Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Alternative Spring Break in the Chattahoochee National Forest!

Argonne National Laboratory: Summer 2015 Undergraduate Internships

Dear Colleague:

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated and energetic undergraduate students for the 2015 summer internship and part-time work experience programs!

Over the years, Argonne has supported thousands of students in their explorations of STEM research careers; provided access to cutting-edge research facilities and fostered relationships with world-class scientists all within 30 miles of the third largest city in the country. We are looking to grow our summer 2015 cohort of students.

Intern, Kevin Banks, speaking on his internship experience.

We have a number of programs accepting applications for summer opportunities. Please share with your networks. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about our programs.


Lisa Reed
Undergraduate and Graduate Program Lead
Educational Programs, Argonne National Laboratory

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship 
This program is for students wishing to perform research in a STEM field under the guidance of laboratory staff on projects supporting the DOE mission. This program is supported through the DOE's Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS).
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
January 9, 2015Poster/Oral Presentation;
Peer Review
Community College Internship 
The program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department of Energy’s mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. This program is supported through the DOE's Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS).
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
January 9, 2015Poster Presentation;
Final Report
Student Research Program 
This program is for students wishing to perform research in a STEM field under the guidance of laboratory staff on projects supporting the Argonne mission.
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
February 1, 2015Final Report
Research Aide
This program provides opportunities to work on a temporary basis with scientists and engineers as a Research Aide. In this position, students are assigned specific technical tasks to support their assigned division’s research agenda and needs.
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
March 1, 2015N/A
Argonne National Laboratory
Educational Programs
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
(630) 252-4114

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Monday, November 17, 2014



Friday, February 27th @ 4pm
Davis Hall room 308 By: Harvey D. Pokorny, PGNAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Illinois 
The 83-acre Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant site (NIROP) lies approximately 700 feet east of the Mississippi River in Fridley, Minnesota.  The U.S. Navy and its contractors produced advanced weapons systems at the industrial National Priority List (NPL) site from 1940 to 2012.  In 1981, trichloroethene (TCE) was discovered in on-site groundwater wells and in the City of Minneapolis drinking water treatment plant intake pipe, located within the Mississippi River approximately 4,900 feet downgradient from the NIROP site.  In 1983, investigations identified pits and trenches in the "North 40" area of the NIROP site where drummed wastes had been disposed.  Contaminated soil and drums have since been excavated from the "North 40" area and properly disposed off-site.

In August 1988, a remedial investigation and feasibility study revealed that impacted groundwater originating from the site was flowing towards the Mississippi River at TCE concentrations of up to 10,000 parts per billion (ppb).  In contrast, the Safe Drinking Water Act sets the maximum contaminant limit (MCL) at five ppb PCE for potable water.  Concentrations of TCE in area monitoring wells adjacent to the river have since decreased to levels ranging between non-detect to 150 ppb, and TCE has not been detected in the city of Minneapolis water intake pipe since the 1980s.

On September 28, 1990, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that presented a cleanup remedy to hydraulically contain the groundwater contaminant plume using an extraction well system.  The Navy conducts cleanup and groundwater monitoring action at the NIROP site through a partnering arrangement with the U.S. EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Groundwater treatment has been ongoing at NIROP since September 1991 and continues today.  Additional extraction wells were installed, replaced, and/or taken out of service over the years, along with treatment system upgrades designed to maximize system performance and gather additional information.  More than 4.3 billion gallons of groundwater have been treated since 1991, resulting in a recovery of over 40,000 pounds of TCE.   The treatment system is removing contaminants between 25 and 100 feet in depth, but will take excessive time for groundwater to reach cleanup goals at the current pace. 

Groundwater remediation at the site is complicated by glacial drift sediments intertwined with fluvial terrace channels on the east and stacked channels closer to the Mississippi River edge.   The Navy is completing a source investigation featuring vertical sampling at 36 locations.  A preliminary overview of investigation results will be presented along with the geologic framework of the site.

Harvey D. Pokorny, PG

Mr. Pokorny, a Professional Geologist, is a native of the Chicago area.  He spent the initial 13 years of his geological career in the oil and gas business working as an exploration geophysicist/geologist.  Work was performed for independent oil and gas firms both as a consultant and employee.

Since 1989, he has been employed in the environmental business as a geologist/project manager.  He has conducted Phase I environmental assessments through completion of remedial action on multiple sites in multiple states.  The past seven years were spent with an emphasis on environmental oversight of construction projects.  This work continues with his present employer, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, located at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Mr. Pokorny’s area of expertise is the geological sciences and application of same to the environmental industry.  He brings in a background of chemistry and regulatory compliance to project management issues. 

He received a Bachelor of Science (1970) and Master of Science (1972) in Geology from Northern Illinois University. He trained in the environmental sciences at Colorado School of Mines.  He is a licensed professional geologist in Indiana and Illinois, a Certified Geologist of American Institute of Professional Geologists, and an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Questions about Graduate School? Get some answers on November 11th.

The format will mostly be conversational with a fair amount of Q & A.

Let us know you are coming here!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Globalization and Community Health Field School: Combining Social Science and Engineering in Costa Rica

The course is an intensive study abroad program led by Dr.Nancy Romero-Daza, PhD, that addresses community health issues. This course offers a hands on experience in applied anthropology, and environmental and civil engineering.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rockford Park District Seasonal Employment

Natural Areas Maintenance Internships - Rockford Park District

Primary duties emphasize field implementation of restoration work and or monitoring native systems, including but not limited to brush removal and herbicide application; exotic weed control; seed collection, processing and planting; wildlife management; and wetland and stream restoration; collection and analysis of biological data, and ecosystem surveys.

Intern will gain an understanding of how and why ecological restoration is practiced in Northern Illinois natural areas.   Furthermore, interns will have the opportunity to learn about the operations of other RPD Departments, such as Horticulture and Urban Forestry.

Applicants should have a minimum of 1 year of course work in ecology, biology, geography, natural resource management, earth sciences or a related conservation field; willingness to acquire Illinois herbicide operator’s license; possess a current, valid driver’s license. Internship involves outdoor work in all weather conditions as well as indoor work, involving both light and heavy lifting. Frequent amount of time spent walking and moderate time spent sitting and standing. Possible work hazards include herbicides/pesticides operation, use of power equipment (i.e. chainsaws), and contact with nature (i.e. bees, insects/spiders, poison ivy, etc.).

Mid/late May through August; up to 40 hour work week Monday through Friday, usually 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m with occasional overtime and weekend / holiday work. **

$9.00 per hour, college credit is possible as approved by applicant’s institution and advisor.

Send cover letter and resume of relevant training and experience, dates of availability, and (unofficial) transcript. Evaluation of applications begins as they are received so early application is encouraged.
Nathan Hill
Supervisor, Horticulture and Natural Areas
Rockford Park District
Mobile: 815 289-9901
Mail: 401 S. Main St. STE 117, Rockford, IL 61101

**They have 3 general options for employment –
1. Now through December 31, 2014 finishing State Wildlife Grant at Searls Park Prairie Nature Preserve, Work involves bobcat operation, chainsaw, spraying herbicides, seed collection, seeding, mowing and prescribed fire.
2. Starting around March 2015 up to about October 2015 general natural areas restoration work, spraying, mowing, planting, seeding, seed collection, tree planting etc
3. Starting Spring 2015 monitoring and research opportunities. Update Rockford Park District Tree Inventory using GIS/GPS, Conduct  Insect/Butterfly monitoring at Searls Park Praire Nature Preserve, Conduct Plant/Forest monitoring at various high quality natural areas. Any other research or monitoring you would be interested in doing that fits with our management goals.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Herbicide Training and Testing Workshops with The Nature Conservancy

Graduate Student research positions


Drs. Peter Vandergeest, Robin Roth (Department of Geography, York University), and Melissa Marschke (School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa) are recruiting several MA and up to two PhD students beginning September 2015 as part of the SSHRC-funded project "New Directions in Environmental Governance:  Remaking Public and Private Authority in Southeast Asian Resource Frontiers  

Students will be provided with fieldwork funding, guidance, and opportunities for both in-depth fieldwork and research dissemination on a multi-sited research project in Southeast Asia. The study will examine the emerging relationships between private, public, and local authorities in forestry and fisheries, defined to include plantations and aquaculture.  The focus will be on how emerging governance arrangements for forestry and fisheries remake the ways that farmers, fishers, and workers access land and natural resources in the Southeast Asia uplands and coastal zones.

Applicants must have an appropriate background in a relevant field, including Human Geography; Development Studies, Political Ecology; Environmental Studies; Anthropology; or Southeast Asian Studies. Applicants with previous research or applied experience will be particularly competitive.  

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and current CV to Peter Vandergeest (pvander@yorku.ca), Robin Roth (rothr@yorku.ca) and/or Melissa Marschke (melissa.marschke@uottawa.ca) by November 5, 2014.

The deadline for admission to York's Graduate Program in Geography is January 14, 2015. More information on the department can be found at:http://www.yorku.ca/gradgeog/.   The deadline for admission to U Ottawa’s Graduate Program in International Development and Global Studies is January 15, 2015. More information can be found at: http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/dvm/graduate-studies