PSM Defense Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Environmental Sciences graduate student, Emily Wolff, will defend for their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree as follows:

Date: December 3, 2020 from 10:00 – 12:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Title: The COVID-19 effects on Transportation and Greenhouse Gases 

Abstract: To fulfill the requirement of the Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Sciences, I served as a Transportation Planning Intern for WSP USA in Portland, Oregon. WSP is a global business providing project management and consulting services to the built and natural environment via transportation, building, water and environment, energy, federal programs and advisory services expertise. As an Intern on the Portland planning team, I provided support and assistance to a variety of transportation projects across the region while investigating the impacts of COVID-19 on transportation and greenhouse gasses in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

This study analyzes how COVID-19 state-wide shutdowns impacted traffic patterns using traffic count data in vehicles per hour (VPH) from January 2017 through August 2020. Traffic information is further compared to known greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data by vehicle type for a deeper understanding of how COVID-19 has affected transportation related GHGs. All of the 12 highways in this study experienced significant declines in on-road traffic correlated with COVID-19 shutdowns in March 2020. Passenger car travel has the highest associated GHG emissions and declined most significantly compared to other vehicle types. Heavy-duty trucks are the second biggest on-road emitters and their traffic increased during COVID-19, but this vehicle category also experienced increased speed and efficiency. These findings suggest significant reductions in transportation-related GHG emissions due to COVID-19. Wolff, Emily Sarah is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The COVID-19 effects on Transportation and Greenhouse Gases
Time: Dec 3, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Zoom links and information are available in your inbox, or contact esgp@oregonstate.edu

PSM Defense Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Environmental Sciences graduate student, Hannah Griffith will defend their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree as follows:

When: Dec. 1, 2020 at 2:00pm Pacific Time

Title: Developing Gardening Curriculum for Home and Community Gardeners to Improve Food Access in Low-Income Households

Zoom information:

Griffith, Hannah is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Hannah Griffith Defense

Time: Dec 1, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Links to this defense are available in your inbox, or can be requested through ESGPcomms@oregonstate.edu

USDA Announces OneUSDA Internship Program for Summer 2021

(Washington, D.C., November 9, 2020) – Get the first leg up on your career ladder with a summer 2021 internship at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As part of the federal Pathways Program, USDA offers paid federal internships at USDA agencies and offices around the country. USDA is hiring interns from high school to graduate level for a broad range of occupational fields, from veterinary science, to engineering, to natural resources management, and finance.

This developmental program gives students experience to enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. USDA internships involve on-the-job experience, mentorship, and training tailored to the student’s education, experience, and interests.
The program is available to students who are currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions from high school to graduate level.

In 2020, USDA hosted thousands of in-person and virtual internships around the country, many of which were through the federal Pathways Program. Next summer, USDA will hire Pathways interns in hundreds of locations in nearly every state in the country for the following occupational fields:

Administration and Office Support
Biological Science
Business and Industry
Engineering and Architecture
Financial Management
Information Technology
Veterinary Science

It’s easy to apply for a OneUSDA Pathways internship. Visit www.usda.gov/internships, choose your area of interest and the link will send you to a USAJobs posting where you can apply and choose your preferred location.

The deadline for summer 2021 internship applications is Monday, November 16. Application review will begin immediately. For more information on the program and eligibility, visit www.usda.gov/internships or email internship@usda.gov.
Educators, youth-serving organizations, and students can find more USDA resources to foster the next generation of agricultural professionals at www.usda.gov/youth.

Environmental Fellows Program Announcement:

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Environmental Fellows Program is now open! The Environmental Fellows Program is a nationally competitive summer fellowship program for masters and doctoral students that seeks to place students traditionally underrepresented in the environmental field and those committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in summer fellowships with environmental foundations and their grantees.  

Application OPEN NOW!  The deadline to apply is January 15th, 2021.

The Environmental Fellows Program involves:

·       A 12 -week fellowship at either an environmental grantmaking foundation or at one of their grantees. Past placement sites include Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Appalachian Voices; Natural Resources Defense Council, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, the Erb Family Foundation and many more! 

·      A 4-day spring program orientation.  

·       A stipend of $11,000 plus a travel allowance for participating fellows.  

·       Participation in the Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat.

·       Fellows work on a variety of environmental issues including but not limited to environmental health, energy justice, marine conservation, transit solutions, food justice, and more!  

·       Fellowship placement sites are available across the country in major cities and rural locations. Some of our past placements have been located in: The Greater Boston area, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Richmond, Virginia.  

 ·       Fellows receive training in diversity, equity, and inclusion; institutional culture; and professional development. 

·       Please share this opportunity (and the attached flyer) with any graduate or doctoral students at your school or other colleges/universities who have an interest in exploring the world of environmental grantmaking/philanthropy and/or are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental field.

Want to learn more! 

Join us for an information session on Thursday, November, 19th from 6-7pm ET.  Register here  (Registration will be available until 5:30 pm the day of the event.)

You can find more information about the Environmental Fellows program and how to apply at https://efp.seas.umich.edu/.  Please address any questions about the Environmental Fellows Program to Dr. M’Lis Bartlett at seas-efpoffice@umich.edu


Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Program Director, Yale University 

Dr. M’Lis Bartlett, Program Manager, University of Michigan

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities Announced:

National Conservation Training Center: Training Announcement. Registration deadline: November 12, 2020. Natural resource and conservation professionals are tasked with understanding the impacts of a changing climate and using this knowledge in making decisions. This 8 week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. The course is designed to encourage networking among conservation professionals engaged in the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources and provides participants an opportunity to interact with experts as they address case studies across multiple habitat types. For more information and to register, click here.

Native American Natural Resource Scholarship. Deadline: December 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PST. The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Research and Development is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Native American graduate students who are planning or currently conducting tribally relevant research in a natural resource issue. Award: Varies, not to exceed $5,000. Purpose: The ITC Education Scholarship is designed to support tribally relevant, natural resource based, research being conducted by Native American scholars enrolled in a graduate program. https://www.itcnet.org/about_us/scholarships.html

NOAA Climate & Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Program. Application Deadline: January 8, 2021
UCAR’s Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) manages the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program on behalf of the NOAA Climate Program Office. https://cpaess.ucar.edu/cgc

Sapsik’ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program. The deadline for applying is January 15, 2021. The Sapsik’ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program is seeking highly qualified American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous applicants for our cohort to begin classes in June 2021 at our beautiful campus on Kalapuya Ilihi (Eugene, Oregon). Sapsik’ʷałá students engage in a rigorous full-time 12-month program and receive an MEd in Curriculum and Teaching in partnership with the UOTeach master’s / licensure program while gaining Indigenous methodologies for teaching. Please see the attachments to learn more about program provisions, and our admissions checklist for details on how to apply.  Please contact sapsikwala@uoregon.edu if you have additional questions.

PSM Defense Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Environmental Sciences graduate student, Bao Khanh Nguyen, will defend for their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree as follows:

Time: Nov 9, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the trading, tourism service and residential complexes area in Ray River, Phuoc Thuan Village, Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province, Vietnam

Information on Zoom Meeting available via email, or contact esgp@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Wetland Sciences 2021: Adaptation Drives Innovation // June 1-4, 2021

SWS 2021 Annual Meeting

Abstract Submission
SWS is now accepting abstract proposals for the 2021 Annual Meeting on June 1-4, 2021. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, January 1, 2021. All wetland professionals are invited to submit their research as an oral or poster presentation. If you are a presenter in an accepted symposium proposal, be sure to submit your individual abstract coinciding with the symposium.

For more information about the submission process, please visit the abstract submission web page.

Symposia
Thank you to everyone who submitted a symposium proposal for the 2021 Annual Meeting. View a complete listing of all accepted symposia.

Theme
The theme for next year is Wetland Science 2021: Adaptation Drives Innovation. We have selected the very industrious and innovative North American beaver (Castor canadensis) as the conference mascot. Their current role and profound historical influence on watersheds, wetlands and hydrology is a growing field of study and restoration. They also provide a model of wetland management and integration of habitats with relevance to our work.
Reminder:
Register today for the SWS 2020 Virtual Meeting!

Themed Wetland Connections Over 40 Years, the SWS 2020 Virtual Meeting will be held December 1-3, 2020. More information can be found at swsvirtualmeeting.org.

Highlighting SOIL 511 for Winter 2021

Course Time/Credits: CRN 36890, Winter Term; 4 Jan – 19 March 2021, 3 term/quarter credits


Course Location: Ecampus online program; Oregon State University (OSU); Corvallis, OR.

Course Description: Serves degree- and non-degree-seeking graduate learners wanting soil science knowledge but having minimal science background. Understanding soil physical, chemical, and biological properties promotes informed soil management and supports individual to global societal values. Curriculum facilitates graduate degrees or certificates; continuing education/licensure renewal requirements (CEUs), professional development units (PDUs) for K-12 and college science teachers, and self-improvement goals of natural resource organization members or private individuals.


Prerequisite Graduate standing: a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
Applies to degree- and non-degree-seeking learners.
Note: Undergraduate seniors from any discipline may also register with Primary Instructor approval.

Call OSU Ecampus 800-667-1465 /541-737-9204.

Review Graduate Admission requirements and register online. Download a General Syllabus from the Ecampus Winter 2021 SOIL 511 course web site. Or, contact Dr. Liegel for more information.


Why Take SOIL 511?

An interactive Discussion Forum framework supports student-student, instructor-student, and student-curriculum learning interactions. Using critical thinking, learners link
Discussion Forums with new weekly knowledge to identify, analyze, and summarize a chosen “Soils Problem” or “Soils Topic” in a short, <7-page Case Study that replaces a Final Exam. Prior case study topics have included: How does soil moisture affect plants/veggies grown in condo patio pots vs. private home and community gardens? What soil properties might help spread the sudden oak death pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, in Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests?

Information about EPA Funding Opportunities

Interventions and Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures Request for Applications (RFA) and Informational Webinar

COVID-19 Update: EPA is providing flexibilities to applicants experiencing challenges related to COVID-19. Please see the Flexibilities Available to Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 clause in Section IV of EPA’s Solicitation Clauses. EPA is announcing a new research funding opportunity: The Interventions and Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures Request for Applications (RFA).URL: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/interventions-and-communication-strategies-reduce-health-risks-wildland-fire-smokeOpen Date: October 9, 2020
Closed Date: December 15, 2020Informational



Webinar: https://reduce_wildland_fire_smoke_info_webinar.eventbrite.com

Background:
EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will address behavioral, technical and practical aspects of interventions and communication strategies to reduce exposures and/or health risks of wildland fire smoke.Exposure to high levels of air pollution, such as during wildland fire smoke events, has the potential to cause serious health problems. Populations differ in their vulnerability to high air pollution events, and each person’s health impact is dependent on their personal exposure and any underlying health conditions. To improve individual and public health, this RFA will seek to understand what actions might be effective for reducing adverse health outcomes of ambient and indoor exposures to wildland fire smoke, and how best to communicate these actions to various groups.

Applications should address at least one of the following Research Areas:
Assess the effectiveness of various types of interventions in reducing exposures and associated health risks of wildland fire smoke exposure at the individual or community level; and Develop and assess the effectiveness of health risk communication strategies in supporting actions to reduce wildland fire smoke exposure. The STAR Program’s goal is to stimulate and support scientific and engineering research that advances EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. It is a competitive, peer-reviewed, extramural research program that provides access to the nation’s best scientists and engineers in academic and other nonprofit research institutions. STAR funds research on the environmental and public health effects of air quality, environmental changes, water quality and quantity, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides. This RFA is also supported by EPA’s Air and Energy research program, which supports research needed to inform decisions regarding air quality to protect public health and the environment.

How to Apply: Interventions and Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures RFA.Learn more about the A-E Program.Learn more about EPA Research Grants.Informational Webinar for applicantsDate: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

Time: 
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register: https://reduce_wildland_fire_smoke_info_webinar.eventbrite.com