Upcoming ES Events: Chief Scientist of World Wildlife Fund to Speak; Beehive Collective coming; Public health work in Haiti
Around Campus: Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads us to Action; Student grants available from Goldfarb
Beyond Campus: Historian Neil Rolde to speak at Thomas College; BRCA boat rides on Great Pond
In the News: Wangari Maathai dies; Quimby Park Plan to be factor in local election
Jobs and Internships: AmeriCorp position in VT; Online community organizer Clean Water Fund
Upcoming ES Events
ES Evening Lecture Series Begins
Future of Conservation: Dr. Eric Dinerstein, Chief Scientist of the World Wildlife Fund
When: Tuesday, Sept 27th at 7:00 pm
Where: Please note the lecture is in OSTROVE
Dr. Dinerstein's talk will focus on what he sees as the major concerns for conservation biology over the coming decades. He will begin with the staggering task of avoiding species extinctions (told through the lens of Alliance for Zero Extinction and tigers). Then he'll focus on saving the Amazon and the last intact tracts of rainforests (featuring new approaches to value them). These wet forest regions hold more than 50% of all species on Earth. Another important element over the next few decades will be restoring large landscapes. Here Eric will focus on some innovative examples in Nepal ‘s tiger corridors, Namibia’s communal conservancies, and restoration of megafauna in the Northern Great Plains in eastern Montana.
***This counts towards the 401 credit.
Beehive Collective- True Cost of Coal Presentation
Tuesday, Oct 4th at 7pm in Page Commons.
One Small NGO’s Efforts to Strengthen Health Systems in Northern Haiti: Meeting the Challenges of the Earthquake and the Cholera Epidemic
Wednesday, Oct 5th at 11:30 in the Fairchild Room.
Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us To Action
The Goldfarb Center and the Environmental Health Strategy Center are co-sponsoring a cutting edge one-day conference to present the links between human exposure to environmental chemicals and the development of obesity and diabetes. Leading scientists and policy experts will be speaking. Students, if you are interested in attending, contact Gail Carlson, Environmental Studies Program (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The keynote speaker will be Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D., from the University of California-Irvine Department of Developmental and Cell Biology. Blumberg is a national expert on the role of chemical exposures as a contributing factor for obesity and diabetes.
Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us To Action
Friday, October 14, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Diamond Building, Colby College
Goldfarb Center Students Grants Available
Do you have a great idea that you want to make happen? Do you need money to help with an independent academic project or thesis? Internship but no funding? Want to build a drone? Robot? Consider applying for a grant from the Goldfarb Center. The deadline is October 19th, for more details see -
For information on how to write a successful proposal come to our grant-writing workshop on September 28th from 4-5 PM. For further details on the workshop please contact Alice Elliott, email@example.com. For details on grants, contact John Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Rolde, historian to speak at Thomas on Maine's North Woods
Thomas College, Wednesday, Sept 28th at 12:00 Neil Rolde is a historian and a remarkable Maine resource. A former state legislator, Rolde is the author of sixteen books, many of which focus on fascinating episodes, conflicts and people from Maine’s history. Rolde will draw from his work in The Interrupted Forest: A History of Maine’s Wildlands to focus on the story of Maine’s North Woods in his talk at Thomas. This is a particularly timely subject given the state’s current political battle to reform LURC, the state agency responsible for overseeing development in Maine’s Unorganized Territory. Rolde will speak at noon on September 28 in the Ayotte Auditorium at Thomas College. Thomas College is located at 180 West River Road in Waterville. For more information about the event, please contact Jennifer Buker, Director of Public Relations, at (207) 859-1319 or email@example.com.
Leaf Peeping on Great Pond
Saturday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m.
Post Office Docks, Belgrade
As part of the Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group Oktoberfest, the BRCA and COLA will host a ride upon the floating classroom of Melinda Ann and discuss the physiology and folklore of the changing leaves.
In the News
Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner dies
Quimby Park Plan to be Factor in Millinocket Election
Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby’s controversial proposal to donate about 70,000 acres she owns adjoining Baxter State Park to a national park looks to be an issue of some import in the coming town elections.
Town Council candidate Charles Cirame said that part of his platform involves support of a feasibility study of Quimby’s plan. For full article:
Jobs and Internships
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY (CVOEO) AMERICORPS POSITION Address community needs while gaining valuable professional skills and experience. CVOEO's Weatherization Department, in partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, is in search of a Weatherization Program Assistant. This position will have the exciting opportunity to work in and amongst the many program areas including our new and exciting projects (e.g. solar installs, smart grid, etc.). Duties will involve client intake, outreach, advocacy, energy efficiency education, assisting with energy audits, and administrative duties while learning the comprehensive nature of Vermont's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Full-time benefits include living allowance, education award, diverse training opportunities, health insurance and federal school loan forbearance for an 11+ month commitment. Visit http://www.vhcb.org/acorps to view position description and application or call 802-828-3253.
ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZER, CLEAN WATER FUND, BOSTON, MA
Clean Water Fund's Boston, Massachusetts office is hiring an Online Communications Organizer to support two of Clean Water's core campaigns: a new Massachusetts-based initiative to combat global warming, and an award-winning national environmental health campaign called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Clean Water Fund (CWF) is a national non-profit research and education organization that promotes the public interest on issues relating to energy, water, waste, toxics and natural resources. For further information, visit http://www.cleanwateraction.org/jobs.