Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Weekly Announcements 1/23

ENVS225603 – Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy (T Th 12:00) still has openings for students looking for an ENVS course. Contact Prof. Plater (plater@bc.edu) for more information.

Summer Study Abroad at Burren College of Art—Art and Ecology in Ireland
ARTS1115 3.0 credits
May 19 – June 16, 2018

·         Overnights to Dublin, Inis Oirr, and the Aran Islands
·         Sessions on sustainability with local artists and ecologists
·         Visit sustainable local farms, get to know the farmers and their practices
·         Create site-specific art projects in the landscape
·         Individual art studio space
·         Explore the Burren, its history and diversity of its ecosystem

Contact Professor Candice Ivy (ivyc@bc.edu) for more details.

Summer Study Abroad in China—Climate Change & Sustainability: An Environmental Chemistry View
CHEM1101 & EESC1301
May 27 – June 22, 2018

Be immersed in the cultural and economic environments, gain firsthand experience on the benefits and negative impacts of the rapid industrialization in China.

Contact Professor Dunwei Wang (dunwei.wang@bc.edu) for more details.

Summer Study Abroad in Parma, Italy—International Food Law
INTL 2253, POLI 1253, LAWS 2253 3.0 credits
May 21 – June 15, 2018
University of Parma

***Info Meeting Wednesday, January 24, at 5:00 PM in Hovey House Library***

Experience a 4-week banquet in the form of summer study in Parma, Italy -- one of the
few courses in the world devoted to the international law of food, an issue of immense emerging

The course, which will be held in the city considered the European or even the world
capital of food, covers food supply, safety, security, subsidies, trade, and a variety of other
contemporary issues. Field trips include visits to the European Food Safety Authority in Parma
and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, as well as a cooking class at a local
culinary institute.

There are no prerequisites, and no knowledge of Italian is required.

For more information, see flyer and syllabus.


The Boston Environmental History Seminar is an occasion for scholars as well as interested members of the public to discuss aspects of American environmental history from prehistory to the present day. Presenters come from a variety of disciplines including history, urban planning, and environmental management.

Most seminar meetings revolve around the discussion of a pre-circulated paper. Sessions open with remarks from the essayist and an assigned commentator, after which the discussion is opened to the floor. After each session, the Society serves a light buffet supper.
For more information and to see the full schedule, see here.


This seminar series is sponsored by MIT's History Faculty and Program in Science, Technology, and Society. This series covers a broad range of topics including food history, social history, and the connection between technology and  the environment.

See the full schedule here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity—Stanford University: Groundwater Data
Summer 2018

About the research:
Recent droughts in the Central Valley of California have cost the agricultural industry over $1 billion. Increased drought resilience can be achieved through sustainable use of groundwater, which is the main source of water during times of drought. In order to be sustainable, we must effectively model groundwater flow. Modeling groundwater flow requires an understanding of subsurface geology, which, in the Central Valley, is poorly known.

Recent advances in image and text recognition and in machine learning algorithms have made data extraction from large volumes of records feasible. The project we propose is to apply these methods, and develop new ones, to extract geologic data and location information from the millions of available well reports in the Central Valley.

The successful applicant(s) should have a quantitative and computational background—preferably with experience in python, Matlab or R, and some experience with machine learning or signal processing techniques. No prior experience in geology or the Earth sciences is necessary

For more information and to apply, see here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity—University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in a life changing research experience. Students accepted to this competitive program will have the opportunity to spend 8 weeks (June 4-July 27, 2018) in the heart of Cajun Country in Lafayette, Louisiana, working with leading researchers in interdisciplinary fields related to coastal and watershed science. REU investigations will fundamentally expand our understanding of watershed and estuarine resources and processes in an urban- and agriculturally-influenced watershed. Southern Louisiana encompasses a rich network of watersheds connected to the Mississippi (the largest Delta in the US) and the Atchafalaya Basin (the largest swamp in the US).

Students will develop valuable skills conducting literature reviews, scientific integrity, scientific writing, innovation in research, data collection and analysis, and presentation of research findings to diverse audiences.  Students will gain the education, networking opportunities, and mentorship to prepare them for further academic pursuits in graduate school  and future careers in science. For eight (8) amazing weeks during summer 2018, REU students will be housed on campus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

UL Lafayette is seeking diverse students from Universities nation-wide. Students from underrepresented groups, first generation students, and students without undergraduate research opportunities at their home universities or colleges are highly encouraged to apply.

Selected students will receive monetary compensation, food allowances, travel support, research support, and on-campus housing.
Applications are open now through Feb 15, 2018.

Go to: https://coastalresearch.louisiana.edu/node/46 for more information on the program and how to apply!


Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Events & Meetings Coordinator will lead the coordination, execution, and follow-up of NCSE’s annual events, including the National Conference and Global Forum, Academic-Federal Dialogue, Energy Education Summit, EnvironMentors National Fair, and biannual member meetings, as well as other stand-alone meetings as needed.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Membership Manager will lead recruitment and expansion efforts for NCSE’s existing membership categories, including four-year and two-year institutions of higher education, and lead the development of new membership categories beyond our current membership base for launch in 2018.


Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that funds field expeditions in more than 50 countries.
Earthwatch expeditions provide individuals with opportunities to participate in hands-on scientific research all over the world. We also partner with schools, businesses, governments, and other philanthropic organizations to enable a broad range of people to learn and change the world through our experiential model.

Staff members at Earthwatch develop, manage, market, and recruit for our varied expeditions, programs, and partnerships. Earthwatch does not employ the scientists or research staff that run the expeditions we support; they generally work for universities or other research institutions.

Earthwatch currently has a number of jobs and internships open. Please see here for more details.


Environment America promotes bold ideas and organizes action to commit our country to 100% renewable energy, keep fossil fuels in the ground, ban bee-killing pesticides, end pollution of our water, and protect and expand our national parks and other public lands. We’re not afraid to think boldly, but we’re well aware that bold thinking is not enough. We work hard to produce the research, public education and citizen action it takes to win real results for our environment right now.

For more information, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org  


Winter/Spring Intern
The Environmental Voter Project is looking for highly-motivated undergraduates to join our selective Winter/Spring Internship Program. Interns will work closely with the Field Director and the CEO to learn about subjects such as field campaigning, nonprofit communications and data analytics. Interns will be expected to devote time to field outreach, senior staff support, event planning, research, and drafting of membership communications, blog posts, and stakeholder presentations. In addition to gaining valuable nonprofit advocacy skills, interns will become talented organizers and political operatives by learning the nuts and bolts of nonprofit work and electoral campaigning from an exciting and innovative organization.  We are seeking responsible, motivated candidates who can commit to 12+ hours per week for this program. This is an unpaid internship in Boston, MA. 
Please visit here for more details and application instructions

Job Opportunities with PIRG Campus Action

With PIRG Campus Action, you’ll work with students who, like you, believe it’s our right and responsibility to shape the future we all want. You’ll work with students to decide the strategies and tactics they’ll use to run campaigns that promote clean energy, public health, a stronger democracy and more.

For more information and to apply, see here.

Job Opportunities with Impact

Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to keeping our promises on climate change, and transitioning a sustainable, renewable energy economy.

Many of our organizers are working with elected leaders in states across the country to meet goals of getting to at least 10 percent solar by 2030. Grassroots efforts like these have helped triple solar nationwide in just the last two years.

For more information and to apply, see here.

2018 Fellowships with the Aldo Leopold Foundation

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking one Education and Outreach Fellow and two Land Stewardship Fellows to join our team from mid-March to mid-December 2018. These fellowships are part of the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Future Leaders Program, designed to provide recent graduates and early career professionals the opportunity to gain experience and grow in six core areas: understanding conservation leadership, finance and fundraising, applied science and natural history knowledge, partnership building, strategic planning, and communication. Fellows specialize within one of two program areas, Education and Outreach or Land Stewardship, depending on their individual career aspirations.

For more information and to apply, see here.