ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
October 8, 2007
In this issue:
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: ES Grad School Discussion on Tuesday night
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Professor Tietenberg is seeking a research assistant
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: Green Colby -- an open discussion about campus sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Inventory
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Goldfarb Grant Writing Workshop, Jim Fleming delivers STS lecture, Columbia University rep on campus
** BEYOND COLBY: Real Food Summit, Maine League of Conservation Voters host a Evening for the Environment
** FELLOWSHIP/GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Goldfarb Offers Student Research Grants, Campus Ecology Fellowships
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS: Maine State Museum, Earthjustice, Greenpeace, Great Blue Inc, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Maine DOC
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
ES Graduate School Night
Tuesday October 9
7:00 p.m. Olin 1
Thinking about going to graduate school? Visiting Professor Ngeta Kabiri along with other ES faculty will be on hand to talk with ES majors and minors about the process of choosing a graduate program. I hope you can join us for this discussion!
** ES PROGRAM NEWS:
Professor Tietenberg seeks a research assistant to help him prepare the next edition of his textbook. First preference will be given to someone who has completed EC 231 and second preference to someone currently in EC 231. A working knowledge of Excel would also be useful. Anyone who is interested should let Professor Tietenberg know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY:
Come to an open forum with students, faculty, administrators and staff to discuss Colby's environmental efforts. Come with your ideas about greening our campus!
Wednesday, October 10th
A tray lunch will start at 11:30 and the forum will begin at 12 in the Dana Fairchild Room
Do you want to Contribute to Colby's Sustainability?
One of the most important tools that Colby uses to monitor its impact on climate change is the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. This inventory, which is created using an Excel spreadsheet, is used both for internal decisions about energy management and for keeping track of compliance with our reduction commitments as part of the Maine Governor's Challenge. This inventory has been updated and maintained for the last few years by Jamie O'Connell '08. Since Jamie is a senior, we are looking for someone who would like to work with Jamie this year to produce the 2007 inventory and to take on the principal responsibility for a year or so after Jamie graduates. The ideal candidate would be a first or second year student who cares about climate change and knows Microsoft Excel. This is a paid position. If you are interested please contact Tom Tietenberg at email@example.com.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS:
Workshop on Grant Writing
Students who are intending to apply for a Goldfarb Center Student Research Grant are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop on grant writing that will be conducted by faculty members who have reviewed previous grant proposals. The workshop on grant writing techniques will be held on Tuesday, October 9, at 4:30 in Diamond 146. It should last about an hour. While attending this session is not mandatory, students should know that the Goldfarb Center grants are extremely competitive and the quality of the application will have a good deal of weight as applications are reviewed.
The Climate Engineers
Prof. Jim Fleming
Friday, Oct. 12th, 2007, 4:00pm, Lovejoy 100
Cookies at 3:45pm
As alarm over global warming spreads, a radical idea is gaining momentum. Forget cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions, some scientists argue. Find a technological fix. Bounce sunlight back into space by pumping reflective nanoparticles into the atmosphere. Launch irrors into orbit around the earth. Create a "planetary thermostat." But what sounds like science fiction is actually an old story with immense political, military, and ethical implications.
Professor Fleming directs the Colby STS Program and has just returned from a research leave in Washington, DC. He is currently writing a book about the climate engineers.
Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs
The 12-month Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs will be visiting Colby on Wednesday, October 10th. Interested students will have the opportunity to speak with a program representative about this intensive program and explore how this degree can help start a career in environmental management, environmental policy or sustainable development. Students will also learn about the application process, upcoming deadlines, as well as details about the courses.
Date: Wednesday, October 10
Location: Colby College, Cotter Union
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
** BEYOND COLBY:
Real Food Summit: Students Mobilizing for Just and Sustainable Food
November 3-4; Yale University
The Real Food Summit is a summit for students at colleges and universities in the Northeast who are working on creating more just and sustainable food systems on their campuses. The Summit will kick off the Real Food Challenge, a collaborative initiative to galvanize a national movement around food on college campuses. The Summit is geared primarily towards students; however, faculty, administrators, dining services staff, food producers, and non-profit/philanthropy staff are also welcome. The student registration fee for the Real Food Summit is $25. The deadline for pre-registration is October 17.
The Maine League of Conservation Voters
Evening for the Environment, a gathering of conservation and political leaders
Special Guest Speaker
American conservationist, writer and national leader on global warming
Thursday, October 11, 2007
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
University of Southern Maine -7th floor of the Glickman Library
314 Forest Avenue, Portland
$25 per person ($10 Student)
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.
Let's make Maine's environment a political priority!
For more information: (207) 373-1221;
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mlcv.org
Please RSVP by October 5th. Register on-line at https://www.applyweb.com/public/contribute?mlcv or mail form with check (payable to MLCV) to MLCV 14 Maine Street Box 16, Brunswick, ME 04011.
** FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
CAMPUS ECOLOGY FELLOWSHIPS CALL FOR PROPOSALS!
Accepting Proposals Beginning November 1.
Proposals Due December 15.
Learn more at: www.nwf.org/campusecology/fellowships
NWF's Campus Ecology program is accepting proposals beginning November 1, 2007, for the 2008 class of Campus Ecology Fellows. NWF is seeking proposals from undergraduate and graduate students working with a team of faculty, staff, or other students on projects to reduce their campus' carbon footprint.
Global warming has emerged as the defining environmental issue of the 21st century. Scientists agree that human-triggered greenhouse gas pollution is the cause of increasing temperatures. At National Wildlife Federation, we know we can't fully achieve our mandate to protect wildlife without addressing global warming. That is why we are now asking Campus Ecology Fellows to confront global warming on their individual campuses by committing to reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 2% per year, or 30% by 2020. Fellows also help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions.
Students are encouraged to submit fellowship proposals on a variety of sustainability practices that work to reduce their school's carbon footprint. These practices can include, but are not limited to:
* Implementing energy efficiency and conservation initiatives on existing or new buildings.
* Conducting a greenhouse gas inventory and developing a climate action plan.
* Co-hosting, with at least three other campuses, a gathering on global warming solutions.
* Designing and/or implementing green transportation options.
* Installing or purchasing clean energy.
* Initiating sustainable food systems.
* Increasing and protecting wildlife habitat and green space on grounds and roof tops.
* Designing supportive processes such as fiscal incentives, planning documents, professional development, community outreach, and/or new policies, etc. to address global warming awareness.
Fellowship grants of up to $2,000 are awarded.
To submit a proposal, go to: www.nwf.org/campusecology/fellowships.
If you have any questions about NWF Campus Ecology Fellowships or other opportunities, contact Kristin Kranendonk at 703-438-6265 or at email@example.com.
Goldfarb CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS
The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites proposals from Colby students, regardless of major, for funding of original research projects (including collaborative research) on topics related to public affairs or civic engagement. A wide range of student research projects may qualify for funding under this program, however preference will be given to students working on honors projects or independent studies or on extended class-related papers for which no other adequate funding sources are available.
Funding: Grants will range from $1000 - $3000, with maximum funding allocated to projects that are either collaborative or for those that require international travel. Funds may be allocated to cover any legitimate research expenses including, but not limited to: purchase of research materials, travel, food, and lodging expenses associated with data gathering. Students may not qualify for stipends under this program, except for unusual circumstances which should be specifically documented at the time of the application. The Center hopes to fund two or three projects from this round of applications.
Proposals: Applicants should submit a proposal that clearly lays out the following information:
" the nature of the specific project
" the topic's connection to the mission of the Goldfarb Center
" a detailed research design to include:
o the specific research questions to be examined
o a literature review
o a clear indication of how data will be gathered and how variables will be defined
o evidence that you have the skills necessary to gather the information in this way
o a proposed timeline for data-gathering and writing
" a proposed budget with details of projected expenses
" the intended product
" a letter of endorsement from the faculty member who will be sponsoring your research, indicating that he or she has read your proposal and feels that you have the ability to carry it through to completion
" an unofficial transcript of your Colby courses
If the project involves human subjects, the proposal should be submitted to Colby's Institutional Review Board simultaneously with submission to the Goldfarb Center.
Product: The proposal should specify the intended end product for the project and at least preliminary thoughts on means of dissemination. The end project will be included in the Goldfarb Center's web-based Working Paper Series. Students receiving funding under this program will be expected to make presentations as part of the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Goldfarb Center Student Fellows: Students receiving research grants are named as Goldfarb Center Student Fellows for the academic year in which their work is completed and should include that designation on all work stemming from this grant. Goldfarb Center Student Fellows are expected to attend Goldfarb Center events throughout the year on a regular basis.
Deadline: Applications for this round of funding are due by Monday, October 15. Proposals will be evaluated by the Center's Faculty Steering Committee which will make a recommendation to the Goldfarb Center Director. Decisions will be announced by November 5.
Further information: For further information, contact Goldfarb Center Assistant Director, Marnie Terhune: firstname.lastname@example.org. An information session at which students will be given instructions as to how to submit grant proposals will be schedule for early October. Watch carefully for future announcements.
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
Maine State Museum
The museum is hosting another large scale educational event on Wed., Oct. 10th called Earth Science Day. We would be delighted if any students would come down to help. We need help setting up a large tent the night before, help early on the morning of the event to get the exhibitors set up and then throughout the day with crowd control, exhibitor breaks and orienting visitors. There will be exhibitors from various state agencies, private non-profit groups and environmental educators. If you have any students who might want to network with these professionals, this would be a good chance to do that while contributing community service. The event runs from 9 to 3 but we could use help from any time from 8 to 4.
Please have anyone interested contact me at 287-2302 or email@example.com .
Kris Weeks Oliveri
Coordinator of Volunteers
COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP Washington DC
Earthjustice attorneys use the legal system to enforce compliance with federal regulations including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The intern works with the communications department in Earthjustice's Washington, DC office to generate media awareness of Earthjustice's legal work. The intern will assist Earthjustice communications staff in preparation of press releases, distribution of press releases, and tracking of press related to Earthjustice issues. Interns also work on a variety of research and outreach projects and perform administrative duties. Through the internship, the intern will learn how public relations and press efforts function at a nonprofit environmental organization. Applicants must currently be enrolled in college. They should have some familiarity with media activities, though actual media experience is not required. Applicants should have excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills. A working knowledge of online research and MS Word is required.
Applicants should email a brief cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Communications Internship" in the subject line. Applications are accepted year-round.
TOXICS INTERN Washington DC
Greenpeace USA in Washington, DC seeks an intern for ensuring a toxic free future by pressuring congress to stand up against the chemical industry. This semester the two most important issues are chemical security and electronic waste. Responsibilities: research on chemical security and electronic waste, phone banking membership on legislative issues, assisting in a priority international campaign, and assisting in additional projects as needed. Qualifications: Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong online research skills, the ability to work well independently, commitment to non-violence as a means of affecting change and enthusiasm for protecting the environment. Candidates should be computer savvy and comfortable on the phone. Application instructions: submit applications electronically to: email@example.com. Please include resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample. Closing date 10/10/07.
Field Technician Stillwater NJ
Full-time field position with pond management company to assist with the maintenance of fountain motors, aeration system compressors, small outboard motors, sprayers and other field equipment. Reliable, motivated individual with attention to detail & solid record keeping skills.
MUST have mechanical ability and map reading skills. Daily travel to work sites using company vehicles. MUST have a clean driving record. MUST be able to lift 50 lbs. equipment/supplies and work outdoors under a variety of field conditions. Responsibilities will also include herbicide applications, shoreline planting projects and fish surveys/removal projects. Experience with the application of herbicides to aquatic sites a plus; techinician/operator license in NJ a plus; boating experience a plus. Environmental Science/Fisheries/Natural Resource degree or background preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience. Start date for this position: November, 2007.
Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Great Blue Inc., Attention: Human Resources. via fax: 973-579-7259/e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (No phone calls, please).
Closing date for applications is: November 20, 2007
Conservation Leadership Program Monterey CA
The Monterey Institute of International Studies is pleased to invite you to participate in the unique two week Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) certificate course, from January 7 - 18th, 2008. Its innovative curriculum delivers the necessary skills for current and future environmental leaders. Graduates will to go on to manage and lead successful conservation projects with local and global organizations. The two weeks will be divided into ten key skill areas to be taught by Monterey Institute professor Jeffrey Langholz, Foundations of Success Co-Founder Richard Margoluis and other qualified professionals in the field from such organizations as, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and The Big Sur Land Trust. The program will concentrate on the formation of theoretical and technical leadership skills such as:
Understanding the Conservation Project Cycle
Writing Meaningful Mission Statements
Using Comprehensive Site Assessment Tools
Creating Conservation Management Plans
Project Monitoring and Evaluation
Building Project Teams and Boards
Financial Management for Conservation Leaders
Effective Outreach and Media Relations
A "Meet the leaders" session will convene throughout the course, allowing students contact time with local conservation leaders to ask questions about the material, broaden their professional networks, and give the course even more real world applicability. Located in historic downtown Monterey, just blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, the Monterey Institute campus provides access to a wide range of activities. Participants can take advantage of their time in beautiful Monterey with weekend hikes in Big Sur, visits to Carmel, and group outings in the evenings. The course will meet daily 9am-4pm from January 7th to 18th on the Monterey Institute of International Studies campus. The course fee is $1,750 and applications are due October 31st 2007.
For more information about the program see our website at www.miis.edu/clp. If you have any questions or for an application please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Maine Department of Conservation
Biologist II (Community Ecologist)
The Bureau of Geology and Natural Areas is seeking candidates for a Community Ecologist in Augusta. The Community Ecologist will be responsible for planning and implementing field-based inventory to document the distribution and status of Maine's natural communities and rare, threatened and endangered plants. The Community Ecologist will develop element occurrence specifications for forest community types and maintain the state's natural community classification while summarizing and analyzing information on the status and trends of biodiversity in Maine and communicating the results in both written and oral form to a variety of audiences. The Community Ecologist will also provide scientific support to private landowners and to public landowners (Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) in natural resource inventories, management plans, land acquisition, long-term monitoring of Ecological Reserves, and harvest prescriptions. The Community Ecologist will assist with raising funds for program operations and special projects and may solicit and negotiate major contracts and cultivate new funding sources while managing existing contracts to ensure that contractual and financial obligations are met. Software used will include ArcMap, Access, Ordination and Statistical Packages, and Microsoft Office applications on a personal computer.
In order to qualify, you must have a Bachelors Degree in Ecology, Botany, Biology, or related field -AND- three (3) years experience of progressively responsible related field research and/or management experience. Directly related work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
A completed State of Maine Direct Hire Application, resume and a cover letter addressing the qualifications and responsibilities of this position must be received by close of business, September 28, 2007. Please mail or fax to: Carmen Welch, Natural Resources Service Center, 155 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330-0155, fax #207-287-2216.
Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by accessing the State's website at http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/how_to/direct.htm or by contacting Carmen Welch at 287-4997.
For more information regarding the duties and responsibilities of this position, please contact Molly Docherty, Director, Maine Natural Areas Program, at 207-287-8045.
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
5356 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, Maine 04901
Office: 208 Diamond Building