Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weekly Round Up

The Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife is hosting an invasive species pull at the Montgomery wood lot on Friday, October 26th starting at 1pm. Here is the link to the facebook event:


Seminar of interest to students studying biodiversity and environmental restoration
November 1st at 3:30pm in Montgomery 443

Dave Ewert, Director of Conservation Science in The Great Lakes at The Nature Conservancy.  Dave works on climate change and conservation issues in the Great Lakes Region, generally and has also done research on the ecology of migrating and overwintering neotrpical migratory landbirds.  His seminar will be titled "The Nature Conservancy:  Great Lakes Regional Science".


The Journal of Student Research is calling for submissions for its next issue scheduled to be published end of this year. This is a multidisciplinary journal affiliated with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). 

Student researchers at NIU who are aspiring to publish can submit the following:
  • Manuscript that is student's original research.
  • Original review or analysis on a topic of student's choice.
  • Other types of submissions.

Please review the Author Guidelines ( which will answer most of your questions about the submission process.
To submit the manuscript student's will first have to Register ( with the journal as an Author.
Deadline to submit: 11:59 p.m. (CST) October 31, 2012

Curious about how you can get In The Know for environmental issues?

One way is to sign up for email lists and then read (or skim) the newsletters and emails. Here are some examples of email/newsletter groups to join:
Eco Wiki hosted by Portland State University
E - The Environmental Magazine
Sustainable News by Sustainable Chicago
Illinois Solar Energy Association
Campus Ecology by The National Wildlife Federation

Friday, October 12, 2012

Student Opportunities


  Student Resources - WATERCON2013
What:         Water Industry Career Fair
When:       Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Where:      WATERCON2013,  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL
Cost:         The career fair is free of charge
WATERCON2013 is where water professionals from all over the state gather to present the latest research and technologies for improving water quality, wastewater treatment, and public health.

New this year,  we will host a career fair at WATERCON 2013 for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and certification program trainees. This event will provide job placement, networking, and mentoring opportunities for students pursuing fields of study related to the water industry, such as chemistry, biology, civil and environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, public health, water system operations, and utility management.
NO CHARGE - There is no charge for students to attend the 2 hour career fair.   If you would like to stay for the entire day, and experience the technical sessions, exhibit hall and social events, you can submit a poster for the poster session and gain free registration with your poster submission.  Also if you would like to simply register for the day, that is an option below.  Poster session begins at 9am and judging will be at 11am, also on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

If  you are a full time student and involved extensively in water or wastewater topics and are unable to present a poster and need assistance to attend WATERCON,  email for further assistance and details.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Study Abroad in Madagascar!

Publish Your Research

Call For Submissions
The Journal of Science Policy and Governance will be accepting submissions relating to emerging topics and issues in science policy in early January, 2013. The Journal invites young scholars interested in publishing new ideas and research for policy-makers, planners, and managers in a variety of fields. For more information please email or go to our website:

The Journal of Science Policy and Governance is an interdisciplinary journal that seeks high-quality submissions on emerging or continuing policy debates. Current students (undergraduate or graduate) and recent graduates within three years of earning a degree (bachelors, masters, or doctoral) are eligible to submit. The Journal strives to publish articles in a timely manner to ensure that publications can be considered in the context of current policy debates. The Journal seeks to publish on a wide range of topics in a variety of ways. Below are the types of articles that can be submitted and their guidelines.

Policy Memos
Maximum of four pages or 2000 words
One paragraph executive summary
Must be directed to an individual or organization
Policy Analyses
Maximum of 30 pages

Must include a one page executive summary
Must include policy recommendations
Technology Assessments
Maximum of 35 pages
Must include a one page executive summary
Must examine the policy and governance implications of technology in question
May include policy recommendations
Maximum of 1000 words

Must include policy or governance implications

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bioneers & Graduate School Fair

On behalf of the Knox College community, interested NIU students, faculty, and staff  are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference, which will be held this month at Knox. The weekend (Oct. 26-28th) will be filled with many excellent and educational activities. Perhaps most exciting is our keynote speaker this year: the acclaimed activist Julia Butterfly Hill. In addition, there will be plenary talks by the likes of Bill McKibben, Sandra Steingraber, Paul Hawken and others (which were delivered at the National  Bioneers Conference) and more than ten interactive break-out sessions focusing on a wide range of environmental topics. For those who wish to camp, there will be the opportunity to do so at one of the nicest prairie restoration sites in the country, tents provided.

Intrigued? All you need to do is sign up, show up, and pay a reasonable registration fee (which covers the cost of the four meals and snacks that will be served throughout the conference, all prepared fresh by our favorite local vendors.)

Take a look at everything and register at: