Off Campus Event: Bee-Driven Environmental Monitoring Presentation, Wed. 1/16 6PM in Bath, ME

Bee-Driven Environmental Monitoring Presentation
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Center for P.E.A.C.E. and Community 44 Summer Street Bath, ME 04530 (map)

JOIN scientists Bach Kim Nguyen and Michaël van Cutsem of Belgium to discuss biodiversity, pesticide and heavy metal results from bee pollen tests at five sites in Kennebec Estuary.

BRAINSTORM how this new approach to environmental monitoring can be applied, including implications for conservation, policy, education and business!

Created by Bach Kim Nguyen and Michaël van Cutsem, BeeOdiversity aims to track and boost biodiversity and promote pollinators through an innovative scientific approach analyzing bee pollen.

KELT, Nourish (the international Nourishment Economies coalition), and BeeOdiversity are partnering to demonstrate this concept in the United States for the first time. This bee-driven environmental monitoring approach promises a practical, future-focused mechanism to help communities, scientists, policymakers and businesses build on each other’s work.

Join our full team as we share preliminary results from the Kennebec Estuary and examples of how the approach is working in parts of Europe. Help us think about what structures and actions make sense for KELT, Maine and our country. Local support and insight is critical for moving this initiative to next steps!

Off Campus Workshop: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Chicago- Deadline: 1/28/19

Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Supporting the Success of All Students

April 10 – 12, 2019

University of Illinois at Chicago

Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2019

This workshop will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Earth and environmental sciences. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to make choices in our teaching and in our programs to better attract and support a diverse population of students. To move forward with this work, we will discuss the challenges and barriers students encounter, and explore a range of approaches that can be adopted to broaden participation and foster inclusion at the course and program levels. At the department and program level, we will apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity (Jolly et al., 2004) to program evaluation and design. For the plenary and concurrent workshop sessions, we will draw from our collective experiences, from the science and sociology literature on this topic, from InTeGrate modules, from NAGT’s Traveling Workshop Program, from SAGE 2YC resources, and from recent publications in the Journal of Geoscience Education (e.g. Carabajal et al., 2017; Callahan et al., 2017; Sherman-Morris & McNeal, 2016; Wolfe & Riggs 2017). Workshop participants will leave with specific strategies to implement in their classes, as well as with discussion points to share with their programs.

Workshop Goals

  • Discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion and how they strengthen Earth and environmental sciences
  • Recognize barriers to and opportunities for inclusion
  • Explore strategies and practices that attract students, cultivate their science identities, help them to thrive in college and beyond
  • Apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity to program evaluation and design
  • Develop an action plan with strategies to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at the course and program levels
  • Enable networking, sharing, and collaboration within the Earth education community to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion

Workshop Cost

There is no fee to attend this workshop, and the project grant covers participant meals and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop as well as lodging (a hotel room block has been reserved). Travel and lodging details are forthcoming.

A limited number of workshop stipends (not to exceed $500) are available on an application basis to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need. Stipends are available for airfare only.


More Information

The workshop application and additional information are linked from the workshop website:


I am one of the leaders for this workshop and would be happy to provide more information or answer questions.  Please feel welcome to share this workshop announcement with faculty at and beyond Bowdoin.  Thanks!


Kind regards,



Rachel Beane, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences

Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Bowdoin College

6800 College Station | Brunswick, Maine 04011 USA


On Campus Event: Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Student Presentations & Holiday Reception, Friday 12/14

You are very welcome to join the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester 2018 for our annual student research presentations and Schiller Coastal Studies Center holiday reception.

When: Friday, December 14, 2018

student presentations 2:00pm – 5:30pm

holiday reception to follow (~6:00pm)

Where: The Schiller Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse, 240 Bayview  Rd, Orrs Island
Interested in catching a ride? Email Rosie:

On Campus Event: DAWNLAND: Documentary Screening & Discussion, Thursday, No. 29, 7PM Kresge Auditorium

Dawnland: Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 pm
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families.  As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools.  Many children experienced devasting emotional and physical harm by adults who tried to erase their cultural identity.

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States, was established in 2012 to investigate what happened to Wabanaki families in Maine’s child welfare system. Dawnland follows the work of the five Native and non-Native commissioners as they travel across the state to gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating stories of Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot children whose cultural identities were nearly erased.

With exclusive access to the groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals how state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, and how the TRC seeks to plot a new direction.

In 2015, Bowdoin College became the official repository of the archival records of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.  Following the screening, Adam Mazo, one of the filmmakers, and Esther Anne, a participant in the film, will be on hand to discuss the making of the film, the work of the TRC, and the ongoing importance of documenting the commission’s process and telling and retelling the stories of the Wabanaki people.

On Campus Event: Truth Healing and Change: A Discussion about why the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission Matter, Thursday, Nov. 29 @ 3PM, Nixon Lounge

Truth, Healing, and Change: A Discussion about Why the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Matters

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge

Join Dawnland director Adam Mazo and film participant Esther Anne in a discussion about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), its historic work to uncover the devasting impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities, and ongoing efforts by Maine-Wabanaki REACH to heal and strengthen those communities and to resist the cultural erasure exposed by the TRC.  First Light, a short documentary that introduces the TRC and its work, will be shown, and a selection of archival materials from the TRC Archives, which are housed at Bowdoin College, will be on view.