Dean's Update: Marine Lab Update, Energy Week, Nic in the News, and more ....

October 25, 2018
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10.25.18

Hello everyone,

I am just back from the Marine Lab and it has been fantastic to see the hive of activity going on down there. The library, student center, labs, classrooms and dining services are back up and running.  Drones are flying. New research opportunities, courtesy of Hurricane Florence, are flourishing.  While the Marine Lab is thriving, some of our friends, colleagues and community down east remain highly affected. 
 
We have an amazing team of volunteers who have been assisting with the Boys & Girls Club in Morehead City and Beaufort and there are upcoming opportunities to help out that I wanted to put on your radar.  Be on the lookout in the not too distant future for a supply drive to help repopulate the Boys & Girls Clubs’ needs and for a holiday toy drive to come later in November. Thanks to Leslie Acton, Corrie Curtice, Stacy Zhang, Jeanne Shearer, Austin Allen, Rachel Lo Piccolo, Jillian Wisse, Rett Newton and Megan Gill!
 
We also had a really great faculty retreat last Friday and Saturday in Raleigh, where we worked on sharpening up how we identify ourselves and how we connect with each other while building a little community among ourselves.  It was great to get the whole group together and it reinforced our need to do more of that in future.   
 
Finally, if you are looking for a job to go on to do great things like our amazing alumna Ivonne Higuero (see below) then check out the N.C. Master’s and Doctoral Fair on November 13!

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SMITH, BENNEAR WIN APPLIED ECONOMICS RESEARCH AWARD

Marty Smith and Lori Bennear won the 2018 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Quality of Research Discovery Award for a 2017 paper that uses seafood prices as a way to assess hypoxia’s effects on fisheries. In the last 15 years, Marty has been lead author of three papers that claimed the award—given annually in recognition of superior achievement in applied economics of agriculture, development or environment. Co-authors also included PhD student Justin Kirkpatrick and PhD alum Kevin Craig.

DI GIULIO NAMED SETAC FELLOW FOR ECOTOXICOLOGY CONTRIBUTIONS

Rich Di Giulio has been named a fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). The honor recognizes Rich for his contributions to the field – including teaching and advising four decades of environmental toxicologists – as well as for his leadership within the organization. Rich and his fellow honorees will be recognized at the society’s upcoming meetings in Sacramento, Calif. 

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NEW STUDY SHOWS DECREASE IN U.S. AIR POLLUTION DEATHS

Research scientist Yuqiang Zhang published a new study showing that deaths due to air pollution in the U.S. were nearly halved between 1990 and 2010. The improvements coincided with more stringent federal air quality regulations. Yuqiang led the study as a postdoc at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He currently works in Drew Shindell’s lab. Read more>

MAGUIRE HELPS DEVELOP NEW SPECIES CONSERVATION TOOL

Professor emeritus Lynn Maguire was part of a team of researchers who developed a new tool that can help guide conservation scientists in making decisions on how to best use limited funds to conserve the greatest number of species. The researchers’ findings were published in Science last week. Read more>

 

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REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN ENERGY WEEK

Registration is open for Energy Week at Duke, which will be held Nov. 4 -9. Hear from industry thought leaders at the Duke University Energy Conference (Nov. 7) and take part in nine other events exploring what’s next in energy technology, policy and business. Full schedule>

N.C. CAREER FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The graduate schools at Duke and five other local universities have partnered to put on the annual North Carolina Master’s & Doctoral Fair from 12-4 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Take a look at this year's participating employers and register through the Duke-specific link.  

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16 STUDENTS GO ON NETWORKING TRIP TO NIEHS OFFICES

Last week, 11 MEM and five PhD students visited the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) RTP offices to network with current employees and learn about their summer fellowship program. Students Paige Bippus, Jonna Boyda, Beverly deSouza, Zoie Diana, Tara Early, Guerbine Fils-aime, Marissa Guttenberg, Laura Landes, Anna Lewis, Casey Lindberg, Tatiana Manidis, Sena McCrory, Erika Munshi, Kelsey Rowland, Yan Sun and Maria Velasco Delgado participated in the Career Trek, sponsored by the Career & Professional Development Center

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MEM ALUMNA NAMED SECRETARY-GENERAL OF CITES

Ivonne Higuero MEM’91 was named Secretary-General of the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The CITES treaty, which has 183 national or regional parties, is one the world’s most powerful multilateral tools for wildlife conservation. Ivonne, who has served the UN in various leadership posts for 24 years, was advised by Randy Kramer. Read more>

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@Dukenvironment - Visiting Assistant Professor Mozhgon Rajaee Brings Passion for Environmental Justice to the Classroom https://t.co/RzDTNSemRo

https://www.instagram.com/dukeenvironment/

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@Dukenvironment - Students taking our @dukemarinelab marine ecology lab got to hang out at the @ncaquariumpks #WeAreDukeEnvironment  @lily_catherine9 
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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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