The Center for Biology and Society is proud to highlight a recent alumni, Guido Caniglia. Guido is a 2016 graduate with a PhD in Biology (Biology and Society), whom is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. Research at Leuphana in conjuction with the Center for Biology and Society was instrumental in the recently published handbook based on the Global Classroom experiment. In the handbook, titled "The Glocal Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning in an Interconnected World,” researchers present their curriculum and teaching-learning environment in the context of internationalization, digitalization, and sustainability in higher education. The book captures the knowledge the students have gained together during the Global Classroom project, and has the form of a workshop-like handbook addressing not only to teachers and instructors, but also toadministrators, deans, and program designers.
The goal is to make this resource widely accessible and to support future transnational collaborations between universities all over the world. The book is available in two forms: Open access download or Softcover.
Now let's see what insights Guido has to offer.
How did your degree in Biology and Society impact your career?
My degree in Biology and Society enabled me to enter and be part of a highly international and interdisciplinary network of researchers. In the highly interconnected and complex world of our times, the center functions as a node where many people from many different countries meet and exchange ideas and then depart and make a difference in other countries, institutions, and cultures.
What do you consider to be the benefits of a degree in Biology and Society?
My degree in Biology and Society empowered me to work effectively in interdisciplinary environments where researchers from the natural and social sciences as well as from the humanities collaborate to address and solve problems of common interest. In my current job I collaborate with scientists from very different backgrounds, ranging from ecology to engineering and sustainability science. My years in the Biology and Society program provided me with knowledge, skills, as well as with the right attitude to work in such an environment.
What advice do you have for someone seeking a degree in Biology and Society?
Embrace the complexity of the issues you are dealing with. And be patient! At a certain point, clarity and order are going to emerge.
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