February 16, 2018

GLOBES Scholar Series Debuts on Fri, Feb. 23

Three experts will give 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 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.

"Our goal is to generate and stimulate new thinking and new answers to environmental challenges while giving graduate students hands-on experience in the planning process of organizing a lecture series," said Prof. Lamberti. "We formed three teams of students from diverse disciplines to encourage lots of interactions in the pre-planning stage. The teams are now carrying out their plans by communicating with speakers and finalizing talk topics, lining up campus sponsors, and creating publicity schedules."

The GLOBES Scholar Series will take place Fridays at noon in the Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium 107. Prof. Sean Seymore of Vanderbilt University kicks off the series on Fri, February 23. More

December 1, 2017

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 $1610 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 received $2,500 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. 
  • Rachel Oidtman received $1,826 to support 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.
November 17, 2017

GLOBES Students and the Navajo Nation Research Project 

GLOBES students and Navajo Nation

Four GLOBES students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences are conducting research in the Navajo Nation. Their work links uranium contamination in soil and water samples to abandoned uranium mines located in the Four Corners region of the United States. Read Nicole Moore's blog about this important project supported by grants from the Reilly Center and GLOBES. See the project video here

October 6, 2017

Reilly Center hosts Forum on Fracking 

The Reilly Center sponsored a forum on Fracking, Energy and Science Policy in Practice: Working on Local Solutions to Global Problems. The forum looked at the complexity of science and energy policy at the local level, focusing on responses to fracking in Texas and New York. The event featured first hand accounts by Dr. Adam Briggle and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, who both made a conscious decision to apply their expertise in the contentious arena of fracking policy and regulation. The forum was a featured part of the fall semester GLOBES Policy Module focusing on extractive industries and taught by Dr. Anna Geltzer. Read more here.

May 2017

In the Spring of 2017, GLOBES approved mini-grant awards to seven student projects that advance interdisciplinary research and education.

  • Whitney Conard received $1766 to develop policy and management responses to heavy metal contamination in Great Lakes fisheries.
  • Mauna Dasari received $2,500 to support the engagement of urban minority students in ecology lessons and field trips to Indiana Dunes National Park.
  • Nicole Moore and Meena Said received $2,500 to support their presentation on uranium mining contamination findings in the Navajo Nation at the 17th Goldschmidt International Conference in Paris, France.
  • Rachel Oidtman received $1,826 to support her participation and presentation at Epidemics6, the International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics in Sitges, Spain.
  • Katherine O'Reilly received $1610 to support her participation at two academic conferences where she will co-lead sessions on science communication.
  • Joyce Rivera-Gonzalez received $2,000 to support her research on human-primate interactions in Bali, Indonesia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Ann Marie Thornburg received $2,500 to support her research studying human-dog relationships and development in Bali, Indonesia.

GLOBES fellows pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society are eligible for mini-grant funding to support interdisciplinary research.

April 11, 2017

GLOBES Student Salvatore Curasi Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships

GLOBES student Sal Curasi at Toolik

GLOBES fellow Salvatore Curasi, a second year biology graduate student, has received both a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Award and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. Sal studies the impact of climate change on vegetation and carbon storage in Arctic tundra. He is advised by Dr. Adrian Rocha of Biological Sciences. Read full article here

March 24, 2017

GLOBES Student Nicole Moore

GLOBES student Meena Said

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.

March 8, 2017

GLOBES Fellow Lainey Bristow

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 graduate Becca Love

Q ten Bosch

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.

November 2016

GLOBES Graduate Matt Cooper PhD '14 Presents Great Lakes Research at the Obama White House

GLOBES Grad Matt Cooper at White House 2

GLOBES graduate Matt Cooper PhD '14 gave a presentation on Great Lakes coastal wetlands research at the Obama White House in November 2016. Cooper is a Research Scientist at the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College located in Ashland, Wisconsin. Read more about the important findings from the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative here. Photo courtesy of Northland College.

June 2016

Welcome Anna Geltzer to GLOBES

Anna Geltzer (M.A. New York University, Ph.D. Cornell University) is the Reilly Center's new Assistant Director of Education and main point of contact for graduate students in the GLOBES and HPS programs. Geltzer’s research interests center on the relationship between biomedical epistemology and political economy of scientific knowledge. Her current book project, "Surrogate Epistemology: Reinventing Biomedicine in Post-Socialist Russia," explores how the disintegration of the Soviet state undermined not only the institutional structure within which biomedicine was practiced but also the epistemological foundations of biomedical knowledge production. Her courses explore the entanglement of science as a practice and an institution with its social, political, cultural, and economic contexts. She can be reached at ageltzer@nd.edu.

June 6, 2016

GLOBES Students Make Science Policy Presentations in Washington, D.C. 

DC Trip to State Dept 2016

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 herePhoto Courtesy of Rachel Oidtman

June 2, 2016

GLOBES to Mark Ten Year Anniversary

Globes logo new 2014

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

Jeffrey Feder

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

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