ES Events and News: Ecological puzzles and a passion for lakes lecture; Strategies for low-carbon energy use in Ethiopia lunch; Check out the newly updated ES website; Prof. Loren McClenachan lunch talk
Around Campus: The Archeology of El Niño; Jan Plan in Bermuda
Beyond Campus:Greater Waterville Bike and Pedestrian Action Committee; Evening for the Environment, Carol Browner keynote; Keep toxics out of Maine fun run in Augusta; NRCM Annual meeting- mining activist from Canada keynote
In the News: Common Ground Fair mapped out online; Agreement in New Zealand entitles river to legal rights of "personhood"
Scholarships, Fellowships, Grad School Coming Soon--- Scholarships, Fellowships, Grad School information session
Jobs and Internships: Community Conservation Specialist; Campus to Career internship clearinghouse
Upcoming ES Events
ES Evening Lecture Series Gets Underway on Sept 18th
Strategies for low-carbon energy use in Ethiopia: Roles for civil society, government, and intergovernmental institutions
Ecological Puzzles and a Passion for Lakes: How cyanobacteria, sensors, and cyberinfrastucture, helped launch scientists and citizens into 21st century experiment.
Dr. Kathleen Weathers, CARY Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 7 p.m., Olin 1
**Counts towards ES 401
Freshwater ecosystems, especially lakes, have long inspired human interest, passion, and investment. Understanding how lake ecosystems function in the face of global change is also a topic of intense interest for researchers and citizens alike. Using a case study from New Hampshire, this talk will illustrate some ecological puzzles for freshwater lakes in New England. It will also demonstrate how citizens, students, and scientists have formed remarkable partnerships to advance understanding of lakes around the world.
Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers received her MFS degree from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University. She is currently a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, and Research Director with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, New Hampshire.
Tuesday, Sept 18, 12-1 in Foss Private Dining Room
Nels Nelson is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Practitioner at the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Collaborative/Network (HoAREC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Based out of Addis Ababa University, HoAREC works to facilitate, strengthen and advocate for initiatives related to environmental conservation and natural resource management in Ethiopia and the greater Horn of Africa region. Nelsons' work focuses on the Repi Landfill Gas Project, a multi-year effort intended to collect and destroy the landfill gas generated from the Repi open dump site, the largest landfill in Ethiopia. He also served as one of of the six members of the Ethiopian Civil Society delegation to the recent Rio+20 conference, where HoAREC hosted a panel on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia”. His talk will emphasize the role and contribution of civil society in addressing energy and climate change challenges in the Horn of Africa.
Check out the hip and happening ES Program Website
It is full of great information for majors, minors and non-majors too!
Environmental Studies Lunchtime Lecture Series
Turning Back the Clock on Ocean Declines: Using Historical Ecology in Marine Conservation and Policy
Prof. Loren McClenachan
Wednesday, Sept. 26
11:30 lunch, 12:00 lecture
***Counts towards ES 401
The Archaeology of El Niño: Climate and Culture in Ancient Peru
TODAY! Monday, Sept 17th, 4:30 pm, Lovejoy 215
Latin American Studies is hosting Daniel H. Sandweiss, Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary & Climate Studies University of Maine - Orono.
Every few years, the climatic phenomenon known as El Niño changes weather throughout the world. Sometimes these changes are positive, such as a reduction in hurricanes. Often, however, El Niño is devastating--nowhere more than its heartland on the coast of Peru. There, torrential rains can ravage the desert landscape, destroying buildings, roads, canals, and fields and bringing plagues of insects and diseases. At the same time, the normally productive fishery is decimated. On the longer term, the synergy between earthquakes, rains, and wind can make agriculture less sustainable. All of these effects of El Niño influence human lifeways today and must have done so in the past. This talk explores the prehistory of El Niño over the 13,000 years that people have lived in coastal Peru, discussing methods used to track ancient El Niños and thoughts on how this phenomenon may have affected cultural development in the region.
Jan Plan Geology and Natural History of Bermuda-Info session
There will be an organizational meeting for the upcoming Geology Jan Plan GE 297, Geology and Natural History of Bermuda on Tuesday, September 18, at 4 pm in Mudd 218 (the intro geo lab). The course is also cross-listed as ES 297. Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mining for Metals: Big Promises, Harsh Realities, Ramsey Hart, MiningWatch Canada
Greater Waterville Bike and Pedestrian Action Committee
No Rider Left Behind Bike Ride Has riding on the road always been something you were interested in but you never knew the rules of the road? Have you ever wanted to ride with a group but didn’t like the thought of being left behind or felt discouraged because you didn’t have matching spandex? Would you like to make new friends and explore your community in a new way? Well, look no further, as we will be having weekly rides for folks who are looking to get started in a non-competitive, fun and encouraging environment. The ride will be led by a BPSE (Bike Pedestrian Safety Educator) trained cyclist who will be on hand to answer questions about best practices. Come join us to promote cycling in your community and add fun outdoor activity to your day. We ride Tuesdays at 6PM. As it gets darker earlier, we will begin leaving earlier. Our rides have left from the North Street Park, but that may change depending on the route. To be added to our email distribution list, email: email@example.com or find us on Facebook: Greater Waterville Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The Natural Resources Council of Maine invites you to Rachel’s Run & Kids’ Fun Day 5k walk or run
10:00 a.m. kids' fun! (Registration for the 5k begins at 8:00 a.m.) Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Capitol Park, the heart of Maine’s capital city! Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04330 What: 5k run with kids' fun run to raise funds and awareness about keeping toxic chemicals out of Maine's environment for now and future generations. Strollers are welcome! "Mom Brigade" to be led by former Speaker of the House and committed advocate for a toxic-free Maine, Hannah Pingree. How much: $15 early-bird special~by August 31st. $20 after that time. Kids' fun run obstacle course will be $5. Participants are encouraged to raise funds from their family, friends, and colleagues - with all money raised going to NRCM's work to reduce toxic pollution in Maine. Why: Join us to celebrate the publication of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, 50 years ago. Her efforts brought toxic pollution to the public's attention and helped change laws and save wildlife and human lives. We owe our current progress toward a toxic-free Maine to her leadership. We are honored to successfully champion the cause that Rachel devoted so much of herself to.~~ Prizes will be given to the~top three finishers, top fundraisers, and all who raise $100+ will receive a custom designed t-shirt. The race will be chip timed.
Maine Evening for the Environment- Oct 18, Carol Browner, Keynote
Natural Resources Council of Maine annual meeting
In the News
Common Ground Fair mapped out online
Agreement entitles Whanaguni River to legal identity
From the dawn of history, and in cultures throughout the world, humans have been prone to imbue Earth's life-giving rivers with qualities of life itself -- a fitting tribute, no doubt, to the wellsprings upon which our past (and present) civilizations so heavily rely. But while modern thought has come to regard these essential waterways more clinically over the centuries, that might all be changing once again.
Meet the Whanganui. You might call it a river, but in the eyes of the law, it has the standings of a person.
In a landmark case for the Rights of Nature, officials in New Zealand recently granted the Whanganui, the nation's third-longest river, with legal personhood "in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests". The decision follows a long court battle for the river's personhood initiated by the Whanganui River iwi, an indigenous community with strong cultural ties to the waterway.
Scholarships, Fellowships, Grad School Opportunities
Information session on Scholarships/Grad School
It is NEVER TOO EARLY to start thinking about opportunities out there specifically geared towards ES students. Prof. Philip Nyhus will be doing a presentation on scholarship/fellowship and grad school opportunities on Tuesday, Sept 25th at 7pm in Olin 1.
Joseph Conrad Essay Contest
Eligibility: Undergraduates of any major in good academic standing at an accredited college or university at time of submission are eligible. High school seniors may also submit. Williams-Mystic alums that are still undergraduate students are eligible to apply if what they enter was not written for a Williams-Mystic class. Entry Fee: None. Prize: $500
The Essay: Submissions of either fiction or nonfiction should be between 1,000-5,000 words. Submissions may be about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern. The essay may be nature writing, environmental or political activism, literary or historic scholarship, or simply good storytelling. (Sorry, no collections of poetry in 2011.) The submitted work must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. It may have been submitted for a course. The winner agrees to allow WIlliams-Mystic to post the essay online.
The award winner in 2010 was Blair Braverman (ES' 12). Her winning essay went on to be published in Orion Magazine (http://www.orionmagazine-digital.com/orionmagazine/20110910/?pg=82#pg82)
Jobs and Internships
Community Conservation Specialist- Greater Boston area
Campus to Careers- New Internship Clearinghouse resource