Dean’s Update: Wernegreen named Bass Fellow, Master’s programs ranked, second-year students’ class gift and more

March 20, 2019
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3.20.19

Hello all,

What did you do on your spring break? I am just back from a week-long trip to China, where I visited Duke Kunshan University, met with the faculty and students in the iMEP program and learned more about the rapidly developing undergraduate program. The pace of change and development in China is staggering. I was struck by the increased emphasis on the environment, green infrastructure and sustainability. Our countries have much to learn from each other and given current continued trade tensions, the importance of educational diplomacy is as relevant as it has ever been. I finished up the trip with a visit with prospective students and alumni in Shanghai. The Nicholas reach is far and wide! Here is hoping your spring break was as good as mine.

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WERNEGREEN NAMED BASS FELLOW FOR RESEARCH, TEACHING

Jennifer Wernegreen has been named to Duke’s Bass Society of Fellows in recognition of her excellence in research and undergraduate teaching. As a Bass Fellow, she will be appointed the Lee Hill Snowdon Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy, starting July 1. Bass faculty are nominated by their peers, and then vetted by a committee charged to establish both their reputation as internationally recognized scholars and their excellence as innovative and dedicated undergraduate teachers. Read more>

CAGLE, READ NAMED AMONG TOP 5 PERCENT OF UNDERGRAD INSTRUCTORS

Nicolette Cagle and Andrew Read were among the top 5 percent of all undergraduate instructors in Trinity College for the fall 2018 semester, based on course evaluations. It’s great to see our faculty excel in the classroom!

DOYLE’S BOOK RECEIVES AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS AWARD

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) named Martin Doyle’s The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade its Rivers the 2018 recipient of the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. The award is given annually for books that make an important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography. On April 7, Martin will be recognized at an awards luncheon during the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

RITTSCHOF PAPER WINS NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY RESEARCH AWARD

A paper co-authored by Dan Rittschof received an Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratory. The study sheds new light on the complex, and still only partly understood, biochemical processes that allow barnacles to create super-strong underwater adhesives. Dan and his colleagues identify a critical step in the adhesive-making process that previous studies have missed. The discovery of this critical step could help scientists create synthetic adhesives with properties that mimic the barnacles’ adhesives and, ultimately, aid in the development of environmentally friendly biofouling solutions.

FACULTY MEMBERS HAVE A BUSY SPRING BREAK IN THE NEWS

Cindy Van Dover was quoted in a story in Science on a bus-size robot set to vacuum up valuable metals from the deep sea. Stuart Pimm responded to a UN report that found that worsening environmental ills are killing millions of people yearly, in an Associated Press article. Brian Murray wrote an insightful piece for Forbes offering five key questions for policymakers to consider as they ponder the Green New Deal. Bill Schlesinger wrote an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle on why we should be cautious about nuclear power as a solution to climate change.

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DEL-MEM NAMED ‘MOST INNOVATIVE’ ONLINE MEM PROGRAM

The Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM) program has been named the most innovative online MEM program in the nation by the independent higher-ed ranking service OnlineMasters.com. DEL-MEM was ranked 1st among all U.S. programs, based on evaluations by industry experts, hiring managers, current students and alumni. Read more>

 

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS RANKED

The Nicholas School and Sanford School of Public Policy are ranked third in the nation for graduate programs in environmental policy and management, according to the new U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings released last week. Read more>

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SECOND-YEAR MASTER'S STUDENTS RAISE $3,000 FOR CLASS GIFT

The MEM/MF Class of 2019 gift campaign raised $1,500 in support of the Nicholas School Annual Fund, financial aid and student internships. Alumna Maggie Peloso T '05, MEM'06, PhD'10 made a generous matching donation to bring the fundraising total to $3,000. The campaign was led by Temis Coral Castellanos, Leah Davis, Manfei He, Sandy Lynn, Colyer Woolston and Reed Perry. This was the first student class gift campaign in Nicholas School history, and will now be an annual tradition.

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MARINE LAB ALUMNI APPRECIATION BREAKFAST TO BE HELD APRIL 11

Nicholas School and Duke University alumni who work or study at the Marine Lab are invited to join me for an alumni appreciation breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. on April 18 in the Pilkey Conference Room. Alumni are asked to RSVP no later than April 11.

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Dean Toddi Steelman (pictured with faculty member Junjie Zhang, director of the iMEP program) is visiting China over spring break. On Monday, she got a tour of @DukeKunshan and participated in a women in STEM panel discussion. During her visit, Dean Steelman will be meeting with students, faculty, staff and @DukeAlumni

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Students are spending the week in Hawaii experiencing restoration ecology work first hand. The class just visited Limahuli Garden & Preserve as well as Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. #WeAreDukeEnvironment
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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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