ES Events and News: Natural history walk; The Foundation Principles of Sustainability, Dr Tom. Wessels; The Tainted Desert: The Navajo People and Uranium Mining, Dr. Doug Brugge
Beyond Campus: Sharing Sustainability: Building Resilient Communities Conference; Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference; Landscape and Loss, Orion Magazine
In the News: USDA to fund advanced-feedstock research in the Northeast; Much at stake for Maine as possibility of tar sands pipeline looms
Scholarships, Fellowships, Grad School: EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships
Jobs and Internships: GIS internships (MA); Research intern World Resources Institute; Industrial Economics seeking research analysts; Community development internship, Portland, ME; Chewonki natural history internship; Seafood internship World Wildlife Fund; GreenCorp deadline extended; Paid summer field work internships, apply now!
Upcoming ES Events
Natural history walk with Abby Pearson
Thursday, Oct 25 from 10-11
Meet behind Diamond at 10:00 for a short interpretive walk.
Environmental Studies Evening Lecture Series
The Foundation Principles of Sustainability, Dr. Thomas Wessels, Fall 2012 Hollis Lecture
Tuesday, October 23, 7pm, Olin 1
For 3.5 billion years life has not only sustained itself, but has thrived on this planet. To create sustainable systems we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we only need to embrace the foundational scientific principles that govern sustainability in all living systems. This presentation covers three of these foundational principles: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics and its realtionship to entropy, and the law of self-organization. Examples of how these laws work in the natural world will be used to show how they can be applied to human systems like a community or an economy. Tom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England.
****Counts towards ES 401
Wednesday, October 24
, 11:30 lunch, 12:00 lecture, Fairchild Room, Dana
The Navajo people, a Native American Tribe from the Southwestern US was caught up in the boom and bust of uranium mining after World War Two. To this day the consequences of this history continue to play out in deaths and illnesses and efforts to address the waste left behind. Douglas M. Brugge, is Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
****Counts towards ES 401
Sharing Sustainability: Building Resilient Communities Conference
Saturday, November 3
Kennebec Valley Community College Carter Hall Room 105 92 Western Ave. Fairfield, ME
Sponsored by Sustain Mid Maine Coalitio. Admission is free.
Pre-registration is required by October 31.
Contact Linda at email@example.com or 680-4208
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY at the Saratoga Hilton
The conference brings together practitioners and researchers from all sectors of the food system, and involves some in-depth working sessions about sustainable agriculture and food system development in the Northeast. To register, visit: http://www.nefood.org/page/annual-conference
Landscape and Loss, Orion Magazine
Sometimes the land comes alive, and a camera captures it. Representing landscapes is one of the oldest traditions in art, and a new generation of photographers is interpreting how humans fit with the scenery.
Join Orion for a special live web event featuring photographer Matt Black, as we view and discuss photo projects in which landscape plays a vital role in telling a story. The event is free, open to all, and will take place on October 23, at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific.
In the News
Please email Lia if you are interested in applying
USDA to fund advanced-feedstock research in the Northeast
Much at stake for Maine as possibility of tar sands pipeline looms
Scholarships, Fellowships, Grad School
Fall 2013 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 5, 2012, at 11:59:59 PM ET. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships in the summer of 2013. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.
Jobs and Internships
GIS Internships, BOSTON REGION METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING ORGANIZATION
The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region MetropolitanArea Planning Organization has openings for two interns in its GIS group. These are paid positions. The interns will be responsible for: Editing, updating, and performing some QA/QC on attribute data for very large GIS vector data sets, based on data collected in the field, conflating two very large GIS vector data sets, based on well-defined criteria for different classes of records in the data sets. Required skills: At least 6 months experience using ESRI's ArcGIS tools (ArcMap andArcCatalog), particularly using the editor. Knowledge of and/or experience withArcSDE is a plus, as is knowledge of and/or experience working with linear referencing systems. Hours: 37.5 hours per week, during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5). If you are interested in this position, please forward via e-mail a resume and cover letter to: Benjamin Krepp, Manager of GIS and IT Central Transportation Planning Staff, Suite 2150, 10 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02115 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESEARCH INTERN, WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON, DC
The World Resources Institute (www.wri.org ) Institutions and Governance Program is seeking a research intern with demonstrated experience in climate change, finance, sustainable energy and development issues to contribute to research and engagement for the International Financial Flows and the Environment project (IFFE). The Research Intern will support IFFE's work on climate finance. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent research and writing skills in English and the ability to work effectively in teams. Salary is commensurate with academic and professional qualifications and experience. Visit: www.wri.org for more information.
RESEARCH ANALYST - INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS, INCORPORATED (IEc), CAMBRIDGE, MA Research Analysts draw on knowledge from a wide range of specialized disciplines including economics, applied mathematics, public policy, engineering, and the natural sciences; thus, academic training in any one of these areas may qualify a candidate for this position. Successful candidates possess a Bachelor's degree with high academic rank, have strong analytic and problem solving skills, and speak and write effectively. Full Time. BA, BS or equivalent degree in a relevant field (see above). If you have a graduate degree, please apply for the Associate position and not the RA position. To apply, visit: http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/jobapplication.aspx?jobid=157
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INTERN - DEPT. OF PLANNING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT, PORTLAND, ME The City of Portland's Planning & Urban Development Department is seeking a part-time intern to assist staff in the Division of Housing & Neighborhood Services in the administration of the CDBG and HOME programs. Strong analytical, writing, communication and technology skills (including Microsoft Office software) required. Experience with Access software preferred. This is a paid position at 10-20 hours per week with compensation depending on experience. To find out more and to apply, please forward resume and cover letter to Mary Davis, Department of Planning and Urban Development, 389 Congress Street, Third Floor, Portland, ME 04101 or via email at email@example.com . Website: http://portlandmaine.gov/
Chewonki Natural History Internship
Seafood Internship, World Wildlife Fund
This internship will report to Katherine Bostick, Manager, Seafood
Markets, and may work closely with other members of the Business &
Industry staff and the Markets unit. The intern may also have the
opportunity to interact with company representatives. This internship
provides an opportunity to improve research skills in a professional
setting, gain knowledge about companies and environmental issues, and
contribute to WWF's mission.
The intern will be researching the impacts of seafood commodity
production and sourcing regions, and assist with analyzing
environmental, social and business risks within the seafood supply
chain of WWF partner companies. A primary responsibility of the role
will be to help build a database, analyze purchasing data in Microsoft
Excel, Microsoft Access and/or SPSS statistics and create reports
based on the analyses.
GreenCorp Application deadline extended
The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2013
New England Fall Applications due by Wednesday, October 17th– Apply Today! Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. Charlotte Olena, Class of 2012 and Green Corps Field Organizer, will be on campus Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th to host an info session and conduct interviews for the 2013-2014 class of Green Corps. The New England regional deadline for applications this fall is October 17th.
Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2013 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the country. For example, Charlotte is currently working on the campaign for Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods in Ventura, California. For more information, come attend our on-campus information session on Thursday, October 18th, 7-8pm, in Lovejoy 213 or contact Charlotte Olena, Colby grad and Green Corps Field Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 870-4555. For information prior to the info session next Thursday, you can fill out this form!
Talk to Prof. Bruesewitz if your interested!
Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 6 credits/summer…and get paid $2,500/summer!! Applications due November 2nd! Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year UNDERC-East: (May 20 – July 26) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife (including wolves, black bear, deer) and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. UNDERC-West: (June 8 – August 16): Spend the summer studying the ecology of an intermountain valley in Montana, learn how Native Americans lived and how this created their environmental awareness, and conduct your own research. Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lion, and grizzly bear) and includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. (Pre-requisite - UNDERC-East). These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the wild. Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Additional information and applications are available online http://underc.nd.edu