Thursday, February 14, 2013

Weekly Announcements 2/14/13

Dear Environmental Studies Students:

Please see this week’s announcements below.

ESP News and Events

Graduate School Information

Upcoming Conference and Forum Opportunities

Internship Opportunities, Travel Opportunities and Graduate School Presentations
5.       Volunteer in Africa


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
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Office Hours, Spring 2013:  Monday 11:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm, and Thursday 1:00-5:00pm  

save the date – science networking night 2013
March 12, 2013: Higgins Atrium
What is Science Networking Night? An evening of networking with BC alumni in various science careers. In 2012, we hosted alumni from Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Dana Farber, Children’s Hospital, EBI Consulting, Zoo New England, EPA, BC Bio Labs, and several other organizations. We will send more details and information for students in the spring. For now, please mark your calendars so we can avoid scheduling conflicts with your department.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability are looking for motivated students who are ready to embark on an exciting educational journey. We would be very grateful if you could forward this email to students or recent graduates at your university / college who might enjoy finding out about our pioneering master's degree programs (see below).

Our students come from a variety of academic disciplines, and they bring to Bard a passion about their future role as environmental and business leaders. Interdisciplinary course work, faculty-student mentorships, and professional hands-on experiences provide the platform students need to succeed academically and professionally. Both Bard CEP and Bard MBA offer competitive merit fellowships, project assistantships, and campus employment opportunities for qualified candidates.

Thank you in advance for your help spreading the word to Bard College students interested in graduate school!

With Graditude,
Molly Williams and Katie Van Sant
Bard Graduate Programs in  Sustainability

The Bard MBA in Sustainability focuses on the business case for sustainability. We train students to see how firms can integrate economic, environmental, and social objectives, the triple bottom line, to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. Graduates of the Bard MBA Program will transform existing companies, start their own businesses, and pioneer new ways of operating that meet human needs, while protecting and restoring the earth’s natural systems. The Bard MBA is a low-residency program structured around “weekend intensives” with regular online instruction between these residencies. Five of these intensives are held each term: four in the heart of New York City and one in the Hudson Valley. Residencies take place over four days, beginning Friday morning, and ending Monday afternoon.

Contact: Katie Van Sant MS '07
Phone: 845-758-7388
Application Due Dates: Early: January 15, 2013; Regular: March 15, 2013; Final: May 15, 2013

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy believes that to solve environmental challenges and achieve sustainability in our institutions and in society, government and business policies must be grounded in the best available science. Bard CEP’s cohort-based program and intensive, campus-based, first-year curriculum require students to synthesize information from a range of disciplines and sources. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective policy responses. Distinctive program features include a modular approach to course work; close student-faculty interaction; professional internships; practical training in geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, leadership, and communication strategies; and research opportunities created to fit student interests.

Contact: Molly Williams MS '08
Phone: 845-758-7071
Application Due Date: Early: January 15, 2013; Regular: March 15, 2013; Final: May 15, 2013

Politics of Water Sustainability on the Arabian Peninsula

Steven C. Caton
Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 5 PMRadcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
This talk will examine the politics of water sustainability in three different eco-systems—oasis, coast, and highlands—of the Arabian Peninsula and how these are connected to very different kinds of state regimes and development histories. Some lessons for development and sustainable water use will be drawn.

This event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 4:45 pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Professor Caton’s lecture is offered as part of the year-long Water Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute.  More information about this series, including future presentations and videos of past talks, is available on our

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.  The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars.  Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public.  The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.  Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at

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:

Toxics Action Center’s Local Environmental Action is an amazing day of learning, networking and being inspired. This year we’re partnering with Mass. Climate Action Network to bring you an even better and bigger event covering energy, fracking, toxics in products and more. Held at Northeastern University, this year’s event will take place on Sunday, March 10th at 9:30AM. Check out all the details about this exciting day here:

Right now we’re in need of volunteers to help at the conference. Can you help? You should sign up to volunteer here. For some light lifting (set up, registration, prepping the lunch tables) you get free entry to the event. (A $20-40 value.)


University of Colorado, Boulder: February 22-24.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: March 15-17. 
Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon: April 12-14.

C2C Fellows weekend training workshops, sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy , focus on concrete skills development, including fundraising and communication. Graduates of the weekend workshops are eligible for partial scholarships to CEP’s master programs in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and green business, as well as $1,000 scholarships for follow-on leadership trainings.

Apply Now: the cost of the weekend trainings is $30 including food and lodging. Please pass the word along! Help us support rising young leaders in green business, politics and policy.

Thanks for the work you are doing, and best wishes for the New Year from all of us at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy!

Eban Goodstein               
Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Bard College                                                                                                      
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000  845.758.7067 (t) / 845.758.7636 (f)                    &

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site:

Apply online today at

Green Corps
44 Winter St, 4th Fl
Boston, MA
617 747 4302

Texas A&M University is again hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in a transitional cloud forest in central Costa Rica.  Specifically, the REU site provides a unique international opportunity for students to be immersed in the practice of active inquiry and research in:
1.     Ecohydrology: feedback between forest vegetation and hydrology from the scale of an individual leaf to the entire stand 
2.     Hydrology: movement and distribution of water through the forest from above-canopy precipitation and cloud immersion, to stream and groundwater flow 
3.     Meteorology and climatology: spatial and temporal variation in precipitation, evapotranspiration and boundary layer structure from the scale of an individual stand to the entire watershed 
4.     Soil Science:structure and geochemistry of forest soil 
5.     Biogeography: distribution and structure of forest vegetation at various scales in the watershed
Successful applicants will receive all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in addition to a $500 a week stipend.   Further information about the program can be found at and a description of the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica can be found at

ISIS has expanded our faculty and courses for the summer 2013 programs.  In addition to our popular animal science field courses, students can now explore the “Geography and History of Maya Gold (Chocolate!), documentary film making, and contemporary and traditional health and healing in Belize.

ISIS offers a range of field courses over the summer:
Ø  Tropical Forests: From Destruction to Conservation
Ø  Documentary Filming in Belize: Art, Culture and Wildlife (with Emmy winning videographers) 

For more information about instructors and syllabi and to download forms, see the ISIS website.  The application deadline is March 15th 2013.
The 2013 summer sessions run in June and July. The courses are designed as 3 credit hour courses and students receive credits from Sacred Heart College transferrable with home institution approval,   The two week Documentary Film field school is run by Emmy® Award winners, Carol and Richard Foster and Danny Velazquez.  It is $2,995, which includes lab fees, is offered July 6 – 20.  Enrollment is limited to 10 students.
For Custom or Existing Belize Programs:  The ISIS Team creates or enhances quality, faculty-led courses incorporating Belize's natural resources into the course work.  If you would like to organize a group from your university to work with the Fosters, or others in Belize, please contact me.   Visit our website,, or our Page at Facebook for more information. 
NancyNancy L. Adamson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Institute for Sustainable International Studies
San Ignacio, Cayo,
Belize, Central America

volunteer in africa

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2013 Volunteer Programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the last deadline is February 5th!

As an OHS Volunteer, you will:
* Live with a host family and be an active member of their household.
(Zanzibar only)
* Work with primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building strong Math and English foundations while empowering students.
* Work closely with members of the community to create social uplift.
* Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and sports.
* Work with a small, dynamic team of international university students.

We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards a more socially just future for the youth of some of the most marginalized communities in the world.


For more information and to download the program application, please visit:

Environment Massachusetts has a number of internship 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.

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