Consortium Merit Scholarships - Applications Now Being Accepted
Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship
Pace Law School is pleased to partner with the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities to announce the "Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship" award to a fall 2010 entering student who is either currently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelors or masters degree from one of the member institutions and has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson Valley. Scholarship benefits consist of a merit scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 towards law school tuition, depending upon the student's qualifications and Pace's financial resources. Visit the Consortium website for details.
The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship
The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. and the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities are pleased to announce the 2010 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship. This merit scholarship, in the amount of $3,500, is offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. This scholarship is available to students enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year, in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree (sophomore standing or higher) or graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium. The scholarship is also available to community college students in their second year who have been accepted into a four-year accredited member institution of the Environmental Consortium and will be enrolled in the award year. The eligible applicant's major shall be in an area of environmental studies such as but not limited to ecology, hydrology, conservation biology, natural resource management, zoology, or environmental law and policy. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2010. Full details and application form are available online.
River Summer 2010 - Sustainability and the Built Environment in the Hudson River Valley
As the River Summer Task Force examines 'Sustainability' we consider what drives our decision making and how that plays out in the Hudson Valley in politics, economics, ethics, technology, our natural environment and our social structure. For example, green technology, green building, and community farming might be part of our every day conversations but what stands in the way of turning this into reality? As we focus our planning for River Summer 2010 we encourage your involvement on the planning team, an instructor or a student in this years' experience which will run through the month of July. Contact Margie Turrin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Kenna (email@example.com) for more information or to participate. For more information on the program, please visit www.riversummer.org.
5th Annual Student Summit: Save the Date - Friday April 9th
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will host this year's Student Summit. Students from around the region will be invited to network with each other and hear from compelling speakers in the region on timely environmental issues. Dinner included, no fee to attend. Stay tuned for details!
7th Annual Consortium Meeting and Conference: Save the Date - October 15-16, 2010
The Environmental Consortium's 7th annual meeting will be held at Rockland County Community College in Suffern, New York on October 15-16th. Focusing on the Hudson Valley foodshed and the future of a sustainable food movement in the Hudson Valley Region, this conference will explore a wide range of topics from local farm perspectives to curriculum, ethics, dining service practices, and . The agenda will include an historical overview of the region's farms and the challenges of supply/demand. To highlight research, scholarship, and other academic products in the region (not limited to food or agriculture), a poster session for faculty and students will take place on Saturday, October 16th.
Bard College to Offer MS Degree in Climate Science and Policy
Bard Center for Environmental Policy now offers a Master's degree in Climate Science and Policy. This new degree will help to provide the trained workforce critical for businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments at all levels as they face the increasing challenges posed by climate change. The program hopes to offer six generous NSF fellowships to students entering this program in the Fall of 2010, 2011, and 2012, including 100% tuition support and a $15,000 stipend during the first year of study. We will receive notification of these awards in March. Applications are due April 1, 2010. Please visit Bard's website, call 845-758-7071, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
James S. Bonner, Ph.D., P.E., Named Chief Research and Education Officer at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Beacon Institute has announced that James S. Bonner, Ph.D., P.E., has been named Chief Research and Education Officer. "Innovation is our future," said John Cronin, the Institute's Director and CEO. "Dr. James Bonner has unparalleled experience to lead a 21st century program of innovation development and training that ranges from the laboratory to New York's rivers, and from middle school to post graduate studies." For more information, read press release.
Beacon Institute Featured in "Mad Science: Making Water Smarter" Video
Beacon Institute, Clarkson University and REON are featured in a new video titled Mad Science: Making Water Smarter. This humorous new video in IBM's "Smarter Planet" series stars IBM blogger Tim Washer and IBM Fellow John Cohn from Discovery Channel's "The Colony." Washer and Cohn visit the Champlain Water District, which supplies IBM's semiconductor manufacturing site with water, to see how it uses sensors to monitor particle levels. View video.
Climate Change Law: Mitigation and Adaptation (West 2009)
This casebook by Pace University Professor Nicholas A. Robinson and his co-authors, examines climate change law using primary source materials, commentary, and problem exercises. The authors integrate climate science and policy throughout the book. Reducing global and U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change receive approximately equal treatment. Mitigation is covered in chapters on the probable post-Kyoto regime, energy law and policy, national and state law, theory and practice of economic instruments (such as cap and trade and carbon taxes), and carbon sequestration. Adaptation is addressed in ecosystem, sectoral, regional, and human settlement chapters. More details.
A River's Pleasure: Essays in Honor of John Cronin (Pace University Press 2009)
In this collection of essays, a range of writers-among them scientists, activists, scholars and clergymen-describe John Cronin's life and work, offering a unique glimpse into his extraordinary contribution to protecting our water resources. "A River's Pleasure" was co-edited by Michelle D. Land and Susan Fox Rogers to commemorate Cronin's 35 years protecting the environment. Book contributors include legendary singer/songwriter Pete Seeger, The New Yorker profile writer Alec Wilkinson, environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., New York Times reporter Anthony DePalma, New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, the Rev. Canon Jeff Golliher, children's book author/photographer George Ancona, and many others who have influenced or been influenced by John's work. More details.
Call for Posters: Dominican College Undergraduate Research Symposium for Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering
Dominican College will host the Third Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium for Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Rosary Hall. Abstracts are currently being accepted and must be submitted by April 1, 2010. All abstracts must be limited to 200 words and be submitted electronically as an attachment to: email@example.com. A confirmation of receipt will be emailed to authors. A $15.00 registration fee will cover the cost of the symposium, breakfast, and lunch. If you are a professor and are interested in becoming a judge, please email Dr. Madeline Mignone, Assistant Professor of Biology at Dominican College (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive further information. Please be sure to include your name, address, and area of interest. For more information, visit Dominican's website.
ESF Seminar: "Integrating Science and Stewardship in the Adirondacks"
Beginning with an understanding of the Adirondack Park model of a mosaic of public and private lands, participants will discuss balancing individual and community priorities and the associated expectations for human and ecosystem management, land use ethics and stewardship. The ethical principles inherent to each of these aspects will provide a framework for learning about the intersection between values and science. The seminar residency is August 16-20, 2010 at the Adirondack Ecological Center on the Huntington Wildlife Forest, Newcomb, NY. During May-July, participants will complete selected readings and class communication via electronic means in advance of the residency. Registration is first-come, first-served and will be capped at 20 participants. Non-SUNY ESF students should contact Terry Sakowski at the Office of Outreach and Continuing Education at email@example.com to register for EFB 497 Section 2(Class#36461).
Scholarship Opportunity: N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Fund
N.G. Kaul was a former Director of the Division of Water and long-time employee of NYSDEC. His distinguished career also included positions with NYC and USEPA. He died in February 2004 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. To honor N.G.'s memory and legacy, the N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2006. Once again this year the Scholarship Fund will be offering a total of $2,500 in scholarships to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science who show a commitment to government service. Scholarship Applications are available on the NYWEA Scholarship website at http://nywea.org/schol/NGKaul.cfm. Completed application must be submitted no later than February 28, 2010.
Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates at Mohonk Preserve - Summer 2010
Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY is offering our 2010 Vince Schaefer Research Internship and our 2010 Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship:
2010 Schaefer Research Internship - Interns will join the Mohonk Preserve Research staff to sample a wide variety of nature study, be a part of an exciting research community, work closely with researchers, educators and land stewardship professionals, utilize GIS & GPS technology, have access to decades of data and library collections, and develop and complete an individualized research project. The internship will start in June and last until mid-August. The deadline for admission is March 15, 2010. College freshmen & sophomores are eligible. Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $3,200. Housing is also available on an as-needed and space available basis. To apply, please send a copy of your resume, cover letter which clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain as part of career goals, your transcript, and two letters of recommendation to: Paul C. Huth, Director of Research, Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center, 1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561. For additional details, please visit The Mohonk Preserve's website.
2010 Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship -
Interns will join the Mohonk Preserve Land Stewardship staff to assist with basic ranger duties, promote visitor safety and enjoyment, assist in trail and road design, construction, repair, monitor overuse and other impacts on the land, complete boundary line inspection and reporting, and assist with conservation easement monitoring. Interns are responsible for a written report summarizing their work, experiences gained, and tangible accomplishments. The internship will start in June and last until mid-August. The deadline for admission is March 15, 2010. College juniors & seniors are eligible. Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $3,200. Housing is also available on an as-needed and space available basis. To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter which clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain as part of career goals, your transcript, and two letters of recommendation to: Hank Alicandri, Director of Land Stewardship/Head Ranger, Mohonk Preserve, P.O. Box 715, New Paltz, NY 12561. For additional details, please visit The Mohonk Preserve's website.
New York City Brownfield Internship Program
To students who are seriously interested in Brownfield redevelopment, pursuing an education in the Brownfield industry, or pursuing a career in the Brownfield business, The Internship Program for Brownfield Studies is intended for you! Positions are offered throughout the year on a rolling basis.
To be eligible for the Brownfield Internship Program, applicants must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited school in NYC pursuing a degree related to brownfields including environmental engineering, environmental or geosciences such as geology or hydrology, environmental policy, environmental planning, environmental justice, environmental law, real estate, sustainable development, or industrial hygiene. Applications will be accepted from January 2010 to April 2010 on a rolling basis. Information and applications are available online at the NYC Brownfield Partnership's website.
U.S. EPA Announces Requests for Proposals for Funding Available through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program
EPA has released a Request for Proposals announcing the availability of funds and soliciting from eligible entities project proposals to receive financial assistance through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant program. CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. The CARE grant program works with the eligible entities to help their communities form collaborative partnerships, develop an understanding of the many local sources of toxic pollutants and environmental risks, set priorities, and identify and carry out projects to reduce risks through collaborative action at the local level. CARE's long-term goal is to help communities build self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve human health and local environments into the future. Application closing date: 4 p.m. on March 9, 2010. To view the full RFP, see www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html. For more information about the CARE program, see www.epa.gov/care for additional information about the CARE program, including an online grant writing tutorial to further educate potential applicants about this RFP.
USGS National Grants
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topics of water supply and water availability, including investigations of possible new sources of supply, improvement of impaired waters to usable quality, conservation of existing sources, and limiting growth in demand. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Proposals must be filed by Wednesday, April 7, 2010 and must be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program by April 21, 2010 by the Institute or Center through which they were submitted. For further information, see: https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP
Public Comment Period: Draft Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program has released the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014 for public comment. You can find the Draft Action Agenda online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5104.html . Written comments on the draft may be submitted until COB February 22, 1010. Comments can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include the words "Draft Action Agenda" in the subject line) or by mail addressed to : Action Agenda, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYSDEC Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. For more information on the Estuary Program, visit the website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html
SUNY Ulster County Community College Hosts Dr. Marc van Roosmalen - Opportunity for Regional Collaborations
SUNY Ulster County Community College was awarded a grant from the Scholar Rescue Fund to bring the world-famous primatologist and environmental activist Dr. Marc van Roosmalen from Brazil to the Hudson Valley in a few months. Stories about Dr. van Roosmalen's work, his troubles with the Brazilian government, and his C.V. can be viewed on his website. SUNY Ulster is currently looking to other colleges and universities in the Hudson Valley who may be interested in having Dr. van Roosmalen speak on their campuses or collaborate with interested biologists and environmental scientists. Dr. van Roosmalen will be at the College from May 2010 until September 2011. For more information, please contact Richard Cattabiani, Director of International Programs (email@example.com) at (845) 687-5135.
UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities Colloquia Series "Turning the Tide: New York's Waterfront in Transition" - Begins February 24
Each piece of the new "Manhattan Waterfront Greenway" is assembled from parts of Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, restored Harlem River parks, and tiny Stuyvesant Cove Park - each symbolic of historic and contemporary struggles between land owners, community groups, politicians, lawyers, and everyone with an investment in the project. In other areas of the city, like Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, Governors Island, the South Bronx Greenway, Pelham Bay South Waterfront Park, and Gateway National Recreation Area projects are still under construction. This series of colloquiums will address selected topics and issues relating to what has been achieved and what remains to be done to continue the transformation of New York's waterfronts.
Wednesday, February 24 - "Opening Out Toward the Water:" The Big Picture
Wednesday, March 17 - Waterfront Parks: Old, New, Green, Blue
Wednesday, April 7 - Seizing Opportunities: Waterfront Works in Progress
Wednesday, April 28 - Reviving the Estuary: Science and Education
Details online at www.cunysustainablecities.org.
Iona College "The Berry Series: Exploring the Vision and Challenge of Thomas Berry With Dr. Daniel Martin" - Begins February 24
Daniel Martin is Founder and President of Cross River Connections (CRC), a training and consulting project for personal, organizational and social change and of International Communities for the Renewal of the Earth (ICRE), which convenes creative conversations around issues of our time, fostering an ecological spirituality as the basis for a creative and sustainable society.
Wednesday, February 24 - Session I: The New Story and the Ecological Age
Wednesday, March 24 - Session II: Finding a Way Forward
Saturday, April 24 - The Berry Forum: Opening to The Great Work of Our Time - An Earth Day Convocation
Hudson Valley Science Cafe Lecture Series - Begins February 24
The Hudson Valley Science Cafe is a monthly meeting of individuals conducted at Diana's, located at 1015 Little Britain Road (Route 207), New Windsor (just east of Stewart Newburgh Airport, on the opposite side of the road from the airport entrance). The objective of each meeting is to learn about and discuss scientific issues of interest. Topics range from climate and weather to diet and health, among many others! The 2010 series begins on February 24th with "Traffic-related exposure and health effects." For more information visit www.cafescientifique.org/hudsonvalley.htm. To be added to email list, or to suggest speakers, please contact Dr. Toby Rossman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New York Academy of Sciences "Emerging Infectious Diseases in Response to Climate Change" Symposium - March 2
At the New York Academy of Sciences, on March 2, 2010, the "Emerging Infectious Diseases in Response to Climate Change" symposium will seek to examine the complex relationship between the climate, environment, and infectious diseases. Experts in climate change, climate policy, emerging infectious diseases and public health will discuss the relevant and pressing issues that we as a global community face, and possible solutions that can be instituted. For further information, visit New York Academy of Science's website.
New Rochelle Science Cafe: Cosmic Collisions with Heidi B. Hammel, Ph.D., Chair, Space Science Institute - March 4
Science cafes are gaining momentum across America - now New Rochelle will host its own, at the library and various local restaurants. Like events in other major cities, the New Rochelle Science Cafe will involve lively conversations with renowned and "accessible" scientists about current science topics. Open to everyone, the events are designed to be informal, welcoming gatherings with inclusive discussions in plain language. No experience is necessary! Scientists and non-scientists are encouraged to participate in the monthly sessions, made possible through a partnership between the library, Dr. Jerome Levkov at Iona College, and the New Rochelle Downtown BID.
New Rochelle Science Cafes are funded by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library NOVA and WBGE, Boston and the American Chemical Society (New York Section). See the New Rochelle Public Library home page, www.nrpl.org, and click on the Science Cafe logo for more information and resources about each presentation. For reservations and to submit a question for discussion, email: email@example.com
Westchester Land Trust Series: Food, Land, Sustainability - March 7 & 28, April 29
Westchester Land Trust is presenting a series of great talks and discussions that will explore many facets of sustainability. The remaining lectures are:
The Annual Leon Levy Environmental Symposium: How the Greenmarket Saved the Hudson Valley -- Barry Benepe, co-founder of the New York City Greenmarkets - March 7, 3pm
No Farms, No Food/No Farmers, No Food -- a panel discussion featuring local farmers - March 28, 3pm
The Sustainable Future -- Adam Zellner, president of Greener by Design, New Brunswick, NJ - April 29, 7pm
For description and more details visit www.westchesterlandtrust.org/food-land-sustainability
Purchase College, School of Natural & Social Sciences Spring 2010 Lecture Series, "Science in the Modern World" - March 9 and April 6
Tuesday, March 9th, 7:00 p.m. Pepsico Theater, Performing Arts Center
"Forensic Science - From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom"
Speaker: Lawrence Kobilinsky, Ph.D.
Lawrence Kobilinsky is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Biochemistry at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Sciences. Dr. Kobilinsky is an internationally renowned forensic scientist and expert in DNA analysis. He is the author and/or editor of: Forensic Science Advances and Their Application in the Judiciary System; Forensic DNA Analysis; Forensic Medicine; DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications.
Tuesday, April 6th, 7:00 p.m. Pepsico Theater, Performing Arts Center
"Spring Fats / Fall Fats - A New Understanding of How the American Diet is Promoting Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease"
Speaker: Susan Allport, Award-Winning Author.
Susan Allport is an award-winning writer specializing in science, travel, and food. Her books include The Queen of Fats; The Primal Feast; A Natural History of Parenting; Sermons in Stone; and Explorers of the Black Box. Ms. Allport also contributes essays, travel articles, and book reviews to The New York Times, Gastronomica, Audubon, The Hartford Courant, The Providence Journal-Bulletin, The American Scholar and The Missouri Review and lectures at the American Museum of Natural History and numerous other locations.
All lectures are presented in collaboration with our partner, the New York Academy of Sciences. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the School of Natural and Social Sciences at 914-251-6631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pace Law School Climate Education Series: "Climate Change and Water" - March 11
This program will provide a focused look at the impacts of climate change on water resources, with a particular focus on New York State's response. Topics such as sea level rise planning, storm water management, fisheries and ocean impacts, and sewer overflow mitigation will be addressed. The speakers will look at laws and authorities that allow local jurisdictions to manage the impacts of climate change, New York City's planning efforts, and future projections. The role of technology innovation in managing water in the future will also be discussed. Faculty will include Assistant Dean for Environmental Law Programs Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School (Program Moderator), Katy Dunlap, Esq., Executive Director., Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Sean T. Dixon, J.D., MEM; Pace Law LLM Candidate and Center Fellow; Lecturer, Yale University, Sarah Newkirk, J.D., M.S., Director of Coastal Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, and Hilary Meltzer, Senior Counsel, Environmental Law Division, New York City Law Department. For registration and more information visit www.law.pace.edu/CLE.
Long Island University Hosts George Sideris Memorial Biology Conference on Invasive Species - March 13
The Biology Department at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus is presenting a conference on invasive species on Saturday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. Attendance is free but registration is required (email Timothy.email@example.com or call 718-488-1209). The campus, at DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues is easy to reach by subway or car (just across the Manhattan Bridge).
Speakers for the LIU Invasive Species Conference:
1. Tim Wenskus (NYC Parks & Rec) - invasive terrestrial plants
2. Mike Feller (NYC Parks & Rec) - Phragmites-dominated wetlands: case studies for management
3. David Burg (WildMetro) - citizen science - invasive plants in NYC parks
4. Chris Anderson (The River Project) - invasive species in NYC waterways
5. Melody Keena (US Forest Service) - Asian Longhorned Beetle: history, ecology, monitoring.
National Climate Seminar Series at Bard College - Upcoming Dates April 14 and May 19
Bard Center for Environmental Policy kicks off 2010 with a great line-up of speakers on the National Climate Seminar. Featuring top climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, these seminars are available live to educators, students and citizens, by telephone at no charge. Please join us live for these critical conversations by dialing in at 3:00pm ET on select Wednesdays this spring. Coming up on NCS: 4/14 Denis Hayes on "Earth Day 2050" and on 5/19 Ross Gelbspan on "Democracy and Climate Solutions". [Call in number is 712-432-3100; conference code, 253385. Send advance questions for the speakers to firstname.lastname@example.org.] For a complete schedule visit www.bard.edu/cep/ncs. For more information call 845-758-7073, or email email@example.com.
Hudson River Environmental Society "What's in our Water" Conference - April 23
Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and sewage from storm overflows are entering the Hudson River. What do we know about these contaminants? How should we address these concerns? Attend the Hudson River Environmental Society's "What's in our Water" conference to find out. Conference is set to take place on April 23, 2010, from 9am-4:30pm, at the Vassar College Students' Building. Please visit www.hres.org for more information.