Dean's Update: Rising Tide Event, 'Water Diplomacy,' Small-scale Fisheries and more ....

November 7, 2018
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11.06.18

Hello everyone,

If you are looking to expand your horizons and engage in some interesting discussion this week, please join us for the Rising Tide event Wed., 4.30-5.30 p.m., in the 5th Floor Grainger Hall Board Room. This is an opportunity to engage with Imam Joshua Salaam, the Muslim chaplain for Duke University.

Chaplain Salaam is from New Jersey originally, though he lived in a variety of places growing up. He entered the military in 1995 where he served as a police officer at an Air Force base here in North Carolina. He has served as a D.A.R.E. officer (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in local elementary schools. He has been active in American Islamic relations throughout his career. Chaplain Salaam earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in religious studies with a focus on Christian/Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary, Conn.
 
Our Board of Visitors and Alumni Council will be on site for meetings this Thursday and Friday so be on the lookout for them. We will be gathering to celebrate the re-dedication of Grainger Hall and honor our anonymous benefactor—a momentous occasion for the Nicholas School and an opportunity to celebrate the $20 million gift that will, among other things, help provide more financial aid to students so a Nicholas education can be more affordable.

Make sure you say hi to our visitors if you see them in the hallways.

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WEINTHAL TO SPEAK AT WATER DIPLOMACY CONFERENCE

Erika Weinthal will speak about water diplomacy and peacebuilding at an international conference, "Water Diplomacy: Building Bridges for Lasting Peace" on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. Part of the Geneva Peace Week, the conference will cover the challenges at the intersection of water, peace and security from science, legal and governance standpoints.

GO TO OAXACA WITH SHAPIRO-GARZA

 Check out this multimedia feature that focuses on the important ongoing research of Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza with a small nonprofit organization in Oaxaca that works to protect threatened ecosystems by empowering local rural communities to find new ways to benefit from and be compensated for their traditional environmental management practices. It's available in Spanish and English.

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BASURTO, VIRDIN PRESENT ON SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES

Xavier Basurto and the Nicholas Institute’s John Virdin presented at the third World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress last month about an ongoing study that looks at the global contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development. Earlier in October, Xavier and numerous other faculty and students were part of a large Duke contingent at an event, hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on food security. This is a great example of how we are increasingly partnering with organizations such as FAO to help solve pressing environmental and social issues worldwide.

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WORKSHOP LOOKS TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION EVALUATION

Charlotte Clark, Liz DeMattia, and Noelle Wyman Roth recently led a two-day workshop in Grainger Hall on environmental education evaluation (EE). More than 40 attendees from all over the U.S., including practitioners, funding organizations and professional evaluators, discussed ways to improve evaluation of EE through training, infusing a culture of evaluation, and gathering and managing data to more broadly describe the impact of the field. The workshop is a part of a one-year grant from the Pisces Foundation.  Results were presented at the North American Association of Environmental Education in Spokane, Wash., last month.
 
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE RELEASED; PUBLIC COMMENT OPENS

Duke’s Campus Sustainability Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainable Duke, recently released the 2018 Climate Action Plan Update draft. A public comment period will remain open through Dec. 17. This is your chance to have a say. Background information, Energy Needs Analysis documents, a comments form and a timeline for the process can all be found on the Sustainable Duke website.

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PHD STUDENT’S PRESENTATION WINS FIRST PLACE AT ALGAE SUMMIT

PhD student Sarah Loftus won first place in the biology section of the Algae Biomass Summit for her presentation on recycled water use for industrial applications of algae. The summit is the algae industry’s premier event. Sarah, a student in the University Program in Ecology, is advised by Zackary Johnson at Duke Marine Lab.

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SYKORA-BODIE PARTICIPATES IN ANTARCTIC CONSERVATION CONVENTION

For the third year in a row, PhD student Seth Sykora-Bodie is taking part in the annual negotiations of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia. This year, Seth is attending as the representative for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). CCAMLR, composed of 25 member states and manages the Antarctic's Southern Ocean, makes decisions on conservation and fishery management. This year, CCAMLR is considering proposals to establish marine protected areas for the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea and West Antarctic Peninsula.

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@DukeEnvironment - Heather Stapleton, Joel Meyer, Rich Di Giulio, Mark Wiesner and ’s Ed Levin took part in a research town hall on big data and environmental health. Vice Provost for Research Larry Carin also gave an overview of big data initiatives.
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@Dukeenvironment - On Friday, first- and second-year students competed in a friendly basketball game #WeAreDukeEnvironment
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