Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekly Announcements 3/14/13

Dear Environmental Studies Students:

Please see this week’s announcements below.

ESP News and Events
1.       Chasing Ice with James Balog – 4/25

Graduate School Information
1.       Bard MBA in Sustainability

Upcoming Conference and Forum Opportunities
1.       4th Annual Geographic Information Systems Contest – Deadline 3/30

Internship Opportunities, Travel Opportunities and Graduate School Presentations
1.       Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
2.       Sustainable Leaders for Policy and Business Training
3.       Green Corps Environmental Training Program
4.       Texas A&M Research Experience in Costa Rica
5.       Institute for Sustainable International Studies – Summer Field Documentary Program
6.       Environment Massachusetts


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

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  

Register for an evening with photographer James Balog.

Thursday, April 25


Reception – 7-8 PM
First Floor Devlin


Film Screening and Q&A – 8 PM
Devlin 008

In the spring of 2005, James Balog (’74), recipient of the 2005 Arts Council Alumni Award, launched The Extreme Ice Survey. This project used revolutionary time-lapse cameras to document changes in the glacial landscape of the Arctic. The survey resulted in spectacular footage that became the documentary Chasing Ice, winner of Sundance’s Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary Filmmaking.

The documentary is directed by Jeff Orlowski, a cinematographer and award-winning filmmaker who has worked with Balog since 2007. The Extreme Ice Survey project was a collaboration between scientists and artists, including videographers, photographers, and a team of extreme-weather expedition specialists.

Sponsored by Institute of Liberal Arts, BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network, the Environmental Studies Program, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, EcoPledge, and the Arts Council. Event is free, but registration is required.

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

4th  Annual GIS Contest!


Students are invited to present their GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  Mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College. Prizes will be awarded to the top student entries which will be displayed in the O’Neill Library Reading Room on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Download a flyer with details of our GIS contest (with prizes) and information on how to download the ArcGIS software. GIS Contest 2013 Flyer :

The MA DOER Internship Programs seeks to provide interns with exciting opportunities to assist DOER with implementing energy policies in areas such as renewables, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy markets, and more.  The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the energy arena.


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

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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