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Environmental Studies and Sciences



Life on the Edge; Three Decades of Discovery at Hydrothermal Vents

Dr. Peter Girguis

This lecture is a part of the Ridge 2000 Program: Distinguished Lecturer Series.  Ridge 2000 is a multidisciplinary program that integrates geosciences and biosciences, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Our outstanding speaker is Dr. Peter Girguis, an assistant professor in the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Department at Harvard University. His research focuses on deep-sea marine microbial physiology, in particular how microbes mediate carbon and nitrogen cycling at hydrothermal vents and hydrocarbon seeps. This lecture is a general focused broadly to interest a general audience including middle- and high-school students.

Focus the Nation on Solutions to Global Warming

Eban Goodstein is a Professor of Economics at Lewis & Clark Collegeand Director of Focus the Nation

Goodstein is the Director of Focus the Nation, a national global warming educational initiative, which is coordinating teams of faculty, students and staff at over a thousand colleges and universities and high schools in the United States to participate in a nationwide, nonpartisan discussion on the theme of climate stabilization. The project will also include the participation of religious, civic and business organizations, and will culminate on Jan. 31, 2008, in a one-day symposium to be held simultaneously on campuses across the country. Focus the Nation could be a catalyzing event on par with Earth Day 1970 that could help turn the national conversation about global warming from fatalism to constructive engagement with the challenge of our generation.

Moonlit Hike

Come on a moonlit hike with the Friends of the North Woods. See our woods in moonlit glory!

Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program Information Table

Career Services will host this information session.  The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport: 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!

"Water First," an Award-winning Documentary Film 

"Water First" recently premiered at the World Water Forum in Mexico City, and was awarded second prize in the first International Water & Film Festival. This short documentary was filmed in Malawi and South Africa, and illustrates how water is a crucial ingredient in addressing myriad issues including poverty, disease control, girls' education, gender equality, population control and the care of HIV/AIDS patients.

Build a Bird House or Bird Feeder 

Come join in the fun, building bird houses and bird feeders to be hung around the community. No skills or supplies required! Just some good, old-fashioned, environmentally-friendly Skidmore fun. Don't miss it!

Taking Science to the Street: Lessons and Opportunities in the Adirondack Park 

Lecture by Dr. Sean Connin, UWW instructor and former director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

Recycling Battle of the Quads Concert 

All participants in Skidmore's new recycling program are invited. Ice cream (with cones, to limit waste) will be served before the concert at 8:30 p.m.

Earth Day Music Festival 

Take the Skidmore bus downtown at noon for Step-it-Up global warming rally. Music Festival: Dar Williams Kamikaze Hearts Red Heart the Ticker Nat Osborn Skidomedy Special Guest Sheldon Solomon as MC Free Local and Organic Food Environmental Activities

"Audobon" - Larry Hott

Lawrence R. Hott and Diane Garey have been producing documentary films since 1978. Their awards include an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the Erik Barnouw Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals.  Larry will show his latest documentary, "Audobon," and talk about the challenges of making such a documentary.  More about the film can be viewed here:

"Who Killed the Electric Car?" 

Please join us for a viewing and discussion of the 2006 documentary about the life and death of electric vehicles in California.  Following the documentary, there will be a panel discussion featuring Skidmore Professors Bob Turner and Rik Scarce, Chelsea Sexton, an electric car expert featured in the documentary, and Greg Hampson, Principal Engineer from Engineering Systems Analysis.