Dean’s Update: Deb Gallagher named associate dean, Jim Clark receives award, students recognized for leadership and more

April 10, 2019
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4.10.19

Hi all,

It was another exciting week filled with a veritable feast of insights and ideas courtesy of our professional students who presented their Master's projects in our spring symposium. Thanks to everyone who made it a success. The weather is reminding us that Durham is a GREAT place to be in the spring. I hope you can get outside and enjoy the best the season can offer, while also avoiding the pollen-assault that also comes at this time of the year.

If you are looking for some inspiration this afternoon, please join us to celebrate the Duke and Integrator of Campesino and Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca (ICICO) event that demonstrates how community-based carbon offsets in Mexico can help Duke meet its 2024 carbon neutrality commitment. Thanks to Liz Shapiro-Garza for her long-term leadership on this project and making these connections!

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GALLAGHER NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

Deb Gallagher has been named the Nicholas School’s first associate dean for professional programs. In this new role, Deb will provide strategic leadership for the school’s Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) programs and represent the perspectives and interests of our professional students. Please join me in welcoming Deb to her new role. Read more>

 

SMITH'S ANALYSIS SHOWS PROPOSED SUBSIDIES SHOULD BE REJECTED

A new analysis by Martin Smith shows that a proposed change that would reverse current policy and allow the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service to use public funds to underwrite low-interest, fixed-term loans for the construction of new commercial fishing vessels lacks scientific merit and should be rejected. Martin published his peer-reviewed policy analysis April 5 in Science. He also wrote an op-ed in The Hill on the topic. Read more>

RICHTER LEADS NATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER CONFERENCE SESSION

Dan Richter and Saskia Cornes, Duke Campus Farm’s program director, helped open the National Humanities Center's Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental Humanities conference last week with a morning-long field tour of Duke Forest. They introduced nearly 100 attendees to the southern piedmont, the historic Couch Farm and the Duke Campus Farm, in part with a newly-excavated, 2-meter soil pit. The excavation will remain open in April and is noteworthy if you are interested in learning about how highly weathered soils underlie much of the lowland humid tropics, as well as the Duke Campus Farm.

CASSAR TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS, PHD STUDENT LUNCHES

Nicolas Cassar will hold office hours on Fridays from 2-3 p.m. in Grainger Hall 5118 as part of his new duties as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs. PhD students can also sign up to have lunch with Nicolas or, for those at Duke Marine Lab, request a Skype chat. Contact Danielle Wiggins at danielle.wiggins@duke.edu to schedule a time.

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CLARK RECEIVES RESEARCH AWARD, DELIVERS TALK AT SYMPOSIUM

Last month, Jim Clark received a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation during a symposium in Bamberg, Germany. Humboldt Research Awards are presented annually to senior scientists and scholars whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact in their field.

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6 NICHOLAS SCHOOLERS RECEIVE FOREVER DUKE STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

Matt Brantley MEM/MF’19, Temis Coral MEM’19, Justin Lana MS’12/PhD’19, Sarah Loftus PhD’19, Stephanie Stefanski PhD’19 and Reed Perry MEM'19 are 2019 recipients of the Duke Alumni Associations Forever Duke Student Leadership Award. The award recognizes graduating students who embody the “Forever Duke” spirit in their service to the university. The students were nominated by faculty and staff for going above and beyond to give back to the Duke community during their time on campus. Thanks for all you do!

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CELEBRATING DUKE’S COLLABORATION WITH INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATION

Join us from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday at an event honoring the partnership between Duke and the Integrator of Campesino and Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca (ICICO), an organization that brings together indigenous communities in Mexico to develop and market forest-based carbon offsets. The organization has been collaborating with Liz Shapiro-Garza since 2005 and co-instructing Duke field courses in community-based environmental management since 2013.

FUQUA LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS EVENT

Each year, the Fuqua School of Business serves the Durham community by hosting Durham County’s Special Olympic athletes for a day of fun. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Brodie Gym, and the Nicholas School community is invited to participate. Sign up here to volunteer! For more information, please contact Kali Murphy at kali.murphy@duke.edu or Stephanie Salem at stephanie.salem@duke.edu.

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Professor of Soils and Forest Ecology Dan Richter preps a @thedukeforest soil pit for a class and a visit from @NatlHumanities #WeAreDukeEnvironment
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