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2007-2008

Duke University: Nicholas School of the Environment & Earth Sciences Information Session

Career Services will sponsor this information session.  The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences is among the premier educational institutions in the training and preparation of future environmental scientists, leaders in environmental policy, and ecosystem managers.

Living the Liberal Arts in Environmental Studies

Various alumni, professors and staff from Career Services will be on-hand for a lively panel discussion.

Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program Information Table

Career Services will host this information session.  Students explore an interdisciplinary curriculum of ocean and coastal studies integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea. Students live in historic, cooperative, coed houses at Mystic Seaport, the world's largest maritime museum, and have full access to world-class maritime collections, a maritime library, well-equipped laboratory, and diverse coastal habitats. College sophomores, juniors and seniors may participate, and all majors are welcome. No sailing or maritime experience is necessary, just a willingness to try something new!

Natural History Woods Talk

Learn about the wonders of our very own North Woods on a nature walk led by Sue Van Hook. The walk last for about an hour and a half. Refreshments will be served after the walk.

GIS Day

As part of International GIS Day, the Skidmore College Interdisciplinary GIS Center will be holding short workshops throughout the day highlighting GIS technology, as well as having stations set up to explore GIS world and local data focusing on different academic disciplines. Workshops will highlight ESRI ArcExplorer, Google Earth, Sketchup Model Skidmore Project, GIS and Time, GPS, and others. All are welcome.

Degrees of Grey: The Ethics of Global Warming

Night One: The Global Perspective Shades of Grey, an annual, interactive panel discussion of relevant controversial issues, will take place in Gannett Auditorium over two nights, November 28th and 29th, at 5 PM. This year panelists and audience members are asked, what is the ethical response to global warming? Can everyone be an activist? Should we change our lifestyle? How much? Come and weigh in on the subject, and listen to what others have to say. The panelists for the two nights are: November 28th, 5-7 p.m. Michael Trachtenberg Prof. Joshua Ness, Biology Stephanie Wein ('10) Vice President Mike West Prof. Shannon Stitzel, Chemistry Weston Jossey ('08).

Degrees of Grey: The Ethics of Global Warming

Night Two: What can/can't Skidmore do? What should/shouldn't Skidmore do? Shades of Grey, an annual, interactive panel discussion of relevant controversial issues, will take place in Gannett Auditorium over two nights, November 28th and 29th, at 5 PM. This year panelists and audience members are asked, what is the ethical response to global warming? Can everyone be an activist? Should we change our lifestyle? How much? Come and weigh in on the subject, and listen to what others have to say. The panelists for this night are: Prof. Kim Marsella, Environmental Studies Prof. Monica Raveret-Richter, Biology recent Skidmore graduate Jon Greene Melissa Ausanka-Crues ('10) Jessada Mahatthananchai ('09) Prof. Bob Turner, Government/Environmental Studies.

Regional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference for College Educators 

The program begins at 9:30 am and ends by 3:30 pm. The Keynote Speaker will be Todd Fabozzi from the Capitol District Regional Planning Commission presenting on Sprawl and Smart Growth. Other presenters will be Jonathan Cobb from Waypoint Technology, Robert Jones from Skidmore College, Sharron Macklin from Williams College and Jenni Lund from Wheaton College. This is an opportunity for faculty to learn about the uses of GIS in various discipline.

The 2% Solution: Strategies for Reducing Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Stephen Schneider, (Stanford Climate Scientist), Hunter Lovins (Sustainability Expert) and Van Jones (green jobs pioneer)

Join Stanford University climate scientist, Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones and youth climate leaders, for a discussion of global warming solutions. Audiences can weigh in with cell phone voting. Our goal is 10,000 screenings—and a change in the course of history. This event will also be available as a Live Webcast.

Focus the Nation: Cooking the Climate with Coal

Keynote Address by Jeff Goodell, local author of Big Coal: the Dirty Secret behind America's Energy Future. Booksigning to follow.

Lecture by Patricia Wright

Patricia C. Wright, a MacArthur Award-winning behavioral anthropologist who is leading an international effort to conserve the rain forests of Madagascar, will speak on her research and the challenges of conserving the world's tropical ecosystems. A faculty member at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Wright is executive director of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE) and a member of National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. While on an expedition to the remote Ranomafana rain forest in Madagascar in 1986, Wright and colleagues discovered a new species of lemur, the golden bamboo lemur. When the forest was threatened by timber exploitation, Wright spearheaded an integrated conservation and development project aimed at conserving endemic flora and fauna as well as rural development, education, and promotion of health services in surrounding areas. Researchers around the world, including Skidmore's Christina Grassi, visiting professor of anthropology, have conducted studies in the Ranomafana National Park that Wright was instrumental in creating. Grassi has conducted all of her field research there, focusing on the smallest of the three species of bamboo lemur found only in Madagascar. Two of her students at Skidmore, senior Alex Kasprak and junior Daniella Rabino, also have done field work in Ranomafana.

The Sustainable Food Movement: Implications and Opportunities for College Dining

John Turenne, of Sustainable Food Systems, will focus on the impacts that food choices have on ourselves and our society. He will explore the economic, environmental, social and nutritional benefits of making practical, local and sustainable food decisions.

The Future of Geological Exploration

The Department of Geosciences is pleased to invite you to the NSF-MARGINS: Distinguished Lectureship Program, to be hosted at our campus on April 11, 2008. Our outstanding speaker is Dr. Peter Kelemen, Arthur D. Storke Professor at Columbia University, Associate Research Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Adjunct Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research focuses on the origin of continental crust, thermal structure of subduction zones, intermediate depth earthquakes, cratonic upper mantle, and mid-ocean ridge melt transport. Dr. Kelemen has worked in India, Pakistan, Greenland, Peru, Alaska, B.C., Oman, the Bering Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the continental US. The focus of this lecture is to inform the general audience about current and future methods of geological exploration.

Being in Nature

Meet at Wilson Chapel for a walk in the North Woods.

Earth Day Celebration

Join the Skidmore community in celebrating this year's Earth Day! There will be many musical acts, accompanied by some delicious food and fun activities sponsored by student clubs.

 

 

 

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