On Campus Event: David Collings – “Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change” (10/22)

Celebrate the release of Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change by Bowdoin’s own David Collings
Wednesday, October 22, 4:15-5:15 PM
Main Lounge, Moulton Uniondavidcollings

Join us for a discussion and reception celebrating the release of Bowdoin Professor of English David Collings’ new book, Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change, moderated by Collin Roesler, Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin.

In Stolen Future, Collings argues that we are virtually out of time to prevent severe, irreversible climate change – with a devastating effect on how we think about the future.

Nearly everything we do, Collings says, is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our present activities, is put into question. A disappearing future leads to a broken present, a strange incoherence in the feel of everyday life.

We thus face the unprecedented challenge of salvaging a basis for our lives today. That basis may be found in our capacity to assume an infinite responsibility for ecological disaster. By owning disaster and accepting our small place within the inhuman forces of the biosphere, we may discover how to live with responsibility and serenity whatever may come.

David Collings teaches courses in British Romanticism, critical theory, sexuality and gender, and environmental studies. He is the author of Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment (1994) and Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780-1848 (2009), among others.

On Campus Event: President’s Science Symposium Keynote Speaker – Sarah Elgin “Exploring with Drosophila: Lessons Learned on a Journey through the Fly Genome” (10/24)

President’s Science Symposium ” Exploring with Drosophila: Lessons Learned on a Journey through the Fly Genome
Friday, October 24, 12:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Student Summer Research Presentations will follow
Summer Poster Presentations 3:00-5:00 Morrell Gymnasium

2014 President’s Science Symposium. Key note speaker.  Sarah Elgin, Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis
The years since 1953 have been an exciting time, as genetics has embraced first molecular biology and then genomics approaches. In this talk I will reflect on my own journey, and the broader lessons learned from a career studying chromatin structure and epigenetic mechanisms. During this time the puzzle posed by our very large eukaryotic genomes has been resolved by the recognition that our genomes are largely made up of transposable elements (TEs) and their remnants, bits of DNA derived from invading viruses and the like. Thus packaging up the DNA, which is done by generating a protein-DNA complex called chromatin, is necessary not only to fit all of the DNA into the nucleus, but also to maintain most of the genome in a silent state.

Our work in flies identified one of the key proteins used in silencing, Heterochromatin Protein 1 (HP1), which is conserved from yeast to humans. Chromatin-based regulatory mechanisms now referred to as “epigenetics” are dependent on the underlying DNA organization, including the distribution of those TEs. Our good ideas that have helped to resolve this puzzle have always come from putting together inputs from multiple sources. Good communication, both among scientists and with the larger community, is essential for our continuing efforts to understand how life works.

On Campus Event: Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine (10/28)

Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist’s Books by Rebecca Goodale
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Kresge Auditorium, VACflora and fauna

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist’s books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine’s “Threatened and Endangered Species” lists.
The talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of Goodale’s work, on display in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and a related library exhibition, “Envisioning Extinctions,” curated by Prof. Susan Wegner (Art History). A reception in the library will follow the talk.

This lecture is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Association of Bowdoin Friends, and the Bowdoin College Library.

Premajors Meeting: Environmental Studies Premajors Meeting (10/22 and 10/31)

Thinking about Majoring in Environmental Studies?
Premajors Meetings
ES Common Room, Adams Hall
Wednesday October 22. 7:30-8:30 PM
Friday October 31. 11:30-12:30 PM

premajors-meeting_v2Thinking about majoring in Environmental Studies? Join us for one of two ES Premajors Meetings and find out about the major, summer fellowships, study abroad, and other opportunities through ES.
Both meetings will be held in the ES Common
Room in Adams Hall. One meeting will also have cookies and ice cream available, while the other one will be a pizza lunch!

Off Campus Event: KELT Environmental Lecture “Adapting Our Home” (10/22)

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Lecture “Adapting Our Home”
October 22, 2014 7:00PM
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St. Bath, ME

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust will present its annual environmental lectures, “Adapting Our Home,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Maine Maritime Museum, located at 243 Washington St. in Bath.

The lectures will look at a global conservation issue of local relevance. The evening presentations “will explore how we should cease thinking of our town centers and nature as separate places.” Speakers will be from the City of Bath’s planning and development department, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Municipal Planning Assistance Program and Maine Geological Survey, and Wright-Pierce engineering firm.

The evening will begin with a presentation by Liz Hertz of DACF to help set the stage for understanding the intricate relationship between the built and natural environments. Bath planning officials will share a new study of how sea level rise is expected to impact urban Bath — physically and economically.

Pete Slovinsky, a marine geologist with the Maine Geological Survey, will cover the latest science on sea level rise and storm surge, share how sea level rise scenarios are mapped, and cover some of the potential impacts of sea level rise and storms along our slice of coastline.

Concluding the presentation is Joe McLean, project manager with Wright Pierce’s Civil/Infrastructure Practice Group, who will share how water impacts the built and natural environments and how the city may respond to threats with green infrastructure projects.

A $5 donation is suggested for the evening lecture. The discussion of green infrastructure and impacts of sea level rise will continue in Bath post lecture, on Nov. 3- 5, with a visit from the American Institute of Architects’ Design and Resiliency Team. Join town-hall style public workshops with a team of architecture experts to build on Bath’s character and strategize for future resiliency to climate change. For more information, contact Bath’s Planning and Development department at 443-8363.

Off Campus Event: Grow Smart Maine Summit (10/21) Registration Required

Grow Smart Maine Summit
Tuesday, October 21, 8am-4pm
Augusta Civic Center

Why plan for growth and change, when it seems so much easier to simply react? When there is a distinct and shared vision for your community – when residents, businesses and local government anticipate a sustainable town with cohesive and thriving neighborhoods – you have the power to conserve your beautiful natural spaces, enhance your existing downtown or Main Street, enable rural areas to be productive and prosperous, and save money through efficient use of existing infrastructure. This is the dollars and sense of smart growth. Success is clearly visible in Maine, from the creation of a community-built senior housing complex and health center in Fort Fairfield to conservation easements creating Forever Farms to Rockland’s revitalized downtown. Communities have options. We have the power to manage our own responses to growth and change. After all, “Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.” – Richard I. Winwood.

There will be four keynote presentations:

The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth: Hear three dynamic perspectives on the value of smart growth to all Mainers. Business leaders, community volunteers and officials, residents of all ages – we choose to live in Maine because of our connections with family and place. And we want Maine to be strong. How does storytelling build community connections from which difficult strategies and hard decisions emerge? How do communities respond to natural disasters and then prioritize future risk mitigation actions? What can come from seeing the whole picture; connecting the vigor of Maine’s downtowns to the economic and natural health of rural areas?

  • Jared Duval – Trustee, Orton Family Foundation
  • Noelle MacKay – Commissioner, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
  • John Piotti – President and CEO, Maine Farmland Trust

Tamar Kotelchuck – Director, Working Cities Initiatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will present the Working Cities Challenge – a groundbreaking effort in Massachusetts to support leaders who are reaching across sectors to ensure that smaller cities are places of opportunity and prosperity for all their residents. The Challenge provides grants to promising efforts that exemplify and advance cross-sector collaboration and create deep and lasting change in their communities. Then hear from Maine’s own examples of municipal and regional successes in achieving the same goals.

Closing Reception: Capitol City Improv, Sense of Smart Growth – The Musical!  Capitol City Improv team Jen Shepherd, Elizabeth Helitzer, Larrance Fingerhut, Dennis A. Price, and David Greenham will use the GrowSmart Summit 2014 as the jumping off point to create an on-the-spot, improvised musical. Fun, irreverent, and the perfect way to reflect on what we’ve learned at the Summit.

For information and registration: http://www.growsmartmaine.org/summit.

If you’re interested in registering or attending with a group from Bowdoin, contact Janice Jaffe (jjaffe@bowdoin.edu)

Off Campus Film: PUMP at Frontier (10/28-11/2)

Tues Oct 28 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Wed Oct 29 | 2pm, 6pm
Thurs Oct 30 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Nov 1 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sun Nov 2 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Frontier Theatre
14 Maine St. Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick, ME 04011
Ticket Price: $8.00 at the door at night, $6.00 matineePump_poster_sm

PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump. Today oil is our only option of transportation fuel at the pump. Our exclusive use of it has drained our wallets, increased air pollution and sent our sons and daughters to war in faraway lands. PUMP shows us how through the use of a variety of replacement fuels, we will be able to fill up our cars – cheaper, cleaner and American made – and in the process, create more jobs for a stronger, healthier economy. The film features notable experts such as John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil US; Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors; Peter Goldmark, former president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and other noteworthy figures who share their passionate views and knowledge. Right now we have the ability to change our country’s future, but we never knew it. Aren’t we tired of being taken for a ride? PUMP is the movie that could change that.

Find out more at http://www.pumpthemovie.com/

Scholarship Opportunity: Udall Scholarship for Sophomores and Juniors (Info Session 11/7 and 11/11)

Udall Undergraduate Fellowship for Environmentally Focused Sophomores and Juniors
Information Sessions On Campus:
Friday November 7 12:00-1:00
Tuesday November 11, 4:00-5:00
103 Adams Hall

Udall Undergraduate Fellowship – Information Sessions

  • Want $5000 to put toward next year’s tuition?
  • Are you planning on pursuing a career related to the environment?
  • Do you have strong leadership record?
  • Do you have a sustained commitment to a campus or community activity?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen with at least a ‘B’ average?

If you answered yes to the above five questions, you may be eligible for an Udall Scholarship.  This award recognizes college sophomores and juniors who are committed to careers related to the environment and who have strong records of leadership and sustained commitment to a campus or community activity.  The Udall Foundation anticipates naming 50 Udall Scholars who will receive $5000, participate in a four-day Udall Scholars Orientation, and will benefit from access to an active and growing alumni network.

The initial Bowdoin deadline for the Udall Scholarship is December 1, 2014.

We’d like to invite you to join us on Friday, November 7 or Tuesday, November 11, to learn more.  We’ll have an informal conversation about the Udall Scholarship and the application process as well as cover any questions you might have.  Attending doesn’t commit you to anything, so come and learn more!

Here are the details for the two info sessions:

When:                  Friday, November 7

Where:                 103 Adams Hall

Time:                     12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Feel free to attend just part of the event if you are coming from class or need to leave early to get to class)

We’ll have pizza and drinks for everyone!

When:                  Tuesday, November 11

Where:                 103 Adams Hall

Time:                     4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Feel free to attend just part of the event if you are coming from class or need to leave early to get to class)

Snacks provided!

Summer 2015 Opportunity: 2015 ACE Invasive Species Management Program Coordinator

Cliff Island Corporation for Athletics, Conservation, and Education (ACE) Invasive Species Management Program Coordinator Summer 2015

Cliff Island ACE is seeking an Invasive Species Management Program Coordinator for Summer 2015. A non-profit organization founded in 1977, ACE has obtained and stewarded open space properties on Cliff Island for the benefit of the Island community members and their guests for both active and passive recreation. We provide support to the Cliff Island Public School in both its academic and athletic programs. We have also provided various programs of educational, recreational, and entertainment content for our entire community which expand upon and enrich the experience of living on an off-shore island.

In 2009 ACE instituted an Invasive Species Management Program. Now, as we plan for our coming summer season, we seek a strong candidate to lead our effort to continue and expand upon the first five years of work.

The position: Our ideal candidate would have many of the following qualifications. S/he should be:

  • A college or grad student (or recent grad), with some background in biology, environmental science, or related fields;
  • Knowledgeable about plants, and preferably invasives, and passionate about the environment;
  • Able to work both independently and under supervision;
  • Capable of managing an assistant;
  • Organized and a skillful communicator in person and in writing;
  • Willing to do physical labor outdoors; and
  • Flexible, diplomatic, and self-assured.

The program coordinator must live on Cliff Island during the June-July-August period. Compensation will be commensurate with related experience, education, and skill level. Housing will be provided.

Please provide by email a resume with cover letter to: rkberle@msn.com or by snail mail to: Roger Berle – 11 Oasis Landing, Falmouth, Maine 04105-1649. Any questions? Please call: 207 781 5331

Science and Math Students: Be a Part of the First Maine Science Festival Student Panel

Maine Science Festival
Happening this Spring in Bangor Maine
Looking for STEM college student wishing to be a part of a 5 person panel
Email: kdickerson@mainesciencefestival.org if interested

Event Description

On the weekend of March 21, 2015, the first Maine Science Festival (MSF) (www.mainesciencefestival.org) will take place in Bangor, Maine. The express purpose of the Maine Science Festival weekend event is to celebrate (and introduce) the science all around us in Maine; the MSF will also help remind people about how science is happening every day in Maine.

The Maine Science Festival is a member of the Science Festival Alliance (http://sciencefestivals.org/) whose mission is to foster a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.

As part of the festival, a series of workshops will be offered free to the public, from the Cross Insurance Center throughout Downtown Bangor. They are planning two workshops: a panel of current traditional students, and a panel of non-traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students. The topic of each workshop will be: “What’s it Like Being a STEM Student in College”.

The Festival organizers are seeking college students to participate as panelists in the workshops.  The current agenda calls for a 5-member panel on Saturday, March 21st at 1:00, comprised of traditional students, i.e., 18 to 24 year olds. The second 5-member panel, comprised of non-traditional students, e.g., re-entry, mature, veterans, is to be held on Sunday, March 22nd. The panels will be one-hour long.

Calling all STEM Student(s) who would be willing to participate in either one of these panels, please contact Kate Dickerson, Maine Science Festival Director, at kdickerson@mainesciencefestival.org or 207-478-9548. Diversity is encouraged in the makeup of the panel. The organizers are currently seeking travel stipends to help with travel costs.