Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weekly Round Up 7.24.2012

"Test-Drive" the University Honors Program...by taking an Honors Seminar (a smaller course with 15-20 students)
ANTH 391 (section 00H1) - Domesticating the Planet. MW 2-3:15.  Taught by Prof. Sibel Kusimba.

The Maya, the Aztec, the Nubians -- early people interacted with their environment in remarkably sophisticated ways.  Using case studies from the ancient world, this honors introductory level course will examine the critical problems of human-environment interactions, such as climate change, resource intensification and depletion, resource conflict, disasters, and demographic impacts on the environment.  Archaeology is unique among the disciplines in offering a long-term perspective on human history that spans hundreds of thousands of years.  What can archaeology tell us about the history of human interaction with our environment?  What challenges and struggles did ancient societies face in adapting to environments and environmental change, and can we learn from this past history?
GEOL 399 (section 00H1) -  Volcanology T/Th 11-12:15.  Taught by Professor Jim Walker.
In this course students will learn where volcanoes occur on earth, about the magmas that feed volcanoes, about both explosive and non-explosive eruptions, the dangers of volcanoes, their possible effects on climate, eruption prediction, and volcanoes on other planets.  Class activities include 2-3 exams, 1-2 students reports, a final exam, and possibly a field trip.

Orion Magazine Green Job & Internship Listings

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Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 18th Annual Wetlands Conference
Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
February 12-14, 2013

Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to participate in our 18th Annual Wetlands Conference. The conference will highlight the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic value of wetlands and will promote the latest research on and techniques for wetland restoration and management.

The conference program will include a keynote address, theme-focused sessions, general wetland sessions, one or two symposia or special sessions, a banquet with speaker, working groups, and field trips. Based on recent conference attendance, we anticipate that our 2013 event will draw 200-300 natural resource scientists and professionals from university departments, government agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations as well as representatives of the media and citizen conservationists. Our audience typically includes participants from all around the state of Wisconsin and from the larger Great Lakes & Upper Midwest regions.

Call for Symposia – issued June 2012: wisconsinwetlands.org/2013CallforSymposia.pdf. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2012
Call for Presentations & Posters – to be issued September 2012. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 11, 2012
Student Scholarships – we expect to be able to offer scholarships to students again this year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 4, 2013
Registration – to open mid-November 2012. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: January 11, 2013

Conference details coming soon to www.wisconsinwetlands.org, or call 608-250-9971.
Katie Beilfuss, Outreach Programs Director
Wisconsin Wetlands Association
608-250-9971 x12

Huskie Service Scholars

Apply now for the 2012-2013 academic year!
Huskie Service Scholars is a program that offers tuition waivers to students for community service.  This program pairs upper-classmen with first-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time.  Upon completion of 300 hours of service, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132.  In order to receive the tuition waiver, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Students must earn a minimum of 12 semester hours each semester of attendance (both fall and spring semesters), excluding summer semester.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above in all NIU course work.  Students who fall below a 2.00 will have the tuition waiver immediately revoked.
  • Students must remain in good academic standing and judicial university standing at all times.  A tuition waiver will be immediately revoked if a student is not in good standing, and will not be reinstated to the Huskie Service Scholars program.
  • The tuition waiver is only available for one year and is not renewable.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, interested students can contact one of our campus partners:
Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy
Melissa Burlingame
Peer Mentor: Kathryn Olson