A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

October 17, 2017

Any upcoming events, job opportunities, conferences, 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.  Public Art Saint Paul Event – October 20
2.  “Activism and Resilience” Conference – November 10-12
3.  Internships with Impact
4.  Field Science Course with Ecoysystem Field Studies
5.  M.A. in Environmental Conservation at NYU
6.  Fellowship with Environment America
7.  Small Grant Available with Prairie Biotic Research
8.  Scholarships Available Through WTS Minnesota
9.  Sierra Club Legislative Action Nights
10.  M.A. and Ph.D. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at U of MN

1.  Public Art Saint Paul Event – October 20

On Friday, October 20, Public Art Saint Paul is planning a community symposium to bring together artists and scientists in the Twin Cities. The focus will be on innovative collaboration in the face of environmental challenges. We will have inspiring talks from guest speakers, workshops, and even a creative happy hour afterward. The symposium, called “Together,” is open to everyone, and includes a flower field tour on>Saturday, October 21.

Tickets are normally $30 and $15 for students, and scholarships are available upon request. The Eventbrite page describes Together: Artists and Scientists Building Community in greater detail.

2.  “Activism and Resilience:  Addressing Grand Challenges Through Public Affairs” Conference – November 10-12

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs is co-sponsoring the conference “Activism and Resilience:  Addressing Grand Challenges Through Public Affairs” on November 10-12, 2017.  Apply to attend this free student conference that will introduce you to the rewarding career of public service and the vital role that it plays in promoting activism and resilience in our communities.  Hear from faculty, students, alumni, and community members working in the field of public policy. Learn how to turn your passion for social justice into a career in public policy.

Participants will be undergraduate freshman, sophomores or juniors at a 2 or 4-year college or university with interest in the public sector. Preference will be given to Minnesota-based students but applications are welcome from students living outside of Minnesota. Preference will also be given to underrepresented students. All majors welcome.

3.  Internships with Impact

Impact is a team of organizers working on behalf of groups like PIRG and Environment America. They share a vision of a better future. It’s a future in which they understand that a healthy economy depends on a healthy environment, not the other way around. It’s one in which their markets are designed to serve consumers, not just corporations. And it’s one in which their democracy belongs to all of us, not just the powerful.  Proposals to roll back the Clean Water Rule, Clean Power Plan, and Clean Air Act threaten our clean air, clean water, and a greener, sustainable future. They are working to stop these rollbacks and defend bedrock environmental protections by building a “Green Firewall” in the Senate – 51 Senators who will commit to defend our core environmental protections.

Impact is looking for people to fill these internship positions:

  • Media Intern – Generate news content that will influence decision-makers and educate the public
  • Grassroots Intern – Engage citizens to demonstrate grassroots support for our cause
  • Events Intern – Coordinate visibility-building events throughout the semester

Apply online at weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html.
For more information, visit weareimpact.org.

4.  Field Science Course with Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem Field Studies is offering an amazing winter break 3 credit field science course.  This is an opportunity to apply classroom and textbook learning while immersed in a spectacular and transformative marine education setting.

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
  • Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico December 27, 2017 – January 16, 2018
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on scientific field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate academic transfer credits over winter-break
  • Join a diverse and exciting group of college students for a marine and coastal
    learning experience of a lifetime!

For all course information, visit EcoFS.org.

5.  M.A. in Environmental Conservation at NYU

New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Developments offers an MA in Environmental Conservation Education.  In 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. NYU’s focus on empowering people to create sustainable urban landscapes puts them at the forefront of environmental education.  Their interdisciplinary graduate curriculum draws on theory and practice to help you understand the role of education in protecting our environment.
It prepares you for environmental leadership in educational, nonprofit, and corporate settings in the United States and around the world.

For more information, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu/teachlearn/environmental.

6.  Fellowship with Environment America

Environment America focuses on timely, targeted action to win tangible improvements in the quality of our air, water, and places we love.  They are hiring their 2018 class of Environment America Fellows and Digital Campaigners to help run powerful campaigns for the environment.

The Fellowship program is a great entry point to environmental advocacy. During your 2-year fellowship, you will learn everything that you need to know to become an advocate for issues like stopping climate change, clean air and water and protecting our parks and wilderness areas. As a Digital Campaigner, you will assist their campaign team by running a powerful digital campaign to solve problems like global warming, fracking, and our reliance on fossil fuels.

If you are interested in applying, fill out an application.

7.  Small Grant Available with Prairie Biotic Research

Prairie Biotic Research (PBR) is an all-volunteer, scientific public charity established in 2000 to foster basic biotic research in prairies and savannas. One way they do this is through a competitive Small Grants Program that funds grants up to $1,500 to individuals for the study of any grassland taxon anywhere in the USA. They support both natural history and experimental science. They are especially eager to support independent researchers (those lacking institutional support), but anyone having a U.S. Social Security number may apply. Since 2002, They have awarded 275 grants worth $264,236 to people in 37 states to study insects, plants, mammals, reptiles, slime molds, mycorrhizal fungi, spiders, snails, amphibians, birds, fish, invasive species, effects of management, and the human dimensions of conservation.

To apply for a grant, visit prairiebioticresearch.org to learn more. Proposal are due via email by December 20, 2017.

8.  Scholarships Available Through WTS Minnesota

WTS Minnesota is pleased to offer three scholarships for women attending undergraduate or graduate program to encourage women’s pursuit of careers in transportation-related fields. The scholarships are competitive and are based on the applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record, and transportation-related activities or job skills. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Financial need is not a primary consideration.

Details and application materials are available at www.wtsinternational.org/minnesota/scholarships.

9.  Sierra Club Legislative Action Nights

Legislative Action Nights with the Sierra Club are held every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline!  This fall the Sierra Club is making calls to increase attendance at public meetings and encourage residents to call Governor Dayton.

No experience necessary.  They begin every week with a short training and a pizza party!  Click here to sign up!  Transportation from Mac will be provided if there is enough interest.

10.  M.A. and Ph.D. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at U of MN

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs offers an interdisciplinary Masters of Science and Ph.D. program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. This graduate studies program is ideal for students in STEM areas looking to expand their expertise to the realm of public policy.  This program’s graduates go on to influential work in governmental, private sector, and non-profit organizations, translating scientific expertise and systems thinking to policy analysis and advice.

Students can learn more about ongoing research and course offerings at their website. The STEP area is a rapidly growing community of interdisciplinary graduate students and researchers, studying issues from Energy and Climate Policy, to Sustainable Infrastructure, to Food and Water Policy.

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