Weekly Update: Green Devil X Challenge, PhDs Get Provost Grants, Bass Connections Team Wins and more....

April 5, 2018

A weekly roundup of Nicholas School news, awards and grants from Dean Jeff Vincent

Take every step with Nicholas School students who took to the Duke Chapel stairs as part of our Global Connections activities. Video by Parker Brown and Sean Rowe.

Hi everyone,

Duke is throwing down the gauntlet again throughout April and asking faculty, staff and students to participate in the Green Devil X Challenge. It’s your opportunity to pursue sustainability certification for your workplace, lab, classroom or dorm room.
At the Nicholas School, we pride ourselves on a commitment to sustainability in every aspect of our lives in the school and at home, so much so that many of you completed this challenge in the past. But you can do it again. It’s always good to recertify on Sustainable Duke’s new and improved checklists. Plus, for your effort, you’ll have a chance to enter a raffle for 1 of 5 $1,000 Sustainability and Wellness baskets.
Enter now and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Duke’s Climate Action Plan and help Duke toward carbon neutrality by 2024. You can register here.
On a different note before moving on to the news below: for those of you who are first-year students or are new to this area, this yellow pine pollen eventually goes away. So, hang on.

  1. Congrats to PhD students Patrick GrayAnn-Marie Jacoby, Hillary Smith, Weiyi Tang and Phillip Turner for being among 15 Duke University students to receive Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) for 2018-19 from the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. The grants allow students to acquire additional skills, knowledge or experiences outside of Duke to enhance the approach to their original research. Learn more about how each of them will use their grants here.
  2. The D&I Actionators and Nicki Cagle invited a small group of Environmental Science Summer Program (ESSP) high school students to attend the spring Master’s Project Symposium this afternoon. This is great to see as we want to expose young people from all walks of life and backgrounds to the STEM fields, especially environmental science, as often as we can. Special thanks to the MEM students who agreed to serve as hosts during the students' visit: Caitlyn Cooper, Katie O'Donnell, Kelli Palaka, Reed Perry and Victoria Rose
  3. Rick Ostfeld, senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and a widely cited disease ecologist, will give the 2018 Henry J. Oosting Memorial Lecture in Ecology at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. The talk, which will be held at the Searle Center, is titled “The Ecology of Emerging Tick-Borne Diseases in a Changing World.” For more info, check out our story.
  4. The Bass Connections Human-Wildlife Interactions at Sea team presented their initial findings on pilot whale depredation in the Atlantic pelagic longline fishery to win best poster at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium. The presentation was led by undergrads Lauren Pederson and Briana Kleiner (junior Environmental Science & Policy major). Team member Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez MEM’18 also presented his work. Other Nicholas School members are faculty co-leaders Lisa Campbell and Andy Read, PhD students Joseph Fader, Alejandro Garcia Lozano and Hillary Smith, as well as research analyst Danielle Waples and Environment Sciences major Jason Dinh.
  5. Look for a new children's book titled “The Magic Dolphin,” written, illustrated and designed by Charles Pilkey in consultation with his dad, Orrin Pilkey. The lighthearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of two kids who rescue a stranded dolphin caught in a fish net. The dolphin then rewards the kids by taking them on an adventure, teaching them about global warming, sea level rise, beach erosion and other challenges facing the sea along the way. Charles and Orrin previously published “Lessons from the Sand,” a beach science activity book for kids. 
  6. The Duke Marine Lab will be offering an info session at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Blackwell Common Room for students interested in studying at the Beaufort campus that will cover educational, extracurricular and research opportunities. DUML alumni will be on hand to answer questions, and dinner will be provided. If you know of a student who might be interested, please pass this along and have them RSVP here.
Bass Connections students at SEAMAMMS

Members of the The Bass Connections Human-Wildlife Interactions at Sea team at SEAMAMMS

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