Free, but registration is required and is open to alumni only. Registration deadline Wed., Sept. 17.
"Back to Class," the Nicholas School's series of opportunities for alumni to learn and have a conversation with Nicholas School faculty, staff, other alums and guest speakers about the latest environmental research, policy, trends and tools, continues in Fall 2014 with a special day preceding a weekend of NSOE activities, including a "Meet the Dean" social for local and visiting alums.
Alumni Back to Class
Fri., Sept. 19, 2014
Back to Class: 9 AM - 3:30 PM EST, Social: 6 - 8 PM
Environmental Hall - Directions here >
8:45 - 9 am
Check-In I, Environment Hall Field Auditorium
9 – 11:30 am
Session 1: Emerging Environmental Policy Issues in China (Presentations and Panel Discussion)
Join us for an in-depth look at the environmental challenges facing China today, and the increasing public and government awareness of environmental impacts on both human health and the economy. Panelists will present some of their ongoing work on environmental policy research in China.
Panelists and topics to be covered are:
Benjamin van Rooij, UC Irvine Law School -- “China's New Environmental Regulators"
Joanna Lewis (T'97), Associate Professor, Science, Technology and International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University --“Examining China's Role in Global Clean Energy Technology Development”
Shanjun Li (PhD'07), Assistant Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University -- “Air Pollution and Traffic congestion: Policy Options in China's Transportation Sector”
11:30 am - 1 pm
Lunch Break - Grab a bite to eat at your favorite Duke Eatery.
12:45 - 1 pm
Check-In 2: Environment Hall 1101
1 - 2 pm
"Environmental Effects of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing," with Avner Vengosh
Following the panel discussion of Chinese environmental policy issues and clean energy development, Avner Vengosh, Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality, will take a closer look at the environmental effects of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), including lessons we have learned in the U.S. and implications for new developments in China.
Most recently, as a result of a statement of environmental impact that Dr. Vengosh and a fellow geologist provided Israel’s Ministry of Environment, a state committee rejected a proposal to begin oil shale extraction in the Judean lowlands, citing potential contamination of groundwater aquifers.
2 - 3:30 pm
Alumni Tour of the new Duke Environment Hall and Self-Guided Campus Walking Tour
Take a guided tour of the Nicholas School's beautiful new home, Duke Environment Hall. The 70,000 square foot building features the highest sustainable features and technologies, and meets or exceeds the criteria for LEED platinum certification. Afterward, grab a "New to Duke" guide and explore some of the latest additions to Duke's campus.
Nicholas School Triangle Alumni Social and Dean Townsend Welcome
Fri., Sept. 19, 2014
6 – 8 pm
The Nicholas School and N.C. Triangle Alumni Network are jointly hosting this evening social for local and visiting alums featuring Dean Alan Townsend. Come out to Environment Hall to explore the new building, catch up with fellow alumni as well as incoming Triangle Alumni Network Coordinator Gene Stroup (MEM '99), and meet the School's new dean!
Sat., Sept. 20, 2014
12 to 5:30 pm
Duke Forest, Troy Couch Farm Site - Click here for map >
Live Music, BBQ and Games. Grab a blanket, bring your appetite and join us for Field Day, a Nicholas School annual event with a long and colorful history. Open to Nicholas School Classmates, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends.
Event starts at noon. Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. BBQ pork, chicken and vegetarian options
Games from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. include: Cross Cut Saw, Dizzy Bat, Indian Pump & Cigar, Caber Toss, Egg Toss, Tug 'o War
Field Day is a rain or shine event; however, in case of severe inclement weather, we will cancel.
Sponsored by The Nicholas School of the Environment, FOREM, and the Nicholas School Student Council