Open Classes in ENVIR

Just wanted to let you all know, as you work with students who may not have yet registered for Autumn, that a few ENVIR courses (I&S/NW/DIV credits) suitable for all majors are still open! Please share with your students as appropriate.

ENVIR 100 (I&S/NW): Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations

Introduces environmental studies through interdisciplinary examination of the ethical, political, social, and scientific dimensions of current and historical environmental issues. Integrates material from different disciplines, and applies insights and methods to actual problems and situations at scales from the local to the global.


ENVIR 460 (I&S/NW/DIV): Power, Privilege and Preservation
Critically examines strategies of resource managers to integrate local communities and cultures in protected areas management. Explores issues of power, privilege, and injustice and their impacts on individuals, society, and resource management decisions. Examines the potential for more socially just and ecologically sustainable approaches to protected areas management. 


Spotlight on Three Pipeline Project Seminars

Welcome back to another bustling autumn quarter. The Pipeline Project has a wonderful assortment of credit variable courses for autumn quarter, these are all Credit/No Credit courses listed under EDUC 401 and all of them offer I&S Credits . Please spread the word to students who are interested in education as well as opportunities for service learning. For these seminars, the number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

· 2 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)

· 3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)

· 4 credits: 7.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 60 hours tutoring/quarter)

· 5 credits: 10 hours tutoring/week (at least 80 hours tutoring/quarter)

Below is a small blurb highlighting a few of our exciting seminars, for a full description of all of our courses, please direct students to our website:

Education For Sustainability

Education for Sustainability


SLN: 13738

Facilitators: Emy Gelb and Ashley Young (ashyoung)

· Date/Time: Tuesdays 2-3:20

· Location: MGH 085

· Class Start Date: 10/07

How do educators teach young people about the earth’s ecosystems and foster an ethic of environmental stewardship?What skills and ways of thinking are necessary to confront future change?

The seminar examines effective ways for educators to teach the meaning and importance of sustainability to the K-12 audience in formal and informal education settings. We will explore various philosophies, models and approaches to K-12 environmental education. In addition, students will volunteer in school classrooms and environmental community organizations in the Seattle area for at least 2.5 hours (2 credits) a week.

Strengths Based Education: Serving the Underserved

Strengths Based Education: Serving the Underserved


SLN: 13734

Facilitator: Gary Howlett: gary.howlett66 and Debi Thomas Jones: debitj

· Class meets: Wednesdays

· Start Date: 10/01

· Time: 3-4:20pm

· Location: THO 202

The focus of this seminar is on emphasizing student’s strengths in learning, navigating, and approaching education. We will look at risk and protective factors of struggling students and critique current prevention and intervention programs being used in schools and communities. Each week we will have a guest speaker who will bring insight and open discussion to our exploration of working with youth. We will emphasize the important roles that we all serve in the education of our youth, as teachers, leaders, mentors and tutors.

Indigenous Food Revitalization in the Public School Classroom

Indigenous Food Revitalization in the Public School Classroom

SLN: 13741

Facilitator: Claudia Serrato (serratoc)

· Date/Time: Fridays 11-12:20pm

· Location: MGH 278

In this seminar, we will be working with three elementary schools to bring indigenous foods to the table. Students will be discussing topics such as food sovereignty, ethnobotany, First Nations indigenous food initiatives, and traditional stewardship practices of the land. Students will be taking on unique leadership roles connecting kids to outdoor spaces, such as school gardens, to teach the value of indigenous foods. For this class, students will be expected to fulfill a service learning component in the elementary classroom as well as attending a weekly seminar. We will be addressing cross-disciplinary ideas on how to promote wellness, diabetes prevention, outdoor engagement, and farm-to-table movements in public schools through in-class discussions and guest lectures. Across the United States, tribes are reconnecting with their traditional foods and, in doing so, revitalizing their lifeways. How can wefacilitate this in the public elementary classroom to help cultivate a healthier future?

volunteer opportunity

Volunteers Needed

“Harnessing the Data Revolution: Ensuring Water and Food Security from Field to Global Scales” is the theme of the 2014 Water for Food Global Conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference, to be held Oct. 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Seattle, brings together experts from around the world to explore how the data revolution can help address the pressing need for global water and food security.

This year’s conference includes side events – 90-minute sessions convened by a wide range of researchers, NGOs, scientific organizations and industry leaders to share and discuss their work on data, water and food security issues. The Water for Food Institute is seeking student volunteers to assist with side events from 1:30 – 5 p.m. Sunday, October 19th and 3:30 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 22nd. Volunteer duties may include helping conference participants get to and from specific side events, audiovisual support, answering questions and serving as a liaison between conference staff and participants.

In exchange for their services, volunteers are invited to participate in the conference’s opening reception from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 19th. The reception includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and is a great opportunity to network with conference participants and global experts in the fields of water, food security, environmental sustainability, public health and higher education.

For more information about the 2014 Water for Food Global Conference, please visit the conference ruth.kaz.9 or ruthkaz9

ESS Courses for Autumn: Still Open!!

Just wanted to let you all know, as you work with students who may not have yet registered for Autumn, that a few ESS courses/NW credits suitable for all majors are still open! Please share with your students as appropriate.

ESS 101: Introduction to Geological Sciences (NW)
Survey of the physical systems that give the earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and surface processes and their relevance to mankind and stresses the value of rocks and earth forms in the understanding of past events. A course with laboratory for non-science majors. Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 105, or ESS 210. Field trips.


ESS/OCEAN/AST/ASTR/BIOL 115: Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (NW)
Introduction to the new science of astrobiology, study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth, and the search for microbial and intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Designed for non-science, liberal arts majors. Offered: jointly with ASTBIO 115/ASTR 115/BIOL 114/OCEAN 115.


ESS 302: Great Ice Age (NW)– requires intro geology course
Growth of mile-thick ice sheets, worldwide lowering of sea level, and other geological and paleoclimatological changes that accompany the harsh environments of a global glaciation. Geology of the last three million years, focusing on the causes and effects of global glaciation and future climate change. Prerequisite: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211.

 14549 A 5 MWF 1230-120 JHN 111 SWANSON,TERRY W Open 7/ 26 $20 J 
 14550 AA LB M 930-1220 JHN 127 Open 7/ 26 

NASA Opportunities

1.) Rising Juniors – Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
2.) High-Power Rocketry Competition
3.) FAA Design Competition

U.S. Department of Education []
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:35 AM
To: Patrick, Joeletta O. (HQ-HA000)
Subject: RISING JUNIORS – Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

Dear Colleagues:

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program is accepting applications. Program encourages advisers, mentors, and potential applicants to take advantage of the NOAA resources made available in this message. Competitive applications: (i) address the NOAA mission; (ii) have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission, and (iii) have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission.

What: Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study.

Who: Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA’s mission.

The Program:
Students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in total support during their junior and senior years.
Students complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. During the summer internships, students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance.
Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.
At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).

Undergraduate Scholarship Application Link:

Learn more about NOAA,
NOAA Goals,

High-Power Rocketry Competition

MN Space Grant announces a High-Power Rocketry Competition in the midwest open to college rocketry teams from the whole nation
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:49:19 -0500
From: James Flaten <flate001>

This academic year the Minnesota Space Grant will be running a "Space
Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition" open to college/university
rocketry teams from ALL states (not just states in the Midwest Region).

Announcement attached. Full handbook with rules posted at

Learn more during the informational telecom on Tuesday, September 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Time.
We are asking for a (non-binding) “Notice of Intent to Compete” by October 1, 2014. ‘
Contact James Flaten for call-in information; see signature line below.

Note 1: This competition is less demanding (reporting-wise) than USLI but is well suited for both experienced rocket teams and also for
institutions that want to get started in high-power rocketry.

Note 2: To help keep track of the numbers, we are requiring all participating teams be "sponsored" by their state’s Space Grant, but
will allow every state to decide exactly what that means. The main costs will be registration ($400 per team), build expenses (about $1000 for typical rockets if starting from scratch), and travel to MN for the competition launch next May. States that sponsor more than one team will also be asked to provide one judge
– either send one from your state or you can contract with one from here in Minnesota (we will provide a list of possible names).

Please circulate this announcement and encourage faculty to contact me with questions and to learn more at the information telecon on
September 23. I hope many of you send teams to this competition!


P.S. Institutions that don’t want to form a team until the spring
semester are still expected to file a "Notice of Intent to Compete" by October 1, 2014, listing at least the faculty adviser. There will be a
repeat of the informational telecon on January 22, 2015, to help bring such teams up to speed quickly.

James Flaten, Ph.D.
e-mail: flate001
office: 612-626-9295
cell: 651-399-2423

Assoc. Dir. of the MN Space Grant
University of Minnesota
205C Akerman Hall
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

FAA Design Competition Has a New Home;
Guidelines for 2014 – 2015 Academic Year Announced
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:34:54 +0000
From: Sandy, Mary <msandy>

Dear Space Grant Colleagues:

I am writing to ask for your help in getting the word out about the University Design Competition for Issues Facing Airports, a follow-on to the FAA Design Competition for Universities. The FAA Design Competition for Universities has moved to a new home! The FAA is now sponsoring the program under the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the National Academies Transportation Research Board. The general format and process remain the same. New challenges have been added. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will continue to manage the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.

The Competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System. The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. Student winners earn cash prizes and, for first place design submissions, the opportunity to present at professional venues.

A copy of the Competition Guidelines for the 2014 – 2015 Academic Year is available at the Competition website at which also provides detailed information and a wealth of resources for students.

Feedback from Faculty and student evaluations on the educational value of the Competition has been extremely positive. They consistently cite the value of the open-ended challenges, real-world problems and access to airport operators and industry experts. The Competition is often used in capstone design courses, but has also been used by student chapters of professional societies and as an independent study topic. Airport issues cross a wide range of disciplines relating to the management, safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation’s airports.

Questions from faculty and students can be addressed to ACRP or give us a call. Please share this email with any members, faculty or students who might have interest in the Competition.

Best regards,


Mary Sandy
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200
Hampton, VA 23666
757-766-5210 (phone)
757-766-5205 (fax)

Group Leader Positions – Sars Centre, University of Bergen Norway

Group Leader Positions – 6 Year Contracts
Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology
University of Bergen, Norway

The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology performs basic research in molecular biology, developmental biology and evolution, through genetic and comparative studies of marine organisms. The Centre is a partner of EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and is located in the Bergen High Technology Centre together with several departments of the University of Bergen. It currently employs 50 scientists and other staff originating from twenty different countries.

We are seeking outstanding candidates addressing fundamental questions in organismal biology using marine animals, with priority on invertebrates. A contract of six years will be offered to successful candidates, with competitive resources for the research (scientific and technical personnel, and infrastructures related to the project). The contract may be prolonged after six years, depending on performance and institute priorities at the time of review. Group leaders at the Sars Centre are expected to obtain additional funding through grant applications to national and international funding agencies.

For further information about the position please contact the Sars Centre Director (Daniel.Chourrout<mailto:Daniel.Chourrout> tel +47 5558 4360) and/or visit our website (<;>).

Applications for group leader positions should include a description of past and current research (3 pages), a proposal for the research at the Sars Centre (3 pages), a detailed CV and names of three references. Shortlisted candidates must be available for a seminar and interview by the Scientific Advisory Committee to be held in Bergen on 24-25 November 2014.

Written applications should be marked 14Sars_02 and mailed to: Sars Centre, Human Resources, Bergen High Technology Centre, Thormoehlensgate 55, NO-5008 Bergen, Norway. Application deadline is 17 October 2014.

Applications sent by e-mail only will not be considered.

Two PEER TA positions (paid) for ENVIR 280, AUT/14

Looking for a last-minute adjustment to your schedule? Check out the following (paid!) opportunity to be a peer TA for Tim Billo’s ENVIR 280 course in the fall. Peer TAs must also register for 5 credits of ENVIR 489: Environmental Studies Peer TA (cr/nc grading), but those credits can be applied to major/minor requirements.

Application details are on the attached document. Deadline is SEPTEMBER 14, 2014.

Joe Kobayashi

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Program on the Environment
University of Washington
Wallace Hall 012 [map]
Schedule an advising appointment
E: jkob T: 206.616.2461
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