Thursday, April 6, 2017

Weekly Announcements 4/6

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s Environmental Studies Announcements below.

On Campus Events
1.       Public Health and Sustainability
2.       Undergraduate Research Symposium
3.       BC Libraries GIS Competition
4.       Earth and Environmental Sciences Student Research Colloquium
5.       Climate Change as a Consequence of Human Presence: A Dialogue between Anthropology and Biblical Studies

Off Campus Events
1.       Student Documentary Competition
2.       Accepting Abstracts for Conference on Sustainable Development

Research and Study Abroad Opportunities
1.          BC Summer Course: Urban Agriculture in Detroit
2.          Environmental Field Methods Course
3.          Hydrology Summer Field Course
4.          Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in NYC
5.          Study Abroad with the Green Program

Internship, Graduate School, Training, and Job Opportunities
1.          Volunteer or Intern with
2.          Policy Associate with Frontier Group
3.          Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
4.          Internship with Environment America
5.          BC Career Center Updates


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Students are invited to present their GIS 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 lobby on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.
Entry deadline: April 6th, 2017

Questions? Contact Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian,

As you may know, the annual student colloquium is fast approaching and will be held this year on Friday, May 5th. This is a chance for any students in the department to exhibit their research or class projects in the form of a conference-style talk or a poster.

At this time, if you are planning to present, please email and specify if you will be giving a talk or a poster. The final abstract deadline is April 28th, emailed to Abstracts should include a title for your talk or poster, your advisor for the work, and a 350-word summary of your research in a .doc or .docx file format.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or Sam Dow ( with any questions you may have. We look forward to learning about all of the fantastic research going on in the department!

-The Colloquium Committee


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presenter:  Carol A. Newsom
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Free of Charge

Human induced climate change is the most serious problem confronting the ecology of our planet.  Was this an inevitable consequence of the appearance of humans in the ecosystem?  How should we think about how we got to this terrifying state, and how can we think hopefully about the future?  Anthropologists who study the emergence of homo sapiens present an account of our origins that engages in intriguing ways with the Israelite reflections on human origins in Genesis 1-11.  Here is a conversation between religion and science that offers true insight into how our unique nature is both a danger and a promise in this fragile world.
Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry,
and generously supported by the Kitz Family in honor of Richard J. Clifford, S.J.
Carol A. Newsom is the C. H. Candler Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. 

The Witnessing Change Video Competition is an educational and documentary effort done by the Climate Cost Project. The competition asks students to make 2-min documentaries through personal interviews with impacted people in their communities. Student contextualize their interviewees' experience, and the interview, around climate change., Our purpose is to have the students' work inform the public about the climate impacts that are happening in America now, and to help build a diversity of voices within the country talking about their own personal experiences of climate change. We think a common narrative about the costs climate change is already having on Americans--one that transcends race, class, and other lines currently dividing us--is necessary to create the social unity and political will needed to address climate change. We do not believe that this has been done before, but think that it is critical for building public understanding and empowering individual communities to tell their own stories. This is the first year of the national competition, and we are hoping to have as many submissions from talented students as possible. There is no fee for entry and winners will receive cash prizes of $US 500 and $US 250 dollars, respectively. We will also publicize the videos both directly through the Climate Cost Project.

You can read more about the competition here:, and find out more about the Climate Cost Project on our webpage: The Climate Cost Project is a non-profit organization fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute funded with support from the Alex C. Walker and Kettering Family Foundations. For questions please contact

The call for abstracts is now out for the Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), which will take place on 18 & 19 September, 2017, at Columbia University in New York City. Abstract submission and conference registration will take place on the conference website.

The conference is free for students, and an affordable $310 for faculty and professionals. We thought that you, your students, and/or your colleagues might be interested in submitting an abstract or attending. The overarching conference theme is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the 27 conference topics, which cover all 17 SDG areas and a number of crosscutting issues, including data, the role of universities in achieving the SDGs, and the arts as a tool to raise awareness of the SDGs. 

A full list of topics and the call for abstracts are available online. We hope you will join us! 

Applications are still being accepted for Idaho State University's 2016 summer field course, 

We target students interested in Critical Zone processes, specifically those doing fieldwork requiring familiarity with environmental data or sample acquisition and analysis.  This is essentially a boot camp for environmental field scientists.

Course Characteristics:
·  3 credit course for upper division undergrads and graduate students 
·  May 15 - 27, 2016
·  Fieldwork in Gibson Jack Creek, located in Pocatello, Idaho 
·  Instagram course images and other images.
·  Course is co-taught by ISU faculty: 
o Dr. Ben Crosby (geomorphology), 
o Dr. Sarah Godsey (hydrology), 
o Proto-Dr. Dave Huber (soils, biogeochem) and 
o Dr. Keith Reinhardt (plant physiological ecology).
·  We focus on the tools necessary to do watershed-scale budgets of water and carbon, including:
o a diverse array of sampling/measurement methodologies in water, gasses and soils
o data logger/sensor programming for deployment in aquatic, terrestrial and meteorological settings
o basic tools for QA/QC, time series analysis and spatial statistics
Since our first offering of the course, we have made many improvements and dropped the price!  Long days in the field are complemented by classroom, lab and computer activities.  Students prepare two summative reports and orally present their results.  The course enables students to do baseline monitoring and assessment as a either a research assistant, environmental consultant or employee within a state or federal agency.

For more information and an online application, visit

Questions can be directed to

We are limited to 25 students so please submit early.  Application deadline is April 20, 2017.

Hydrology Summer Field Course
New Mexico Tech — July 6th-19th, 2017

The Hydrology Program at NM Tech is pleased to offer a 2-week, 2-credit (upper division or graduate) field camp designed to train students and professionals in cutting-edge field methods for the study and monitoring of groundwater and surface waters.

Aquifer Mechanics: Sevilleta NWR & Kirtland AFB; Dr. Mark Person
Fluvial Hydrology: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Dr. Dan Cadol
Stream-Aquifer Interactions: Valles Caldera NP; Dr. Jesus Gomez-Velez
Aquifer Geochemistry: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Andrew Luhmann
Shallow Geophysics: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Deqiang Mao
Cave and Karst Systems: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Lewis Land

Cost: $1,939 — Full info at:

Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City
10th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, June 12 to 22, 2017

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 10th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in New York City.

The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The Field School is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.

The total work load of the course is 30 hours. Students interested in earning credits for the course may have additional assignments in order to totalize 45 hours of activities (what is equivalent to 3 credits).

Course venue: Classes will take place at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University.


Renzo Taddei (Assistant Professor, Federal University of São Paulo/Affiliated Researcher, Columbia University).

Lambros Comitas (Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University).

Registration and other costs: Places are limited. The tuition fee is US$ 900. The tuition fee does not cover accommodation, meals or transportation.

For more information or to register, see link attached, or please write to Renzo Taddei at

Created for students, by students, The GREEN Program has introduced a new model for education abroad. Our accredited, short-term model focuses on bringing transformative experiences to students around the world and unlocking doors to governmental, public, and private facility access, exclusive tours, and unique bucket-list experiences around the world. We are working with universities around the world to redefine what a classroom should mean - from lecture halls to studying the effects of climate change on the top of our world's glaciers.
As commitment partners to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, The GREEN Program exposes students to the heart and guts of these sustainability challenges and initiatives around the world.
Our programs are catered to students who are curious about the world and seek opportunities to adventure, break outside of their comfort zones, and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens.

We don’t want students to choose between a job, internship, or a study abroad experience. We want them to do it all.

We help students maximize their winter, spring, and summer breaks in order to allow them to get in a fulfilling educational abroad experience within just 8-10 days. All the while, students are able to land that awesome internship they’ve had their eye on, complete summer classes needed to graduate on time, or challenge their idea towards global citizenship.

Currently on our 7th year, we currently operate over the spread of three continents. Our organization’s core team and company headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our full-time team of five works out of Pipeline Philly, a co-working space located in Center City, Philadelphia. As one of the founding members of the space, The GREEN Program is a part of this ever-growing community now home to more than 200 companies and organizations.

Beyond Philadelphia, we work alongside numerous indigenous educational institutions and organizations specific to our program locations. Fearless adventure leaders and passionate education gurus, our in-country guides are an integral part of what makes GREEN, GREEN. Of course, our community would not be what it is today without our extended GREEN Family – The GREEN Program Alumni. Having hosted participants from more than 300 universities around the world, we are elated to welcome more than 1800 student leaders and young professionals into our ever-growing community.

Our team and students all have one underlying mission in common: we have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities, and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.

Visit to learn about our programs.

Intern or Volunteer with to Save the Environment

About Green-U (launching soon) will help students contribute to the environmental sustainability of college/university campuses and communities, while also increasing environmental awareness, literacy, and activism.

Our platform has the following components:

  • Resources: We will provide extensive resources, how-to guides, and marketing assets to help people plan and improve sustainability programs, including waste reduction, composting, water use, food, landscaping, energy use, procurement, healthy buildings, solar, and transportation. While such resources exist today, they are difficult to find, scattered across multiple websites, and often available only to those who have paid for access.

  • Community: Our online community at each college/university will help all stakeholders—including student organizations, individual students, faculty members, staff, and administrators—coalesce and organize to envision, plan, promote, and implement these programs. It will also connect people interested in the same topics at different schools.

  • Surveys:  Surveys will gather information on environmental practices at individual schools nationwide.

  • Petition: Our online petition will allow members of each college/university to lend their voices to advocate for their school’s adoption of environmentally-sustainable policies.

  • Beyond-Campus: We will also advance the movement towards sustainability by providing news and ways to get involved beyond the campus.

  • Media, Partners, and Celebrities: We will engage with media, partner organizations, and celebrities to promote this program.

Interns, Volunteers, and Campus Reps
We are recruiting interns and volunteers to work in our Manhattan office or remotely. Focus on research and editorial, marketing, or community management. We are also recruiting campus reps to grow this movement at campuses nationwide.
  • Use your skills, experience, knowledge, creativity and talent to help us help students green their campuses and communities, while also building environmental awareness and activism.
  • Become a member of our dynamic and creative international team.
  • Take a leadership role in the movement to protect the environment.
  • Learn a tremendous amount.
  • Enhance your resume with a record of service and accomplishment, and get a glowing letter of recommendation.

Use and enhance your professional skills in any of these fields: environmental studies or engineering, research, editorial, strategy, partnerships, finance, communications, social media, graphics, community management, fundraising, sponsorships, Public Relations (PR), Human Resources (HR), marketing, event management, organizing, and activism.

This is a great place to work. We have had interns and volunteers from all over the United States and more than fifty countries. The atmosphere is energetic, creative, and fun. We value brainstorming, initiative, sharing, and collaborating. Think of it is a laboratory, studio, seminar, or incubator. We are also casual. We are interested in your brains, creativity and heart, rather than your attire. Want to work in jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops? That’s fine with us.

Green-U is a project of, which The New York Times called an “ of the nonprofit world” for our work in helping nonprofits capture money normally spent on traditional presents (BTW, we are recruiting interns and volunteers for a wide range of causes and roles on it; please see for more info on it). We are also getting ready to launch Green-U, which is described here.

Who, Where, When
  • We are glad to hear from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals who want to make a meaningful impact with their skills.
  • Work at our office or remotely. We are conveniently located at 7th Avenue and 33 Street, across from Penn Station in Manhattan. 
  • Full-time or part-time, school-year or summer, day or evening, weekday or weekend. We are flexible.
  • We provide a great opportunity to take a leadership role in making a meaningful change in the world, but this is an unpaid position.

Please share this opportunity with others who may be interested.

Apply Now 
Are you ready for a great experience and eager to make a difference?
Please send a resume and short cover letter to:  join [AT] ChangingThePresent [DOT] org.

Please tell us what role you would like to take, what you are passionate about, whether you would like to work from our office or remotely, and when you are available.
Thank you!

Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society.
We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.

As a policy associate, you will:
·  Write compelling reports on social problems and solutions, using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.
·  Help advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.
·  Write op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.
·  Participate in trainings, presentations and panels.
·  Learn the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and run a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.
·  Learn recruiting skills and participate in recruiting new Frontier Group staff

Location: Denver, CO, Boston, MA, and Santa Barbara, CA
Apply Today! Go to to submit a resume, cover letter with references, and writing sample. In your cover letter, please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and what location you are interested in.

Available Positions

National Campaign Director

Tax & Budget Program

Public Health Organizer

Maryland PIRG

Transportation Advocate


Our fellows don’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world—recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

Digital Campaigners
Our digital campaigners help us design and win campaigns on some of the most important issues affecting the public today. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. We’re looking for people with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability, and a talent for using social media.

To learn more and apply, visit

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

What do interns with Environment America interns do?  You’ll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us 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.


We’re working to stop global warming: We took a big step forward last summer when President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution. This historic step won’t be enough to fully solve the problem, but it’ll be an important start. But standing in the way, at every step, is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry. That’s where we come in. We’re working to rally millions of American citizens, along with local elected officials and other powerful voices to back the President’s plan.

We’re making sure we don’t frack our future: Dirty and dangerous fracking could soon put some of America’s most spectacular places at risk. And we know that this especially destructive method of drilling for gas contaminates water and turns forests and rural landscapes into industrial zones – making nearby families sick and contributing significantly to global warming as well. Now, we’re working to offset the outsized influence of the oil and gas industry and keep our remarkable special places protected.

We’re working to protect our rivers, lakes and streams:  To protect our waterways from pollution and destruction we need to crack down on factory farm pollution, sewage and other threats. And we know it won’t be easy because of big opposition from the Farm Bureau, giant agribusiness and others. Now, we’re working to harness grassroots support for clean water and turn it into the political power we need to have a lasting direct impact on our waterways.

Becoming an Environment America intern
If you agree that it’s time to solve these big environmental problems, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment America 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 learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, 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 attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skill
  • And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving big environmental problems like global warming – interning with Environment America is one of the best ways to get started. Not only will you get the training and experience you need, but we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our Fellowship Program when they graduate. 

We’re hiring interns in Boston and 29 states nationwide. Email Madeline Page, Environment America’s Global Warming Outreach Director at with questions or to apply!

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Below is a list of upcoming programs in which your students may be interested. Please share this email with faculty colleagues and students in your department. To view more of our programming, you can also visit Please also keep in mind that our staff is available to visit your classes if you would like for us to give a quick (5-10 min) overview of our services or a longer presentation on a specific topic. 
If you know of students that have questions or need assistance with exploring career options, figuring out summer or post-grad plans, or other career-related matters, please also feel free to refer them to the Career Center for a one-on-one advising appointment. For more information about our appointments versus drop-ins, please visit our website.
Thank you for referring your students to our resources, events, and advising services!
This event will include four different panels, each addressing different aspects of health and healthcare, and a networking reception with BC alums. Students are encouraged to attend any panel that suits their interest and are not required to stay for the entire event. 

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES: Career Chats & Workshop
'Just in Time' Career Fair Prep Thursday, April 6 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Gasson 304 
Media, Writing, and Communications Panel Monday, April 10 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Thomas More Aparements
How to Market Your Student Leadership Experience Tuesday, April 11 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | McGuinn 400
Health Professions Personal Statement Webinar Wednesday, April 12 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Virtual Presentation
Employers host information sessions on campus throughout the academic year. Below is just a sampling of what's coming up.
KPMG Tuesday, April 11 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Stokes Lawn (Social networking  event) 


Greentown Labs Member CompaniesNeed Interns


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