Upcoming ES Events: The Beneficial Microbe in the 21st Century; ES Program Seeks Assistant Prof. of Ecology; Film screening
Around Campus: Web of Science study break; Reading by Gary Lawless
Beyond Campus: Community, Rights and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species; Fly Fishing film in Brunswick; New England Environmental Justice Forum; Getting Beyond Economic Growth; 2011 Private well symposium
In the News: Conference at Colby links chemicals to obesity; obesity can being in the womb; Price of U.N. Emissions credits takes a record fall
Scholarships, fellowships, graduate opportunities: Williams-Mystic Joseph Conrad Essay Contest; Applied Conservation doctoral traineeships available
Jobs and Internships: Community GIS Jan Plan Internship
Upcoming ES Events
ES Evening Lectures Series
The Beneficial Microbe in the 21st Century
Dr. David Emerson, Bigelow Lab
Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Room 1, Olin Science Center
****Counts towards ES 401
ES Program Seeks Assistant Professor of Ecology
Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (Ecology)
Colby College is seeking an Ecologist to fill a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies to begin September 1, 2012. The successful candidate will have a specialization in the ecology of freshwater ecosystems along with an interest in the application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems.
ES Club/Enviro-Co Host Film Screening
Need a study break? Want to learn about bees? Then please join the ES Club and Enviro-Co for a screening of "Vanishing of the Bees". Diamond 122, 7pm on Thursday, Oct 20.
Web of Science Study Break
Each Monday evening during the fall and spring semesters, students are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and learn about helpful library services and resources, effective library research, information technology tools, and writing skills. There will be two offerings for the next Library Study Break on Monday, October 17th at 7pm. Suzi Cole will be offering a 1/2 hour session on effective searching of Web of Science in the Science Library, while Jocelyn Karlan, Reference & Instruction Librarian, will present a 1/2 hour session on effective database searching in the Miller Library Conference Room.
Poetry Reading by Gary Lawless
On October 25th at 5 pm, in the Robinson Room in Miller library, come hear Gary Lawless read from his book Caribbudhism and other poems. Gary is a Colby grad, a political activist, bio-regionalist, and bookstore owner. He often teaches poetry at Bates. When he was undergrad, he helped bring Gary Snyder to campus. Snyder is noted poet and Zen Buddhist, but he is more widely known for his pioneering work in bio-regionalism. After Garl Lawless graduated, he went to live with Snyder in the Sierras. It certainly changed his life. Any questions, ask Professor Peter Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) of English and creative writing.
Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species
Please join us for the 2011 Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, on Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 pm. Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College, will discuss “Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species.” This lecture series sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, and renowned leader and mentor in public service. Jonathan Lash is a global expert on climate change, energy security, and environment and development policies. He was President of the World Resources Institute (WRI) for two decades and was appointed earlier this year as President of Hampshire College. Under Lash’s leadership, WRI developed innovative approaches to measuring and reducing greenhouse emissions, demonstrated the financial importance of environmental risks and opportunities to capital markets, and pioneered the use of digital technologies to solve environmental problems. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Lash served as co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development from 1993 to 1999. He played a key role in the creation and success of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership which in 2007 issued the highly influential “Call to Action” on global warming. Lash previously held posts as Director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and as Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources and Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. He served in the Peace Corps, at the Natural Resources Defense Council, as a federal prosecutor, and as law clerk to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Frank M. Coffin. Lash is a graduate of Harvard College and earned his masters and law degrees from the Catholic University of America. RSVP to Lexie Moras by calling 207-780-4344 or via email at email@example.com
Fly Fishing Film screening at Frontier Cafe
Confluence Films, the outfit that has brought you great fly fishing films like “Rise” and “Drift” are at it again with the latest creation “Connect.” Shot on location in Japan, Yellowstone National Park, the Yukon drainage of Alaska, the flats of Cuba, the coast of Maine, and in the wilds of Tanzania, Africa, this feature-length movie will once again transport viewers around the world in search of new waters and exhilarating travel experiences.
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NEW ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FORUM BOSTON REGIONAL TRAINING
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
SEIU Local 615 building, 26 West Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
The New England Environmental Justice Forum (NEEJF) is a collaboration of Alternatives for Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services. These three groups are working together to create a New England EJ Forum for community groups across New England working on environmental justice issues. NEEJF will bring together advocates from across New England through a series of trainings held around the region, followed by a day-long New England Environmental Justice Summit where future plans for the Forum will be discussed. As a first step to connecting environmental justice advocates, the Forum is sponsoring Regional Trainings, one in Boston and the other in Hartford. Child care and lunch will be provided at no cost. Registration is free. For further information, visit http://neejfbostonregional.eventbrite.com.
Getting Beyond Economic Growth
Special invitation relating to the new "occupation" movement: join Orion magazine for a live phone and web discussion, "Getting Beyond Economic Growth," on the question of what the economy is really for, next Tuesday the 18th. It features leading critics of the current economic system, Richard Heinberg (author of The End of Growth) and Helena Norberg-Hodge. It is free; more information and registration details are here.
2011 Private Well Symposium
The 2011 Northeast Private Well Symposium integrates research, extension and educational efforts in the field of private well water supply, public health, risk assessment and natural resource policy. Organized by the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension, this biannual event is regularly attended by academics, state and local government officials, and water professionals from nonprofit organizations and the private sector. This year’s Symposium will take place Nov 14 & 15 at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, CT. Abstracts are still being accepted for poster presentations, and Early Bird registration fees have been extended until October 14.
In the News
Conference at Colby Links Chemicals to Obesity?
Obesity Can Being in the Womb, Doctor Says
Carbon Markets: Price of U.N. emission credits takes a record fall
Scholarships and Graduate School Opportunities
Williams-Mystic Joseph Conrad Essay Contest
Submissions due Nov. 14th. Blair Braverman (ES '11) was the winner of this award in 2010. For more information:
FUNDED NSF-IGERT DOCTORAL TRAINEESHIPS AT TEXAS A&M FOR APPLIED CONSERVATION RESEARCH
Doctoral Traineeships are available through the Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) NSF-IGERT Program at Texas A&M University. The vision of the ABS Program is to achieve integration between research in the natural and social sciences and on-the-ground conservation practices. Research teams of faculty mentors and students, in collaboration with partners from sites around the world, develop complementary dissertations related to two research themes: (A) Communities and Governance; and (B) Ecological Functions and Biodiversity. It is the primary goal of the ABS NSF-IGERT to train scholars prepared to understand ecological functions ecosystems and the activities and needs of surrounding communities in wider social, economic, and political contexts. The ABS NSF-IGERT Traineeships are for two years and include an annual stipend of $30,000 plus $10,500 toward cost of education (tuition, fees, health insurance, and other benefits), as well as funding for field research and participation in an Amazon field course. See the ABS website (http://biodiversity.tamu.edu) for more information. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE HERPETOLOGICAL PROJECTS BEING FUNDED THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND THERE ARE OPENINGS FOR MORE. Interested students should first contact prospective advisors from among the ABS faculty associates and are required to apply to the doctoral program of the advisor’s home department. Departmental deadlines vary. The application deadline for the ABS NSF-IGERT Traineeships is 1 DECEMBER 2011. Please contact the ABS Program Coordinator, Leslie Ruyle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 845-7494 with more specific queries.
Jobs and Internships
Community GIS JanPan Internship
The Center for Community GIS (CCGIS) will be offering an opportunity for a Colby student to intern with us for the month of January in project work in community-based GIS. Work will be focused in one of five projects utilizing diverse skill sets: Maine Trail Finder expansion, Belize conservation data inventory, Maine conservation lands assessment, historical hydrology creation; or community-based map production. Opportunity for exposure to other CCGIS project work will also exist. Given the deadline of October 21 to declare January courses, a final decision on an internship candidate will be made before that time. Applications will be considered as they come in. Complete details on project opportunities, logistics, and applying are included in a one-page attachment.
ORGANIZATION: The Center for Community GIS (CCGIS) is dedicated to the broad use and participatory application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related digital mapping technologies. Launched in 2005 by the Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF), CCGIS aims to increase the technical capacity of local organizations to undertake community-based planning activities by: (a) improving access to geotechnology, and (b) promoting active public engagement in mapping projects and processes. Internships with the Center for Community GIS are an excellent opportunity for motivated individuals that wish to gain GIS and cartographic experience in a real-world environment, to learn about the power of community-based mapping frameworks, and to contribute to efforts to build GIS capacity amongst public interest groups.
STRUCTURE: The internship would be in one of five tracks outlined below. Three-fourths of time will be spent on project work within the chosen tack with the remaining time spent supporting other CCGIS project work. Maine Trail Finder Expansion: Collaborates with the Project Coordinator to capture, integrate, and develop data and content for the Maine Trail Finder Project by utilizing GIS, GPS fieldwork, and online digital mapping tools. Involves work with a diverse group of organizations around Maine and would lead directly to content expansion on www.MaineTrailFinder.com. Belize Conservation Data Inventory: Supports work started by CCGIS and QLF on a collaborative project with groups in Belize supporting local conservation, recreation, and development planning. Includes include exposure to data and source gathering and data management utilizing geodatabases while compiling available data and supporting other in-house work on the project. Maine Conservation Lands Assessment: Conducts a comprehensive data integration and comparison of existing Maine conservation land data leading to the creation a comprehensive data layer to be used by CCGIS in conservation planning with partners around the state. Historical Hydrology Creation: Updates a Maine dam/impoundment data layer for current and historical dams and begins work on modeling and creation of an historical hydrology layer that would be used by CCGIS in future work to recreate and map Native American water routes. Community Map Production: Focuses on taking the next steps past GIS data creation to utilize ArcGIS in conjunction with other graphic software for map production and cartography. Leads to a printed map of the local Nordic and alpine ski area (Titcomb). Students could be based out the CCGIS office in Farmington, Maine, working independently on campus, or a combination of both. Support for evening or weekend mapping activities or trainings may be required. Dates would reflect Jan Plan dates of Tuesday, January 3, — Friday, January 27.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: A candidate for this position has demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with ArcGIS 9.3 or 10, strong writing skills, is highly motivated, well-organized, and capable of working independently. Ideally a candidate would also have experience with GPS, Google Maps, and other related technology as well as a strong interest in conservation, land-use, and recreation in Maine. Travel and personal transportation are required.
TO APPLY: Final decisions will be made prior to the Friday, October 21 deadline to declaring Jan Plan courses with application reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit a i) cover letter, ii) resume, and iii) examples of GIS work (if available) to Joel Alex, Project Coordinator, at . Be sure to include in your cover letter, which internship track you are interested in and your interest in interning with CCGIS.