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    NSOE Durham Campus Visits Spring 2023

    Thank you for your interest in visiting the Nicholas School. We look forward to welcoming you to campus. Your visit will include the opportunity to interact with members of the Nicholas School community as well as explore campus on your own.


    COVID-19 Vaccination & Other Precautions 
    Participants must follow all local COVID precautions in place at the time of the event, including, but not limited to masking, social distancing, surveillance testing, etc. Public health conditions can change on short notice. Please ensure you check NSOE COVID-19 Admissions Visitor Protocols and Duke's policies found on the Duke United pages as you plan your visit.


    Please note that availability may vary, as the visitation options listed for a particular day are based on faculty, staff, and School/University schedules. 

    • Spring recess: March 13 - 17
    • Graduate classes end: April 19
    • Commencement activities: May 8-14

    You will choose from the following pre-scheduled options to build your day:

    • Meet with NSOE admissions staff (group session, 9:00-9:30am)
    • Tour NSOE facilities (group session, 9:30-10:00am)
    • Meet with a member of our financial aid team (individual meeting, 20 minutes)
      • Tuesdays (beginning Feb 7): 10:00am OR 10:30am OR 11:00am
        • Note: These meeting times overlap with the class visit option for 10:15am to 11:30am.
      • Wednesdays (beginning Feb 1): 2:30pm OR 3:00pm OR 3:30pm
        • Note: These meeting times overlap with the class visit options between 1:45pm and 4:45pm.
    • Meet with Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) staff (group or individual meeting depending on staff availability as determined on day of visit, 20 minutes)
      • Tuesdays: 1:30pm 
      • Wednesdays: 1:00pm  Note: This session overlaps with the class visit options for 12:00pm to 1:15pm.
    • Sit in on a class  
    Things to note:
    • Classes open to visitors are pre-set (i.e. we are unable to facilitate visitation to other class sessions beyond those listed)
    • Class visits are for prospective students only (i.e. guests should expect to explore on their own during this time). 
    • If your schedule permits, you may attend multiple classes, but you should expect to attend each class in its entirety (i.e. do not schedule a meeting with CPDC/financial aid during your class session; do not schedule more than one class visit during a single class period).
    • While you are here on campus, we recommend prioritizing your class visit(s).,
    • Tuesdays, 10:15-11:30am 
      • ENVIRON 724 Landscape Analysis and Management (Prof. Dean Urban)
        • This course presents a task-oriented perspective on landscape ecology, by introducing the fundamental tasks of landscape analysis and management. These tasks include habitat classification and species distribution modeling; sampling designs for landscapes; inventory and monitoring; site prioritization; change detection and forecasting landscape change; inferences on landscape data (an introduction to the analysis of multivariate and spatial data); and integrated assessment. The course consists of lectures and computer labs. Prerequisites: Environment 714 and Environment 710 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    • Tuesdays, 12:00-1:15pm
      • ENVIRON 610 Ecotoxicology Lecture (Prof. Nishad Jayasundara)
        • Overview of ecological and toxicological effects of chemicals on structure and function of ecosystems, primarily at population, community and ecosystem levels of biological organization. Topics include environmental fate and transport of contaminants, biomonitoring, biomarkers/bioindicators, evolution of resistance to pollution, and extrapolating from molecular interactions to ecosystems. Incorporates critical discussion of in-depth case studies to highlight application of ecotoxicological concepts to real-world scenarios. For graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
    • Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30am (choose one of the following)
      • ECS 715 Introduction to Coastal Environmental Change Processes (Prof. Brad Murray)
        • Nearshore physical processes responsible for the evolution of beaches and barrier islands. Various problems and possible solutions arising from human development of retreating shorelines. Involves a field trip and research paper.
      • ENVIRON 710 Applied Statistical Modeling for Environmental Management (Prof. John Poulsen)
        • Graphical and exploratory data analysis; modeling, estimation, and hypothesis testing; analysis of variance; random effect models; regression and scatterplot smoothing; generalized linear models; resampling and randomization methods. Concepts and tools involved in data analysis. Special emphasis on examples drawn from the social and environmental sciences. Students to be involved in applied work through statistical computing using software, STATA or R.
    • Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15pm (choose one of the following)
      • ENVIRON 537 Environmental Health and Epidemiology (Prof.Kate Hoffman)
        • Introduction to environmental effects on human health. Focus on chronic effects of exposure to pollution on key health endpoints, including cancer, neurological health, reproduction and development, cardiovascular and pulmonary health, the interaction between anthropogenic environmental changes and infectious diseases, and the relationship between human health and ecosystem health. Fundamental concepts of epidemiology are introduced in the context of environmental health, methods for statistical analysis of epidemiologic data are presented and contemporary environmental health issues are discussed. Includes discussions and lectures from a variety of experts from the Triangle region. 
      • ENVIRON 559 Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis (Profs. Patrick Halpin and Peter Harrel)
        • Fundamental aspects of geographic information systems and satellite remote sensing for environmental applications. Covers concepts of geographic data development, cartography, image processing, and spatial analysis. Gateway into more advanced training in geospatial analysis curriculum. Consent of instructor required.
    • Wednesdays, 1:45-3:00pm (choose one of the following Note: This class period overlaps with the class period 1:45-4:15pm.)
      • ENVIRON 524 Water Quality Health (Prof. Avner Vengosh)
        • Explore basic concepts of water quality and human health with focus on the global water cycle, global water demand and availability, chemical properties of water, contaminants in water, health implications, and environmental isotope hydrology. Highlights relationships between human activities, water scarcity, water quality degradation, and ecological and health consequences. Addresses some policy implications related to conflicts over water resources and impact of energy production on water resources. Prerequisites: prior knowledge of introductory calculus and chemistry or consent of instructor. 
      • ENVIRON 765 Geospatial Analysis for Coastal and Marine Management (Prof. Patrick Halpin)
        • Application course focusing on spatial analysis and image processing applications to support coastal and marine management. Covers benthic habitat mapping, spatial analysis of marine animal movements, habitat modeling, optimization of marine protected areas. Requires fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory and analysis tools. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: Environment 559. 
    • Wednesdays, 1:45-4:15pm Note: This class period overlaps with the class period 1:45-3:00pm. 
      • ENERGY 830 Building Energy on Campus (Prof. Timothy Johnson)
        • Buildings use more than 40% of the energy consumed in the US, and are a natural target of energy efficiency and conservation measures. Building owners and facility managers, as well as the policy community, are therefore interested in identifying means of reducing energy consumption in the current building stock and taking advantage of the embodied energy already sunk into its construction. Using the campus as a laboratory, course examines energy use in existing Duke buildings. Students will learn about the relationship between building design and energy use, and gain hands-on experience conducting energy audits and evaluating energy saving measures in campus facilities.
    • Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45pm 
      • ENVIRON 517 Tropical Ecology (Prof. John Poulsen)
        • Ecosystem, community, and population ecology of tropical plants and animals with application to conservation and sustainable development. Prerequisite: a course in general ecology.

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