Monthly Newsletter

This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

September 17, 2013

Any upcoming events, job opportunities, new internships, or other environmental news received by the ES Department are included in this newsletter. More information on the items listed in This Just In! can be received by contacting the ES Department. This issue of This Just In! and archived issues can be found at:

In This Issue.... 

1.  Environment Minnesota Fellowship Program
2.  Power Shift 2013
3.  2013 Macalester Mathematics and Society Lecture - Sept. 25
4.  Volunteer Opportunities with Great River Greening
5.  Internships 

1.  Environment Minnesota Fellowship Program

Message from Samantha Chadwick, Advocate at Environment Minnesota:

We’re a statewide citizen based environmental advocacy group. We work to protect clean air, clean water, and protecting open spaces – right now our top priority is doing our part to stop global warming. And, we’re hiring! 

Please note: I will be at the Macalester Campus Center (room 206), holding an informational session on Wednesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. Please come to get your questions answered and hear more about our work!

Here's a little more about us: I’m sure you know that global warming is the most pressing environmental problem of our time. And you know that we have to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions that are created when we burn fossil fuels.   Fortunately, this summer – as part of a broader global warming plan - President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution.   So this fall, here in Minnesota we’re working hard to do demonstrate strong public support for these standards, and build support in Congress to ensure that the President follows through as boldly and as swiftly as possible. Obviously, our work won’t stop there, but it’ll be an important step.  But the science is clear and the public is with us and we have the opportunity- and the obligation - to do what we can to ensure we don’t ruin the planet before we pass it on to future generations.

Environment Minnesota is part of the Environment America federation, a federation of 29 state-based groups with nearly 100 professional staff and more than 1 million members, activists and allies across the country.   Each year, we hire graduating seniors with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future and do what it takes to win on issues like this.  

Our Fellowship Program is a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.

To learn more and apply, visit

2.  Power Shift 2013

Power Shift 2013 is happening October 18-21, 2013, in Pittsburgh!

Over 10,000 young adults from across the county (and world!) will come together to continue to build a movement to divest from fossil fuels, take on fracking, and stop Keystone XL. This event will offer students with the opportunity to build skills through workshops, connect with other students working on shared topics, and participate in a day of action!

This is an awesome opportunity for Mac students to participate in the larger climate movement and be a part of fighting for the economy and society we want. We have been WONDERFULLY fortunate to receive access to a few different funding sources, which have brought the cost of the entire trip down to about $150 dollars (tops!). This includes travel (by bus), registration, and accommodations - you will be on your own for finding food.

If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, or if you would like more information, please send an e-mail to Maria at

3.  2013 Macalester Mathematics and Society Lecture - Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
"Best" in a Biological Context: Optimization across the  
Biological Hierarchy

Speaker:  Louis J. Gross
Director, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Abstract: Many central concepts in biology involve notions of what is "better" or "best" in the context of evolution, physiology, and behavior. Similarly, in many applied areas of the life sciences, we are concerned with developing a "best" method to carry out drug therapies, resource harvesting, pest management, and epidemic control. I will discuss, with audience participation, what it might mean to be "best" for several problems at different levels of the biological hierarchy. This includes being clear about differences between maximization and optimization, and taking account of constraints, historical and others, on biological systems. Finally, I will discuss notions of optimal control in biology.

4.  Volunteer Opportunities with Great River Greening

Great River Greening is a non-profit in St. Paul that focuses on community-based restoration through our environmental projects.

This fall, they are hosting three Saturday public events in October. You will find information about these events/program at their website:  In order for our events to succeed, they need volunteers to join us in our restoration efforts. They would love to have students from Macalester join us at one of our events.

What does a volunteer do?  Projects range from planting trees and shrubs to removing invasive species to helping out with registration and serving lunch. No prior experience or equipment required to participate. All you need to do is show up ready to volunteer. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided at their restoration events!

5.  Internships

New This Year:  The Macalester Internship Office is now creating a list of environmentally-related internships and sending them to the Environmental Studies office every other week.  The ES Office will forward this list to all Environmental Studies majors and minors, so please look for these in your email.

Other internship opportunities can be found at:

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