April 13, 2006
** Upcoming ES Events: Two ES Colloquia next week!
** ES Program News: Professor Andonova elected to ISA executive board, ES book recommendations
** Campus Sustainability: SSW Alumni Center --Certified LEED Silver!!
** Summer Internship Funding Opportunity: Mellon Funds available
** Beyond Colby: Help Stop Toxic Pesticide Exposure in Our Communities
** Jobs and Internships: NPS is hiring in Alaska, Buzzard's Bay seeks intern, kayaking on the coast of Maine, and more
** Upcoming ES Events:
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 Berkley
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.
Wednesday April 19
12:00 in the Fairchild Room in Dana
"Managing the risks of a changing climate: Linking science and policy for development".
Dr. Shiv Someshwar is leading a number of research initiatives in South and South East Asia on reducing livelihood vulnerability and increasing systems resilience to climate variability and climate change. He specializes in the institutional and policy dimensions of livelihoods and sustainable development. At the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Dr. Someshwar is Director, Institutions and Policy Systems Research, and Director, Asia and Pacific Regional Program. He is an affiliate faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs, and is an anchor faculty for the Masters program in Climate and Society at Columbia University. Dr. Someshwar received his Ph.D. from the University of California, in Environmental Planning and Public Policy. Prior to IRI, he was at the Rockefeller Foundation.
** ES Program News:
Professor Andonova elected to ISA Executive Committee
Professor Liliana Andonova (Government and ES) was elected to the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). ISA is the leading professional organization of international studies. Andonova was nominated and elected at 47th Annual ISA Convention, March 2006, San Diego, CA.
Environmental Recommended Readings
A list of readings in environmental studies for students compiled by Colby's Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee. Check out this site on the ES webpage: http://www.colby.edu/environ/people/student/books.html
** Campus Sustainability:
Colby Earns Certification for "Green" Construction
Colby's new Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center has been certified as "green" under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
LEED is the acronym for a program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) setting national standards for green building design. The rating system was developed by the USGBC to promote environmentally friendly design and to reduce false and exaggerated environmental claims.
Colby's new 28,000-square-foot building received certification from the USGBC in February, and was certified at the silver level. That's a step up from basic LEED certification, recognizing environmental enhancements and systems that go beyond the minimum standards for a green building.
Colleges and universities are recognized as hothouses for architectural innovation as is evident in other college buildings around the state being built to LEED specifications.
Colby currently has a 53,000-square-foot academic building, the Diamond Building for social science and interdisciplinary programs, under construction and will seek LEED certification for that project as well.
** Summer Internship Funding Opportunity:
Mellon Funds available
The Environmental Studies Program is very lucky to have received money from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that can be used to provide stipends to students who want to undertake environmentally-related internships in the summer and over Jan Plan. If you are interested in applying for a Mellon internship and you meet the following criteria, please consider applying:
Criteria for Environmental Internship Stipends
Help Stop Toxic Pesticide Exposure in Our Communities
Maine needs your voice! Please send an email or a letter the Board of Pesticides Control to voice your support for reducing pesticide exposure to protect our families and our environment! The Board will be considering rules to ban aerial spraying, ban one of the most toxic classes of pesticides, and increase our right to know about pesticides in our communities.
What: The Board of Pesticides Control needs public comments!
Why: The Board of Pesticides Control (the state agency that oversees pesticide use) will be considering 3 rule changes that, if passed would:
1. Ban Aerial Spraying in Maine.
2. Ban Organophosphates, the most toxic class of pesticides.
3. Increase our Right To Know about pesticide use in our communities.
When: The public comment period ends Friday, April 14th! Please cut and paste the letter below and email your comments to board.
For more information visit: www.toxicsaction.org
Why Ban Aerial Spraying? Aerial Spraying Threatens Our Communities!
Aerial spraying causes toxic pesticide drift problems. In Downeast communities, residents have complained for decades that their homes, their families and their farms have been hit by pesticide drift from aerial spraying. The Board of Pesticides Control has documented that aerial spraying of blueberries has drifted nearly a mile from its intended target.
State surveys show that the blueberry industry sprays at least fifteen different toxic pesticides in our communities. Of these pesticides:
53% (eight) are possible carcinogens according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
40% (six) cause reproductive or developmental effects or are endocrine disruptors.
60% (nine) are moderately to highly toxic through acute exposures.
Board of Pesticides Control studies show clearly that aerially sprayed pesticides are drifting directly into Maine’s waterways. Community groups have also recorded pesticide drift in Maine using scientific air sampling devices. Banning aerial spraying won’t cause economic problems, given that the two largest agribusinesses in Maine, Cherryfield Foods and Jasper Wyman and Son have already stopped.
Visit www.toxicsaction.org for more information.
** Jobs and Internships:
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay seeks an Assistant Coordinator to help coordinate its Baywide Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program- Baywatchers and additional watershed natural resource monitoring programs. The Position is part-time (25-30hours/wk), May 1st – August 30th and reports to the Director of Monitoring Programs. Responsibilities include assisting with the coordination and training of approximately 130 volunteers, data entry and public outreach for the water quality monitoring program. Primary work areas include estuarine water quality monitoring with additional watershed monitoring. Successful candidates should be capable of working both independently and with the volunteer community.
Prospective candidates may obtain more information about The Coalition for Buzzards Bay and the Baywatchers program at the link provided below.
Applications must be received before April 28 for consideration and include:
Send To: The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 620 Belleville Avenue. New Bedford, MA 02745
The National Park Service in Fairbanks, Alaska is looking to fill three full-time summer biotech positions.
Only students registered at a university for the coming semester (summer or fall) are eligible to apply. The incumbents will conduct field work, expedite field crews, and/or help with data entry for the Arctic Network Inventory and
Monitoring Program in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Two of the positions are stationed in Fairbanks and include field work in five of the nations most pristine parks, encompassing over 20 million acres in northern Alaska: Noatak National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, and Kobuk Valley National Park. These positions will assist park biologists with large mammal, bird, aquatic, and/or vegetation surveys. Field work may be conducted in extremely remote areas accessible only by float plane, boat, and/or helicopter. Field work may be conducted in harsh conditions for long periods of time. These positions also require a significant amount of sedentary work such as tabular and spatial data entry and mining of ecological data.
The third position will be based in Fairbanks and will serve as an expeditor for field crews. The incumbent will help field crews prepare
for the field and help with logistics and planning. Knowledge of Alaska plants and animals and experience with databases (Microsoft Excel, Access, or Sequel Server) are a plus.
The salary range for all positions is from $15.09-$18.69 USD per hour, plus $25 per day for per diem when conducting field work. Salary is based on experience. Travel to and from Fairbanks can not be paid for these positions.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and a statement of interest (short paragraph) to: Suzie Mauro
Summer Land Trust Position Available
Islesboro Islands Trust is seeking a talented, well-rounded individual to help with our environmental education programs this summer. We offer a nature day camp on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for children ages 3 to 11, as well as two three-day sea kayaking and camping trips for kids ages 12 to 15. The successful applicant will work with an IIT staff member to organize and teach our nature day camp programs, and will also be a co-leader on both sea kayaking trips. This is a part-time position - two days per week of day camp and eight days total of kayaking - that runs from July 11 through August 23, 2006. Primary job responsibilities include developing day camp programs, leading games and activities, teaching kayaking and canoeing to kids, leading overnight camping trips, maintaining a safe and respectful camp environment, and some logistical work as needed. We seek a friendly, responsible individual who is experienced working with children, ecologically literate, and able to make a commitment for all seven weeks. Paddling and camping experience, strong leadership skills, and a working knowledge of the Maine outdoors are very important. The stipend for this part-time, seven-week position is $100 per day, for a total of $2,200.
This position could also be turned into a full-time, paid internship (possibly for credit) for the right applicant. We are a small land trust with active programs in water quality monitoring, ecological inventory, GIS, and land stewardship. There is potential for gaining experience in any or all of these areas. This position is located on Islesboro, an island community in Penobscot Bay separated from the mainland by a 20 minute ferry ride. Please feel free to contact us at 734-6907 or email@example.com with any questions. To apply, send a resume and letter of interest to Islesboro Islands Trust at P.O. Box 182, Islesboro, ME 04848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coastal Systems Group of the UMASS Dartmouth School of Marine Science is offering summer internships in Coastal Marine Ecology. Students accepted into this competitive 10-12 week program will participate in both field data collection and laboratory analyses. Research areas include estuarine water quality monitoring, nutrient cycling, and wetlands ecology. Successful candidates should be capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
Prospective candidates may obtain more information about the research focus of the Coastal Systems Group and how to apply at the link provided below. http://www.smast.umassd.edu/Coastal/research/edu&outr/Internships.html
Applications must be received before April 31 for consideration and include:
All selections will be made by May 14.
Minimum stipend for this summer internship is $4000/12 weeks.
Communications Assistant Environmental Advocates of New York Albany, New York (NY)
A statewide environmental advocacy organization seeks an energetic, self-starter to report to Communications Director. The Communications Assistant will support the organization's outreach to members, public officials, the media, partner organizations, and the general public. Responsibilities include layout and design of publications, website management, development of media lists, coordination of online advocacy network, response to public inquiries, and distribution of announcements and appeals.
Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills. A college degree is preferred. Understanding of environmental issues and state government, and prior design and layout experience, are a plus.
Salary is in the mid to high $20,000's, commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. Room to grow.
Closing Date: June 1
Please send a résumé, writing samples, and cover letter to:
353 Hamilton St
Albany NY 12210-1709
Electronic mail: email@example.com
Wilderness Field Instructors Aspen Education Group
Idaho, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah
It's more than a job and a paycheck. It's the opportunity to be a catalyst of change in the lives of at-risk teens and their families while exploring the great outdoors. Aspen Education Group, the industry leader in providing education services to youth and their families, is looking to add enthusiastic, energetic, and experienced full-time Wilderness Field Instructors to our schools in Idaho, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
In order to transform the lives of troubled teens, first transform your own by joining our successful and growing team. If you are passionate about the outdoors and helping others, we invite you to apply by sending your résumé and a cover letter to HRrecruiter@aspeneducation.com.
Applications are invited for Island Fellow awards from new or recent college graduates in the areas of marine science, library science, ecology, education, arts (music, theater, fine arts), historical preservation, community planning and development, GIS, and other related fields. Anticipated awards for 06-07 include the following: community planning and development; historical preservation and library sciences; affordable housing and GIS mapping; natural resource planning; place-based education curriculum development; and developing programming and sustainability for arts programming. Recipients of awards are recruited by the Institute and selected on a competitive basis from candidates who wish to perform research, career development and community service, while living within remote communities. Fellows are placed in communities requesting a Fellow after successfully completing the review process at the Institute and receiving the approval of the designated contact(s) in the community. Application deadline is May 26, 2006. Minimum Qualifications • Recent completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree (within 4 years), or equivalent demonstrated experience in a designated field. • Demonstrated interest and experience in community service, community planning, natural resource planning, GIS mapping, education outreach and any skills relevant to the placement site. • A strong service ethic • Flexibility • A strong desire to live and work within small, remote communities. • Strong self-motivation and ability to work with minimal supervision Island Fellow Benefits Stipend, living allowance, and AmeriCorps education award - contingent on funding. Visit our website for an application and further information: www.islandinstitute.org, or contact Chris Wolff, the Island Institute’s Fellows Program Director at (207) 594-9209, ext. 102 or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).