Dean’s Update: Cagle’s new E-STEM pipeline paper, Schick’s touching article, MEM student’s impact on energy policy and more

January 23, 2019
Dean's Update Toddi Steelman Masthead 720w.jpg
Dean's Update-A Note from Toddi.jpg

1.23.19

We lost the great poet Mary Oliver last week. Often writing about the natural world around us and drawing inspiration from what she experienced on her long walks in the woods, she very simply got to the heart of whatever matter was before her. An inspiration to me for several years, she gives voice, in the way art does, to feelings that otherwise have no outlet. May the following stanzas, excerpted from When Death Comes, provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day:

When it's over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
 
When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
 
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.  
 
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.
 

Weekly Update Header-FacultyNews.jpg
cagle.jpg

CAGLE PUBLISHES PAPER ON E-STEM K-12 DIVERSITY PIPELINE

Nicki Cagle just published a comprehensive review of E-STEM (environment, science, technology, engineering and math) diversity pathway programs available to K-12 students in the United States. The report identifies unmet needs, including a notable lack of programs for elementary school students in environmental science. Nicki co-authored the paper with former Duke Master of Arts in Teaching students Lexi Caldwell and Rosina Garcia.

RICHTER GIVES LECTURE AT INTERNATIONAL SOILS MEETING

Dan Richter, along with former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, gave the opening talks for this year's International Soils Meeting earlier this month in San Diego. As part of the Nyle C. Brady Frontiers of Soil Science Lecture, Dan discussed soil depths—which may be as deep as tens of meters—and how soil serves as a manuscript being overwritten by human use and management.

Weekly Update Header-NicholasNews.jpg

ROBERT SCHICK PENS TOUCHING ARTICLE IN SCIENCE

Research Scientist Robert Schick MEM’02 PhD’09 wrote an incredibly brave and touching article in Science on dealing with the loss of his 3-year-old son during his time as a PhD student. “Though I will always bear the scars from my son's death, time and emotional work help keep them from reopening, and I have found peace with how my trauma is woven into the story of my life.”

Weekly Update Header-Events.jpg
blueprint 2019.jpg

CONNECT, DISRUPT AT BLUEPRINT 2019: OCEANS & INNOVATION

Join students, explorers and ocean innovators at Blueprint 2019, Duke’s annual sustainable tech conference, on Feb. 1-2. Be inspired by talks given by ocean and innovation experts from across different fields, and team up with fellow students to brainstorm new approaches to real-world marine conservation issues. The event is organized by Duke Conservation Technology. Register>

Weekly Update Header-StudentNews.jpg
Gennelle Wilson.jpg

MEM STUDENT HAS AN IMPACT ON N.C.’S ENERGY POLICY

Gennelle Wilson MEM’20 wrote about how her Nicholas School education and a research assistantship at the Nicholas Institute have allowed her to make an immediate impact on North Carolina’s energy policy future. Gennelle works on a project that aims to formulate a list of policy recommendations to improve the state’s energy efficiency. Read more>

MEM/MBA’S INTERNSHIP LEADS TO CORPORATE GUIDE TO RISK MITIGATION

Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center released a new report, based on a Stanback Internship research project by Tim Singer MEM/MBA’20, that offers a guide to risk mitigation strategies for corporate renewable energy buyers. It finds that risk mitigation solutions have not kept pace with a rapidly diversifying and expanding corporate market.

Weekly Update Header-WhatsTrending.jpg
Dean's Update Header Twitter.jpg

twitter.jpg

Sunny Qiao (MEM/MF'19) spent last summer as an intern at the @NPCA. Looking for a similar internship? Applications for the Stanback Internship Program are due Jan. 29. https://t.co/qIiiWOjDQ1

instagram.jpg
Researchers from @marine_uas will be battling the elements in Antarctica for the next 2.5 months as they use drones to study change in the southernmost continent. Follow them for updates. @grogolog #WeAreDukeEnvironment #DroneAntarctica #NSFFunded #Drones4Good
submit button new.jpg

#WeAreDukeEnvironment

Dean's Update Header social media.jpg
Dean's Update NSOE Horiz Logo.jpg