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NEW YORK -- Using the Hudson River as a classroom and laboratory, professors and researchers from 14 New York State colleges and universities will steer their research vessel into New York Harbor Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20 for the urban segment of River Summer, a cooperative and broad-based learning venture to prepare students to deal with environmental issues.
Organizing around an environmental agenda, 36 professors from participating New York colleges, universities and research institutes are traveling and living together for a month to create a college-level course that will be offered to students from the schools in the summer of 2006. The program integrates natural and social science with history, law and the arts. The consortium may be the largest of its kind formed to develop a broad- based environmental course for college students.
Ten New York City colleges and universities are involved. Aboard the Seawolf research vessel surrounded by the river s landscape, ecosystem and culture, the scholars are creating learning modules covering the Upper, Mid and Lower Hudson. Their focus will turn to New York Harbor, urban water quality, maritime …