Alternative Energy Career Conversation

Alternative Energy Career Conversation

February 14, 201412:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Are you interested in learning more about a career in the alternative energy field - from wind power to solar and hydro? Join three Bowdoin alums for pizza and a discussion of their work in the alternative energy field. They will also talk about how they got into the field, and give advice to students.

They have experience in financing, regulatory compliance and environmental assessments. There will be plenty of time for Q & A's and informal discussion with the panelists.

Bowdoin Alums:

Trevor Peterson '02, Project Manager, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Stantec Consulting
Katie Chapman '07, Project Manager, EDP Renewables
Abriel Ferreira '10, Pricing and Product Manager, Competitive Energy Services

Co-sponsored by Career Planning and the Environmental Studies Program

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Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Information Session

Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Information Session

February 19, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kanbar Hall, Room 107

BOWDOIN MARINE SCIENCE SEMESTER, FALL 2014
Information Session-Wednesday, Feb 19 7:00 pm
Kanbar Hall, Room 107

* Immersion semester for juniors and seniors
* Taught at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island, Harpswell Sound
* Four courses in module format, field and lab experience, independent research, Marine biodiversity, biological oceanography, benthic ecology, molecular ecology & evolution
*Tropical field trip to Baja California

Interested? Come to informational meeting this Wednesday Feb.19, 7pm, Kanbar Hall, Room 107

Or contact Dave Carlon, Director of the Bowdoin Marine Lab, dcarlon@bowdoin.edu

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Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

February 19, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Making a Difference in the Private Sector: Careers in Corporate Sustainability

Panelists include:
Kevin Bright: Sustainability Coordinator, Colby College
Amy Hattan: Corporate Sustainability Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
John Rooks: Sustainability Consultant, President and Founder, The Soap Group
Brad Bowers: Plant Manager, Oakhurst Dairy

Moderated by Katye Charrette- Emerging Professionals Committee, U.S. Green Building Council

Careers in green building are many and varied. Join us to hear from professionals about their careers in Corporate Sustainability. The Green Careers Series is a fun, casual way to learn about green careers and pick the brains of folks who are working in the field. After a moderated discussion with panelists, there will be ample opportunity for Q&A and conversation.

This program is a project of the Emerging Professionals Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, Maine Chapter, and hosted by the Bowdoin College Career Planning Center and the Environmental Studies Program. Questions? Call 725-3396.

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Volcanoes and the Great Dying: The End-Permian Extinction.

Volcanoes and the Great Dying:  The End-Permian Extinction.

February 24, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

"Volcanoes and the Great Dying:  The End-Permian Extinction", a talk by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer.  Around 252 million years ago the Siberian flood basalts intruded into and erupted onto the Siberian craton, producing about three million cubic kilometers of lava.  The flood basalt event is among several possible causes for the end-Permian extinction, the largest extinction in Earth history.

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National Climate Seminar: "Desalination as Adaptation?"

National Climate Seminar: "Desalination as Adaptation?"

March 5, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 103 (ES Room)

Bring your lunch and join us for this conference call with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and Micha Tomkiewicz,of Brooklyn College.

Micha Tomkiewicz is professor of physics at Brooklyn College; professor of physics and chemistry in the School for Graduate Studies of the City University of New York; and director of the Environmental Studies Program and the Electrochemistry Institute at Brooklyn College. Previously, he was divisional editor, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (1981-91); chairman, Energy and Technology Division, the Electrochemical Society (1991-93); and member, International Organizing Committee of the conferences on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (1989-92).

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Filming the Sea: a Talk by Documentary Filmmaker David Conover

Filming the Sea: a Talk by Documentary Filmmaker David Conover

April 2, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

As a documentary filmmaker, David Conover has spent twenty-five years on some of the most extreme coasts on earth, sharing his eclectic explorations and innovations with a camera.

Weaving clips and personal stories, Conover's talk is an inter-disciplinary visit to that dynamic zone between land and sea; from Newfoundland to Madagascar, Svalbard to the Galapagos, analog past to the digital future.

Encounters include an around-the-world voyage with geneticist Craig Venter, an excavation of the pirate Captain Kidd's ship, and a paddle with the extinct Great Auk.

Conover is Bowdoin's 2014-15 Coastal Studies scholar and will be teaching courses in the fall and spring semesters of next year.

Sponsored by the Film Studies Program. For more information, call 725-3552.

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Restoring Imperiled Ecosystems using Fire

Restoring Imperiled Ecosystems using Fire

April 10, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Leda N. Kobziar University of Florida Associate Professor of Fire Science & Forest Conservation

Her research interests include: the efficacy of fuels reduction and prescribed burning treatments in forest restoration; predicting potential fire behavior and severity; using dendrochronology to determine historical fire regimes; and the relationships between fire, fuels management, and soil carbon efflux.

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Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria

Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria

April 16, 20147:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Protracted droughts and scarce water resources combined with internal and cross-border migration have contributed to the securitization of discourses around migration and water in much of the Middle East. This presentation will examine how Israel, Jordan, and Syria frame issues of water, climate change, and migration as national security concerns in different ways. Dr. Weinthal and her colleagues identify two different framings of the water-climate-migration nexus, depending on whether migration is largely external or internal. In Israel and Jordan, concern with influxes of external migrants elevated migration as a security issue in part through impacts on already-scarce water resources. In Syria, where severe drought in the early 2000s prompted large-scale internal migration, officials downplayed connections between scarce water resources, drought, and internal migration, part of a broader pattern of rural neglect.

Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. The main focus of her research is on the origins and effects of environmental institutions. Her research on water politics in conflict regions (e.g. the Gaza Strip in the Middle East) focuses on how the environment might be harnessed for peace building.

Dr. Weinthal is Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Dean for International Programs at Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment. She earned a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Co-sponsored by the Government Department and Environmental Studies Program with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.

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DamNation Film Screening

DamNation Film Screening

May 4, 20147:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning rounds, after decades without access. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Watch the trailer:

Open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the Economics Department and the Environmental Studies Program.

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