Environmental Studies Evening Colloquia
Wednesday, February 15
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Conservation in the New Millennium: the Economic Link"
Commissioner Patrick McGowan
Maine Department of Conservation
Event sponsored by the ES Program, Goldfarb Center, and the Green House
Patrick K. McGowan, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, will speak to Conservation in the New Millennium: The Economic Link. Commissioner McGowan will address the history of land conservation in Maine; the economic impact of the tourism, recreation and forest products industries; the importance of green certification in future forestry efforts; and, future of land conservation in Maine.
Patrick K. McGowan was appointed Commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation by Governor John Baldacci in February 2003. The Department of Conservation is a natural resource agency whose bureaus oversee the management and protection of some of Maine's most special places: Seventeen million acres of forestland, 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory, 47 parks and historic sites and over 500,000 acres of public reserved land. As Commissioner, McGowan has been focused on Governor Baldacci's pledges to bring renewed cooperation to the management of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway – the River Drivers Agreement; promote positive forest management – ban liquidation harvesting and implement the Maine Forest Certification initiative; and encourage land conservation and economic development – the Maine Woods Legacy Vision.
McGowan is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and the former owner of several small businesses including McGowan's Market and the Canaan Motel. An avid pilot and fly fisherman, he has three children and lives in Hallowell.
Tuesday, February 21
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Human Health and Chemical Hazards"
Executive Director, Environmental Health Strategy Center
Mike Belliveau has more than twenty years of experience as an advocate, organizer, leader and manager in public interest work to prevent environmental health hazards. He grew up in New England and graduated from MIT with a degree in environmental science. Before founding the Environmental Health Strategy Center, he served for three years as the Director of the Toxics and Clean Production Project for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), the state's leading environmental advocacy group.
As a project leader at NRCM, he designed and led winning policy campaigns and coalitions to eliminate mercury hazards and promote safer alternatives to PVC plastic, which forms dioxin when it burns. Prior to his tenure with the Council, he spent eighteen years in California, serving as program director and executive director of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Belliveau built CBE into a powerful voice for environmental health, justice and industrial pollution prevention with more than twenty staff working in the two major urban areas of the nation's largest state.
Tuesday, March 7
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Nature as a Metaphor for Designing Technologies, Institutions, and Social Networks"
Dr. Anil Gupta
Professor, Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad
Event sponsored by the ES Program and the Goldfarb Center
Dr. Anil Gupta is teaching as a professor at the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad. He has distinguished himself through his teaching and research, but he has become known worldwide for his activism in discovering, encouraging, and supporting grassroots inventors, as a means of alleviating the huge economic problems of the poverty-struck Indian countryside. His initiatives have been extremely successful in India and have transcended its borders, finding positive results all over the world.
As a researcher, Dr. Anil Gupta has been particularly preoccupied with issues pertaining to the rights of inventors and innovators. How can the intellectual property rights of poor, grassroots inventors be protected while also properly rewarding them and making sure they receive the deserved recognition? Dr. Gupta has combined his interest in exploring the ethical dilemmas surrounding inventors' rights with his professional background in agriculture and genetics. Thus, he has focused on developing strategies meant to allow households situated in high risk environments (flood or drought prone regions, areas affected by land slides, etc.) to cope with the natural hazards. Anil Gupta has envisioned a strong connection between encouraging innovations in the countryside and achieving the conservation of soil, water, and biodiversity. Dr. Gupta has thus researched and acted towards the implementation of an impressive number of projects and strategies with a common focus: finding the path towards sustainable development.
Anil Gupta is the founder of SRISTI, the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions. SRISTI is a non-governmental organization preoccupied with supporting the efforts and creativity of grassroots innovators committed to conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems. SRISTI has become famous for its success in identifying marketable inventions and turning them into a significant source of revenue for poor communities in the Indian countryside. As the amplitude of SRISTI's activity grew, Dr. Gupta started the publishing of HoneyBee, a newsletter documenting and publicizing instances of indigenous knowledge and the ways of turning them into feasible projects at a macro-scale. The magazine, which has been published without interruption for the last 15 years, is now translated into many languages. HoneyBee has also become the name of a significant network of voluntary and informal relations among inventors, scientists, environmental activists, and policy makers interested in supporting grassroots innovation. The result: a database containing more than ten thousand inventions from India and other parts of the world. This network has a powerful emphasis on conservationism, from innovations in fishery and pastoralism to others in chemical pest management and farm machinery.
Tuesday, March 21
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Application of GIS in Target Marketing - a Case Study"
Tiho Andonov, Analyst, Corporate Marketing, LL Bean
Tiho Andonov has been an Analyst with L.L. Bean's Corporate Marketing Department since October 2005. He is responsible for the design, execution, and performance of a variety of tests in the company's catalog, e-mail, and web business.
Tiho Andonov's previous position was with Wunderman, a New York based advertising agency. During his tenure with the compnay, he has worked on various projects for clients such as Sony, Pepsi, AT&T, AICPA, Pfizer, Kraft, Scotts, Pella, AT&T Wireless, and Cingular Wireless. he had a leading role in the group in applying GIS (Geographic Information Systems) methods both as a tool for effective client presentations and an innovative approach to data analysis.
Tiho Andonov has a Master's degree in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He resides in Waterville with his wife and two daughters.
Tuesday, April 4
7:00 pm in Olin 1
Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice
Julian Agyeman, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
Julian will argue that environmental justice and sustainability provide new directions and frameworks for public policy. They are both highly contested concepts that have tremendous potential to effect long lasting change. Despite the different historical origins of both concepts, and their attendant movements, there exists an area of theoretical and practical compatibility between them. In order for the environmental justice and sustainability movements to develop a common agenda, changes to both will be required. One change is already happening within the sustainability paradigm, in part as a result of the influence of the environmental justice project. It is the emergence of a just sustainability orientation as a counter to the dominance of environmental sustainability.
Julian Agyeman is Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Boston-Medford. His research interests are in the nexus between environmental justice and sustainability; the characteristics of sustainable communities; social marketing and sustainability; community involvement in local environmental and sustainability policy and education for sustainability. He is co-founder, and co-editor of the international journal 'Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.
Tuesday, April 11
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Land Protection in New England Urban Areas: What is Most Strategic?"
Samuel Merrill Assistant Research Professor and Projects Director, New England Environmental Finance Center
Voluntary land protection in New England has seen a meteoric rise in the last 20 years, but the very magnitude of the effort to conserve land in New England has raised questions about how strategic decisions are about what land to conserve. Is urban land protection deflecting housing pressure into outlying, more remote areas? Are biological and other tradeoffs being evaluated at the landscape scale to avoid patterns of protected land that compromise healthy, functional landscapes. Ways in which "strategic" land protection can be defined and implemented will be explored.
Sam is an Assistant Research Professor at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, and Director of the New England Environmental Finance Center, housed at the Muskie School. He received a Master's and Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, where he studied forest songbirds, wolves, and creative uses of GIS. For six years he worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a land manager and research biologist, during which time he received a military medal for distinguished public service and many other awards. Before coming to the Muskie School in 2001 he was Executive Director of a land trust on the coast of Maine. Professor Merrill's research interests include the fiscal and policy connections between land conservation and development in New England.
Tuesday, April 18
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Hundred-Eyed Giants, Voiceless Canaries, And Hermaphrodites: Examining The Impact Of Pesticides On Environmental And Public Health"
Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Increasing evidence demonstrates that many environmental contaminants, including pesticides, can act as endocrine disruptors. Contaminants can mimic natural hormones, but our data is showing that some chemicals also alter production of endogenous (natural) hormones in the body. My research uses amphibians (frogs) to assess the effects of individual chemicals and chemical mixtures as well as to monitor potentially contaminated habitats. Most notably, we have shown that the ubiquitous contaminant atrazine (an herbicide) both chemically castrates and feminizes exposed amphibians by lowering testosterone levels and increasing estrogen levels respectively. In frogs, this action results in hermaphroditism and reproductively impaired animals. These effects occur in other animals as well (fish, reptiles, and mammals) and have been documented in human cell lines and tissues. In rodents, this actions results in decreased fertility in males and prostate and mammary cancer. Atrazine is similarly associated with these diseases in exposed humans. Further, our research has shown that the effects of individual pesticides are enhanced when these pesticides are presented as ecologically relevant mixtures. These pesticide mixtures, which retard development, growth, and act as immuno-suppressors.
Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote Address
Sponsored by the President Adams, Dean of Faculty Yeterian, Environmental Studies Program, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, and the IBM Fund.
Wednesday, May 3
7:30 pm in Olin 1
"Environmental Justice For All"
Dr. Robert Bullard, Professor of Sociology at Clark Atlanta University
Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, November 2005) that capture the voices of frontline warriors who are battling environmental injustice and human rights abuses at the grassroots level around the world and challenging government and industry policies and globalization trends that place people of color and the poor at special risk.
D. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the
Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining the faculty at CAU in
1994, he served as a professor of sociology at the University of California,
Riverside, as well as visiting professor in Center for Afro-American Studies at
UCLA. His scholarship has
distinguished him as one of the leading experts on environmental justice and
race and the environment. He is one of the planners of the First and Second
National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. Dr. Bullard served on
President ClintonÕs Transition Team in the Natural Resources and Environment
Cluster (Department of Energy, Interior, Agriculture and Environmental
Protection Agency). He served on
the U.S. EPA National Environment Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where he
chaired the Health and Research Subcommittee.
Tuesday, May 9 Students in ES298 (The Environment and Human Health) have been exploring
the local connections between our environment and our health. Come hear
what they have discovered about how your health might be impacted by the
air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the energy you use,
the garbage you generate, and the household products you use, including
pesticides, detergents, cosmetics, and even your Nalgene bottle!
7:00 pm in Olin 1
"Cars, Cosmetics, Cuisine, and Chemicals: An Environmental Health Audit at Colby"
ES298 The Environment and Human Health
Tuesday, May 9
Students in ES298 (The Environment and Human Health) have been exploring the local connections between our environment and our health. Come hear what they have discovered about how your health might be impacted by the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the energy you use, the garbage you generate, and the household products you use, including pesticides, detergents, cosmetics, and even your Nalgene bottle!