Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post "Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the University" [Hake (2013)].  The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: ASSESS subscribers (a) Larry King at <> & <>, and (b) Mike Fulford at <> questioned the *relevancy to assessment in higher education* of my posts "Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to Wake Up: GOP Opposition to Climate Science" at <> and "Why Democrats in Congress Fail To Support Climate Change Legislation #3" at <>.

*Irrelevant to assessment in higher education*? King and Fulford may have missed my post "Would a Carbon Tax Save Life on Planet Earth?" at <>. If there's no life on Planet Earth then *there's neither higher education nor assessment on Planet Earth*.

Karl Pister, Emeritus Chancellor of UC - Santa Cruz, wrote at <>:  ". . .  we need to encourage innovative ways of looking at problems, moving away from the increasing specialization of academia to develop new interdisciplinary fields that can address *complex real-world problems* from new perspectives."

Surely the assessment of the alleged threat to life on Planet Earth by anthropogenic global warming is *A Challenge To The University* rather than the *Irrelevancy* seen by King and Fulford.

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."
   - Worthy of - but misattributed to - Plato (427-347 BC)

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 13 June 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. "Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the University," online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at <>. Post of 13 Jun 2013 10:47:32-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being distributed to various discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <>.