Thursday, April 21, 4:30 
The Annual Senior Thesis Poster Session

Come celebrate the best student research in the areas of environmental science, environmental biology, environmental policy, and sustainability. For over 10 years these innovative presentations have marked the culmination of the cutting-edge work Barnard and Columbia students have done with their mentors. One-minute presentations, taking place between 4:30–5 PM, will be followed by poster presentations and a reception until 6:30 PM. Click here for a detailed list of thesis topics, then join us in recognizing our students’ accomplishments.

ICE CUBED--An Inquiry into the Aestheics, History and Science of Ice, Panels on Ice Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16:

Speakers on Friday and Saturday feature our own, Stephanie Pfirman (Saturday, 9:15-11:30), as well as other Barnard Faculty Debora Coen (History, also Saturday) Elizabeth Hutchinson, (Art History), Robin Bell (Researcher from Lamont who has at BC through our Department), Ben Orlove, (Director of Climate & Society Program at CU) among others.  (Panels in 2nd floor of the Common Room at the Heyman Center,  in East Campus, 118th Street between Morningside & Amsterdam, see map for Directions.) Keynote Speakers are now slotted for 6pm on Friday are holding a conversation with Barry Lopez (Arctic Dreams) and John Luther Adams (Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer of Become Ocean) and will include a performance  by Sandbox Percussion of John Luther Adams's "...and bells remembered...," and a reading of "The Trail: A Short Short Story" by Barry Lopez.  Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center.

Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities 11th Annual Summit, Friday April 15, 10am -4pm

Keynote Speaker: Peggy M. Shepard, Co-founder and Executive Director WE ACT for Environmental Justice;
Students from around the region, of all disciplines, are called to gather at this year’s Student Summit, where we will ask what it takes to be an advocate, why environmental solutions must involve other disciplines, and how academic institutions can form more meaningful community partnerships.
Workshops: Food, Water, Health: How to Intervene Effectively in a Complex System
Climate Justice: Deliberative Practices for Resilience and Engagement
Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Communities
Advocacy Techniques and Leveraging Students Across Institutional Boundaries
Registration is free. Lunch included.  RSVP:
Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd, Wilcox Hall, Pleasantville, NY  10570  (See web for Agenda and Directions and Transportation.)

Living in A Climate Changing World: Challenges that Threaten Planet Earth and it's Inhabitants, a student panel for the Environmental Leadership, Ethics and Action class, Wednesday April 27th, 6:30-8:30, Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall.  Come hear Students in Diane Dittrick's Environmental Ethics class, SCPP BC3335. Dr. Michael Burger, Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, will provide opening comments.

Co-Chair, Stephanie Pfirman's Climate Game, EcoChains: Arctic Crisis, receives attention

You may have had the opportunity to play EcoChains at the Fall Field Trip to Black Rock or the Winter Campus Study Break, and if you're curious you may want to check out the Livescience article which reports on Stephanie Pfirman's game changing game on Climate Change. Read about why hands on learning is not only fun, but works to educate, perhaps better than an article.  


Ruth DeFries, Distinguished Women in Science Lecture, presented by the Hughes Pipeline Project: Tuesday April 12.

The Tenuous Balance Between Conserving Nature and Advancing Human Welfare: Can Science Make a Difference? by Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

Student Lunch with Annie Leonard '86, Executive Director of Greenpeace

Have Lunch with Annie Leonard, one of our most famous alumnae! Annie is creator and narrator of The Story of Stuff, an animated documentary on consumerism and sustainability.  She also wrote a book with the same title available to borrow in the department. She is now the executive director of Greenpeace, and is coming to Barnard, so be sure to join her for an interesting conversation.

Barnard Alumna, Sally M. Benson '77 visited campus and gave this years' Rosalyn Silver '27 Lecture:

An Energy Plan for the 21st Century
Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 pm

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor Barnard Hall

Sally M. Benson, BC '77 is a professor of energy resources engineering, Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project and Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, the hub of energy research and education at Stanford University. She is an internationally recognized groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, and is widely regarded as a leading authority on carbon capture and storage, energy systems for a low-carbon future, and emerging energy technologies. 

Professor Benson has served as a convening lead author of the Global Energy Assessment, a multinational project which was the first fully integrated assessment that analyzed energy challenges, opportunities and strategies for developing, industrialized and emerging economies. She was also coordinating lead author of a special report on CO2 capture and storage published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Professor Benson met with a group of Environmental Majors for a lunch in the department earlier that day.  We were so pleased to have her here!

Rhea Suh '92 majored in Environmental Science, now President of the NRDC

Reah Suh, Env Sci '92, had an interensting career trajectory and began this year as the President of the National Resources Defense Council.  Read about how her love of the outdoors, a move to New York, a major in Environmental Science and minor in Education, a Fulbright Fellowship to teach, a masters in educational policy and administration prepared her for foundation work and serving as Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Interior, managing national parks, wildlife refuges, public lands and offshore resources along the Outer Continental Shelf.

Tsechu Dolma BC'14, was awarded the Brower Youth Award

Tsechu Dolma, Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures major who studied in the Environmental Science Dept and is now at SIPA, received a Brower Youth Award in October 2014. These awards have been given since 2010 to young environmental leaders from Across North America in recognition of “sustainable projects, innovative ideas, and informed analyses” that benefit the environment. Brava!

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