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This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

January 28, 2014


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.  2014 Environmental Studies Distinguished Speaker - February 6
2.  Public Lecture on Fracking by Robert Jackson - January 30
3.  Environmental Internship and Career Fair - February 5
4.  School for Field Studies Campus Visit - February 7
5.  Global Engagement Studies Institute
6.  Summer Research Opportunity at USDA
7.  Graduate Degrees at Bard Center for Environmental Policy
8.  Eco-Informatics Summer Institute
9.  Jobs with Green Corps
10.  Earth Corps - Environmental Restoration Field Study
11.  66th Japan-America Student Conference
12.  19th Annual Building Bridges Conference - March 8
13.  Internships

1.  2014 Environmental Studies Distinguished Speaker - February 6

This year's Environmental Studies Distinguished Speaker will be Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment at the University of Delaware.  He will speak at the February 6th EnviroThursday from 12-1 p.m. in Olin-Rice 250.  The title of his presentation is "The Genius of Earth Day."

The first Earth Day had a power and freshness that are hard to imagine now.  Earth Day 1970 inspired the first green generation.  Earth Day 1970 also helped to build a lasting eco-infrastructure.  What made the event so powerful?  The story of the first Earth Day offers important lessons for environmentalists today.

Adam holds the Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment at the University of Delaware, where he teaches courses in environmental history and environmental non-fiction.  He is the author of two books: The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation (2013) and The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2001), which won the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner award.  From 2002 through 2005, he edited the journal Environmental History.

Please join us for this presentation.  Refreshments provided.

2.  Public Lecture on Fracking by Robert Jackson - January 30

"Fracking:  What We Know and Don’t Know About Its Impacts on Water"

Hydraulic fracturing – pumping water and chemicals deep underground to bring oil and natural gas to the surface – is one of the most controversial environmental issues in the U.S. today.  Supporters say the drilling technique is safe, has reduced energy prices and is making the U.S. far less dependent on imported oil. Critics of fracking say the technique is certain to lead to widespread pollution of drinking water supplies.

Robert Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford and Duke universities, and colleagues from Duke published the first peer-reviewed scientific papers on fracking and drinking water quality.

Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 30, for a free public lecture by Dr. Jackson It will take place at the Student Center of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

Dr. Jackson’s presentation will be the 14th lecture in a speaker series sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences. The series, now in its fifth year, honors the late Malcolm Moos, a former university president.

Register to attend the lecture at www.freshwater.org.

3.  Environmental Internship and Career Fair - February 5

Environmental Internship and Career Fair
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
1 - 5 p.m.
North Star Ballroom
St. Paul Student Center, Univ. of MN St. Paul Campus, 2017 Buford Avenue

Dress professionally and bring resumes.

Questions?  Contact Sharon Heron at sheron@umn.edu or 612-624-9421.

4.  School for Field Studies Campus Visit - February 7

Molly Parkan from the School for Field Studies (SFS) is coming to Macalester for a campus visit on Tuesday, February 11.  Contact Kelsey Schultz, kschult2@macalester.edu, 651-696-6300, from the International Center to find out more information about this visit.

5.  Global Engagement Studies Institute

Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University is a unique credit-bearing program that combines experiential-learning, study abroad, cultural immersion, and international work experience at dynamic, community-based organizations. GESI will equip you to:

  • Work directly with local communities and community organizations in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda 
  • Earn two Northwestern course credits (equivalent to six semester hours)
  • Live with a host family and immerse yourself in another culture for eight weeks
  • Work in teams of undergraduates to design and implement a development project in microfinance, social enterprise, education, environmental sustainability, global health, and more

To learn more about GESI, and how to apply, go to www.gesi.northwestern.edu.  Be sure to fill out their survey to receive more information.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Final deadline is March 1, 2014.   If you have questions and want to speak to a member of the GESI staff, please contact them at gesi@northwestern.edu or 847.491.5932.

6.  Summer Research Opportunity at USDA

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  This program is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.

The appointment period is for up to 10 weeks beginning May 27, 2014.  The participant will receive a stipend depending on education level and experience. The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education under an agreement with FDA and the Department of Energy (DOE).  Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

For additional information about this opportunity, NCTR or FDA, visit  www.orau.org/science-education/internships-scholarships-fellowships/description.aspx?JobId=14519

7.  Graduate Degrees at Bard Center for Environmental Policy

A policy career is about changing the rules of the game. Through government laws and regulations, and also within corporations, NGOs, and agencies, policies are the rules that incentivize behavior, sustainable or otherwise. From international treaties governing trade and investment, to national policies on energy, agriculture, and transport, to local zoning and transit regulations, to internal business and agency policies—getting rid of ineffective rules and putting better ones in place is critical for progress. Policy careers are for folks with patience, who understand how natural and social systems work, and who have strong analytical, writing, and communication skills.  Bard Center for Environmental Policy prepares students for these careers.

A business career is about playing the game. Within the confines of existing policies, sustainable business leaders set about solving social and environmental problems by creating profitable solutions and bringing them to scale. Solutions must be profitable to be financially sustainable and self-replicating, ensuring they spread quickly to seriously address the problem in question. A business career calls to people with impatience and a talent for building things, who—like policy leaders—have strong analytical, writing, and communication skills. The Bard MBA in Sustainability Program provides the training and language, enabling businesses to lead the change toward a sustainable future.

8.  Eco-Informatics Summer Institute

Eco-Informatics, an emerging discipline, integrates mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems.  Through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience, the EISI will provide interdisciplinary training for young scientists to help manage ecosystems in our technologically sophisticated, globalized world. The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) (eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu/)  will be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/) in the beautiful Oregon Cascade mountains.

WHO:  Undergraduate students from all over the US
WHAT:  Summer institute experience, stipend, and housing provided
WHEN:  June 16 – early August, 2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 15, 2014
WHERE:  HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on the McKenzie River and at OSU in Corvallis, OR
WEBSITE:  eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu

9.  Jobs with Green Corps

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information,  visit www.greencorps.org/findoutmore.

10.  Earth Corps - Environmental Restoration Field Study

Environmental Restoration Field Study
Field Studies in Geography (GES 446)
Waldo Canyon Fire Scar - Cheyenne Mountain - Kit Carson Peak, Colorado

Earth Corps is a selective field-based course that offers motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. The program is designed to integrate key lessons in environmental studies with the completion of multiple critical environmental restoration projects. Run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Earth Corps attracts exceptional students from across the nation to participate in this unique service learning opportunity.

Earth Corps was created to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to directly address a critical environmental threat while immersed in a backcountry wildland environment. This hands-on program combines environmental education with environmental stewardship through an intensive 6-week field study. For the duration of the program, participants live and work in a backcountry setting, complete long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 8,000-14,000+ feet, work effectively as a team, exercise the highest level of commitment and perseverance, and make enduring friendships. Students will develop key outdoor skills during the program and through their summits of Cheyenne Mountain, Challenger Point, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will practice and learn Leave No Trace, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management.

Earth Corps 2014 students will complete three environmental restoration projects in the following locations: Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, Cheyenne Mountain, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will gain field experience in restoration ecology. Students will learn about soil, vegetation, hydrology, land/recreation management, and other key aspects of land restoration. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive 4 hours of credit from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (GES 446: Field Studies in Geography).

2014 Program Dates:  June 30 - August 10

To Apply:  Go to www.rmfi.org.

Course Fee:  There is a course fee of $2,500. Please do not let the fee dissuade you from applying for the program as scholarships are available.

Application Deadline: Early deadline March 7, final deadline March 28. Participants announced April 18.

11.  66th Japan-America Student Conference

Apply now for a chance to engage in international dialogues on intriguing topics, including “Environmental Initiatives for a Sustainable Future,”at the 66th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC).  At JASC, a month-long, student-run conference, established in 1934, students will participate in one of seven roundtables to engage in deep group discussions.

On July 30, 2014, the 66th JASC will kick off in Des Moines, IA, then travel to San Francisco, CA, New York City, NY, and finally Washington, D.C. For more information regarding the 66th conference, please visit JASC’s main webpage (iscdc.org/jasc/2014/) and take a look at their infographic. You may also want to take a look at the S&R Scholarship, which provides funds for one delegate to attend. Please feel free to email them at jasc@iscdc.org with any questions you may have.

Apply now for this unique experience to learn, be challenged in your opinions, and grow as a leader. The early deadline is January 31, 2014, and the final deadline is March 1, 2014.

12.  19th Annual Building Bridges Conference - March 8

Van Jones, American environmentalist advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney, and Alexie Torres-Fleming, co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx Watershed Alliance, are this year's keynote speakers at the 19th Annual Building Bridges Conference titled "Disposable Communities? Demanding Environmental Justice.". This conference takes place on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Gustavus Adolphus College.

This student-led social justice conference is open to the public.  Tickets are required and may be purchased in advance.  For more information, visit gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges or call 507-933-7449.  Tickets can be ordered at gustavustickets.com or call 507-933-7520.

13.  Internships

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:  www.macalester.edu/internships/findinganinternship/index.html

Any questions regarding this newsletter or to be removed from the mailing list, contact Ann Esson at esson@macalester.edu.