Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Happy new year & welcome back, Environmental Studies minors! Here a few recent announcements.

First of all, I would like to welcome Professors Tara Pisani Gareau and Martha Carlson Mazur to the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. They are co-teaching the Environmental Seminar (GE580) this semester. They both have offices on the third floor of Devlin (Martha in Devlin 325 and Tara in Devlin 320a). Martha is the new Visiting Assistant Professor for the Environmental Studies Program and will be with us for at least two years. She is also teaching Environmental Systems: Water Resources (GE203) this semester.
Now for some announcements…
Best of luck with the start of the semester!
ESP Graduate Assistant

NURDS 2012
4th Annual Northeast Undergraduate Research Development Symposium (NURDS 2012), at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, on March 10 and 11,

This NSF-supported conference promotes ³scientific exploration through peer collaboration². Created, organized and run by undergraduate and graduate students, the symposium will provide a comfortable environment for undergraduate students to present their research. This research may have been done as an independent project, honors thesis, or senior thesis. Students can present their research as an oral presentation, poster or data blitz before an audience of peers. This is an excellent forum for students to get valuable feedback as well as develop scientific discussions between students from multiple universities.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Michael Grace, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Limited free housing for presenters is still available!

Undergraduate students studying biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or any other related natural science in the New England region and Atlantic Canada are invited to attend.

We will accept presentations that fulfill the definition of undergraduate research as stated by the Council of Undergraduate Research, CUR: "An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline"


The symposium will be held on March 10 and 11, 2012 at the UNE Biddeford
campus in southern Maine.  We look forward to seeing you then!

For more information and registration go to

For questions contact us at

Employment Opportunity at Practically Green

Practically Green ( is a website to help people determine how “green” they are, and what actions they can take to further “green” their lives.  It uses a scoring system similar to the LEED system for buildings, but covers personal lifestyles, with a focus on energy, water, “stuff,” and health.

Practically Green is seeking to hire a science student (unfortunately pay would be nominal) to help maintain their scoring database. This involves being up on the latest research in the four realms PG covers (Water, Energy, Stuff, Health) and being able to blend science artfully to come up with how many points something like installing a rain barrel should be worth.

The company is looking for a graduate student although there could be an exception for an undergrad student with extensive knowledge and experience in the four areas. For more information check their website and email directly to Lexy Zissu at

Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Summer 2012 - Undergraduate Research Fellowships Announcement
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Application Deadline February 24, 2012

Applications are invited from qualified and motivated undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) from all U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 10-week (June 03-August 10, 2012) summer research in interdisciplinary water sciences and engineering at Virginia Tech. We have already graduated 36 excellent undergraduate researchers from our site during 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Application materials, details of ten Research Mentors along with possible research projects and other program activities are posted on following website:

Deadline for application submission is February 24, 2012. Successful
applicants will be informed by March 12, 2012. Please contact Dr.
Vinod K Lohani (phone: (540)231-9545; FAX: (540) 231-6903; for questions.

Food First's upcoming delegation to Bolivia: "Llamas, Quinoa and Andean Food Sovereignty"
Food First's upcoming delegation to Bolivia: "Llamas, Quinoa and Andean Food Sovereignty" will be March 10 - 19, 2012. The trip will explore the complex issue of rural development in Bolivia's highland regions, focusing on two products central to Bolivian food security for centuries: llamas and quinoa. Participants will meet with communities and local organizations working in the breathtaking Altiplano region, including a homestay on Lake Titicaca, accompanied by a Food First policy analyst. All participants will receive a certificate of completion from Food First. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis (early registration is encouraged). See attached announcement. Trip Cost: $1650

For details, visit:
Or contact Tanya at or 510-654-4400 ext. 223

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy, host and founder of C2C Fellows and the National Climate Seminar, is looking for motivated students who are ready to embark on an exciting educational journey. 

Bard College, located on the Hudson River 90 miles north of New York City, is a private, coeducational liberal arts college with undergraduate programs enriched by research institutes and graduate programs. Founded in 1860, the College draws its approximately 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students from all regions of the United States and abroad. 

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy was created in 1999 to promote education, research, and public service on critical issues pertaining to the natural and built environments. Earning either an M.S. in environmental policy or an M.S. in climate science and policy, Bard CEP graduates pursue high-level careers in research and policy. The value of Bard CEP’s approach has been recognized through established partnerships with Pace Law School, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the Bard MBA in Sustainability, and the  Peace Corps. For more info, please call, email, and visit our website.
Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Student in the Geosciences and Related Fields for Summer 2012.
Each year the Keck Geology Consortium has undergraduate research opportunities for approximately 51 undergraduate students in a wide variety of geological/environmental science sub-disciplines and locations.The program includes 4 weeks of summer research (field and/or lab work depending on the project), continuing research during the academic year (jointly advised by a project faculty member and a research advisor at the students home institution), attendance at the annual Keck Geology Consortium Symposium, and a publication in the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings volume.  Students receive a $1,500 stipend and typically all travel and living expenses are provided for.

Detailed information is available at: 
The application deadline is February 3rd, 2012. The application process is online.

Please address any questions to Dr. Robert J. Varga, Keck Geology Consortium Director (, or Carol Morgan, Keck Geology Consortium Administrative Assistant (

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