Environmental Studies Student and Faculty Activities
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Congratulation to our Winter 2014 Graduates!
The Department of Environmental Studies had 20 graduates at the end of the Fall 2014 semester. 14 students walked at the Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremony.
Poster Presentation Session
The Environmental Studies Department held a student poster presentation session in the Orchard Suite on December 10. Students displayed posters dealing with a wide range of environmental topics, from composting campus food waste to invasive species to desalination. Below, Jeffory McDaniel discusses his work with composting.
The Provost's Student Research Showcase
Amber Dewey and Paul Oviatt presented their research posters at the provost's student research showcase on Tuesday, October 28. See the video here.
Wetlands Education at Bay Point Regional Shoreline
Dr. Michelle Stevens spent the day on Wednesday, October 22, educating middle and high school students on the wetlands in their neighborhood at Bay Point Regional Shoreline. The annual event, put on by Dr. Stevens and students from her Wetlands Ecology class (ENVS 158), is sponsored by PG&E and Craig Communications. Sac State student mentors included Austyn Cromartie, Teaching Assistant; David Hill, seen above showing participants an artichoke plant on their hike; David Stevens, Laura Rodriguez, Serena Mayo, Jaqueline Teofilo, Ryan Nowshiravan, Sonia Perez, Ericka Picazo Soto, Hunter Watkins, and Louis Junior Rosas. Read the article in the Contra Costa Times here. See a slide show at the Mercury News Media Center here.
Dr. Stevens at the 2014 Global Environmental Summer Academy
Dr. Michelle Stevens served as a Faculty Resource for the 2014 Global Environmental Summer Academy in Basel, Switzerland this summer. The Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) takes place annually under the auspices of the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). The Academy is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking, and communication skills of postgraduate students, professionals and activists who are concerned about human dimensions of environmental challenges. From hundreds of applicants every year, the course convenors select 18 Masters/PhD students or professionals from around the world who have the capacity to become future environmental leaders in academic, civil society, corporate or governmental organizations. Accompanied by international and multidisciplinary resource people, participants are mentored as they expand their understandings of policy, develop their academic insight and competence, transcend their disciplinary and place-based boundaries, and enhance their advocacy skills. GESA resource persons include outstanding academics, professionals, artists, and activists who together represent an extraordinary diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
Wetlands Ecology and Field Testing
Andrew Lozano (a participant in the CSUS Science Educational Equity (SEE) Program) was an excellent and knowledgeable field assistant for Dr. Stevens during summer 2014. He helped conduct research on wetlands ecology and field testing with the California Rapid Assessment Method in meadows at Lake Tahoe, the Cosumnes River, and Kachituli. In addition, Andrew conducted an independent research project evaluating these wetland sites for culturally significant plant species and Traditional Resource Management by California First Nation people. SEE is a comprehensive academic support program for students who face social, economic, and educational barriers to careers in the health professions, science research, and science teaching. Dr. Stevens and the Environmental Studies Department felt fortunate to have such an outstanding student field assistant, and hope he will choose our ENVS Department when he matriculates from community college.
ENVS Student Projects Awarded UEI Grants
Katlin Parker and John Cooper were awarded an $887 grant to build an automatic water quality monitoring system, designed by Cooper, at the STORC Aquaponics greenhouse. The system will test parameters such as dissolved oxygen (DO), electrical conductivity (EC), pH, and temperature, all critical components of a healthy aquaponics system. The system will be in place by May 2015.
Jeffory McDaniel was awarded $2000 for the Campus Food Waste to Compost project. He will be establishing composting stations at various eateries around campus.
Christine Flowers' Article on Extended Producer Responsibility
Christine Flowers, M.S., M.Ed., ENVS lecturer, has co-authored an article for Waste Advantage, the national publication for waste and recycling industry professionals, on extended producer responsibility legislation for hazardous and problematic materials. Read the article here.
American River Parkway Cleanup
Dr. James Reede and his Environmental Science (ENVS 10) students participated in the American River Parkway Foundation's annual Great American River Clean Up on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Read more about the Foundation here.