Campus News Brief 3/1/12

Events

1. Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues University Seminar – Wednesday, March 7th
2. Undergraduate Forum: Your Global Thoughts? – Monday, March 5th
3. Bloomberg LP Brown Bag Event – Friday, March 2nd

Opportunities

A. Columbia Beekeeping Initiative
B. Better Future Project – DEADLINE MARCH 1st
C. Udall Scholarship
D. Summer 2012 Internship in Gujarat, India
E. Global Sustainability Summer School Potsdam/Germany – DEADLINE MARCH 1st

1. The Legal, Economic and Social Environmental Issues University Seminar

would like to invite you to our meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 7
PM at the Faculty House. Our speaker will be Jonathan Lautze, Water
Advisor at USAID/International Water Management Institute. He will
give a talk about transboundary water management and transboundary
water law in Africa, focusing on a few case study basins.

As in the past, dinner is before the talk at 6 pm and costs $24. The
talk follows from 7 to 9 pm. If you would like to RSVP for the dinner,
if you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest a future
speaker, please contact af2608@columbia.edu.

Schedule of Events:
DINNER: 6:00 pm (Fee $24 payable by cash or check)
SEMINAR: 7:00 to approx 9:00 pm (Free)
PLACE: Faculty House. A sign will be in the lobby to direct
you to the appropriate room.

The address of the Faculty House is 64 Morningside Drive, but you can
only enter from 116th Street.

2. UNDERGRADUATE FORUM: YOUR GLOBAL THOUGHTS?
Where do you see the world headed in 2012? What global trends call you to action?
A discussion with students and faculty to spark involvement and action with today’s global issues

Monday, March 5th | 6:15 PM | Broadway Room, Lerner Hall

Hosted by Carol Gluck, joined by Saskia Sassen, Michael Doyle, Mamadou Diouf, Akeel Bilgrami, Katharina Pistor, Sudhir Venkatesh, and Jose Antonio Ocampo. Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought and Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development

3. Bloomberg LP Brown Bag Event March 2nd

You are invited to attend the Sustainable Development Brownbag on Friday, March 2nd! Come and speak with Lee Ballin, Sustainability Manager, Bloomberg, LP., and learn more about the role of sustainability through the innovative technology at Bloomberg.

Speaker Bio:

Lee Ballin works within Bloomberg’s global Sustainability team. The initiative is a Chairman’s Office effort and was started in September 2006. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and leverages the product to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.

As the premier financial information provider for banks, corporations, governments and others, Bloomberg is leveraging their distribution platform to provide environmental, social and governance data to improve transparency, liquidity and asset valuations.

The event will take place Friday, March 2, 2012 from 12:00-1:00PM at the Alumni Center located at 622 West 113th Street, Kings Room. Pizza and soft drink will be provided.

To register for this event, please click HERE.

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A. Interested in beekeeping?

Want to have a direct impact on the environment in Morningside Heights?
Do you just like honey?

The Columbia Beekeeping Initiative is looking for your help this spring and summer, when we plan to install a working beehive in the neighborhood! We’re currently looking for both experienced and aspiring beekeepers to get our hive functional and to maintain it throughout the year. We plan to hold regular classes on colony establishment, hive management, and the many benefits of beekeeping, so enthusiasm counts far more than experience (although veterans are certainly welcome, too).

Please contact Kimberly Rubin (kar2140@columbia.edu) if you would like to get involved, have any questions, or simply want more information about our operation.

B.Better Future Project

2012 Summer Internships

Final Deadline: March 1st

Learn by doing. Live your values. Lead by example.

This summer, join the movement for a better future.

People ⇒ Power ⇒ Justice

Climate Summer (New England):
Program Dates: June 13th – August 18th

Learn community organizing!
Become a stronger leader!
Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across New England!
Learn from and connect with community leaders!
Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
Highlight the harms of the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities!
Organize a regional day of action against coal!

Ride for the Future (Gulf Coast):
Program Dates: May 22nd – July 30th

Learn community organizing!
Become a stronger leader!
Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across Louisiana and Texas!
Learn from and connect with community leaders!
Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
Highlight the harms of the the fossil fuel industry in environmental justice communities and communities hit by oil spills, hurricanes, and wildfires!
Bike to ExxonMobil’s headquarters and ask them to join the movement for a better future!

Applications for both programs are available at http://www.climatesummer.net/get-involved/apply/
FMI see: climatesummer.net and rideforthefuture.org

Riders may apply for both programs, or only apply for one program. The programs are open to all young adults ages 18-25. You do not need to be attending/have attended college to apply. Older applicants who are currently full-time students will be considered. We encourage you to apply early, as the program will be filled as soon as we admit a sufficient number of diverse and qualified applicants. Food and housing are provided to all participants, and limited funds are available to help those who require further financial assistance in order to ride. Priority consideration will be given to members of directly affected communities.

C. Udall Scholarships

In 2012, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Here is brief description of the program from the Udall Foundation http://www.udall.gov.

Columbia may nominate six students for these awards, and our internal deadline for seeking these slots is coming up on March 5. Students may download internal application instructions fromhttp://college.columbia.edu/students/fellowships/catalog/udall-scholarship. For any questions or to access the online application portal, please contact Paul A. Bohlmann at pb2488@columbia.edu.

D. Summer 2012 Internship in Gujarat, India

Meha Jain, Ph.D. Student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Columbia University is seeking an interested undergraduate or Masters student to help manage the collection of household level surveys in Gujarat, India during the summer of 2012. The project examines climate change adaptations in agricultural systems in Gujarat, India. Specifically, examining how farmers may shift their cropping strategies (e.g. shift planting dates, alter crop choice, and change inputs like irrigation and fertilizer) and quantifying whether these adaptations buffer the negative impacts of climate variability. Meha and his field team have surveyed 750 farmers across 15 villages last summer, and will visit these same 750 farmers this summer to conduct a follow-up survey. In addition to helping to manage the project, the intern may also add several questions to the survey based on his/her interests. These data can then be used towards a thesis project and/or publication.

*Requirements*: The intern must be willing to live in a field station in rural, Gujarat. This field station is equipped with 24-hour electricity, air conditioning, cooking facilities, and bottled water. The intern must be able to understand and converse in Hindi and/or Gujarati. Previous field experience is desired, but is not necessary. The ability to work long hours in the field and be flexible with travel within Gujarat is a must.

If interested, please email a paragraph of your interests along with your CV to Meha Jain (mj2415@columbia.edu).

E. Global Sustainability Summer School Potsdam/ Germany July 2012 – Call for Application

From July 8-21 the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), will host The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012. 35 young professionals from universities, governmental and non-governmental agencies and industry from all over the world will meet at IASS and PIK to explore and discuss globally pressing sustainability issues such as risks from dangerous climate change, extreme events and urgent societal and economic responses. The program will comprise lectures, field trips and interactive project activities. Lecturers will come from all three institutions but also include other leading international scientists as well as politicians and key representatives of civil society. The Summer School, located in the inspirational scientific environment of Potsdam and in proximity to vibrant Berlin, will promote the exchange among participants and foster international cooperation. The Global Sustainability Summer School 2012 has been made possible due to the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Applicants from all countries are welcome. Application deadline is March 1st, 2012. For more information please visit: http://www.gsss-potsdam.org.

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