Dean's Update: Student Resources, Weinthal Presents at Water Seminar, Field Day and more ....

September 6, 2018
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09.06.18

This week, I want to talk directly to our students: Re-entry is hard … you’ve been through the orientation activities, gotten to know some of your classmates, started your classes, and realized that summer really is over. 
 
There is a lot going on and you may be finding it hard to keep up. You may be wondering if this really was the right program for you. Maybe you don’t feel as smart as the other amazing people in your classes. All of this is normal. Make no mistake, you belong here. 
 
You wanted to be here so you can make a difference and because you have a passion for the environment; this degree is your passport for pursuing that purpose. If you are struggling, a slightly less ambitious class load might be helpful or maybe you need to work on your organizational and time management skills. 
 
These problems are solvable and stopping by to have a conversation with our amazing Student Services team could help. The first semester of any program is usually the most challenging. Give yourself a break.  And while you are at it, come to Field Day this Saturday in Duke Forest. We would love to see you there!

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WEINTHAL PRESENTS AT WATER SEMINAR IN STOCKHOLM

Erika Weinthal traveled to Sweden last week to present on the environmental effects of protracted conflict and the targeting of water infrastructure in the Middle East at a seminar on political drivers for sustainable ecosystems. The event was part of the Stockholm International Water Institute’s (SIWI) World Water Week.

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STUDY CHALLENGES HOW MARINE INTERVENTIONS ARE EVALUATED

Marty Smith published a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that challenges how scientists typically evaluate the impacts of marine protected areas and other interventions in coupled human and natural systems. Read more>

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BOARD OF VISITORS MEMBER PASSES AWAY

Nicholas School Board of Visitors member Jud Wolfe MEM’97 passed away suddenly last week. Jud, an experienced environmental, health, safety and compliance leader in the energy industry, joined the board last fall. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  Read his obituary>

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NIC SCHOOL FIELD DAY TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY
The annual Nicholas School Field Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Troy Couch Farm site in Duke Forest. Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. followed by live music and games – including traditional favorites like the cross-cut saw competition and tug-o-war. RSVP>

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@DukeEnvironment

New Assistant Professor David Gill Brings Expertise in Conservation Interventions to @DukeMarineLab
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@DukeEnvironment

Students in @dukemarinelab’s Marine Invertebrate Zoology class are learning to characterize invertebrate anatomy. #WeAreDukeEnvironment

 

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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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