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Welcome to Mission 2011 Final Classes & Presentation

The Final Class Meetings

Wednesday, November 28: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 32-123

Friday, November 30: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 34-101

Monday, December 3: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m 34-101

Final Presentation Dec. 4: 6:45pm in 32-123

Wednesday, December 5: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 26-100

Live webcast of the Final Presentation is on:
Tuesday, Dec. 4th
6:45 PM
in MIT 32-123.
Note that the webcast will start promptly at 7pm and the doors will be closed.

Please choose the speed of the connection below. The final presentation will remain on the web after the initial broadcast.

The website developed by the students in Mission 2011 with the work that embodies the whole semester is: http://web.mit.edu/12.000/www/m2011/finalwebsite/

Please choose one of the following:

The free version of RealPlayer 8 or later provides all required functionality to view the webcast. If you need help setting up the RealPlayer, please use this link: http://web.mit.edu/smcs/help/realhelp.htm

Meeting Rooms:
Wednesday, October 10
26-204 - Team 1; 34-301 - Team 2; 34-302 - Team 3; 34-303 - Team 4; 36-144 - Team 5; 38-166 - Team 6; 66-144 - Team 7; 66-168 - Team 89; 16-168 - Team 10

Friday, October 12
56-162 - Team 1; 56-167 - Team 2; 56-180 - Team 3; 56-191 - Team 4; 66-154 - Team 5; 66-156 - Team 6; 66-160 - Team 7; 66-168 - Team 89; 16-168 - Team 10

Special Symposium
I would like to draw your attention to a symposium to be held at MIT next Tuesday that will be of interest to many of you. It is the Earth Systems Initiative/Center for Global Change Science symposium titled Earth System Revolutions: Key Turning Points in the History of our Planet at 8:30am, Tuesday October 9, 2007 in 10-250. You may view more about it here.

There is one talk that all of you should try to attend. It is at 10:45 and is by one of the world's experts in fishery issues, Daniel Pauly. He has an interesting website that you should check out. The title of his talk on Tuesday is: Fisheries and Global Warming: Impacts on Marine Ecosystems and Food Security.

Paul Rago's lecture is here. Part 1, 2, and 3. Note that these are BIG files and take time to download.

Informal Get together: There will be an informal Student-Mentor get-together on Friday, September 28, from 4 PM to 6 PM in the Terrascope room in Bldg. 16 (across from 16-177). Sam and Mariela and Maria will be there as well. This will be an excellent time to get to know your team and to meet with the staff. It would be nice if each of us would spent a minute or two introducing ourselves, talking about backgrounds and interests and why we are interested in working with the students in 12.000 (or whatever else you think is appropriate).

GIS HELP SESSIONS: There has been some confusion about the extra GIS help sessions. In order to accommodate as many students as possible, we are changing the schedule of the remaining extra GIS sessions to: Wednesday 7-9 PM and Friday 7-9 PM | NO THURSDAY SESSION. Note that the sessions are held in 37-312.

It is highly recommended you attend one or both of these sessions. They will help you with your current GIS assignments, and will allow you to make observations crucial to the solution of the mini-project you will be working on for the next few weeks. GIS will also be a invaluable resource for the class project as the semester goes on. Daniel Sheehan will be there to help you.

GIS Session Handout #1, updated with assignment details and instructions for using the Building 37 cluster.

Mini Project

At the end of this week you will have all been exposed to working as a team, discussing the cod fishery and its history, learning to acquire and interpret GIS data, and how to use MIT’s library system.

So…to demonstrate to your fellow students, the UTF’s, and Sam, just how much you have learned we would like to have you form three composite teams and work together next week to evaluate the following statements (irregardless of whether you agree). Obviously you will all be using the same or at least similar data but your interpretations will be different.

For this assignment, ignore your regular team topics and instead focus on working towards a solution inside your new group.

GROUP A (teams 3, 4, 5): Closed areas for Maritime Canada and New England are an important tool for creating a sustainable cod fishery.

GROUP B (teams 1, 2, 6): Closed areas for Maritime Canada and New England often have severe economic consequences related to not only the species they intend to protect, but also to humans.

GROUP C (teams 7, 8+9, 10): Given what you know about the fishery and how it changed over time, are there alternative solutions you can propose?

On Wednesday September 26, Friday September 28, and Monday October 1, you’ll meet with your new groups. On Wednesday October 3 and Friday October 5, the three groups will give 10-15 minute presentations to the class about your solution, followed by a class discussion. The presentation must be concise and well-organized. Use of Powerpoint encouraged.

The topics and locations for classes September 12-21 are included in this Powerpoint® presentation.