Off campus Tour: Field trip to Solar Farm, Friday May 3

 Field Trip to Solar Farm, May 3rd.

If you’re curious about what it means on the ground for Bowdoin to be carbon neutral, then hop on the bus and come on a field trip to the site in Farmington where the largest solar array in Maine is under construction! We’ll meet with representatives from the energy company, tour the site, and learn how a local dairy farmer is keeping the fields in operation while helping to grow alternative energy in Maine. 

RSVP and more information here.​ Contact Juliette Min, Maynor Loaisiga, or Bethany Taylor with questions.

Off Campus Event: Nat Wheelwright and the Naturalist’s Notebook @ Topsham Public Library Tuesday, May 7 @ 6PM

Please join the Topsham Conservation Commission as we present Nat Wheelwright and the Naturalist’s Notebook at the Topsham Library
Tuesday, May 7th
6-7:30 pmWhat do you notice throughout the year? Hearing the first peeper in the spring, watching the arrival of monarch butterflies in the summer? Seeing the first snowfall in winter – or noting the last one in the spring? This list, sometimes called phenology or the timing of natural events, is often observed by each of us.  Have you ever wondered how to record this information or whether it is useful?

Nat Wheelwright, Emeritus Professor of Natural Sciences at Bowdoin College, wants to encourage more people to notice the world around them. To this end, he devised The Naturalist’s Notebook (Storey Publishing, 2017), which he co-authored with Bernd Heinrich, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Vermont and award-winning nature writer and artist. Gulf of Maine Books will be on hand to sell The Naturalist’s Notebook; all royalties from the sales of this book go to conservation and environmental education activities.

Come celebrate this book at the Topsham Library any time from 6-7:30.  Learn tips on how to become a naturalist no matter what your background.  Explore tools such as the Naturalist’s Notebook, the creation of your own journal or list of phenology, or the utilization of an online resource such as iNaturalist.  Light refreshments will be served.

25 Foreside Rd. Topsham, ME

Off Campus Event: Changing Environments: An interdisciplinary maritime symposium, April 6, Bath, ME

46th ALBERT REED & THELMA WALKER MARITIME SYMPOSIUM
“CHANGING  ENVIRONMENTS”
SATURDAY, APRIL 6,  2019, 9AM-6PM
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath ME

Mariners and those who depend on the sea cause and respond to cultural, economic, and ecological changes. This symposium takes an interdisciplinary look at the issue of changing environments through a variety of lenses. These lenses include changing visual and cultural interpretations of the sea, Maine’s changing roles in international trade, the changing role of literary figures in marine conservation, and the ways that climate change impacts fisheries.

The “Liquid, Mystic Theme” in American Art: Shifting Perceptions of the Sea

Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art History, City University of New York

From Guangzhou to Augusta: The Influence of the Delano Family of Maine on the Changing Environment of the Early-U.S. Sino Trade

Thomas H. Cox, Associate Professor of History, Sam Houston State University

Creating a Hurricane? The Double Life of Marcus Mote’s Shipwreck at Sea, 1883

Julia Stephens May, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Fish Tale: A Hemingway Marlin in Maine

Susan F. Beegel, Former Editor of The Hemingway Review

The Future of Fishing in a Rapidly Warming Gulf of Maine

Marissa McMahan, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Manomet
Anne Hayden, Program Manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet

9:00 am – 6:00 pm april 6, 2019 closing reception — cash bar advance registration required    visit www.mainemaritimemuseum.org

Off Campus Event: “Strengthening Maine Communities Through Environmental Education”, March 14-15, Belfast, Maine

Good afternoon!

The Maine Environmental Education Association is hosting is annual statewide conference “Strengthening Maine Communities Through Environmental Education” at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, Maine on March 14-15, 2019.

The research symposium is March 14th and is cohosted with the Maine Math and Science Alliance.  The full Conference is March 15th, is cohosted with Unity College.

The conference will bring together 150+ leaders, educators, and students from throughout Maine and New England to share innovative environmental education strategies, and strengthen teaching, public communication, and leadership skills – all in serving to enhance the relationships among Maine’s people, communities and environment.

Registration is open now!

Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose from over 25 workshops, participate in a nature-based makers space, environmental education resource share, learn about preliminary results from the statewide Census for Community-based Environmental Learning, explore exhibits, network and students can gain support on job and internship applications. Teachers can earn contact hours for attending this conference and scholarships are available.  To learn more about the conference and to register visit www.meeassociation.org.

Please let your students know about this opportunity. There are scholarships available, so if cost is a barrier for your students, please have them reach out. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Alex Brasili
Alexandria Brasili (Bowdoin Alum)
Research Associate
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
(207) 230-4617 • 219 Capitol Street, Suite 3, Augusta, ME 04330

Off Campus Event: Environmental & Education Policy Panels with CBB alumni; Friday, March 1st

Are you interested in working on policy issues? Are you curious about government, or politics? Do you have a strong conviction about education, or the environment?

Join fellow students from Bates and Colby with these shared interests for “Policy Day” on Friday, March 1. We’ll travel to the State House in (transport provided) Augusta and meet alums from all 3 schools. You’ll learn what lobbyists and policy analysts do, what legislators do, and what a career in the executive branch can look like.

We’ll leave campus around 12:45 PM, and be back before 6. In between, you’ll get to listen to and ask questions of people pursuing public policy careers in a variety of ways.

Space is limited so you must rsvp here to sign up:

https://bowdoin.wufoo.com/forms/q1euo03o0ylc2on/

Off Campus Event: Gulf of Maine 2050– Save the date, November 2019

On November 4-8th, 2019, science, governmental, industry, and community leaders from across New England and the Maritime Provinces will come together in Portland, Maine to explore environmental, economic, social, and institutional perspectives on emerging climate challenges and opportunities.

Through a stimulating mix of symposium style presentations and practical work sessions we will:

  • learn how the Gulf of Maine is expected to change in the next 30 years
  • develop a shared vision of regional resilience
  • activate new collaborations to achieve this vision

We hope you can be part of this critical conversation!

www.gulfofmaine2050.org

Submission Opportunity: Call for Poster Abstracts, Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

The 2019 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference, held in the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine on March 28th, is calling for student poster submissions.

The submission deadline for poster abstracts is Thursday, March 7, 2019. Abstracts can be submitted online through the conference website. This year, the juried poster competition will include three judging categories: graduate, undergraduate and high-school.

Posters invited for display will address one or more aspects of the following:

  • Water quality/quantity. These may include chemical, biological, hydrological, and geochemical aspects of surface and ground waters, and their policy and economic implications.
  • Sustainability. These may include implementation and evaluation of policies and practices that promote economic development while protecting ecosystem health and fostering community well-being.

On Campus Event: Black Faces, White Spaces- Thursday Jan 31 7:30 PM

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:30 PM
Roux Center Lantern

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. Dr. Finney works to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak on environmental issues and determine policies.

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: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/workshops/twp_support_students/index.html

 

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

 

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

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