Announcement: NOAA Planet Stewards 2019 Stewardship Community Application (Deadline to apply: Dec. 2, 2018)

NOAA Planet Stewards 2019 Stewardship Community Application
Deadline to apply: Sunday, December 2, 2018
The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a scientifically-literate public actively engaged in environmental stewardship that conserves, restores, and protects human communities and natural resources related to NOAA’s mission.The Stewardship Community is a network for supporting the development and implementation of hands-on action-based projects. It is a unique 18 month opportunity to receive one-on-one guidance on designing, implementing, and evaluating an environmental stewardship project, and writing for a Federal funding opportunity.

The application to join the PSEP Stewardship Community includes a brief project pre-proposal. If accepted, participants will work with a peer review group and a peer mentor to refine their proposal, which may be submitted for funding of up to $2500.00 by June 2, 2019. Accepted proposals are funded for the 2019/2020 academic year. Monies must be directly applied toward completion of the project and cannot be used for salaries, professional development travel, attendance at conferences, or overhead.

Educators accepted into the Stewardship Community, are committing to:

> Develop a Planet Stewardship Project
> Dedicate approximately 3-5 hours/month for 5 months to:
> Attending PSEP webinars (~1 hour/webinar – approximately every other month during evening hours. Educators receive certificates for every webinar attended )
> View and reflect on five archived PSEP webinar videos (2018 or earlier. ~1 hour/video)
> Fully participate in a Stewardship Project Peer Review Group (~1 hour/month during evening hours. )
> Use the PSEP Wiki to post stewardship project plans, progress updates, results, and share resources and comments with other PSEP educators.
> Participate in future PSEP evaluation efforts i.e. online surveys.

Educators accepted into the Stewardship Community who fulfill the above requirements will be eligible to apply for:
> Funding of up to $2500.00 to carry out an environmental stewardship action project.

Educators who complete their stewardship project:
> Can apply for travel reimbursements to attend and present at select workshops and/or national conferences.
> May receive invitations to special events and face-to-face professional development opportunities.

The deadline to submit an application is midnight December 2, 2018.

All information submitted is retained by the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project and will NEVER be shared with anyone at anytime without the written permission of the applicant.

Once you hit “send form” you will NOT be able to return to this same application and make changes. It is recommended you compile all the information you intend to submit, then copy and paste it into the required fields when you are ready to apply.

Questions? Contact: Molly.Harrison@noaa.gov or Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov
For more information, see the website

Internship & Study Away Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Some opportunities shared by Bowdoin alum Aspen Gavenus ’99:
Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Environmental Education Jobs and Internships (spring & summer 2019) with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies:

Do you enjoy getting people excited about our natural world?  As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, or Intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading educational programs for children, school groups, and visitors to Alaska.  As a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay. Our seasonal staff are employed at the Wynn Nature Center (a 140-acre boreal forest preserve) the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station (coastal ecosystems) and the Yurt on the Spit.  Responsibilities vary by position. Check out our website for more information: https://www.akcoastalstudies.org/about-us/jobs-volunteers.html

Alaska Coastal Summer Institute (summer 2019)

ACSI is built around four core experiences (each about a week in duration) hosted by local research agencies and community-organizations in the Kachemak Bay area.  These core experiences provide a fun, fascinating, and highly effective way to learn how scientific knowledge is being built and used in Kachemak Bay.  You will also attain job-related skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and scientific communication. Plus, you can grow your professional network and become familiar with a number of the research agencies working in Kachemak Bay, exploring different career options and build connections with organizations that offer seasonal internships, as well as research/graduate school positions! Each core experience determined by the partner agencies offers students insight into their most interesting and important research, community-based monitoring, and science communication work.  The cost is approximately $3000, but some scholarship assistance may be available. For more information, go to https://www.akcoastalstudies.org/education-programs/alaska-coastal-summer-institute.html

Semester by the Bay (fall 2019, and new this year, spring 2020)

Each fall, the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, located in Homer, Alaska, offers students from around the country the opportunity for an academic hands-on learning experience studying biological sciences with easy access to cold-water marine habitats and an Alaskan theme. The semester has been designed to meet the needs of students majoring in the natural sciences in a creative and adventurous way.

Kachemak Bay is one of the richest marine estuaries in the world. Charismatic species such as sea otters, killer and humpback whales, bald eagles, puffins, jellies, halibut, and salmon utilize the waters and coastal environments of Kachemak Bay. Students are immersed with these and other species, such as beluga whales, during hands-on labs, field trips conducted throughout the semester here in Kachemak Bay and the surrounding waters of Cook Inlet, and during undergraduate internship opportunities conducted with our community partners. Check out http://semesterbythebay.org/ or see the attached flyer.

Shantzbird Scholarship for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival (spring 2019)

The Shantz Brothers Foundation just announced they will be sending another student to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska. Aplications for the 2019 trip, which takes place May 9-12, are now being accepted.  The application deadline is December 31, 2018. Please click here for the Scholarship Application

Field Studies for Student Groups at Peterson Bay (spring, summer, fall)

One of the best parts of my job is to put together unique Alaska Coastal Ecology educational programs for middle school, high school, and college student groups from around the state, country, and even world.  If you are interested in bringing a group of students to our remote Peterson Bay Field Station in spring, summer, or fall, please get in touch.  Using evidence-based teaching methods and immersing students in the amazingly diverse and complex human-ecological systems of the Kachemak Bay region, these field study trips can be just a couple days long as part of a longer trip throughout Alaska, or you can focus your time in Kachemak Bay, spending over a week at the Field Station.  Check out https://www.akcoastalstudies.org/education-programs/summer-youth-programs/for-groups.html or the attached brochure for more information.

Please pass this information on to anyone who you think might be interested, and get in touch if you have questions!

Thanks!

Aspen

Katie ‘Aspen’ Gavenus ’99
Program Director
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
email:katieg@akcoastalstudies.org

708 Smokey Bay Way
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-1974

Announcement: OneNOAA Seminar Series (webinars)

The OneNOAA Science Seminar Series is a NOAA employee voluntary effort started in 2004 with contributors from Line Offices across NOAA to bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted, publicly accessible, environmental science and climate seminars across the nation. Below is an abbreviated summary of the seminars. Click on the title (web link) of each seminar for detailed information. Visit  the link above to subscribe to this weekly OneNOAA Science seminars list. Seminars may be updated at any time; please check the OneNOAAScience Seminar Calendar for the latest seminar information. For general questions about the seminars, please contact Tracy.Gill@noaa.govLori.Brown@noaa.gov or Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov. For questions specific to a seminar, please contact the point of contact listed in the seminar description for each seminar in the seminar calendar. Everyone is invited to be a speaker in our OneNOAA Science seminar series.

All seminars are currently listed in Eastern Standard Time.
See the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series in google calendar format.

November 26, 2018

Title: Preparing your Winter Toolbox: Drought & Climate Outlook for California-Nevada
Presenter(s): Julie Kalansky, CNAP-NOAA RISA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography-SIO; Michelle L’Heureux, NWS Climate Prediction Center; Brian Kawzenuk, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, SIO; NWS California Nevada River Forecast Center
Date & Time: November 26, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar Only (see access information below), NOAA – HQ – Science Seminar Series
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November 27, 2018

Title: Launching PArticle Size, Image, and Velocity probe (PASIV): Innovation for Severe Storm In-Situ Sensing
Presenter(s): Sean Waugh, OAR
Date & Time: November 27, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: OAR – Library – GoToMeeting Account
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Title: Integration of Habitat Mapping & Acoustic Technologies to Advance Ecosystem Based Management
Presenter(s): Dr. Mark Monaco, Director, Marine Spatial Ecology Division of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NCCOS. Presenting in person in Silver Spring, MD
Date & Time: November 27, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: SSMC4 – Large Conference Room – 8150
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Title: Using fishing industry catch data directly for stock assessment: Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab
Presenter(s): Chris Siddon, Marine Fisheries Scientist, Division of Commercial Fisheries, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Date & Time: November 27, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: AFSC – Conf Line 1-877-953-3919 (PP:5944500), AFSC – Seattle – LgConf Rm – 2079 (RACE)
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November 28, 2018

Title: A multidisciplinary approach for generating globally consistent data on mesophotic, deep-pelagic and bathyl biological communities: The General Ocean Survey and Sampling Iterative Protocol
Presenter(s): Lucy Woodall, University of Oxford and Nekton Foundation. Presenting remotely
Date & Time: November 28, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: VIa webinar (see login below) or for NOAA staff: SSMC4 – Large Conference Room – 8150
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Title: New

Satellite-Based Tropical Cyclone Intensity Estimation in the JPSS-GOES-R Era

Presenter(s): TBD
Date & Time: November 28, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: Greentech IV Building, 7700 Hubble Drive Greenbelt MD 20771, Conference Room S650
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Title: Rescheduled – Satellite-Based Tropical Cyclone Intensity Estimation in the JPSS-GOES-R Era
Presenter(s): Derrick Herndon Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, CIMSS; Madison, WI
Date & Time: November 28, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: Greentech IV Building, 7700 Hubble Drive Greenbelt MD 20771, Conference Room: S650
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Title: Modeled impact of coastal biogeochemical processes and climate variability on ocean acidification in the Bering Sea
Presenter(s): Dr. Darren Pilcher, Research Scientist, University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean, Seattle, WA
Date & Time: November 28, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: PMEL, Oceanographer Room (#2104), 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98103 or https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/891851101
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November 29, 2018

Title: Warming Seas, Falling Fortunes – Stories of Fishermen on the Front Lines of Climate Change
Presenter(s): Avery Siciliano, former ocean policy research associate at the Center for American Progress and current program integrity specialist at Best Aquaculture Practices, and Alexandra Carter, ocean policy research associate at the Center for American Progress
Date & Time: November 29, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: SSMC4 – Large Conference Room – 8150
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Title: air-LUSI: How we flew a Lab Instrument on an Airplane at 70,000 Feet
Presenter(s): Thomas C. Larason of NIST
Date & Time: November 29, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553 , NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
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Title: NOAA’s Aquaculture Program: Having Our Fish and Eating Them Too
Presenter(s): Laura Hoberecht, Ph.D., Aquaculture Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, NOAA Western Regional Center
Date & Time: November 29, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar or at Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium 2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle WA 98112
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Title: Update: El Niño and the Southwest Drought
Presenter(s): Speakers: Elizabeth Weight, NIDIS; Mike Halpert, Deputy Director, NOAA NWS Climate Prediction Center; Royce Fontenot, Senior Hydrologist, NOAA National Weather Service
Date & Time: November 29, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar Only (see access information below), NOAA – HQ – Science Seminar Series
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December 4, 2018

Title: Acquiring Multispectral Images Using a Commercial Camera
Presenter(s): Carlos Iturrino, Electrical Engineer, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently he is completing his Master of Science degree in Digital Signal Processing at UPRM as a CREST Scholar. Presenting at NOAA in Silver Spring.
Date & Time: December 4, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: SSMC4 – Large Conference Room – 8150
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Title: Making a case for model-based estimation of data products from fisheries-independent surveys
Presenter(s): Stan Kotwicki, Program Manager, Groundfish Assessment Program, Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Date & Time: December 4, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: AFSC – Conf Line 1-877-953-3919 (PP:5944500), AFSC – Seattle – LgConf Rm – 2079 (RACE)
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December 5, 2018

Title: Initial Geostationary Lightning Mapper Observations – RESCHEDULED from 11/15/2018
Presenter(s): Scott Rudlosky  – NESDIS/STAR/CoRP
Date & Time: December 5, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD, NCWCP – Large Conf Rm – 2552-2553
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December 6, 2018

Title: Coastal Blue Carbon as a Negative Emissions Technology
Presenter(s): TBD
Date & Time: December 6, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am ET
Location: TBD
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Title: New

The Little Rapids Restoration Project: A 25 year partnership to improve habitat in the St. Mary’s River Area of Concern

Presenter(s): Eric Ellis and Ashley Moerke, Great Lakes Commission. Presenting remotely.
Date & Time: December 6, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: TBD
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Title: Salmon Ocean Ecology in British Columbia
Presenter(s): Jackie King, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Date & Time: December 6, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar or at Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium 2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle WA 98112
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December 11, 2018

Title: Interaction of commercial fishing gears and long-lived structure forming invertebrate species in the Aleutian Islands: A risk assessment
Presenter(s): John Olson, Fisheries Biologist, Habitat Conservation Division, Alaska Regional Office
Date & Time: December 11, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: AFSC – Conf Line 1-877-953-3919 (PP:5944500), AFSC – Seattle – LgConf Rm – 2079 (RACE)
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Title: NOAA Research and Development Database (NRDD): Project Management Data for NOAA’s R&D
Presenter(s): Meka Laster & Shanie Gal-Edd, OAR
Date & Time: December 11, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: NOAA Central Library, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
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December 12, 2018

Title: Analyses of multi species ichthyoplankton data along the US west coast as indicators of ecosystem changes
Presenter(s): Jens Nielsen Ph.D., NRC postdoctoral researcher, NOAA Fisheries, Seattle, WA.
Date & Time: December 12, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: PMEL, Oceanographer Room (#2104), 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98103 or https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/891851101
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December 17, 2018

Title: Fishing for Solutions: A Science Briefing on Ocean Change and Fisheries
Presenter(s): Malin Pinsky, Associate Professor in Dept.of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, Rutgers University; Michael Luisi, Monitoring and Assessment Division Director, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Roger Griffis, Climate Coordinator, NOAA’s Fisheries Service; Heather Mannix, Assistant Director of Policy Engagement, COMPASS; and Stephen Posner, Assistant Director of Policy Engagement, COMPASS
Date & Time: December 17, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar only
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December 19, 2018

Title: A New Diet Index: Predicting fish length from diet composition
Presenter(s): Nissa C. Ferm, Fisheries Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Contractor with Lynker Inc., Seattle, WA
Date & Time: December 19, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Location: PMEL, Oceanographer Room (#2104), 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98103 or https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/891851101
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December 20, 2018

Title: The JCSDA Community Radiative Transfer Model: From Development to Operations
Presenter(s): Dr. Benjamin T. Johnson – JCSDA
Date & Time: December 20, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Location: Conference Room # 2552-2553 , NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD
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December 21, 2018

Title: December 2018 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing
Presenter(s): Rick Thoman, National Weather Service
Date & Time: December 21, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Location: online or in-person IARC/Akasofu 407
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February 5, 2019

Title: Home Front Hawai`i: A Naval Legacy beneath the Sea
Presenter(s): Dr. Hans van Tilburg, Maritime Heritage Program Coordinator, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Date & Time: February 5, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Location: Online Participation Only
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May 21, 2019

Title: Estimating Coral Feeding Habits from Space
Presenter(s): Dr. Michael Fox, Former Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar
Date & Time: May 21, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Location: Online Participation Only
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Developer – Lori K. Brown

Alumni Jobs: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has two open positions in support of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

The positions are:

-National External Affairs Coordinator

-Junior Front End Web Developer

Both positions will work in support of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries HQ office in Silver Spring MD.  See the full listing on their website here.

https://marinesanctuary.org/career/

Volunteer Opportunity: Kaua’i AmeriCorps

Aloha,

Are you looking for novel and hands-on ways to teach and learn about sustainable development in today’s globalized world? Volunteer Kaua’i is here to connect college programs, groups, and students to authentic and educational volunteer opportunities on the island of Kauai. As a representative of community-based 501(c)(3) org, Malama Kaua’i, and the coordinator of the program, I’m writing to share with you why and how to arrange your educational opportunities on Kaua’i.

Why Kaua’i? Our island is the westernmost county of the U.S., and most remote of the Hawaiian islands, making it an ideal location to learn about the global effects of westernization without requiring a passport. Its unique post-colonial context opens student’s eyes to the past, present and future of globalization and gentrification. Meanwhile, the land-based indigenous Hawaiian culture demonstrates progressive resistance and alternative modes of development. Also known as “The Garden Isle,” and home to complex ecosystems, Kaua’i boasts numerous opportunities to study conservation and sustainability outdoors – not to mention the recreational possibilities.

We collaborate with college programs and groups to develop tailored ‘volunteer vacations.’ that match you’re interests. For example, we hosted an interdisciplinary group of Virginia Tech students and connected them with the resources to build a shed for a garden education at a local Hawaiian immersion school. We arrange internships and host student researches in a variety of fields as well – over the summer we hosted interns from Duke University, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, and more.

For students of the environment, public policy, development, health and more, gaining a perspective beyond one’s own community is integral to a well-rounded education. If you want to integrate beautiful and unique Kaua’i into your academic experience, please do not hesitate to visit our website and/or contact me directly at volunteer@malamakauai.org or (808) 828-0685 x11.

With aloha,

Julia Black

Program Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer Coordinator

http://volunteerkauai.org

Internship Opportunity: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Worth Applying for!

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.eduat the University of California Santa Cruz are now available, and to ask for your help reaching prospective Scholars.  Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.

During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Our Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019.

For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

Announcement, On & Off Campus Events

Bowdoin Public Service Initiative
Upcoming deadline:

BPS Fellowships: Deadline Thursday, November 15th at noon.

Walk-in Hours: Mondays 9:00-11:00am, Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm, or by appointment. Banister 201. Learn more.

Election Night Results Screening Party
Starts at 8pm
Morrell Lounge (Smith Union)

Join the entire Bowdoin Community to watch the results come in! Free food will be provided by the Pub & McKeen Center (while supplies last). Sponsored by Bowdoin Republicans, Bowdoin Democrats, Bowdoin Student Government, and Bowdoin Votes.

Pop-up Art Show With Incarcerated Youth
Friday, November 9, 7-9pm
Ladd House

Enjoy multimedia art created by incarcerated students from Maine and across the USA.  Meet the artists and pick up a copy of the new art magazine, The Truth of Incarcerated Youth (donations encouraged).  Sponsored by Criminal Justice Reform Club. Contact Heather Gans.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

Help Build Window Inserts for Brunswick Residents
Tuesday daytimes and/or Thursday evenings
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant and Union St, Brunswick, Maine

WindowDressers builds and distributes insulative window inserts for Brunswick residents who are struggling to make ends meet.  The community workshop will include all training and tools required. Contact Sam Saltonstall.