Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekly Announcements - 9/3/13

Dear Environmental Studies Minors,

Welcome back!  We hope you had a great summer!  Please find the first set of announcements for this academic year below, including a note for Prof. Noah Snyder.

ESP News and Events
  •           Welcome Back from Prof. Noah Snyder, ESP Program Director
  •           Fall Research Courses of interest to ESP Minors

 Graduate School Opportunities
  •           Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

 On Campus Job Opportunity
  •           The Loft at Addie’s

 Presentations and Exhibitions
  •           Exhibition on Climate Change at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
  •           Bee Day at Harvard

 Internship Opportunities, Site Visits, and Travel Opportunities
  •           Internship with Environment America
  •           Site Visit to Castle Neck Restoration
  •           Study in Belize Next Winter
  •           Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  •         Green Corps Environmental Training Program
  •            Environment Massachusetts


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Fall 2013 Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm, and Thursday 1:00-5:00pm

Greetings and welcome back to BC and the Environmental Studies Program.

This fall, we welcome new visiting assistant professor Gabrielle David. Dr. David did her undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and has MS and PhD degrees from the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, finishing there in 2011. More recently, she was a visiting professor at Bowdoin College in Maine. Dr. David’s research concerns river processes and restoration. This fall semester, Dr. David will be teaching Environmental Systems: Ecosystems (GE202) and River Restoration and Management (GE312). Many of you will get to know her through one of these classes.

An exciting event on the horizon is a talk by author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben as part of the BC Lowell Humanities series, on October 24 at 7 pm in McGuinn 121.

Have a great semester. I look forward to seeing you in courses, office hours and/or special events.

Noah Snyder
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
Office hours (fall 2013): Thursdays 9:30-noon in Devlin 320

BI 486: Methods in Community Ecology
Prerequisite: BI 201, BI 204 and a statistics course (can be concurrent) or permission of instructor.
This laboratory introduces students to original research in community ecology. Students will learn ecological experimental design and the application of statistical analysis in community ecology. Specific topics will focus on multi-trophic interactions. Research will include the use of the scientific literature, online databases and the generation of publication quality data. Students will be expected to generate a poster presentation on their work and be able to discuss their research with peers. This course is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing advanced research.
Colleen Hitchcock

GE 275 Integrating Scientific Research, Service to the Community, and Social/Environmental Justice (Fall: 3 credits)
Cross Listed with ED550
This course is designed for environmental studies minors, secondary science teachers, or those who are interested in learning more about conducting scientific research. A key feature of this course will be the engagement in the design and development of research projects around air quality, hydroponics, and alternative energies. Embedded in each project will be the need to learn how to power and utilize alternative energy systems to maintain and sustain the equipment needed for each research project.
Mike Barnett

Application Update
We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2014 application for admission to the Masters programs at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is now live. You can access the application here. Please make sure to submit all of your materials no later than December 15, 2013 in order to be given full consideration for admission. 

Financial Aid Update
In order to be considered for scholarships, all applicants must submit the F&ES financial aid application by February 15, 2014. U.S. students must also submit the 2014-15 FAFSA by this deadline. Applicants who submit late or incomplete applications for financial aid will not be considered for scholarship. The financial aid application will be available in mid-October.

Anyone that submits an application for admission will also be granted access to the outside scholarship database. This is a great resource for students looking for additional scholarship support, and we strongly encourage you to look at this database before you receive your admission decision!

Admission Events
The Admissions office has been busy planning the fall recruitment schedule, and we will be traveling across both North and South America in addition to hosting on-campus events. To see if we will be coming to a location near you, please visit our admission events website. New events (including information sessions in LA, Portland Austin, and Vancouver) will be posted in the coming weeks so please make sure to check back soon!

Hi, my name is Seri and I am a senior at Boston College and a student manager at the Loft at Addie's.

In case you have never visited us before Addie's is an on-campus dining facility that features food made from locally sourced ingredients. Not only is Addie's a great place to eat but also a great place to work!

I have worked at Addie's since the fall of my sophomore year and have enjoyed being a part of the Addie's team. It is a great opportunity to meet people, earn some extra money, and receive free meals! The entire staff at Addie's is made up of Boston College students and is student run by our group of student managers.

Addie's is open Sunday through Thursday from 4:30-9 each night, so you never have to work on weekends. Students are paid at least 8.50 an hour and work as few as three hours a week to as many as 12.

Addie's is really in need of new hires, especially freshmen. If you are interested in more information about working at Addie's please email Kevin Toro
 ( ktoro13@gmail.com ) with the following information:

1) full name and nickname
2) BC ID
3) year of graduation
4)semesters you will study abroad (e.g. spring 2013)
5) BC email
6) cell number
7) whether or not you have worked at BC before (i.e. are you already in the system)?
8) how many hours per week you would like to work 

Once you send these points to Kevin and he will respond with further instructions.

Feel free to email me with any questions!


Seri Niimi-Burch
Boston College Class of 2014
Chemistry & Environmental Studies
Vice President, Real Food BC
Student Manager, The Loft at Addie's

Climate Change: Our Global Experiment

Ongoing exhibit 
Developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment Climate Change: Our Global Experiment will help you separate truth from spin and provide a basis for making informed decisions affecting the future of our planet. The exhibit offers an insider’s look at the scientific study of climate, presenting the latest research from renowned experts at Harvard and around the world. Get the facts, draw your own conclusions, then take part in a unique computer simulation that allows you to choose a course of action and see the consequences for the planet.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Bee day at Harvard

1 Oxford Street, Harvard University

BEE DAY is going to be a day of events and activities highlighting the importance of honeybees and beekeeping to biodiversity, the food supply, and human health. Learn more about the alarming decline of beehives (colony collapse disorder) widely documented in the U.S. and Europe. All activities and events are free and open to the public.  They are located at the Plaza or the Science Center, 1 Oxford Street.

Event Schedule

1:00–2:00 pm: The Plaza (in front of the Science Center)
Enjoy organic honey tasting at the Harvard Farmers’ Market.

4:00 pm:
Take a tour of the beehives on Harvard’s campus, led by Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers. Preregistration required; check http://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/special-event-bee-day-harvard at a later date for more information.

7:00 pm: Science Center, Hall C
Film screening of More Than Honey, followed by a discussion with Dr. Alex Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology, Harvard School of Public Health, about current research on the link between colony collapse disorder and the use of agricultural pesticides.

Jointly sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers, the Harvard Farmers’ Market, the Food Literacy Project, and the Cambridge Entomological Club.

Environment America interns will spend their fall semester making a big difference on critical environment issues and learning a ton, while getting the experience they need to launch a career in the environmental movement after graduation.

Read more about our internship program here. Interested candidates can complete an online application here.

Monique Sullivan
Recruitment Director
Environment America
(202) 461-2448

Are you searching for an opportunity to put your studies in environmental science or ecology to work in a field setting?   The Institute for Sustainable International Studies, ISIS, is offering ecology field courses in Belize that offer you a chance to study in the tropical English-speaking setting of Belize and gain valuable professional and personal experience.  Belize’s rich environment, cultures and biodiversity are the labs for these courses.  About 40% of the land and sea areas of Belize are set aside in protected areas, parks or reserves to protect its diverse flora and fauna. 

One student summarized his experience by saying: “The field trips were the best in the Marine Ecology class. Nothing like getting outside and experiencing first hand and being able to converse with the locals!  I learned a lot about the environments and problems in Belize and its culture and customs.”

For the syllabi and course itineraries, click on the links below:
Our two week winter session runs from December 26, 2013 to January 7, 2014, including travel days.  The cost, $2,995, includes one course, accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, field trips and excursions, breakfasts and one transcript for transferring credit.  Airfare is not included.  Students receive three (3) credits from Sacred Heart College.  The application deadline for winter is October 1st.  Our 2014 summer sessions run in June and July.   There are two week and four week programs for $2,675 and $4,225.  The application deadline is March 1st for summer 2014.  Application forms are available on the ISIS website.
The syllabus for each course is available on the ISIS website, www.isisbelize.com, or by clicking the link above.  Cynthia Reece, creece@isisbelize.com, the Program Manager for ISIS, can respond to questions related to housing, logistics, course costs, and other details.  

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.

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: www.greencorps.org.

Apply online today at greencorps.org/apply

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

Environment Massachusetts has a number of internship opportunities posted on their website.  For more information, please visit http://environmentmassachusetts.org/page/jobs or contact Alison Giest, Environment Massachusetts, New England Federal Field Associate, at agiest@environmentmassachusetts.org or 813-215-3604.

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