On Campus Event: Biology Student Info Session for Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Concentration

Biology Student Information Session for EEMB Concentration (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology)
Tuesday, Sept. 18 7:00-8:30 pm
Druckenmiller Atrium (2nd floor common area)

Interested in a Biology concentration in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology?  Please join the Biology faculty and staff as they describe the course of study, outline opportunities and answer your questions. Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 7:00 pm in the Druckenmiller atrium.

On Campus Event: Impacts of a Carbon Yax across US Household Income, Thursday 9/20 4:25 Hubbard 213

Economics Seminar: Impacts of a Carbon Tax across US Household Income Groups

Thursday, September 20,  4:25 PM — 5:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, The Pickering Room [213]

The Economics Department Fall seminar series kicks off with Economist Marc Hafstead, Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). Hafstead is a leading researcher on the evaluation of climate and energy policies and with a colleague at RFF he runs the Goulder-Hafstead Energy-Environment-Economy (E3) Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. This sophisticated multi-sector model of the United States has been used to model cap-and-trade programs, carbon taxes, clean energy standards, and gasoline taxes.

Dr. Hafstead comes to Bowdoin to give a paper titled “Impacts of a Carbon Tax across US Household Income Groups: What are the Equity-Efficiency Trade-Offs”.

 

On Campus Event: “Natural History- Reciprocal Healing and the Path of Delight”, Mon. 9/24 4:15, Druck 20

“Natural History: Reciprocal Healing and the Path of Delight” (Biology Seminar)
Monday, 9/24 4:15
Druck 20

Tom Fleischner will address the essential importance of natural history—“a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy”— as the foundation of biological sciences, the grounding for conservation, and the basis for healthy human individuals and societies. His presentation will draw upon his many years of work as a field naturalist and conservation biologist, as a leading advocate for the centrality of natural history, and as the editor of the new anthology, Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness.  

Fleischner is the executive director of the Natural History Institute in Prescott, Arizona; Faculty Emeritus in environmental studies at Prescott College; and chair of the Natural History Section of the Ecological Society of America.

Off campus Event: New England Food System Innovation Challenge, 11/9-11/11 in Standish, ME (registration closes 10/8)

4th Annual New England Food System Innovation Challenge
Friday, November 9- Sunday, November 11, 2018
Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine

Registration for the program closes on October 8th.

College Challenge:How might we create products, services, app’s or organizations that support the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.  We are seeking idea or very early stage ventures. Consider products or services that address one or more of the following:

* Helping food producers become resilient in light of climate change.
* Applying big data to small-scale production.
* Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring efficiency to small producers and harvesters.
* Providing equal access and ability to purchase healthy food to all.
* Reducing or repurposing food waste.
* Making the food supply chain transparent to all.
* Reducing or conserving inputs – like water – in the production of healthy, sustainably produced food.
* Using drones to improve the efficiency of small-diversified farms.* Integrating aquaponics, hydroponics or land based aquaculture into the food system.

The food system is vast and complex system and this is by no means a complete list. We are looking for innovative and sustainable idea stage enterprise that could become startup ventures.

Please view this Three-minute video  https://vimeo.com/252044306  and the attached PDF for further information.

Registration is now open at:  www.NEInnovationChallenge.org
Bill Seretta, Convener and Co-Chair
207.831.1438
bill.seretta@TheSLab.org

Tom Settlemire Co-Chair
207.8416747
tsettle@bowdoin.edu

2018 Planning Committee:

Barry Woods – Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation at ReVision Energy
Eliza Huber-Weiss – Garden Education Coordinator at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
Elizabeth Boepple – BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
Jennifer Monti, MD – Maine Medical Partners
Nick Guidi – Student, Saint Joseph’s College
Jesse Juntura – DSPolitical

 

Off Campus Event: 2018 Student Water Challenge- Registration Deadline Fri. 10/12

2018 Maine Student Water Challenge

In partnership with Maine EPSCoR, Maine Campus Compact is pleased to announce that we are accepting graduate and undergraduate student applications for the 2nd Annual Maine Student Water Challenge. This Challenge will award $100 stipends each to 40 higher education students in Maine, organized in 2-4 person campus teams (or you can sign up as an individual participant), to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem.  The registration deadline to register is October 12, 2018. Each student team will develop an innovative Water Action Plan that addresses a water challenge in one of these topic areas:

  1. Develop a curriculum that can be taught to K-12 students addressing local water issues such as water quality or storm water runoff. Maine Campus Compact will collect these curricula with the goal of implementing the most robust ones in the future;
  2. Develop a plan to help educate and empower people in low-income communities about a local water quality issue. Identify a community partner who could work with you to implement this plan; or
  3. Send a description for pre-approval of your team’s own plan, curriculum, or project that addresses one of these following water-related topic areas:
  4. Water quality
  5. Ocean Acidification
  6. Aquaculture
  7. Aquaponics
  8. Ocean-Related Research
  9. Storm Water Runoff

Teams will be required to participate in a kick-off training webinar, submit their water action plans by November 26, 2018, and encouraged to attend the final Student Water Challenge Palooza on December 1st, 2018. Travel reimbursements of $50 to cover travels costs to the December 1st event are also available. 

Apply in three easy steps!

  1. Read the Project Guidelines(Attached)
  2. Register Here–one representative from the team registers the whole team  https://goo.gl/forms/Rlfz9Sj8l7ZRxVlK2
  3. All team members must sign this Commitment Agreement https://goo.gl/forms/N90LBIkzwI7u2VSc2

Please forward this onto to any students who you think might be interested or to faculty who could help disseminate to their students.

Please contact kayla@mainecompact.org or (207) 753-6626 with any questions.

Kayla LaVoice
STEM Collaboration VISTA
Maine Campus Compact
207-753-6573

School program intern: Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine (partime paid internship- apply by 11/2)

School Program Intern: Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine

Natural Resources Council of Maine
Overview: The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking a School Program Intern to serve as a resource for teachers who have received an Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine grant from NRCM. This part-time paid internship will run from mid-January to mid-June.

NRCM has received funding to award up to eight small grants to middle school educators. The purpose of the grants is to raise awareness about the importance of Maine’s environment and to enhance NRCM’s existing work in one of our four project areas: 1) Forests & Wildlife 2) Healthy Waters 3) Climate and Clean Energy, and 4) Sustainable Maine. Grant recipients will design a project for their classroom, school, or club that aligns with NRCM’s mission and one of those focus areas. In addition to creating and implementing the project, the grant recipient will communicate to different audiences about their project.

Job Responsibilities

The highest priority of the School Program Intern will be to serve as a resource for grant recipients. These responsibilities include serving as a primary contact for the teachers/project leaders and supervising the project progress as described in the grant applications. This work will include:

  • maintaining a constant and consistent line of communication with grantees;
  • reviewing progress and providing guidance to teachers as necessary;
  • managing blog posts written by teachers, students, or others involved in the project;
  • assisting with a piece for the NRCM newsletter and/or blog;
  • providing input on a presentation about the project;
  • drafting a press release and helping in other ways to generate media attention for the projects, as requested by NRCM or the teachers;
  • taking photos, or arrange for photos, to be used for media purposes, and obtaining necessary permission forms;
  • playing a key role in social media for the projects; and,
  • work with one or more of the classrooms, in celebration of Earth Day in April, to plan an activity based on clean water, such as picking up trash around the school grounds or creating/hanging posters around the school and/or community about the importance of clean water.

Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in four-year Bachelor’s Degree program;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work with a range of individuals;
  • Proficient in word processing and related tools (Microsoft);
  • Willingness and ability to travel;
  • Should enjoy working as part of a team, with an interest in public education and advocacy work; and,
  • Commitment to Maine’s environment.

Common NRCM Job Responsibilities

NRCM is committed to a positive work culture where diversity is honored and respected. To this end, all employees are expected to:

  • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members and also with NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general public. This includes proactive work on understanding and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; providing and receiving constructive feedback; and a willingness to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
  • Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
  • Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.

Physical Requirements of the Job

The School Program Intern position can be done remotely however some work will be required at the NRCM headquarters in Augusta, working at a computer station and performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and the ability to lift objects up to 10 pounds. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Workplace Environment

NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members need to be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (blog post is preferable) to Kelsey Grossmann, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, NRCM, 3 Wade Street, Augusta ME 04330 or via email at kgrossmann@nrcm.org.  Second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 2, 2018.

Off Campus Events: Biodynamic Beekeeping Talk & Workshop, Oct. 12&13 in Freeport

Biodynamic Beekeeping talk & Workshop with Gunther Hauk
Maine Coast Waldorf School and co-sponsors Avena Botanicals and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment are pleased to present two wonderful opportunities to hear biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Virginia speak and to attend a workshop with him.

Public Talk by Gunther Hauk: 
The Honeybee Crisis: Real Causes and Solutions
Friday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$10 suggested donation at the door

In this talk on Friday evening, Gunther will present a deeper picture of that being we call the honeybee and what brings it so close to our hearts. He will put the bee crisis into a larger context historically, as well as its connection to other crises we are in – agricultural, economic, social, and spiritual. Gunther will then give indications of what will help us overcome the crisis.

Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop with Gunther Hauk:
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$60.00 per person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO.

In this workshop Gunther will begin with a brief look at the development of beekeeping in the last 2000 years. Understanding the complexity of this creature’s instinct from a spiritual point of view will let us regain the awe and wonder inherent in this highly evolved insect. We will search for what actually has driven all the inventions on which current professional and most hobby beekeeping rely.  A logical examination of these practices in view of the impact on the honeybee’s health, will let us arrive at beekeeping methods that respect the honeybees’ very own needs and further their health. Through their suffering, the honeybees are calling us to radically change our relationship to all the animals we raise, and challenging us to become stewards of the kingdoms of nature rather than exploiters. Topics will include:

  • A brief historical sketch: from the sacred to the mundane
  • Understanding the colony as one organism
  • The vital importance of swarming and having naturally raised queens
  • What is wax really? Working without foundations
  • Mites, hive beetles, foulbrood, etc.
  • Treatments and teas
  • Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
  • Bee forage, care of the land

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FOR WORKSHOP: The cost for the workshop is $60/person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO. Registration is not considered complete until payment is made.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & PAY FOR THE WORKSHOP

Gunther Hauk has been a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for over four decades. In his book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” (2002) he called for a radical change in beekeeping methods to help avert a great crisis. Gunther has been featured in two full-length documentary films about the honeybee crisis – “Queen of the Sun” (2010) and “Vanishing of the Bees” (2009), and he also produced his own educational film “Hour of Decision” (2015). In 2006 Gunther and his wife Vivian co-founded Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary now located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 25 acres near Floyd, Virginia. Their workshops and training in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping serve beekeepers throughout the USA and Canada .

Alumni Opportunity: Paid Farming Internship at Aldemere Farm, in Rockport, ME

Paid Farming Apprenticeships in Rockport, Maine

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering two paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm, in Rockpost, Maine for individuals pursuing careers in agriculture ($1,000 monthly stipend. The lessons they learn go beyond the logistics of farm operations. During their time at the farm apprentices engage with the community through educational agricultural programs, which teach about the local food system—food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management – through the lens of environmental conservation and community well-being. Each apprenticeship will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. The duration of an apprenticeship may last from 6 months up to 2 years depending on an apprentice’s needs.

An apprentice can choose to specialize in general farm operations or cattle management. Both will gain experience managing all facets of a 136-acre property and beef farm operation, including pasture, field and woodlot management; building and equipment upkeep; the logistics of hay and baleage production and rotational grazing; and developing annual plans to manage a herd’s health, reproduction, and nutrition. Apprentices also help lead ag programs for youth, like the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club and the Farm Hands after-school program. Previous experience farming and educating youth and/or adults are preferred.

More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Aldermere Farm is available online at aldermere.org. For more information about the apprenticeships and to apply, contact the Aldermere Farm office at jalbury@mcht.org or 207-236-2739.