Thursday, February 28, 2013

ESF & Sea Education Association

ESF has signed joined together with the Sea Education Association to enhance the ability of ESF students to participate in their programs. A scientist and an admissions representative from SEA will be on campus on Monday to give information about the programs they offer. Contact Kim Schulz with any questions at

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Job Posting: Visiting Assistant Professor

Environmental Science/GIS two-year Visiting Assistant Professor

The Environmental Studies Program at Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Science and GIS to begin August 1, 2013.The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. by time of appointment in earth systems science, environmental geology, environmental geography, atmospheric sciences, biogeochemistry, climatology, global environmental change, or a related field. Teaching and research interests that utilize Geographic Information Systems are particularly desirable.  Teaching responsibilities include two sections of Introduction to Earth Systems Science with associated lab sections; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using ArcGIS; Intermediate GIS; and an elective offering in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful applicant will also be expected to supervise student research and contribute to the Environmental Studies Program.  This two-year position has the potential to be converted to a tenure-track position.

Illinois Wesleyan University is a highly selective private undergraduate liberal arts university that emphasizes quality teaching and student-faculty research collaboration.   To apply for the position, interested applicants should send as PDFs a letter of interest, a current CV, and teaching and research statements to <>, under the subject heading “Environmental Science two-year position.”  In addition, the applicant should arrange for three signed letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to <>.  Questions about the position should be directed to Abigail Jahiel, Director, Environmental Studies Program at <> .

Review of applications will begin March 22, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  IWU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SU's Entrepreneurship Club Presents: Sheldon Yellen

Sheldon Yellen is a multi-billionaire who is the CEO of Belfor, the world's largest disaster and restoration company that made huge contributions providing aid during Hurricane Sandy. During Sandy they provided gasoline and power to affected areas, extracted water from houses, and many other services to help get affected areas back on their feet.

2nd Annual Documentary Night

2nd Annual Documentary Night
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Student Organization

Join us for a screening of

King Corn

Monday, March 4th
Nifkin Lounge

Food and discussion to follow the film.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rosen Fellowship

Attention undergrad and graduate students: 

If you ever imagined a unique project that would advance your personal development, the Rosen Fellowship Program is designed to help you achieve your dreams.

The Fellowship grants undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to create an out-of-classroom experience that will promote creative or career advancement. In its inaugural year, the program will support up to three students who might not otherwise be able to afford such opportunities and who exhibit extraordinary creativity, determination and promise in articulating and pursuing their career and life goals.

Students may propose a full range of activities, such as: study abroad, personalized internships, scientific research or community engagement. All applications will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and the degree to which the proposal could advance the student's personal and professional goals.

Fellowships are competitive and will provide stipends of up to $5000 to each recipient.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

For more information visit the Office of Student Affairs.

2013 Environmental Career Fair

The Office of Student Affairs is hosting ESF's 12th Annual Environmental Career Fair!

When: Wednesday, February 27th
Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
Where: The Gateway Center

Over 73 organizations are participating in the fair this year! For information on how to prepare for the event, as well as a complete list of attending organizations and areas of recruitment, please visit:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SU Teach-In

Lessons from Sandy: Are We Ready for More Climate Disruption?

February 28, 2013
Maxwell Auditorium

Photo Credit: Live Science
Super-storm Sandy brought us face to face with the realities of a changing climate. Many in the University community had family or friends  who felt the storm’s devastating impact, and before long, all of us will feel the effects of severe weather, sea level rise, and a warming planet. Please join SU and ESF students and faculty for a teach-in about climate disruption and ways to mobilize against it.

For more information visit: 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Dr. Paul Hirsch to speak at Yale Law conference

Dr. Paul Hirsch is a guest speaker at a Yale Law School conference New Directions in Environmental Law: The Power of Voice on March 2, 2013.

Dr. Hirsch will be speaking at a workshop on the topic of "Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Environmental Decision-Making: Valuation, Process, and Power." The workshop will look at developing and exploring questions that come logically prior to, and shape the possibilities for, the engagement of diverse voices in navigating the hard choices that arise when values conflict. The idea is proposed that explicitly framing environmental decision problems in terms of ‘complex trade-offs’ opens up possibilities for voice that are simplified out of the picture when problems are framed as ‘win-wins’ or merely as ‘trade-offs,’ and that are mired in complexity to the point of impotence when problems are framed merely as ‘complex’ or even as ‘wicked.’

ESF Speaker: Dr. Daniel Wildcat

"Changing the Cultural Climate: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change" 

March 7, 2013 at 3pm 
Gateway Building, Event Space "A"

Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished indigenous scholar, writer, thinker and activist. He leads the American Indian & Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group. A Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Wildcat is the coauthor, with Vine Deloria, Jr., of Power and Place: Indian Education in America. His newest book is "Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge."

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cool Air, Clean Planet Climate Fellowships

CA-CP’s Climate Fellowships pair outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. CA-CP Climate Fellows undertake challenging projects, receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking opportunities, and a stipend.If you’re interested in applying to any of the Fellowships listed below, the first step is to register with us. Once you’ve completed your registration, you’ll receive instructions on where to send your application materials (generally a resume and cover letter, with some Fellowships requesting additional attachments). All Fellowship applications must be received by March 1, 2013, in order to be considered.View Fellowships on Campus Sustainability,Climate Impacts and AdaptationClimate Resilient Food Systems and Municipal Climate Action.

There will be a February, 25, 2013 Webinar session on the CA-CP's Climate Fellowships. See the website for more information. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Publication by Marvin Montefrio

The work by Marvin Montefrio and co-authored by David Sonnenfeld, entitled "Global-local tensions in Contract Farming of Biofuel Crops Involving Indigenous Communities in the Philippines" will be published in the March 2013 issue of Society & Natural Resources.

Farming of biofuel crops by local communities under contract with parastatal and private firms is being established in the Philippines and elsewhere. This study explores tensions in integrating indigenous peoples into the global biofuels network. Drawing from critical perspectives on contract farming and from the environmental sociology of networks and flows, we examine production relations associated with contract farming of Jatropha on indigenous lands in the Philippines. In on-site observations and interviews, we found that while some indigenous groups grow Jatropha in polyculture, shifting-cultivation systems as part of biofuel contracts, these smallholder production systems are being phased out or transformed by the global biofuels network. In contract farming relationships involving biofuel crops, there seems to be a greater tendency for indigenous peoples to adapt to, or be left outside of, global production networks than for the latter to include indigenous peoples in socially and ecologically sustainable ways.

Link to article:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pancake and Waffle Breakfast!

The Environmental Studies Student Organization (ESSO) is hosting another:

Pancake and Waffle Breakfast!

February 13th
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Nifkin Lounge
Half Waffle: $1.50

Whole Waffle: $3.00
Pancakes (3): $2.00
Any and all toppings are an extra $1.00
And, there will be a Valentine’s surprise!

Session on Cross-Cultural Communication and Conflict

The Conflict Management Center is proud to announce the fourth workshop in our 2012-2013 Conflict Series. Please join us on February 16th, 2013 at 10 am for a session on Cross-Cultural Communication and Conflict with Professor A. Peter Castro.
Addressing Conflict in Cross-Cultural Environments: Skills for Living and Working 
Professor A. Peter Castro
Saturday, February 16, 2013
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
204 Maxwell Hall
Syracuse University

We celebrate multi-culturalism, yet cultural differences are often portrayed as serving as barriers to effective communication. Cross-cultural interactions offer enormous opportunities for mutual learning, but cultural differences are also seen as sparking or exacerbating conflicts from the inter-personal to the global levels. Whether from a career or personal perspective, one needs a sophisticated and sensitive understanding of culture and cultural differences. For those interested in conflict management in our increasingly globalized and multi-cultural society, such awareness and appreciation are essential. 

This workshop will seek to address to provide knowledge and skills that will help you communicate and act more effectively cross-culturally. We will introduce cutting-edge ideas about the nature of culture and its relationship to culture. Attention will be placed on developing and practicing skills that will aid in cross-cultural analysis and interactions. The workshop will be interactive with simulations and participatory activities.

The workshop will be led by Professor A. Peter Castro.

Free & open to all! Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

To register for this training, please send an email to by February 14th.  In this email, please include the following:

1) Your status: student, staff, faculty, community member
2) Your office/department/agency/organization
3) Any dietary limitations or restrictions
4) Country of origin

Master of Arts in the Teaching of Earth Science

Opportunity for Seniors and Graduate Students:

Masters of Arts in the Teaching of Earth Science
Grades 7-12, Taught at the American Museum of Natural History
Deadline: Monday, February 18, 2013

The AMNH MAT is a unique, residency-based teacher education program that is designed to turn great science majors into extraordinary science teachers.  The program employs intensive mentoring and extensive use of technology to provide degree candidates with a mastery of an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning secondary Earth and space science that demonstrates the relevance of science to students' lives.  Course work will also deepen candidates Earth and space science content knowledge.  Doctoral-level Museum scientists and educators teach all coursework.  Teacher candidates work side-by-side with mentor teachers in NYC-area middle and high schools, putting theory into practice in classroom settings throughout an entire school year. 

The AMNH MAT program includes a full scholarship for tuition as well as a $30,000 stipend over the 15 months of the program. For more information about the program and to start an application, students should visit:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

GSA International Student Rights Panel

On Tuesday February 19th, the GSA International Events Committee is hosting a panel on International Student Rights where you can get advice and your own questions answered on visas, graduate student life in Syracuse, employment rules, and resources available on campus. Join us at 5pm in Nifkin Lounge on the 19th - international food and beverages will be provided!

Any questions? Contact Prajakta Dongre, Vice President of International Activities at 

PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair

The Virtual Career Fair has Full-time, Post-Doctoral, & Internship Opportunities for Master's, PhDs, and Post-docs.

Why participate?
  • Get interviews without ever leaving your computer
  • Avoid waiting in long lines
  • Save valuable time by searching for a job online
  • Meet employers searching for candidates with advanced degrees
Virtual Career Fair Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

For more information and to register for the fair, visit:

To view employers participating, visit:

To view which hours employers will be available, visit:

Upload your resume and be entered for a chance to win an iPod NANO

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Sharing the River of Life
Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 7pm.
Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Doors open at 6pm for Silent Auction

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Tadodaho Sid Hill

Presentation of Collaborations aligned with the Two Row

The Two Row Wampum and the Covenant Chain of Treaties: Chief Jake Edwards

Treaty Violations and Historic Allies: Robert W. Venables

Multi-media presentation about the Campaign

Free and open to the public.
Followed by a reception with refreshments.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Employer & Internship Sponsor Panel

Next week, EST 494, Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies, is pleased to feature a panel of local employers/internship sponsors discussing:

"Inside the Job and Internship Application and Interview Process"

This year's panelists include:

  • Mr. Paul Harris, Environmental Coordinator, Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.
  • Mr. Mark Lichtenstein '85, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, Syracuse Center of Excellence
  • Ms. Nicole St. James, Project Coordinator, Syracuse University/SUNY-ESF, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
  • Mr. David Skeval '88, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

This panel discussion, with Q&A will take place from 4-5 pm, Monday, February 11, in Marshall Auditorium.

All EST majors are welcome!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities!

Check email from Student Life for applications and guidelines!!!

1. National Garden Clubs is offering scholarships in the amount of $3500 to students entering the junior year or higher and with a GPA of 3.25 or better. Additional information is available at  Application deadline is March 1, 2013.

2. Federated Garden Clubs of New York State is offering two $1000 scholarships to New York State residents finishing their first or second year in college, majoring in a variety of environmental subjects.  The website for this organization is  The application deadline is March 1, 2013.

3. The North Country Spouses' Club is announcing the call for applications for their 2013-2014 academic year scholarships. Eligible individuals are spouses and children of active duty, reserve, or retired active duty military (officer or enlisted) that will be enrolled in a full or part-time accredited degree program during the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year (fall & spring terms). Applicants or their military sponsors must reside in the Fort Drum area or associated communities. The application can be found at under “Scholarships”. It must be postmarked by March 30, 2013. Please direct any questions to Scholarship Chair Brittany Lotts at

Friday, February 1, 2013

2013 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

Undergrads and Grads:

The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities are pleased to announce the 2013 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.  It was the hope of the founders, as it is the hope of the current membership of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, that the recipient will use this scholarship to assist his or her studies, and after graduation seek employment in the tri-state region in either the public or private sector furthering the cause of environmental protection and riparian habitat conservation for the benefit of all.  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.  Based on a 4.0 scale, the applicant shall demonstrate merit with a current 3.5 GPA in the environmental concentration courses and an overall minimum 3.0 GPA. 

This scholarship is available to:

  • Undergraduate students who will have Senior standing as of Fall 2013, who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2013-2014 academic year), in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree at a member institutionof the Environmental Consortium. [Students apply for the scholarship in their Junior year.]
  • Graduate students who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year (2013-2014 academic year), in a full-time graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium

Deadline: April 1, 2013

Details and Application:
Inquiries:  Environmental Consortium Office, or (914) 773-3091.