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This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

February 13, 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.  Message from ES Majors Akilah Sanders-Reed and Harrison Beck
2.  Watershed Summit 2014 - February 22
3.  Environmental America Fellow - Representative on Campus February 14
4.  Research Opportunity at Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout
5.  Interdisciplinary Research Opportunity
6.  Job Opportunity at Middlebury School of the Environment
7.  Colorado Ecosystems Field Studies
8. Summer Field Courses in Alaska
9.  Internships

1.  Message from ES Majors Akilah Sanders-Reed and Harrison Beck

Fellow ES Majors and Minors,

The gaze of the environmental movement is turning towards Minnesota for the next few months. With the KXL decision set for March in Washington, Enbridge has applied for an expansion of their Alberta-Clipper Line 67 pipeline which runs from the tar sands in Canada to Duluth, Minnesota. If their expansion is passed, the Alberta-Clipper would be larger than Keystone would ever be! Further, should this pipeline pass, it would catalyze the rapid expansion of extraction in the tar sands, allowing TransCanada and Enbridge to dig up the Boreal forrest and access our planet's biggest fossil fuel reserve. Many climate scientists and economists have pointed to the tar sands fight as the make or break point in the climate fight.

We, in St. Paul, have been given a unique opportunity to fight this potential disaster. With the capitol at our doorstep and an April 3, 2014, hearing set for the state congress to make their decision, it's our imperative to show the government and fossil fuel corporations what's what.

To get involved come to MPIRG meetings on Tuesday nights at 10:00 in cc 215 or talk to Akilah Sanders-Reed or Harrison Beck. 

2.  Watershed Summit 2014 - February 22

Watershed Summit 2014: New Management Strategies & Targets for Water Quality & Quantity

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Normandale Community College Partnership Center

There are momentous land use decisions playing out across Minnesota and the Nation for which a better understanding of surface and subsurface water interaction is essential. The state has identified the need for Groundwater Management to assure sustainable aquifers to meet Minnesota’s water needs and for Nitrogen and Nutrient Reduction Strategies and targets to halt pollutant loads to our rivers and the Gulf.

Groundwater management impacts for potential mining projects, silica sand mining, well intervention and adequate water for business, irrigation and drinking will touch all of us. Moreover, Water Conservation planning will be critical to sustaining adequate aquifer levels. Full-functioning wetlands serve as sponges during major storms and for release during droughts. Is the State factoring the significant functional values of Wetlands into mitigation plans?

Please join them on February 22, 2014, for the 2014 Watershed Summit at Normandale Community College. This 9th Summit sponsored by the Izaak Walton League begins with Perry Jones, USGS, on groundwater, Jason Moeckel, DNR, DNR’s Groundwater Management Plan and Water Conservation Program, Wayne Anderson, MPCA, on Nitrogen and Nutrient Reduction Strategies and LGU perspectives from involved stakeholders. The afternoon will focus on Wetland monitoring for water quality and quantity by MPCA & DNR followed by the NE Wetland Mitigation Strategy from Doug Norris, Mark Gernes and a NGO perspective from Jill Bathke, MCEA. Your questions and perspectives are welcome to guide Minnesota toward robust strategies and targets.

For more information and to order tickets go to minnesotaikes.org.

3.  Environment America Fellow - Representative on Campus Feb. 14

Become an Environment America Fellow: Fight for a green future. Learn what it takes to win.
 
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, they 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.  Their 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 jobs.environmentamerica.org.  Early application deadline is Sunday, February 23, 2014.
 
And if you’re not graduating this year, apply to be an Environment Minnesota intern – you’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career.

Samantha Chadwick from Environment America will be on campus this Friday, February 14, tabling in the Campus Center collecting petitions against the PolyMet mine another sulfide mines proposed near the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. Please stop byand sign a petition!

Environment Minnesota will also be at the upcoming MN Private Colleges Career Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center Wednesday, February 26, and will hopefully meet some Macalester students there!

-Samantha Chadwick

4.  Research Opportunity at Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout

You have an opportunity to participate in a new summer research internship with the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. 

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 15-August 8), with projects in sociology, microbiology, economics, geology, anthropology, mathematics, or communications.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. 

This program prioritizes under-represented students, pairing them with mentors in individual projects that collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our political economy, our social networks, and our ecosystems.  The deadline to submit applications for the 2014 summer program is March 1, 2014.  Complete program information can be found at www.uwstout.edu/lakes.

Questions can be directed to me at: lakes@uwstout.edu

5.  Interdisciplinary Research Opportunity

Interdisciplinary Research on Human Impacts in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem - June 1 to August 9, 2014

Their 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program will provide ten undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of humans in the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU students will participate in an interdisciplinary cooperative model that promotes integrated thinking across disciplines within and between the natural and social sciences.

For more information, please visit www.uvm.edu/~ecolab/?Page=REU.html.  To apply, visit www.uvm.edu/~epscor/new02/?q=node/1899.  Applications are due March 1, 2014.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to Jason Stockwell at jdstockw@uvm.edu

6.  Job Opportunity at Middlebury School of the Environment

Middlebury School of the Environment
Administrative Program Assistant

The Middlebury School of the Environment is a six-week summer program of study based at Middlebury’s main campus in Vermont.  We are currently accepting applications for a staff position with the School for this coming summer.  The position – Administrative Program Assistant – is primarily associated with logistic support for the curriculum and residential support for the students.  This would be a great opportunity for a recent graduate who has interests in environmental studies, education, or residential advising, and who is interested in gaining work experience in these areas.

If you can, please pass this information along to any of your graduating or recently graduated students.  More information about the position and application process can be obtained at http://apply.interfolio.com/23794 or by writing to me directly  at trombulak@middlebury.edu

Also, we still have spaces available for students in the program.  This School runs from June 20 to August 1, and emphasizes an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum in environmental studies that includes a focus on leadership training.  The courses are credit bearing through Middlebury College, and financial aid is available.  Interested students can learn more about the School at www.middlebury.edu/environment or by writing to me at the email address above.

7.  Colorado Ecosystems Field Studies

2014 SUMMER 3-CREDIT FIELD COURSES

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies  (June 4-20)
      Study, SCUBA dive, & snorkel on the Mexican Caribbean Coast.

Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies (July 13-29, Aug 7-23)
        Study, hike, & camp in the the Rocky Mountains.

Benefits:

  • You will gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research.
  • You will earn 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.Apply your classroom/textbook learning while immersed in an incredible & active ecosystem setting!
  • It is accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program.
  • It is conducted by Ecosystem Field Studies.

For detailed course info visit: www.ecofs.org.  For any further questions email Steve Johnson, Course Director at steve@ecofs.org   

8.  Summer Field Courses in Alaska

The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with seasonal offices in Portland, Oregon and classrooms in the towns, oceans, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.

Rigorous academics focus on the development of a sense of place and passion for civic engagement, and a sound knowledge of the Pacific coastal rainforest. Students can earn up to 12 units of credit and leave empowered to explore their surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as active and informed citizens.

Traveling through the islands that make up Southeast’s Alexander Archipelago provides students with the opportunity to build outdoor leadership and technical skills. Lectures and assignments delve into topics ranging from salmonid ecology to contemporary timber management. Innovative curricula teach scientific curiosity and civic engagement in ways that students can take home and practice, building a field course into a lifelong passion for wild learning.

Tatoosh School students become field scientists by participating in several established long-term ecological research programs together with our partners. These exciting projects provide students the opportunity to apply their understandings of Southeast’s dynamic terrestrial, riparian, and nearshore marine ecosystems while contributing to a valuable body of scientific data that is, in turn, used to inform management decisions across the region.

Learn more and apply at http://tatooshschool.org.  Questions?  Contact the School (peter@tatooshschool.org).

9.  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.