Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sept. 19: Paul Hirsch presents on Navigating Complex Tradeoffs

Navigating Complex Trade-offs:
Finding the Sweet Spot between Oversimplification and Paralysis
With Paul Hirsch, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY ESF
When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where:  400 Eggers Hall
Pizza will be served
In this conversation, Dr. Hirsch will discuss the advantages and possible disadvantages of approaching certain kinds of collaborative decision problems as complex trade-offs. In doing so, he will provoke a discussion, and offer some ideas, on the most appropriate ways to approach complex trade-off problems so as to increase the chances that people can collaborate on them effectively across disciplines and perspectives. He will draw on issues relating to energy, economics, and the environment. Participants in the conversation are welcome to bring their own policy issues and explore how these ideas apply.
About the Presenter
Paul Hirsch is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies department at SUNY ESF. Additionally, he serves as Environmental Conflict and Collaboration Research Director at PARCC. His research focuses on the intersection of science, politics, and values in environmental problem solving. His most recent publication (with co-authors) is "Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development: An Integrative Framework" (Hirsch, P. D. et al. 2013. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies31).

Monday, September 16, 2013

SU Anthropology Department Presents: In the Eye of the Storm

2014 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards

The Conservation Leadership Programme is based at the Wildlife Conservation Society and is announcing their call for applications for 2014 awards.  The organization supports team-based projects focused on high priority species and landscapes in developing countries. The project leader must be a national of the country where the project will take place, so this call will be most applicable to the international students at ESF. While these awards do not directly fund university work, applicants can apply for projects which will contribute to their degree programs. Since the awards are announced in April, these grants could be particularly interesting for students who are graduating in May, returning home, and would like to secure funding for conservation work. Awards start at $15,000 for one year projects. Applicants should have no more than 5 years of paid conservation experience.

Deadline: November 11, 2013

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Job Posting: Executive Director of NOFA-NY

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into the next decade. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to organic agriculture as well as experience in non-profit management and fundraising.

NOFA-NY’s Executive Director oversees a vibrant member-based organization representing over 1,500 certified organic and sustainable farms in New York State, the nation’s largest consumer market, and a dedicated staff of 12. The Executive Director is based in NOFA-NY’s Rochester, NY office.

Context: Kate Mendenhall currently serves as the Executive Director of NOFA- NY.  After almost ten years with NOFA-NY, she and her family have decided to return to her NW Iowa hometown to be closer to family.  She has helped grow NOFA-NY to the strong prominent organization it is today and will assist in the hiring and training of her successor.

For the full position announcement, visit: