Thursday, April 14, 2011

Announcements April 14, 2011

Announcements- April 14, 2011

"Excelling at Sustainability: Leadership for Others,"
the first university-wide conference on sustainability, headed by the BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN), will take place on campus 

Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16.

Join faculty, student, and alumni leaders for career reflection, alumni-student mentoring, and ground-breaking research analysis.

On Friday, BC Theology Professor, James Keenan, SJ, will lead a career reflection: "Am I Making the Difference I Set Out to Make?" Alumni will help students explore career opportunities following the talk. Internationally acclaimed pediatrician and "Children's Environmental Health Champion," Philip Landrigan '63, Chair of Mt. Sinai Medical Center's Department of Preventive Medicine, will present the latest research on how environmental contaminants impact children's health. We will conclude with cocktails and informal networking.

Saturday offers a "community showcase," moderated by BC Trustee and former Standard & Poor's President, Kathleen Corbet, in which administrators, faculty, students, and alums highlight the varied ways they are responding to the sustainability challenge. Vice President for Facilities Management Daniel Bourque will outline BC's latest sustainability initiatives. Faculty innovators will discuss their cutting-edge environmental research. Faculty and alumni business, financial, and legal leaders will explore opportunities presented by the emerging "green economy." The day will conclude with additional opportunities for informal networking and a green products and services fair.

Students can view a complete schedule of the conference by visiting the BC Career Center's calendar:

Student can register for these workshops (for FREE) for individual and/or multiple conference sessions on Friday, April 15 and/or the morning program on Saturday, April 16 through EagleLink.  Log onto your EagleLink account using your Agora portal login information.  Click on the "Events" tab at the top of the EagleLink homepage to select individual and/or multiple sessions. Space is limited due to room size.

To register on EagleLink:

The BCEEAN conference is sponsored by: BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN), Environmental Studies Program, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, SustainBC, Ecopledge, Environmental Affairs Law Review, Real Food BC and UGBC.


Two Visiting Assistant Professor Public Lectures:

The search for a Visiting Assistant Professor in ecohydrology to be associated with the Environmental Studies Program and Earth and Environmental Sciences Department is continuing later this month. Each of the two candidates will give a public lecture on her research, and I encourage all of you to attend. Snacks will be provided at the talks.

Tuesday, April 26, noon-1 pm, Devlin 201
Dr. Christine Hatch (University of Nevada- Reno): Distributed temperature sensing (DTS) as an ecological assessment tool in stream environments

Thursday, April 28, 3-4 pm, Devlin 201
Dr. Martha Carlson Mazur (University of Michigan): Ecohydrology of a Great Lakes Coastal Wetland System: Implications for Response to Climate Change

Also— I am looking for 2-4 students to take each of the candidates to lunch. The lunch with Dr. Hatch will be 1:00-2:15 pm on April 26. The lunch with Dr. Carlson Mazur will be noon-1:30 pm on April 28. The ESP will pay for the lunches. Please let me know if you would like to participate.


Public Talk: Natalie Jeremijenko- Environmental Health Clinic

Natalie Jeremijenko, is an artist who works at the intersection of contemporary art, biochemistry, physics, neuroscience, and engineering. Her work takes the form of large-scale public art works, tangible media installations, single channel tapes, and critical writing.

She'll be at BC on April 26th.  Her evening public talk:

The coming new entertainment system ... 
(or how pleasure, health, creative production, wonder and yumminess can organize and drive environmental performance)

Will take place in Higgins 300 at 7 pm!

Dr. Jeremijenko will also host an afternoon clinic (aka workshop) to address a local environmental health concern.  You might be making and deploying AgBags, setting up a solar chimney clinical trial, or developing "howstuffismade/ howitcanchange" documentaries (see the Environmental Health Clinic XRx site for details).  Let me know if you are interested in the clinic!

Many of Jeremijenko’s works investigate our disposition toward and impact on other species and the larger ecology. Her Uphone Sparrow Report used mobile phone networks to capture live data on the vanishing populations of sparrows around New York and London, while her robotic geese encouraged human controllers to learn about, and interact with, wild geese, instead of hunting them. Jeremijenko’s large-scale public artwork OneTree is 1,000 genetically identical micro cultured Paradox Vlach clones grown with the goal of providing a “public platform for ongoing discussions around genetic engineering.” A related software component measures the C02 in a computer’s immediate microenvironment, while Stump is a printer queue virus that counts the number of pages consumed by the printer; when the equivalent of one tree’s worth of pulp has been consumed, it automatically prints out a slice of tree.

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