Monday, September 17, 2012

Announcements 9/14/12

Dear Environmental Studies Students:

I am emailing you both to let you know about several great opportunities for students in the program and to introduce myself as the new graduate assistant for the program.  My name is Kevin Brown and I am a first year doctoral student in systematic theology here at BC.  As the graduate assistant, I am here to answer questions you may have about the minor and upcoming events.  I have a number of office hours in Devlin 213 (Monday 12:00-4:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm, and Friday 12:00-2:00pm) during which time I am happy to assist you with any questions you may have.  I can also be reached through this email account ( or at 617-552-2477.

Below, please find information about several upcoming events as well as internship and graduate school opportunities related to environmental studies.

Upcoming Events and Announcements
1.       Environmental Studies Canoe Trip – 9/27
2.       Film Screening: Switch
3.       Announcement from you Environmental Studies librarians

Upcoming Conference and Forum Opportunities
1.       New England Campus Sustainability Forum – 9/21
2.       Radcliffe Institute symposium: The Future of Water – 10/12
3.       Colby College Conference on Students as Catalysts for Large Landscape Conservation – 3/1

Internship Opportunities and Graduate School Presentations
1.       Environment Massachusetts
2.       Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Office Hours: Monday 12:00-4:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm, and Friday 12:00-2:00pm


Professors Noah Snyder and Martha Carlson Mazur will be leading a canoe trip on the Charles River open to all environmental studies minors.  It will have a focus on fluvial geomorphology and ecohydrology.

When: Thursday, September 27,  1:00-5:00pm
Where: Nahanton Park to Millennium Park
Who: Twenty ESP and/or E&ES students, Professor Snyder, and Professor Carlson Mazur
Cost: $5 (a great deal!); cash only
We will leave from BC at 1 PM and will be back by 5 PM.
If interested, sign up in the Devlin 213 or email Kevin at envstudy@bc.eduThe deadline to sign up is Thursday, September 20.


What does the future of energy really hold? Join energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out. Dr. Tinker explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic. Switch is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum – fossil and renewable, academic and environmental. To be followed by a discussion lead by faculty from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

When: Thursday, October 11, 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Devlin 008

For information about the film, visit


From: Sally Wyman and Enid Karr

We, the 2 librarians at O’Neill Library who are bibliographers for Environmental Studies, want to extend to you our best wishes for the new semester, and tell you a bit about the materials and services we can offer.  Let us know if there are environment-related books, films, or journals you think the library should have;  we can’t make any guarantees, but we acquire what materials we can within the established library funds. We can set up consultations with you if you have a paper to write and need to learn how to find the best and most relevant materials.  We have a web site which can help you help yourself to find great library resources for your work:  Our contact information is on the sidebar of that page. We are happy help with any library-related needs you may have – whether it’s an access problem or a policy question, or just some help getting oriented in the library.

Sally & Enid

New England Campus Sustainability Forum

A limited number of Boston College students will be able to attend this conference for free.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Bob Pion at

Second Nature invites you to the   

The Forum's keynote speakers are:
Anthony Cortese, ScD: Founding President of Second Nature, and the driving force behind the launch of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
Hunter LovinsPresident of Natural Capitalism Solutions, who has been named as "Millennium Hero for the Planet" by Time Magazine and "Green Business Icon" by Newsweek. 

Radcliffe Institute Symposium: The Future of Water

Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions:
The Future of Water

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 9 am – 5 pm
Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Radcliffe Institute’s annual science symposium will focus on the important and challenging topic of water. Water is a theme that encompasses issues as varied as environmental contamination, public health, agricultural shortages, and geopolitical disputes. “Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water” will focus on the ecological and human health hazards of environmental contaminants, the threats to drinking water of fracking, the promise of new technologies for water treatment, the need for national water policy, and the role of urban and other areas in conservation. The majority of the talks will focus on the “hard science” of water-related issues; others will offer the perspectives of experts from the policy, business, or urban-planning worlds to put the scientific discussions in a broader context and to link them thematically.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  
For more information and to register, please visit or call 617-495-8600.

Colby College Conference on Students as Catalysts for Large Landscape Conservation

Students as Catalysts for Large Landscape Conservation
Colby College
March 1, 2013

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, in conjunction with partner universities, colleges, and research institutions, is hosting a conference on March 1, 2013 in Waterville, Maine, that will focus on students as catalysts for large landscape conservation.

This conference will provide students, practitioners, and scholars with the opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers and leading experts from North America and beyond working in the field of large landscape conservation.

One feature of the conference will be a conservation innovation contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays or creative contributions, such as videos. Authors of winning contributions will receive travel reimbursements to attend the conference up to $500.  One essay will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book on large landscape conservation to be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  Additional essays will be considered for publication in an issue of an international conservation journal. Students unable to attend the conference are encouraged to attend via web conferencing.

The organizers also are soliciting student posters for display and presentation at the conference. These posters will not be considered as part of the conservation innovation contest for students.

For additional information about the student essay contest, registration, and other  conference details, see:

For questions about the conference, please contact:

ENvironnment Massachussetts

Environment Massachussetts has a number of intership opportunities posted on their website.  For more information, please visit or contact Alison Giest, Environment Massachusetts, New England Federal Field Associate, at or 813-215-3604.

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Boston Prospective Student Information Session
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm
The Non Profit Center (Community Room, 1st Floor), 89 South Street, Boston
Meet Admission Representatives and Alumni to learn more about our programs, the admissions and financial aid process, and what it is like to be a student.

Hydraulic Fracking Panel (available via livestream or in-person)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Yale F&ES, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
A panel discussion on a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale will take place on Tuesday. You are welcomed to join us in-person or via live stream. 

On Campus Prospective Student Information Session
Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9:00-4:30 pm
Yale F&ES, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
Join us on campus for a full day event, where you will hear from administrators, faculty, and current students about all that F&ES has to offer. The open house is followed by "TGIF (Thank God I'm a Forester)" at 5pm, which is our weekly community get-together. This week's event has an International theme, and is a yearly favorite. Please join us! We also invite you to come to campus a day early and visit classes on Thursday, September 20. Permission is not needed to sit in on any classes, and you can find the class schedule here:

To access a list of upcoming admission events across the country, please visit our admission events website.

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