Welcome back from Spring Break!
Hope you’re all rested as we head into the busiest months of the year. Winter’s snow and cold are behind us finally (we hope) and Admitted Students Weekend (March 31 and April 1), Alumni Reunion Weekend (April 7 and 8), Master’s Projects presentations (April 13 and 14) and other major milestones in the Nic School calendar are right around the corner.
But first, there’s a lot of great news to share this week, so let’s get right to it.
- The Marine Lab has launched the new DUML Community Science Program to increase engagement with K-12 schools and the local community through scientific research. Over the next two years, they’ll work with educators, resource managers, scientists and other leaders across Carteret County on two community research projects, one on marine debris and the other on water quality. The goal is twofold: to increase public participation in research on these timely topics, and to develop new lesson plans and educational materials about them for local elementary school classrooms. It’s an amazing project. Kudos to Andy Read, Cindy Van Dover, Rebecca Smith, Liz Di Mattia and all the others in Beaufort who have worked so tirelessly to make this initiative a reality!
- MEM student Rui Shan was part of a Duke contingent that traveled to Fresno, Calif., over spring break to install solar panels at the homes of low-incomes families. Joining Rui on the team (largely made up of Nic School and Pratt School of Engineering students and alums) were undergrads Amaree Gardner, Anuj Thakkar, Harshvardhan Sanghi and Samuel Corwin, alum Jenna Poplausky, and research assistant Shomik Verma. It’s great to see members of our community so actively engaged in using their environmental and technical skills to help others.
- This Saturday (March 25) the Duke Marine Science and Conservation Leaders will hold its inaugural “Marine Science Symposium: Women in STEM,” beginning at 10 a.m. in Field Auditorium here in Environment Hall. Featured speakers will include National Geographic Explorer (and Duke alumna) Tierney Thys, oceanographer Maria Josefina Olascoaga of the University of Miami, and Nic School doctoral students Liz Schrack and Stacy Zhang. You can learn more about the event here. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch a live broadcast of the day’s talks here.
- Avner Vengosh will travel to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to give two invited talks at a World Bank symposium on water quality. He’ll present findings from recent research on groundwater quality and water pollution. The event, which is part of Water Week 2017, will bring together experts from agencies, universities and organizations worldwide to explore how future World Bank investments in the water sector can help countries manage their limited freshwater resources and increase water-use efficiency.
- It’s still a week away, but mark your calendars now for 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday, March 29, when renowned scientist Jill Banfield of UC-Berkeley will present the 2017 Oosting Lecture in Ecology in Field Auditorium. Widely hailed as one of the pioneers in the field of geomicrobiology, Jill’s work is revolutionizing our understanding of how microbial diversity, metabolism and ecology shape complex natural systems such as soil and sediments. The Oosting Lecture is truly one of the highlights of our academic year. Hope to see you there!
- Check out this new article about alum Jack Beuttell, MEM/MBA’14, and the startup company, Kunoa Cattle, he’s formed to promote sustainable cattle ranching and beef processing in Hawaii. It’s inspiring to see how Jack is applying the entrepreneurial skills he learned here at Duke to help Hawaii’s livestock industry become greener and more profitable.
- The Black and Latino Club, DICE and the African Environment Initiative are pooling resources to host the 3rd annual African Goat Roast from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, on the Environment Hall patio. The event will feature food, drinks, music and conversations that highlight the diversity of African culture. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit the Nabwabini Environmental Health Care Intervention Programme in Kenya.
- Ciara Healy is the Nic School’s new liaison to Duke University Libraries. If you haven’t met with her already, please invite her to your lab or classroom so she can bring you up to speed about the resources our libraries offer, include eBooks, citation management, research literature searches, tracking your H-index, setting up database search alerts and help managing Google Scholar. You can email Ciara here.
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