A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

November 15, 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.  Day of Dedication – November 18
2.  Environment and Society Fellowship Through UMBC
3.  Grants from MCSG for Graduate School Test Costs
4.  Internships with Second Harvest Heartland
5.  Scholarships Available Through NOAA

1.  Day of Dedication – November 18

On November 18, from 12 pm to 3 pm, Sunrise will host a gathering in the rotunda of the state capitol called the “Day of Dedication” where we will present our Climate Legacy Time Capsule and also dedicate ourselves and our elected officials to climate action. The event will focus on giving attendees the chance to create and add letters and art pieces to go into the time capsule, which will also be submitted as public comment for the Line 3 Pipeline hearing. People’s submissions to the time capsule should be about what they love and have to lose to climate change. We hope to have the largest attendance numbers around 2 pm, when we will have speakers from partnering groups and will have a ceremony to dedicate the time capsule.

We will use video and photography to record the event and people’s submissions to the time capsule. We will also offer elected officials and governor’s race candidates the opportunity to add climate-related action commitments to the capsule. The Climate Legacy time capsule will be buried in the spring, to be dug up in 50 years.

Please email Elena Santarella (esantare@macalester.edu) if you are interested in the Day of Dedication or have connections to an organization (churches, environmental orgs, community groups, etc.). that might be interested in helping us recruit people to attend

Information about Sunrise can be found at their website.

2.  Environment and Society Fellowship Through UMBC

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) invites outstanding applicants to apply for their Environment and Society Fellowship. Fellows will receive one year of departmental support, which includes full living stipend, health insurance, and full tuition remission. Fellows will also receive up to an additional four years of full-time support in the form of a teaching assistantship. We welcome applicants from across the natural and social sciences.

Interested applicants should visit faculty websites to learn more about our department faculty, their diverse research interests, and to contact potential mentors prior to applying.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems is a multi-disciplinary department with an emphasis on examining the dynamic relationship between social and natural processes. Our Department recognizes that human-environment relationships encompass a wide range of political, cultural, chemical, biological, economic, and atmospheric phenomena, and we are committed to integrative research and graduate training that reflects the current complexity of environmental issues today.

The Department offers graduate programs leading to M.S. and/or Ph.D degrees. Both Master’s and Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission to our graduate program is February 1, 2018. Applications can be completed online at the UMBC Graduate School,

3.  Grants from MCSG for Graduate School Test Costs

Macalester’s MCSG recently passed a bill to assist students with graduate school test costs.  Each semester up to 25 $100 grants will be made to juniors and seniors.  Students with high financial need are especially encouraged to apply.  The application will be available at the beginning of each semester on the MCSG webpage,

4.  Internships with Second Harvest Heartland

Second Harvest Heartland is beginning their hiring process for their Spring 2018 cohort of interns.  They offer several stipended internships focused on issues of food access, public health, and community outreach. Interns work directly with clients and community partners, developing communication skills, gaining knowledge of federal food and nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP, and engaging in professional development opportunities such as resume workshops and networking with professionals in the non-profit sector. They encourage students from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds to apply.

Questions?  Contact Kate Abram, 651-209-7910, kabram@2harvest.org.

5.  Scholarships Available Through NOAA

Message from Rebecca Krasky ’19:

Hey sophomores! The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. It’s open for majors in any of the fields NOAA works, which include environmental studies/science, biology, physics, meteorology, math, geography, and teacher education. The application requires two professor recommendation letters, a few essay questions, a transcript, and resume, and it’s due January 31, 2018, so I’d advise asking for recommendations before winter break. Check their website for more details. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.  I’m happy to try to answer them.

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