course (MOOC) on climate change.

During seven years (10098-2005) as a chief scientist at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, she studied modern oceans and sailed thousands of miles with undergraduate students. Sara's current research explores evidence-based science education and how people learn climate science, and which learning opportunities best help people move toward more expert-like ideas about how Earth's climate works. She is a co-author of “Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice”.

Sessions in which Sara Harris participates

Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:55 AM
1:00 PM
1:00 PM EDT - 2:15 PM EDT | 1 hour 15 minutes

As more reports emerge describing current climate change impacts, dire forecasts and closing windows of opportunity to take mitigating action, what is the purpose and role of climate science education? Can human risk perceptions be altered through learning climate science, or do personal worldviews and environmental beliefs dominate how strongly we view climate change as a threat? Work using a validated test of climate science knowledge, coupled with measures of values, worldviews, and risk p...