Consortium Circular • Fall 2009


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Pace University Students to Take Part in "How Green Is My Town?"

Pace University students are taking part in a national initiative which aims to find out how green towns are across the country. Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies has partnered with Grassroots Environmental Education to bring the program to Westchester County. Designed to give local citizens and decision makers the tools they need to bring about meaningful and lasting change, students will conduct interviews and, using a point system, reveal how green a town is. While students gain valuable experience, towns in turn will benefit from new information and ideas for sustainability. Visit HowGreenIsMyTown.org for more information.

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CONSORTIUM NEWS

Hinchey to Deliver Keynote at Consortium Annual Meeting - Nov. 13th, Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education

SCHOLARLY CORNER

Audubon International Launches Two New Sustainability Websites

Changing Hudson Project Website Redesigned and Updated, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

OPPORTUNITIES

New York State Water Resources Institute Watershed Protection Research Grant

Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship

2010 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates , Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

PT Teaching Positions in Chemistry, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS

Purchase College, School of Natural & Social Sciences Fall 2009 Lecture Series - "The Modern American City: Can We Ever Make It Sustainable?" & "The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights From Non-Human Primates" - October 29th & November 4th

Creating a Hudson Hills and Highlands Living Landscape, Beacon Institute's CEIE at Denning's Point - October 29th

Green vs. Greenwashing, Conservation Cafe at Pace University - October 30th

Helping People, Planet and Economy...It Matters, Dan Bena of Pepsico at Iona College - November 4th

Environmental History: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human uses, The Hudson River Environmental Society - November 5 & 6th

In the Wake of the Half Moon: Environmental Transformation of the New York Metropolitan Region 1609-2109, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities - November 16th

CONSORTIUM NEWS

Hinchey to Deliver Keynote at Consortium Annual Meeting - Nov. 13th, Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education

On November 13-14, the Consortium's 6th Annual Meeting will take place at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is confirmed to give the evening keynote on Friday, November 13th. Other meeting keynotes include Peter G. Brown, professor of geography at McGill University and author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy and John Cronin, CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries.

Faculty and Student Symposia: A forum for presentations/displays/posters will be provided for faculty and students to showcase their work on both Friday and Saturday, November 13-14. Abstracts due October 30th. All disciplines invited!

Interactive Roundtables: Humanities Approaches to the Environment, Sustainability Across the Curriculum , Pre-College Education on the Environment, Collaborative Working with the Community, How do you Teach the Hudson When You Can't Get To It?, Environmental Studies and Digital Media , Local Watersheds and Teaching In/On the River.

Workshops and Field Trips: Workshops on Saturday include boat building, K-12 "learning naturally" and student summer opportunities. Field trips and on-site tours in/around Vassar College will be available as well.

Early registration discount ends October 30th. Registration information and full conference details online.


SCHOLARLY CORNER

Audubon International Launches Two New Sustainability Websites

Audubon International, an independent environmental education nonprofit headquartered in the Capital Region, is pleased to announce the launch of two websites designed to serve as resources for fostering more sustainable communities.  The Community Initiative website was created to help share ideas, resources, tools, and examples of more sustainable community plans, policies, and practices.   The Eco-Development Initiative website was created to leverage innovation and best management practices and help create models for the proper siting, design, construction, and management of new developments.  Ideas for resources to be posted can be sent to audubon@auduboninternational.org.

Changing Hudson Project Website Redesigned and Updated, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
The Changing Hudson Project website of the Cary Institute has been redesigned and updated to include more lessons, more recent data, and a simulation of how climate change will affect Tivoli marsh. 
Visit http://www.ecostudies.org/chp.html.

OPPORTUNITIES

New York State Water Resources Institute Watershed Protection Research Grant

The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP) invite New York's higher education faculty to submit research or outreach proposals that will contribute to better watershed management in New York State. The primary objective of this program is to bring innovative science to watershed planning and management. Proposals that support the strategic goals of the DEC HREP are encouraged since HREP helps fund the WRI grants program. Many of the HREP goals are relevant to other regions of New York State and there is no geographic requirement that the proposed work be conducted within the Hudson River Estuary or its watershed. Applications are due to WRI by 5 pm on November 23rd. Details.

Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship
The Mohonk Preserve is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities with the availability of up to
$10,000 for stipends. Individuals having Masters, PhD, or post doctoral projects, or professional
proposals for independent research will be reviewed. These fellowships are made possible through
funding from The Loewy Family Foundation. 

The Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center (DSRC) is a biological field research facility that currently engages 40 Research Associates from 15 institutions in studies that document and explain long-term environmental change on the Shawangunk Ridge. The DSRC is currently seeking fellows to continue long-term baseline studies, conduct threat studies and monitoring projects in priority areas for use in land management planning at the Mohonk Preserve. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2009.  For more information, visit the Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship Program webpage or contact: Paul Huth, Director of Research, Daniel Smiley Research Center, (845) 255-5969, email, research@mohonkpreserve.org.

2010 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Now entering its 23rd year, the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides 10 students an opportunity to conduct quality research in ecology at a well-established research institute. Students receive a stipend of $5,100 for their participation in the program, which runs for 12-weeks from the end of May to mid August. We provide housing for students for the entire summer plus a food allowance of $600. Students of diverse backgrounds come from all parts the country to participate in the program. REU students stay in a small dormitory, Bacon Flats, located on our campus, just next door to the Plant Science Building and the Likens Laboratory where students conduct much of their work. Application Deadline: February 5, 2010. Details.

PT Teaching Positions in Chemistry, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
The Natural Sciences and Mathematics department at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, is seeking to hire qualified candidates to teach the following courses: (i) an introductory general chemistry course and (ii) an introductory chemistry laboratory course. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting, and demonstrate the ability or interest in teaching basic chemical principles through contexts such as environment or health and in a seminar, discussion-based, format. Minimum qualification-Advanced PhD student in Chemistry or a closely related discipline. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level preferred.

Application materials should include a cover letter that indicates which course(s) you would like to teach, a CV, a statement of your teaching philosophy, a course proposal, and names of three references. Please send application materials to langscience@newschool.edu with "Chemistry search" as the subject heading.

Information on Eugene Lang College can be found at: www.newschool.edu/lang. Information on courses and the curriculum offered by the Natural Sciences and Mathematics department can be found at: http://www.newschool.edu/lang/courses-subpage.aspx?id=596.

UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS

Purchase College, School of Natural & Social Sciences Fall 2009 Lecture Series - "The Modern American City: Can We Ever Make It Sustainable?" & "The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights From Non-Human Primates" - October 29th & November 4th

On Thursday, October 29, at 7:00pm, Professor Kimberly A. Gray of Northwestern University will deliver a lecture entitled, "The Modern American City: Can We Ever Make It Sustainable?" Kimberly Gray holds appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University. She is also the director of the Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy Program. Her research focuses on the development of photoactive materials for energy applications, and on the fate of chemicals in environmental systems. She works closely with the Chicago Legal Clinic to provide technical expertise to solve environmental problems for low-income urban communities. 

Following Professor Gray’s lecture, on Thursday, November 5, at 7:00pm, Professor Laurie Santos of Yale University will deliver a lecture entitled, "The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights From Non-Human Primates."  Laurie Santos is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.  Her research explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of human and non-human primates. The research employs elements of evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience to understand reasoning and learning. 

Lectures are free and open to the public.  Both lectures are located Room 1001 of the Natural Sciences Building, Purchase College.  For more information, please contact the School of Natural and Social Sciences at (914) 251-6631, visit the School of Natural and Social Sciences Lecture Series page, or email sciences@purchase.edu.

Creating a Hudson Hills and Highlands Living Landscape, Beacon Institute's CEIE at Denning's Point - October 29th
Beacon Institute is proud to partner with Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks to present distinguished scientist and conservation leader Fred Koontz, Ph.D., speaking about "Creating a Hudson Hills and Highlands Living Landscape" on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:00pm at the CEIE at Denning's Point in Beacon, NY. Join forces with others across the bioregion to strengthen motivation to conserve and protect the biodiversity and ecological services that nature provides us -- essential actions for sustainable living.
Seating is limited, please pre-register online to attend.

Green vs. Greenwashing, Conservation Cafe at Pace University - October 30th
What is the truth about "going green" versus what is just cleverly packaged "spin" that can mislead consumers in the green products industry? Students, environmental advocacy groups, business administrators and buyers, sustainability coordinators, and the public are invited to attend this informative program that separates the facts from the fabrication. Speakers include Angelo Spillo, Director of Pace University Environmental Center; Patricia J. Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education; Dr. Larry Bridwell, Professor and Chair of the Graduate Management and International Business Programs at Pace University; and Lea Cullen, Westchester County Parks Sustainability Coordinator. Beginning at 8:00am; reservations are requested. Please call (914)-864-7047 by Wednesday, October 28th to confirm attendance or find directions. Details.

Helping People, Planet and Economy...It Matters, Dan Bena of Pepsico at Iona College - November 4th
Dan Bena, Director of Sustainable Development for the International Division of PepsiCo, will address a variety of "green" issues including the role of business in ensuring sustainability and water as a human right at a special presentation, 6:45pm, November 4 at Iona College, 750 North Avenue, New Rochelle. The discussion will take place in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.  The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Fredrica Rudell, Chair, Department of Marketing and International Business at frudell@iona.edu or (914) 637-2748).  Visit the Iona College website for news and details.

Environmental History: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology; Ecology that Changed Human Uses, The Hudson River Environmental Society - November 5 & 6th
This conference, two years in preparation, will examine how human activities over 400 years, as well as the preceding 10,000 years, directly and indirectly impacted ecological well being of the Hudson River.  Twenty-four scholars will discuss water quality and flow, changing animal and plant populations, forestry and agriculture, extractive, manufacturing, and power industries, and transportation, as well as responses to these activities in the Hudson River School of Art and Hudson River literature.  Noted Hudson Historian, Tom Lewis, Skidmore College, will speak at dinner.  Please visit the Hudson River Environmental Society website for conference details and registration.  Early registration discount ends October 28th.

In the Wake of the Half Moon: Environmental Transformation of the New York Metropolitan Region 1609-2109, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities - November 16th
The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities is happy to announce a Henry Hudson Quadricentennial Conference titled In the Wake of the Half Moon: Environmental Transformation of the New York Metropolitan Region 1609-2109.   The conference will be held at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse on Monday, November 16th, and features prominent speakers on a variety of regional environmental issues of critical importance.  Details and registration are available on-line at CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.  The event includes lunch and coffee.  Author Robert Sullivan will be our special lunchtime speaker.
 
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