Monday, September 26, 2011

Announcements- September 19 & September 26

Dear ESP minors,

Welcome back to BC! I hope that the first weeks of your semester are going well. As you know, Dr. Snyder is away for the school year and I will be the point person for the ESP program. So if you have any questions, concerns, or anything at all, please come find me in Devlin Room 213 and I will do my best to help you out. My hours this semester are as follows:

Monday: 8:30-12:00
Tuesday: 8:30-3:00
Wednesday: 8:30-12:30
Thursday: 8:30-11:30

You can also always email me at this address: Now here are some announcements! Take care and happy fall!
Practicing Plentitude Symposium: Social Innovation for Sustainable Lifestyles

October 21, 2011: 9am-5pm
Boston College
McGuinn 511

RSVP by October 14 to

The Coolidge Corner Theatre kicks off a new season of its popular Science on Screen series on Monday, October 3 with a special showing of B-movie maestro Roger Corman’s 1960 horticultural cult classic The Little Shop of Horrors paired with a pre-screening talk on carnivorous plants by Aaron Ellison, Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at Harvard Forest. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS tells the tale of a hapless plant-shop clerk who breeds a new species of plant named Audrey Junior that not only talks, but also needs a special kind of food to survive: humans. Famous for having the shortest shooting schedule on record – two days and a night – this hilarious black comedy helped establish director Corman as an underground legend. Starring Jonathan Haze, Mel Welles, and Jackie Joseph, the film also features an iconic cameo by a young Jack Nicholson as a gleefully masochistic dental patient.

Unlike Audrey Junior, carnivorous plants in nature don’t actually devour people – or bellow “Feed Me!” But because these plants grow in habitats where soil nutrients are in short supply, they must rely on animal prey for sustenance. They catch their dinner using a variety of strategies, from snapping their leaves shut on unsuspecting insects to snagging snacks with sticky tentacles to sucking in their prey like a vacuum cleaner.

Before the film, Dr. Ellison sheds light on the curious world of carnivorous plants and on how these fabulously complex plants can further our understanding of how a complete, functioning natural ecosystem works.

At Harvard Forest, Harvard University’s 3,500-acre outdoor classroom and ecological research laboratory in Petersham, Mass., Dr. Ellison studies the evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants, food web dynamics and community ecology of wetlands and forests, and other phenomena. He has received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Faculty Fellow award for excellence in research and teaching.

Science on Screen is co-presented by The Museum of Science, Boston and made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Tickets are $9.75 general admission, $7.75 for students, seniors, and Museum of Science members, and free for Coolidge Corner Theatre members. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit Tickets are also available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, located at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline. Phone: 617/734-2500.

The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia

The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy is a twelve-month program that combines the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s hands-on approach to teaching public policy and administration with the Earth Institute's pioneering thinking about the environment, educating today's environmental leaders for a sustainable tomorrow.

A representative from the program will be attending the Boston Idealist Grad Fair today Monday, September 19 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The fair will be held at Boston University, George Sherman Union, Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215.

For questions about the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, please contact Sarah Tweedie at (212) 854-3142, or by e-mail at, or visit our website at
---------------------------------------------------------------------------Harvard Graduate School of Design fall lecture series...

Visit our event calendar for a full list of our upcoming events in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, art, sustainability, engineering, industrial design, social activism, and more. Nearly all of our events are free and open to the public, and several will be webcast live and posted to our school's YouTube channel, so stay tuned. This year, the Graduate School of Design also celebrates its 75th anniversary - check out the GSD 075 website for information on the related exhibition and events. We hope to see you at Gund Hall!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------Fall-semester internships to BC students at Environment Massachusetts

...working on our Clean Air, Healthy Families campaign. This is a unique opportunity, as students will have first-hand experience organizing grassroots support for the campaign as well as media coverage and coordinating volunteers:

If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love, apply for an internship with Environment Massachusetts.

Environment Massachusetts is one of 29 state groups that make up Environment America, a national environmental advocacy group. With nearly 100 professional staff and 1 million members, activists and allies in the states and in Washington, D.C, we make the case and build the support necessary to overcome the opposition and win real results for the environment.

Internship Description

Each semester, Environment Massachusetts runs an internship program that gives students like you the opportunity to learn how to make a real impact on critical environmental issues.

You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support.

An internship with Environment Massachusetts gives you the training and the experience you need to land a job in the environmental movement after graduation. Each year, Environment Massachusetts and the other groups in Environment America hire passionate, talented and committed recent college graduates to join our two year Fellowship Program.


We are looking for current college students who care about our environment and are driven to preserve it for the future to work in our Boston office. We look for strong leadership skills, academic excellence, problem solving ability, top-notch written and verbal skills, eagerness to learn, and a sense of humor. We have a great training program, so no prior organizing experience is necessary, although if you have some that’s great!

To learn more and apply online, visit:, or send an e-mail directly to
Belize Study Abroad

ISIS Belize, the Institute for Sustainable International Studies, is pleased to offer adventurous field schools in Belize during the summer and winter breaks. Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America and is an amazing natural classroom for some many disciplines. Come south and enjoy the warm weather, the incredible bio-diversity and earn academic credits while making international friends! Space is limited, so put a reservation in at to save your spot. More details on the courses can be found at Syllabi are available upon request.

We look forward to answering your questions and reserving your spot in Belize this winter … where learning is an adventure!
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Greetings from the Office of Admission at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies! We hope this email finds you well, and we are excited to meet many of you this fall either on campus or at our recruiting events across the country. We wanted to let you know about some important information that should be helpful to you as you continue to think about pursuing graduate studies at FES. Feel free to keep up with us through our admissions blog, which will be updated throughout the fall with important application and financial aid information, advice, and announcements!

Application & GRE Update

As promised, our online application for admission will go live tomorrow, September 1, 2011, at 9 AM EDT. You should be able to access the application at that time, through the online application website. As a reminder, our application deadline is December 15, 2011, and we encourage you to submit as early as possible.

For those applicants who choose to take the GRE instead of the GMAT, ETS is currently offering 50% off exam registration fees for those who take the test in the month of September. A little extra incentive to take your exam early! We will accept both the old and new format exams, as long as the test is taken before the December 15, 2011 application deadline and is no more than 5 years old.

Upcoming Admission Events

We will be kicking off our recruiting season on September 14, and will be busy hosting recruiting events through November. Many events are up on our admission events website, so please check it out to see if we will be in your area this fall and to RSVP to an event. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming September events are as follows:

Boston Fall Idealist Fair: Monday, September 19

Boston Information Session: Tuesday, September 20

As always, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid staff are available and happy to answer any questions that you may have about our programs, the application process, and the Yale community. Please don't hesitate to email us at and we will get back to you as quickly as possible!