Dean's Update: Professor emeritus passes away, Dieynabou Barry, Erika Lovelace win award and more

May 1, 2019
Dean's Update Toddi Steelman Masthead 720w.jpg
Dean's Update-A Note from Toddi.jpg

5.1.19

Hi all,

I am very sad to report that one of the founding faculty members of the school, Professor William Stambaugh, passed away last Monday—on Earth Day. By all accounts, Bill was a scholar, gentleman and good citizen of the school. He is among the founders that gave us a strong start and continue to inspire the excellence toward which we aspire today. I also understand he was the cross-cut log champion at forestry field days for 10-15 years running. That is a record I hope to replicate, in his honor, going forward.

Graduation and summer are around the corner!

Weekly Update Header-FacultyNews.jpg
Stambaugh.jpg

PROFESSOR EMERITUS WILLIAM STAMBAUGH PASSES AWAY
The Nicholas School mourns the loss of professor emeritus William Stambaugh, who passed away on April 22. A WWII vet, Bill began teaching forestry at Duke in 1955, and was known for his research on tree diseases, and tree cultivation and propagation. He was a tenured professor and also served as the Associate Dean of the then School of Forestry. Bill was among the founding faculty of the Nicholas School, retiring in 1993.

 

ERIKA WEINTHAL TO PARTICIPATE IN WATER RESILIENCY PANEL
Erika Weinthal will take part in a panel discussion entitled “Water as a Tool for Resilience in Times of Crisis,” which will focus on what practitioners and policymakers can do to bolster effective water management for the world’s most vulnerable communities. The panel will be held on May 14 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and will be co-hosted by the Environmental Change and Security Program, USAID’s Sustainable Water Partnership and Winrock International. Learn more>

DREW SHINDELL QUOTED IN L.A. TIMES CLIMATE CHANGE STORY
Drew Shindell was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on the controversial idea of geoengineering Earth’s climate. Drew says we’d be gambling with our future if we bank on carbon-removal technologies too much. "We can’t go back and say, ’Oh, I guess we should have cut more,’ It's too late.”

Weekly Update Header-Research.jpg

EVALUATING DISCOURSE IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REGULATION
Erika Weinthal co-authored an article that evaluates competing environmental knowledge claims in U.S. hydraulic fracturing regulations. The study addressed a gap in the energy geography and environmental governance literature while finding that federal government–sponsored research plays a key role in regulatory debates. These findings also speak to the potential consequences of significant cuts to federal research, such as those proposed by the current administration.

Weekly Update Header-NicholasNews.jpg
barry-lovelace-square.png

DIEYNABOU BARRY AND ERIKA LOVELACE RECEIVE ABELE AWARDS
Dieynabou Barry, a second-year MEM student, and Erika Lovelace, registrar and associate director of student administration and advising, are among this year’s recipients of Duke University’s prestigious Julian Abele Awards. The awards are given annually to honor the significant achievements of black community members and their allies at Duke. Barry was honored as outstanding graduate student at the Nicholas School while Lovelace was honored as the university’s Graduate Mentor of the Year.

DEADLINE FOR DEAN'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PHD MANUSCRIPT EXTENDED
The deadline for submissions for this year's Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Student Manuscript has been extended to Friday, May 3. The award is given each year to a student enrolled in our PhD programs in recognition of graduate student research excellence in environmental sciences and policy. The awardee is honored and receives $3,000 at our spring graduation ceremony. For more information and to submit your manuscript, email Danielle Wiggins.

TEDx TALK ON VISUAL ARTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Miguel Rojas-Sotelo was one of six speakers at Duke Kunshan University’s first TEDx Talk. Miguel, who’s spending the semester as a visiting professor in China, gave a 15-minute talk on visual arts and environmental protection. He discussed his interest in filming documentaries that explore the connections between humankind and the environment. Miguel is an art historian and visual artist who teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke.

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

Edgar Virguez kicked off the PhD Symposium Friday before a welcome by Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth, and a keynote talk by Edward Balleisen, vice provost for interdisciplinary studies.

Dean's Update Header Instagram.jpg
instagram.jpg
Lincoln Pratson visited the @dukecampusfarm last week to educate farm and @sustainableduke staff on the new onsite solar installation. The project utilizes the remaining energy in nearly spent solar batteries from data centers, extending their usefulness. #bleedbluelivegreen #WeAreDukeEnvironment
 
submit button new.jpg

#WeAreDukeEnvironment

Dean's Update Header social media.jpg
Nicholas School of the Environment