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An Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society

Welcome to the GLOBES program at the Reilly Center. We offer graduate students the opportunity to be part of an engaged community of scholars who seek new and innovative ways to address environmental challenges facing humankind and the planet. Our mission is to:

  • Enhance interdisciplinary graduate education and research across departments, research initiatives, and colleges so that novel solutions to vexing problems can be understood, invented, tested, and implemented.
  • Train today’s graduate students so that they can address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities in environment and society and compete in an interdisciplinary, professional marketplace.

We promote camaraderie and exchange of knowledge between graduate students and research groups at the intersection of the environment and society. We seek to develop a community that extends beyond the doors of the laboratory and the constraints of disciplines and departments. We assist students in becoming more effective at communicating their research to multiple audiences and in broadening their fluency across department and college domains. We further interdisciplinary collaborations, encourage novel research approaches, and facilitate knowledge-sharing. In other words, we advance Scholarship Serving Nature and Society.

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GLOBES students work toward the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society. The application process is very simple. Go to the Globes Certificate Application Form. The certificate program arises directly from the successful training model developed under the National Science Foundation grant award that launched the GLOBES program in 2005. Go to GLOBES History.

Send an email to the GLOBES Office to be added to the GLOBES student list serve and learn about upcoming training activities and special events.

Recent News

GLOBES Scholar Series Continues Fri, April 20

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Three experts are giving talks this semester on topics at the intersection of environment and society as a result of a seminar planning course taught by GLOBES Director Gary Lamberti. The GLOBES Scholar Series will take place Fridays at noon in the Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium 107. Dr. Vincent Resh, aquatic biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, will discuss "The Control of River Blindness: An African Success Story," on Friday, April 13, and Dr. Genese Sodikoff, a cultural anthropologist at Rutgers University-Newark, will address zoonotic disease in her seminar on Friday, April 20, entitled "Multispecies Ethnography and Epidemiological Puzzles." (The Sodikoff seminar is rescheduled from March 23.)

The Fall 2017 course charged GLOBES student participants with identifying speakers and topics for a spring semester series of public lectures designed to stimulate campus discussions on solutions to tough challenges in environmental and human health concerns.

The GLOBES Scholar Series is co-sponsored by the Environmental Change Initiative, the Eck Institute for Global Health, and the Department of Biological Sciences

GLOBES Mini-Grant Awards Showcase Student Research

In the Spring of 2017, GLOBES approved seven mini-grant awards to student projects that advance interdisciplinary research, education, and professional development. As a condition of the award, students present project results utilizing a variety of media tools intended to reach a broader audience. Examples of their work follow:

  • Katherine O'Reilly received a grant to support her participation at two academic conferences where she will co-lead sessions on science communication. See the video entitled "Tiny Plastics, Big Problems" she co-produced with GLOBES fellow Whitney Conard to increase public awareness of the dangers of microplastics and the resulting contamination of foodwebs.
  • Nicole Moore and Meena Said were granted funding to support a presentation on uranium mining contamination findings in the Navajo Nation at the 17th Goldschmidt International Conference in Paris, France. See the Project Video they produced. Read more about the Navajo Nation research in Nicole Moore's blog. The highly interdisciplinary research involves four GLOBES fellows and has also received grant support from the Reilly Center.
  • Rachel Oidtman received support for her participation and presentation at Epidemics6, the International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics in Sitges, Spain. She gave a campus talk in advance of the conference in late November at which she described the role of environmental conditions and importation on recent dengue epidemics in China. The results have several implications for public health policies related to surveillance and outbreak response. More.

Congratulations to Katherine O'Reilly, Winner of Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Award

Sea Grant Finalists 2018

Congratulations to GLOBES fellow Katherine O'Reilly who was awarded a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Katherine was nominated by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program and then evaluated at the national level and selected as a finalist. In November, Katherine was placed in the National Sea Grant office as a Science Communications Specialist. Beginning in February 2018, Katherine will undertake a year-long paid fellowship to communicate the research being done by Sea Grant's 33 programs across the country to a variety of audiences including policymakers and the lay public. A wetland ecologist by training, Katherine is advised by Prof. Gary Lamberti. Read the National Sea Grant news article on the 2018 class. Read the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announcement.

Welcome New Student Fellows to GLOBES 

GLOBES is pleased to welcome four new students to its Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society program. The certificate program now serves 28 graduate students with home departments in the College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, and Law School. They are:

Jude Galbraith, PhD student in History and Philosophy of Science. Major Advisor Don Howard.

Lara Grotz, PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Major Advisor Rob Nerenberg.

Richard (Drew) Marcantonio, Dual PhD student in Anthropology and Peace Studies. Major Advisor Catherine Bolten.

Joyce Rivera-Gonzalez, PhD student in Anthropology. Major Advisor Agustín Fuentes.

See a complete listing of GLOBES Fellows here.

GLOBES Newsletter: See our most recent newsletter here: Winter 2018 


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Upcoming Events

Thurs, Sept 13
GLOBES Fall Kickoff and Welcome Event 
 Current GLOBES Fellows and graduate students interested in learning more about the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society are welcome at a gathering from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rm 190, Galvin Life Sciences.

Mon, Sept 24
Policy vs. Science: The Politics of Climate Change
 Lecture by Professor Pat Regan, associate director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative. Sponsored by ND Energy and co-sponsored by the Environmental Change Initiative, Hesburgh Program in Public Service, and Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. 7 p.m. in Rm 140, DeBartolo Hall.

Thurs, Nov 8
GLOBES Seminar featuring Dr. Bill Mitsch of Florida Gulf Coast University speaking on "A Global Perspective of Wetlands." 4 p.m. Location to be announced.

For additional campus events of interest, visit the Minor in Sustainability News and Events and the Environmental Change Initiative.