March 24, 2017
GLOBES welcomes two new students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Nicole Moore and Meena Said are first year students under faculty advisor Amy Hixon. They both study actinide chemistry and nuclear forensics. Nicole's research in the nuclear sciences prompted her to join GLOBES and to pursue her interest in the science and policy surrounding all nuclear issues while also effectively communicating accurate information about nuclear science to the general public. Meena would like to expand her knowledge of policy and science as it relates to the nuclear field and hopes to contribute solutions to national security and energy sustainability issues. Nicole and Meena also conduct applied research that focuses on the remediation of uranium contamination due to poor mining practices and abandoned mines in the Navajo Nation.
Congratulations to GLOBES student Lainey Bristow for a successful defense of her M.S. thesis this past December 2016. Lainey studied the phenology and demography of the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly (KBB) and how this rare butterfly is being affected by climate change. Lainey used field and laboratory studies to determine climate change is likely to make the KBB more vulnerable to changes in their supporting habitat and food resources. As a member of the KBB National Recovery Team, Lainey collaborated with federal and state agencies, including The Nature Conservancy, Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Using an integrative approach for the GLOBES research project, Lainey applied her research findings to policy in order to provide sound management recommendations for the KBB National Recovery Team.
Lainey, along with six other GLOBES students, was a participant in the Water Law Seminar taught by law professor Bruce Huber over Fall Semester 2016. Professor Huber adapted the 2-credit Water Law course for GLOBES Certificate students who were required to attend six class sessions and to submit a short research paper. Lainey shared her enthusiasm for the unique opportunity to gain an overview of U.S. water law and policy:
"I really enjoyed taking the GLOBES seminar on Water Law. I thought it was extremely valuable to have a law professor teach the course and other law students in the class, as it really helped to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the course. Each lecture provided great insight into water rights and policy, while being presented from a broader environmental law framework as well. As my graduate research focuses on climate change vulnerability of an endangered species, I felt continually engaged with the course material and guest speakers that were able to touch on climate change impacts and the Endangered Species Act. The final writing project for GLOBES students allowed me to apply class concepts to my own independent research. Overall, I would highly recommend this seminar and Professor Bruce Huber to other GLOBES students!"
March 8, 2017
GLOBES Graduates Gain Cutting Edge Skills to Fight Infectious Disease
GLOBES students Becca Love and Quirine ten Bosch are part of a new vanguard of Ph.D. recipients armed with cross-cutting training and a deep knowledge of life science to enable them to understand and battle infectious disease in the developing world. Both students recently earned Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Biological Sciences as well as GLOBES Certificates in Environment and Society for their creative and integrative research.Read more here.
June 6, 2016
GLOBES Students Make Science Policy Presentations in Washington, D.C.
GLOBES graduate students traveled to Washington, DC in early May to make science policy presentations to U.S. State Department and other federal agency officials. The trip to the nation’s capital was part of the U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab project course taught by University of Notre Dame Professor Emeritus David Lodge, an expert on invasive species and water quality issues. The course was organized around group projects that studied transferable policy lessons between the North American Great Lakes and the African Great Lakes as well as risk management studies related to the rapidly changing Arctic region. The trip to D.C. was funded in part by a mini-grant award from the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. Read the full article here. Photo Courtesy of Rachel Oidtman
June 2, 2016
GLOBES to Mark Ten Year Anniversary
The GLOBES Program in Environment and Society will soon mark an important 10th anniversary milestone. In August of 2006, the first cohort of eight graduate students began a regimen of interdisciplinary training activities designed to prepare young researchers to work across disciplines and to contribute lasting solutions to grand challenges in the environment and human health. Under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Feder, Department of Biological Sciences, GLOBES administered more than 50 fellowship awards over a period of seven years with funding support from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) $3M grant award.
Dozens of GLOBES graduates now fill key roles in academic, government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. They are meeting the growing demand for scientists capable of contributing answers to vital research questions and impacting regional, national, and global decision-making at the intersection of the environment and society. More here
May 14, 2016
Prof. Jeff Feder Honored with Graduate School's Burns Award
Prof. Jeffrey Feder, Director of GLOBES from 2005-2012, is one of two winners of the 2016 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. Given annually to a faculty member for distinction in graduate teaching or other exemplary contribution to graduate education, the award honors Feder's "remarkable vision, coupled with unrelenting tenacity, in conceiving of and successfully implementing the GLOBES program." Read more here.
September 16, 2015
GLOBES Certificate Adopts New Application and Program Guidelines
The GLOBES Executive Committee has approved new guidelines and application process for the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society. The streamlined process adds program flexibility on the part of students to develop interdisciplinary research projects while reducing the overall coursework credits required. For more detailed information on how to apply, go here.