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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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.

Off Campus Event: Wild & Scenic Film Fesitval, SUnday 11/11 3-5 in Belfast, ME

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3-5 PM
Cosby Center, Belfast, Maine ($10)

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). “Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.”

In short films, witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. The program contains nine diverse and inspiring films of environmental activism that range in length from 3 to 22 minutes.

Join us after the films for drinks, food and conversation at the Center.

Check out the film line-up:

Letter to Congress: Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage—our public lands—to private and corporate interests.

Blue Venture: A marine biologist encourages a coastal Madagascar community to close of a small section of their octopus-fishing area. After the community sees huge increase in their catch and incomes, the model goes viral showing how protecting the ocean can go hand-in-hand with improving lives.

Biomimicry: This film shows how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.

Dragging Pounds Uphill: A mother of four decides to turn off screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.

100,000 Beating Hearts: The film tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to the industrialization of agriculture.

Imagination: Watch daydreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.

Water Warriors: A multi-cultural group of unlikely warriors—including members of the Mi’kmiq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families—successfully fight a gas company’s efforts to frack in their province.

My Irnik: A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.

High Divide: They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. Hear the lost voices of the American West. A new film celebrates the confluence of a wild place and its visionary people.

Note to students: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will once again offer scholarships to the first 20 middle or high school students who arrive at the screening!

Off Campus Event: “The 2018 Elections and the Future of Conservation in Maine”, Pete Didisheim, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Sunday 11/11, 4-6 PM @ Frontier

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust 2018 Annual Meeting

Featuring Pete Didisheim, NRCM Advocacy Director, on “The 2018 Elections and the Future of Conservation in Maine”
Sunday, November 11, 4-6 pm

Frontier Café

Gather at Frontier Café with your fellow Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust members to celebrate the year’s successes. There will be tasty snacks, a cash bar, and plenty of good company. This is your chance to hear what we accomplished this year with your support, vote for new and returning Board members, and see the unveiling of our new online Wellness Resource. In addition, we welcome Pete Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, to consider what fall election results will mean for conservation in Maine. Click here to learn more.

Interested in getting outside before the meeting? Join us for a bike ride at Neptune Woods at 10am, and walks at Chase Reserve at 11am, Topsham River Trail at 12pm, and Woodward Cove at 1pm.

Off Campus Opportunity: 2018 Maine Student Water Challenge, Register by Nov. 2 ($350 stipend to participate)

Good Afternoon! 

There is still time for students to register for the Maine Student Water Challenge. Each student will receive a $350 stipend upon completing the Water Challenge as well as $50 for travel to the Water Palooza! Please spread the word! This is a great resume builder and opportunity for Maine students! 

The deadline for registration has been extended to November 2nd! 

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 $350 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 has been extended to November 2, 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 Agreementhttps://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)-753-6573 with any questions.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Kayla LaVoice

 

STEM Collaboration VISTA

Maine Campus Compact

207-753-6573

Off-Campus Event: Neptune Woods Trails Celebration, Sunday 10/21, 10-2 (Brunswick)

Neptune Woods Trails Celebration, Brunswick Landing
Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of the new multi-use trails located off of Neptune Drive in Brunswick.

  • Tours of the new trails;
  • Group rides for all experience levels and ages;
  • Center Street Cycles and Specialized Bicycles will be on site with 12 of their Stumpjumper mountain bikes for attendees to try.

12:00pm – 2:00pm at Flight Deck Brewing

  • Social hour to toast the new trails;
  • Gorham Bike and Ski will be on site offering bike repair and mechanics workshops.

Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) and Six Rivers-New England Mountain Bike Association (6R-NEMBA) to celebrate the new mountain bike trails at Neptune Woods on Brunswick Landing. Thanks to support from Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Midcoast Hospital, over 4 miles of introductory level trails were built on this 64-acre parcel of land on the former Naval Air Station.

On October 21, BTLT, 6R-NEMBA, Flight Deck Brewing, Center Street Cycles, Gorham Bike and Ski, Specialized Bikes, and many other community supporters will come together for group rides, demos, tours, workshops, and a toast to the trails. We hope you’ll be there too!

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Directions:
Head east on Bath Road from downtown Brunswick, toward Cooks Corner
Turn right onto Admiral Fitch Ave
Turn left onto Forrestal Drive
Turn right onto Neptune Drive
Neptune Woods will be on your left, across from Coastal Landing

Off Campus Event: New England Food System Innovation Challenge (Register by Oct. 8!)

Registration for the 4th Annual New England Food System Innovation Challenge closes on October 8th. The Challenge will be held Nov 9-11 at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish Maine.

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. Registration is now open at:  www.NEInnovationChallenge.org

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

Off Campus Event: Brunswick Farmer’s Market- Tuesday and Friday 8AM-2PM

Brunswick Farmer’s Market
Tuesday’s and friday’s until early November, 8AM-2PM
On the Brunswick ‘Mall’ or Green– downtown Brunswick

The Brunswick Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the State. Vendor stalls line the intown park, “The Brunswick Mall and Gazebo” to create a wonderful shopping experience. A full complement of farm products will satisfy your shopping needs. Located right in downtown Brunswick, get your groceries at the farmers’ market and get your other errands done at the same time!

Market is held rain or shine, every Tuesday and Friday, 8:00am-2:00pm, May-November.  For more information about the Brunswick Farmers’ Market and its history, see this Bangor Daily News article!