Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekly Announcements 11/4

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s announcements below.

The Environmental Studies program now has a Facebook page.  Like it today at https://www.facebook.com/bcenvstudy.  We promise not to flood your newsfeed with updates will but keep you informed about both the most important ESP events and relevant local, national, and global environmental news stories.

Featured BC Courses
1.       HIST 4890 American Environmental History: Pre-Columbian America to Climate Change
2.       Take BIOL 1420 Genetic Century in Ireland this summer!
3.       Take a course while rafting through the Grand Canyon this summer!

On-Campus Events
1.       International Careers Virtual Networking Event

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       C2C Sustainability Leadership Training
2.       Boston Environmental History Seminar Schedule
3.       Future of Transportation Case Competition

Graduate and Professional School Opportunities
1.       Louis M. Bacon Environmental Leadership Program at Harvard
2.       Funded Graduate Programs at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.       Middlebury School of the Environment Summer Session
2.       Environmental Job Listings
3.       Field Science Research Opportunities with Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy
4.       Internships with Environmental League of Massachusetts
5.       Program Associate for Bard MBA in Sustainability
6.       Volunteer for Neponset River Association
7.       BC Green Career Updates
8.       Job Opportunities with Mass PIRG
9.       Internship with Environment America
10.   Internship with Environment Massachusetts


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Fall 2014 Office Hours: Monday 9:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 10:30am-2:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-1:00pm, and Thursday 10:30am-2:00pm

MWF 11:00am
Prof. John Spiers

This course examines the environmental history of America from pre-Columbian times to the present. At a basic level, environmental history looks at the interactions between people and the natural environment over time. It explores how people have thought about and altered the natural landscape and what the consequences have been for the environment and humans alike. It also considers how elements of nature, such as plants and animals, geography and climate, and ecological resources like air, water, and soil have shaped possibilities for human life and society. In this course we will examine a variety of topics including: the impact of American Indians on the environment before the arrival of Europeans; the ecological revolution of European colonialism; the market revolution and the development of slavery; Western expansion; urbanization; the rise and influence of environmental activism; and the emergence of global environmental concerns like climate change. This course will encourage you to think critically and creatively about people’s ever-changing relationship with the natural environment. .

Professor Clare O’Connor will be offering BIOL 1420: Genetic Century in Dublin, Ireland this summer.  This course counts as an ENVS elective.

Dear Students

I am a professor in the Political Science Department.This summer I am teaching a summer course that includes a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. The course is open to all BC undergraduates and also to students from other universities. If you are interested please attend an information session that I am conducting..
ROOM: McGuinn 223
DATE:   Tuesday  October 28
TIME :    4:30PM

If you cannot attend I would still love to tell you about the course. Please email me at  Landym@bc.edu

Thanks for your kind attention

Marc Landy 

Be a part of Boston College's first ever International Careers Virtual Networking event on November 18th from 11:30am-1:00pm. Through this virtual networking event, you will be able to connect in one-on-one chats with alumni in international careers in the fields of Education, Business, Law/Government/Policy, and Service from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America without getting on an airplane.  You can attend this event from anywhere in the world - all you need is a computer with an internet connection!  Participants do not need to commit to the full event time - come and go as you are available.

Participate in this event to connect with these and many other alumni working in international careers:
·  A Chemistry major with experiences as a consultant in financial services and oil and gas industries in the UK and South Africa.
·  A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, now working as a Program Coordinator with the International Youth Foundation, who was a Math major.
·  A Health Promotion Assistant and MPH Candidate at Columbia University (previously in the Peace Corps)
·  A Senior Manager at Clinton Health Access Initiative
·  A finance professional in Fixed Income Sales & Trading
Registration is required for this event.  Register here.

Questions? Contact Rachel Greenberg, Associate Director in the Boston College Career Center at r.greenberg@bc.edu.

C2C Fellows sustainability leadership training, weekend workshop at Bard College, December 5-7.
C2C workshops are for current students and recent graduates who want high-impact careers that can change the future, in sustainable policy and politics, and business. Join C2C to learn the leadership skills necessary to succeed: how to develop a vision; know what you’re good at; tell your story; raise money; and build your network. The cost of the weekend trainings, including food and lodging, is $30. 
Graduates of our workshops are eligible for scholarships to become funded graduate students at Bard's Center for Environmental Policy, and Bard's new MBA in Sustainability Read more about the benefits of joining the growing national network of over 500 C2C Fellows here.
Students aspiring to sustainability leadership in policy, politics and business should apply now to join student leaders from across the country. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and only 60 participants will be accepted into each workshop. You know change is needed. Lead the Change.


Tuesday, November 18                   Derek Lee Nelson, University of New Hampshire, “The Ravages of Teredo: The Historical Impacts of Marine Wood-Boring Worms on American Society, Geography, and Culture, 1865-1930”
                                                            Comment: Robert Martello, Olin College of Engineering

Tuesday, December 9                     Steven Rudnick, University of Massachusetts—Boston, “Water Rights in the American Southwest”
Comment: Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

Tuesday, January 13                       Joshua Specht, Harvard University, “The Rise and Fall of the Texas Longhorn”
Comment: Beth LaDow, author of The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland

Tuesday, February 10                     Katherine Johnston, Columbia University, “An Enervating Environment: Altered Bodies in the Lowcountry and the British West Indies”
                                                            Comment: Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts—Boston

Tuesday, March 10                          Andrew W. Kahrl, University of Virginia, “Fear of an Open Beach: The Privatization of the Connecticut Shore and the Fate of Coastal America”
Comment: TBA

Tuesday, April 14                             Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon University, “Legacy Pollution Issues in Energy Development: The Cases of Manufactured Gas and Natural Gas”
                                                            Comment: Patrick Malone, Brown University

All sessions start at 5:15 P.M and are held at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-646-0568, Fax: 617-859-0074

The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has just announced the launch of the Louis M. Bacon Environmental Leadership Program, a fellowship for emerging leaders in environmental public policy and practice.

As CPL seeks to recruit our inaugural cohort of five fellows, I am writing to ask for your help getting the word out. We are looking to recruit future leaders in the environmental community who are currently working in NGOs, government, and business to apply to HKS by December 2, 2014. These fellows will come to Harvard and immerse themselves in discussions about environmental challenges; they will learn from Harvard faculty and from each other, and will emerge with new skills and ideas to apply to the world.

The Bacon Fellowship will provide a full tuition scholarship, health insurance, a $10,000 living stipend, and a comprehensive co-curricular program for up to five admitted HKS degree candidates each year. Students from joint-or concurrent-degree programs are encouraged to apply.

To apply for the 2015-2016 academic year, prospective degree candidates will have to complete two steps:
  • First, apply to HKS by December 2, 2014.
  • Second, apply for the fellowship by February 26, 2015.
In addition to serving as founder and CEO of Moore Capital Management, LP, Louis Bacon has been advocating for more than 20 years for conservation and protection of natural resources in the United States and abroad. In 1992, he founded The Moore Charitable Foundation to support nonprofit organizations with a focus that includes land and water conservation.

To learn more about the Bacon Fellowship, click here.

We are seeking your help to spread the word, and are hoping you might circulate the link above and the informational PDF (link below) to any relevant individuals, groups, and lists in your network.

If you—or anyone interested in applying—have any questions about the fellowship, please contact our program manager, Sharon Watson Fluker, at Sharon_Watson_Fluker@hks.harvard.edu or (617) 496-3744.

The fellowship also includes a potential slot for a post-doctoral scholar or early career faculty member to participate in the cohort. Qualified candidates should feel free to contact us directly for more information.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities




Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Tuition Scholarships
Funding opportunities typically cover stipends and tuition for fall and spring semesters.



Masters Degree Programs
M.A. in Geography
M.S. in Geography
M.S. in Geology
Master of Marine Policy
M.S. in Marine Studies
M.S. in Ocean Engineering
M.S. in Water Science and Policy

Doctoral Degree Programs
Ph.D. in Climatology
Ph.D. in Geography
Ph.D. in Geology
Ph.D. in Marine Studies
Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering
Ph.D. in Oceanography
Ph.D. in Water Science and Policy



Minimum GPA of 3.0
Minimum GRE verbal score of 153
Minimum GRE quantitative score of 146
Foreign students: minimum TOEFL score of 100



The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) at the University of Delaware is pleased to announce the availability of graduate student funding for Master's and Doctoral students interested in Marine Science and Policy, Geological Sciences, and Geography.

Graduate students in these programs tackle complex environmental challenges by applying the latest technological advances to ocean, earth, and atmospheric research using high-tech satellite images, surface and underwater sensors, laboratory instrumentation, and complex computer models to help enhance climate predictions, identify and mitigate pollution, improve resource management, explore energy solutions, make marine transportation safer and more efficient, and examine the relationships between humans and the environment. Our students also are using innovative tools to better understand our valuable biological resources, investigate populations, life histories and habitats, and determine the natural and human factors affecting their survival.

Prospective students should visit the CEOE website to learn more about the specific degrees offered within the College and available research projects with nationally ranked faculty who serve as graduate student advisors.

The intention of this announcement is to recruit highly competitive students to the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one or more of the faculty members in the College to discuss their research and educational interests prior to completing their applications for admission.  

Students who apply and are being considered for admission will be invited for a paid visit to our campus to meet with faculty and current graduate students.

Questions? Contact us at ceoe-academics@udel.edu.

© 2014 University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment   ceoe-academics@udel.edu | www.ceoe.udel.edu


Fast facts for the Middlebury School of the Environment<http://www.middlebury.edu/environment>

·         Six-week, integrated program

·         June 19 to July 31, 2015

·         Middlebury College, Vermont

·         Nine semester-hour credits (3 courses)

·         Need-based grants available<http://www.middlebury.edu/environment/financial_aid>

·         Both Introductory and Advanced Tracks of study

During our inaugural session, we offered an intermediate/advanced curriculum of courses<http://www.middlebury.edu/environment/curriculum> as well as workshops with environmental and leadership practitioners<http://www.middlebury.edu/environment/faculty> such as Gus Speth, Bill McKibben, Helen Riess, Alden Woodrow, Mary Hurlie, Kenny Williams, and Jack Byrne.

Specific courses in this track included two core courses – Sustainability Practicum and Understanding Place: Lake Champlain – and a choice of one of two electives: Environmentalism and the Poor, and International Environmental Negotiation.

For summer 2015, we are adding a second track of study, an introductory track<http://www.middlebury.edu/environment/curriculum> for students without prior college-level environmental coursework.  Students will enroll in two core courses – Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Systems Thinking Practicum – as well as an elective.

I’m happy to talk to anyone regarding the curriculum. Feel free to write to me directly – or have your interested students write to me – with any questions (trombulak@middlebury.edu).

Also, just as a related heads up, I will shortly be posting announcements for faculty positions in the School.  I will be recruiting four faculty for the coming summer in fields from across the spectrum of environmental studies, including natural science, social science, humanities, and the arts. If this kind of summer teaching opportunity may be of interest to you, keep an eye open for future announcements about these openings.


Steve Trombulak
Director, Middlebury School of the Environment
Program in Environmental Studies and Department of Biology
Middlebury College

Looking for work that reflects your values? From environmental education and organic farming to advocacy and organizing, if you're passionate about making change in the world, there's an opportunity listed at Orion magazine's Grassroots Jobsource that is perfect for you.  

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Orion has published an exciting series of essays celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, including features by Terry Tempest Williams, Jordan Fisher Smith, and others. View them all here and join the conversation. 

Latest Jobsource Listings

Some new internships:
Environmental Interpretation Internship
Cincinnati Nature Center
Milford, OH

Slide Ranch
Muir Beach, CA

Social Media Intern       
Blue Ridge Parkway Nat'l Park
Asheville, NC  

Calypso Farm Ecology Center
Ester, AK  
Various Internships
Jane Goodall Institute
Vienna, VA

Farmer Cultivation Center  
Boulder, CO 
Great Barrington, MA   
To view all of the current job and internship listings, click here.  
Some recent job listings:

Environmental Science Educator, Olympic Nat'l Park
Port Angeles, WA   

Northern Illinois University
Oregon, IL  

Downeast Salmon Federation 
Columbia Falls, ME 
Lake George Land Conservancy
Bolton Landing, NY

Grand Canyon Trust    
Flagstaff, AZ 

Concordia College
Moorhead, MN  

Elm Street Gardens   
Sparta, GA


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Winter courses:

We are accepting applications for our annual Tropical Marine Ecology course in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

This is a 10 day course during which we will be educating students on the various ecosystems in the area including mangrove forests, coral reefs, rocky reefs, and sandy bottom areas.  Our own marine biologist, as well as local marine biologists, will be lecturing about these ecosystems, the various animals that live in these unique habitats, and any potential conservation issues that these ecosystems or specific species in the area face.  We will then be taking the students into the field to experience these ecosystems and to observe the animals in their natural environment through scuba diving, snorkeling, beach walks, and exploring tidal pools.

This year we are conducting 3 courses to accommodate different winter break schedules, however course #2 is currently full.  The dates are below:

Course #1: December 14 - 23, 2014 - spaces available

Course #2: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015 - currently full, but please email us to be placed on a waiting list

Course #3: January 6 - 15, 2015 - spaces available

The cost of the trip is $1,699 and includes all lectures and video screenings, 3 days of scuba diving or snorkeling with all rental gear, 9 nights of lodging, all transportation from the time you arriving at the airport in Costa Rica until you depart the airport in Costa Rica, horseback riding, zip-lining, surfing, all breakfast and all dinners.

Not included: airfare to and from Costa Rica as students are flying from all over the US and airfare varies greatly, all lunches, trip insurance, diver insurance, and bring extra money for souvenirs and snacks.

Go to www.coastalmera.com for more information and to apply for this amazing opportunity!!  Space is limited! 

Enrollment Deadline: October 15, 2014

Summer courses:

Want to gain hands-on marine research experience in Florida this summer while advancing your interest in natural science, padding your resume, receiving credit hours (see below), and having tons of fun?  Here is your opportunity!!!

Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA) is offering weekly sessions of natural science field research in the beautiful Clearwater, Florida  area.  Most other research or internship opportunities available to you this summer will require long hours of lab work with little to no field work.  We are offering a 100% field research opportunity.  Come spend as many weeks as you would like with CMERA this summer and everyday will be spent on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico.  As we conduct research on sharks and rays we will be catching and handling wild animals (sharks, stingrays, other fishes, crabs, and many other marine organisms) while learning about their anatomy and ecology.  You will also attend lectures on our local ecosystems (sea grass beds, mangrove forests, coral reefs, artificial reefs, sand flats, and estuaries) and the animals that live in each habitat so that you will better recognize each aspect of the ecosystem and the animals as you experience them!!  You will also learn about and gain experience in the difficulties of designing and conducting field research, which is especially useful for those of you pursuing a career in research or continuing on to graduate school.  The hands-on experience you will gain during this program is applicable to all scientific careers!

There are other opportunities available to you if you want to work in a lab this summer, but we are the only organization that offers 100% field experience!!  While lab work is very important in science, we believe that in the natural science disciplines filed work is equally as important.  We believe that to truly learn about an organism or an ecosystem you must spend time with it in its natural habitat.  This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in any discipline of the natural sciences!

We will provide email addresses, by request, of previous participants, if you would like to speak to a previous student.

Go to www.coastalmera.com for more information and to apply for this amazing opportunity!!  Space is limited!  
Check us out on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOLbCmtgKRs&hd=1

Credit hours:
 CMERA does not directly provide credit hours toward your degree, BUT you may be able to receive credit through your college or university for the summer program.  Discuss this with your advisor.  Most institutions offer hours listed as independent research or directed study for this kind of summer opportunity.  They may also require you to attend a certain number of weeks in order to be eligible for credit. We will provide you a letter of completion or other confirmation that may be required by your school.

Enrollment Deadline: March 31, 2015

Contact us:  If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to email us at info@coastalmera.com

Interested in building a new kind of higher education program? Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability is one of the few business programs globally that fully integrates the study of business and sustainability. Our curriculum ensures that students master the business case for sustainability, understanding how to align profit, environmental, and social metrics. The curriculum is organized around weekend-intensive residencies in New York City, supplemented by regular online instruction.

The Bard MBA is seeking an entrepreneurial program associate to join our growing team and help shape the next phase of the program and position us for growth. This role is based at our Hudson Valley campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, with overnight travel to New York City one extended (4-day) weekend per month. Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Program Associate's responsibilities will include:

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Program Associate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and prioritization of the program including:

•    Budget management and basic accounting
•    Student Services including enrollment support, grade submission, and responding to student inquiries
•    Liaising with various departments on the Bard Campus specific to MBA operations and goals
•    Training faculty to effectively utilize online learning management systems and teach in an online   environment
•    Contributing to conversations and presentations about growing the Bard MBA, curriculum review, and internal operations improvement
•    Proposing internal process improvements where necessary

Planning and execution of various program-related events including:

•    Planning residency weekend and online class schedules
•    Managing logistics in-person at NYC-based and Bard classes during monthly Residencies
•    Arranging travel and lodging for faculty and guest lecturers
•    Booking classroom and event space
•    Scheduling and coordinating other program meetings including faculty retreats, curricular design brainstorms, and advisory board meetings

•    Ordering course and event materials and refreshments
•    Managing the academic calendar
•    Assisting faculty with administrative matters

The Program Associate will have substantial interaction with executive staff, faculty, guest speakers and students. See our Faculty here: http://www.bard.edu/mba/people/faculty.php This is a great opportunity to interact with sustainability thought leaders and engage in a wide range of activities while building professional and entrepreneurial skills.

•    Bachelor's degree, with one to three years of professional work experience
•    Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills
•    Proactive and conscientious with ability to self-manage
•    Excited to grow and improve upon an innovative sustainable MBA program

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references by email only to hr14023@bard.edu. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.

Looking for a job that makes a difference? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on fighting climate change, restoring democracy, and protecting public health. Apply online atwww.uspirg.org/jobs or email wellington@masspirgstudents.org for more details.

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

If you care about the environment and want to make a difference, apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today.

What do interns with Environment Massachusetts do? You’ll educate and engage more people on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.

In Massachusetts, we’re building a clean and renewable future powered by the sun:  We could meet all of America’s energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy of the sun. And we're making a lot of progress: In Massachusetts, solar energy has grown more than 100-fold since 2008.

But we’re still getting most of our electricity from dirty sources like coal and gas, and the power of fossil fuel interests threatens to stop solar in its tracks. This fall, we’re ramping up our work to build support for a national goal of getting 10% of our electricity from the sun by 2030 — and in Massachusetts, we’ll push the envelope by mobilizing public support and building a powerful coalition of businesses and elected officials behind ambitious clean energy goals.

Becoming an Environment Massachusetts intern

If you agree that it’s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today. We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
  • You’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems, and build the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you’ll make a real difference on critical issues, while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.
And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving our greatest environmental problems, interning with Environment Massachusetts is one of the best ways to get started. You’ll get the training and experience you need, and we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our staff when they graduate.

Apply today! Visit bit.ly/1eY9pA9 to submit your application. Be sure to choose "Boston, MA" under "Where are you applying to intern?"

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein: ben@environmentmassachusetts.org, 617-747-4368.

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