ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES NEWSLETTER
In this issue:
** Upcoming ES Events: Tiger expert featured in Tuesday’s Hollis Lecture
** ES Program news: New Spring Course: The Environment and Human Health
** Campus Sustainability: It is SUSTAINABILITY MONTH, &
Colby students get signatures needed to force vote on bottled water tax.
** Also on Campus: Jan Plan signups start Monday! What are you doing ??
** Beyond Colby: Joanna Macy in
** Jobs and Internships: Organic gardening in CA,
Environmental Ed here in
** Upcoming ES Events:
“A Field Biologist's Odyssey: A Lifetime of Discovery”
Dr. Ron Tilson, Director of Conservation,
Tuesday October 4
in Olin 1
Dr. Ronald Tilson will talk about
his international wildlife research and conservation efforts and how his
experiences early in life and as a student led him to become one of the world's
foremost authorities on tigers. Dr. Tilson has
lived and carried out field work in some of the most remote regions of
** ES Program news
Mellon grant supports new spring course.
Following a successful Women and the Environment course last Jan Plan, Research Scientist, Gail Carlson will offer the following spring course:
ES298 The Environment and Human Health Tuesday/Thursday
Four credit hours. Carlson
An examination of how human health is impacted by our physical, chemical, biological, and social environments; how we measure the effects of these determinants at the level of the cell, tissue, individual, and population; and how we assess these determinants in order to make regulatory decisions. Topics include the basic concepts of toxicology, epidemiology, and risk assessment, as well as the specific human health effects of various forms of pollution, radiation, synthetic chemicals, global climate change, and biodiversity loss. Students will conduct a community-wide audit of potential environmental health threats as part of the course. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 118.
** Campus Sustainability
We have declared October Campus Sustainability Month. A calendar of events will be finalized and sent out early this week. Look for a table in Cotter to learn more about campus sustainability!
Colby students more petition over crucial threshold
This past month a handful of Colby environmental and biology students helped
out a statewide effort spearheaded
by H20 for Maine. Colby
students contributed approximately 450 signatures collected on campus and
** Also on Campus
Jan Plan sign ups start on Monday
Students planning to do an internship or independent study must apply using the "Field Experience" or "Independent Study, Honors" links on the registrar's web site respectively, the same as for a fall or spring semester. You will want to get an early start on the process, which involves subsequent faculty approvals. You can use the links on the registrar’s website which will be activated for Jan Plan on Monday, October 3rd.
Competitive Mellon grant funds are available for Jan Plan
The Environmental Studies Program has been awarded a grant by the Mellon Foundation to fund several environmental internship stipends. The amount of money available for each stipend will depend on the nature of the internship, the anticipated budget and financial needs of the applicant, and the availability of other resources including the employer's ability to provide partial compensation. Total awards will range from $600 to $3,000. Applications should be submitted to Beth Kopp, 221 Lunder, email@example.com
Check out this website (or talk to Beth) for application criteria:
Joanna Macy Comes to
Maine Earth Institute, will bring
activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy to
Macy will give a
public talk, "Taking Heart in Tough Times," at the
The 10th Annual “National Hispanic Sustainable Energy and Environmental Conference and Career Fair”
The Conference is the only national event of its kind, designed to educate Latinos
and other minorities in general about the need to be environmentally conscious and
proactive. It is an unmatched learning, networking, and recruiting vehicle
for the Latino environmental community, and for many others.
Conference Sponsors include the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Dept. of Interior and
the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, among others. For example, participating DOI
agencies include the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. At
USDA, participating agencies include the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources
Conservation Service. Like last year, EPA, DOI, USDA and other generous supporters have helped underwrite the Conference, especially the student “Travel Scholarships”. Other sponsors in the public, private and non-profit sectors are also
supporting the Conference.
The 2004 conference was a great success. It brought together 400 Latino and
other minority students and professional attendees from a wide range of
environmental disciplines, such as: environmental engineers and scientists; forest and
park service managers; environmental educators; natural resource and conservation
managers; environmental health and safety experts; environmental justice and community activists; green group representatives; academics; and many more.
For students, visit our web page at www.nheec.org for more details, especially as
to who is eligible and how to apply for a travel scholarship. For further information/
questions, e-mail Juan Rodriguez, Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Rockies Field Institute WINTER and SPRING FIELD COURSES: NEW DATES!
The WILD ROCKIES FIELD INSTITUTE (WRFI) offers field-based,
academic courses for 300-level credit in departments such as Environmental
Studies, Anthropology, Forestry, Geography, Science, and Native American
Studies. These courses are taught completely in the backcountry in places
Natural History of
Baja: Winter break. December 28-
Canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau: Spring term
in the southwest. March 26-
"Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change" is a
partnership between the Marion Institute, the Small Planet Fund, the New
England Grass Roots Fund, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, UMASS Dartmouth and a
wide array of local colleges and grassroots organizations — ensuring that this
event becomes a profoundly inspiring, dynamic and successful annual experience.
This conference features a live satellite downlink of the Bioneers
Winter Ecology at the Center for Northern Studies
Winter Ecology offered at The Center for Northern
Studies/Sterling College in
Also coming up quickly is our Peatlands
Ecology Workshop in
with Jill Bubier on October 14 and 15. A bit later in February we will be
having a Winter Encampment with
Alexandra and Garrett Connover of
or all of these events, and we hope you will share our fliers with your
students and colleagues.
We are also actively recruiting for Winter Ecology in January, our full
suite of courses in the spring, and our ever-popular field course in the
Northern Isles of
www.sterlingcollege.edu/cns, or can be had from Sue Hering, our new
academic intern <email@example.com, 802/888-4331).
** Jobs and Internships
Unilever/SCA National Park Congressional Internship Program
Imagine yourself in a policy internship on Capitol Hill. Then, imagine you are placed at one of our national parks to experience the outcome of the public policy process you have witnessed in D.C. Sponsored by Unilever, a multinational foods and products corporation, and administered by the Student Conservation Association, these internships are a two-part experience. The summer portion of the internship will take place at a National Park to be determined (2005 sites were Yellowstone National Park, Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park, Fort Sumter National Historical Site and Channel Islands National Seashore). You will participate in visitor education and
other specialized duties depending on your major and prior work experience. During the winter semester enjoy a paid internship on Capitol Hill in either a Republican or Democratic Congressional office where you will observe how legislation and policy impacts our National Parks.
Dates: January 2006 - August 2006
Number of positions available: 3
Applications not received and completed by this date will be disqualified.
Directed writing sample (email contact below for prompts) and transcripts
Strong communication skills, verbal and written
Availability for all interviews, orientation and full internship program
Applicants considered eligible up to one year after receipt of BA or BS
Desire: Current undergraduates with some professional experience, strong GPA, interest in policy and environmental issues, and a willingness to work with either a Republican or Democratic Congressional office.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Clarissa Mendez, Special Initiatives Manager
The Student Conservation Association
FAX: 703-524-2451 PHONE: 703-524-2441
The Sierra Club of Maine is looking for help with the Maine Woods Campaign
Volunteers Needed to Lead Nature Walks with
Beth is in Lunder 221 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays