Weekly Update: Halloween, Energy Week, Cats at the ML, and more....

November 3, 2016

Hi Everyone

I’m excited to let you know our new MEM concentration in Business & Environment (BE) has been approved. It will be available to our Fall 2017 admits. We created it in response to growing private-sector demand for managers, consultants and analysts who can develop and implement business practices that benefit the environment, society and shareholder value alike.

Thanks to all of you who had a hand in developing the new concentration, but especially Jay Golden who will chair the program. Other core faculty members supporting the BE concentration include Deb Gallagher, Lori Snyder Bennear, Jesko von Windheim, Martin Doyle, Doug Nowacek and me. You can learn more here.

There is lots more news, so keep on reading.


  1. Our Ghostbusters squad is in the running for the Working@Duke Halloween Costume Contest. The photo with the most likes wins, so click here and "like" to help our team (Ghostbusters Donna Sell, Nancy Kelly, Allison Besch, Jenna Schreiber, Sherri Nevius, and ghost Laura Lipps), bring home the "W"! Deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3.
  2. The Nic School’s Energy Club is partnering with seven other students clubs across campus to sponsor a full slate of energy-related competitions, conferences, networking opportunities and facility tours this week as part of Duke’s first-ever “Energy Week” celebration. A highlight of the week is today’s conference on “The Technology and Innovation Driving Our Energy Future,” which features a keynote address by MEM alum and Nic School Board of Visitors member David Brewster, president of EnerNOC, the world’s leader in energy intelligence software.
  3. Kudos to PhD student Sarah Loftus, who won first place in the Young Researcher Poster Competition at the Algae Biomass Summit last month in Phoenix. Sarah won top honors in the competition’s Biology Division for her poster, “Meta-analysis reveals influential and non-influential factors affecting algae growth in recycled cultivation water.” Please join me in congratulating her.
  4. Ann Thurston, associate director of development services and corporate engagement, has completed Duke’s new professional development certificate program in leadership excellence. To earn her certificate, Ann had to complete eight separate training courses, each focused on a different aspect of leadership. We’re proud of you, Ann! (FYI: The certificate program, which is offered by Duke’s Office of Learning & Occupational Development, is a great resource, and I encourage all interested Nic School staff members to investigate it.)
  5. Britaldo Soares-Filho of Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais will present a talk on “Modeling Land-Use Policy Scenarios in Brazil” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in room 2102 of Environment Hall. His talk will review ways he is using environmental modeling to address several key policy challenges now facing Brazil, including infrastructure development, Forest Code implementation, agricultural expansion, and the potential impacts on land-use changes on greenhouse gas emissions and ecosystem services. Alex Pfaff is coordinating the talk.
  6. The Marine Lab has a new resident cat! Magic, as he is currently known, is a friendly, neutered outdoor cat with all his vaccinations. He’ll be introduced to the island gradually over coming weeks. His predecessor, the late great Captain Piver, leaves some pretty big paw-prints to fill, but Magic gives every indication of being up to the job. Only problem is his name. DUML Director Andy Read would like to give him a new moniker that’s a bit more historical or nautical. If you have suggestions, shoot Andy an email.

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