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A Weekly Newsletter of Environmental, Ecology, and Sustainability Events at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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New Course Offering for Fall 2020: The Marine Environment Laboratory MASC 101L

 

A research experience lab course in which students will investigate the physical changes and eco-physiological responses of temperate corals to ocean warming on the North Carolina coast

 

2 Sections available

Weds 8 –11 am or Fri. 8 –11 am

 

MASC 101L is a hands-on undergraduate course that exposes students to the world of marine science and biology, and its application to understanding how coral ecosystems will respond to climate change. Students will begin by researching historical trends in physical conditions (i.e., temperature, salinity, light) and plankton abundance on temperate reefs on the North Carolina coast. They will then use the resulting data to design a laboratory experiment to test the effects of ocean warming and decreased food availability for heterotrophy on the calcification rates of the temperate corals Oculina arbuscula, and Astrangia poculata and their associated microbiota.

 

 

 


Environmental & Science Documentary Television (MEJO-562) offered Fall ‘20

 

If you’ve ever wanted to produce, write and/or report a video mini-documentary with an environmental focus, here’s your chance.

 

Next fall I’ll be teaching MEJO 562 (“Environmental & Science Documentary Television”), Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:45  p.m.

 

Students will work in teams to produce video reports on environmental issues within the state.

 

Last fall students produced and voiced three video reports on environmental challenges facing N.C. state parks, all of which are now streaming on the PBS website. If you want to view the three reports, follow these links:

 

https://www.pbs.org/video/snakes-are-crucial-to-the-health-of-merchants-mill-pond-nhcrfo/ (“Snakes are crucial to the health of Merchants Millpond”)

 

https://www.pbs.org/video/crowders-mountain-is-being-loved-to-death-xdcdn3/ (Crowders Mountain is being loved to death)

 

https://www.pbs.org/video/how-lake-waccamaw-got-rid-of-hydrilla-agz4x1/ (How Lake Waccamaw got rid of hydrilla)

 

In producing the stories, students work closely with a professional videographer at North Carolina Public Media (UNC-TV). Students assume the roles of producers, researchers and scriptwriters. If students have the requisite skills, they can also contribute as videographers and video editors. However, no prior video or television experience is required.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tom Linden, M.D. at linden@unc.edu

 

 

 


Edible Campus’s Virtual Earth Week

 

Edible Campus is bringing Earth Week to your homes! Beginning Wednesday, April 15th, Edible Campus will be releasing an original DIY video each night to help you celebrate and connect with the earth during this time. These are food, gardening, and wellness videos made by our awesome team of student leaders.

Check out the schedule below, and visit ncbg.unc.edu/earthweek each evening at 5 pm for your daily video. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to engage with us during this week. Look forward to hearing from you, and celebrating this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day together. Everyone is welcome!

 

Remaining Schedule:

April 20: Quarantine Cooking

April 21: Earth Day Poetry

April 22: Final Earth Day Event

 

 

 


Chapel Hill Alternative Protein Project

 

Want to help transform the food industry to become more sustainable, healthy, and just? The Chapel Hill Alternative Protein Project is thrilled to announce the beginning of its journey at UNC-Chapel Hill! We strive to provide students and researchers with a community in which to explore alternative protein-related applications of their academic expertise, and provide members with a better sense of what skills they should develop in order to become more involved in building a better future food system through cell-based, fermented, and plant-based alternative animal products. The club will be dedicated to increasing scientific research about alternative proteins at UNC, increasing curriculum about the topic, and engaging students in dialogue about the field through symposiums. At its best, an Alt. Protein Project group acts as a miniature think tank for a burgeoning field, catapulting its members to the forefront of the alternative protein movement.

 

Stay tuned for a Zoom interest meeting coming soon by signing up for updates on our listserv here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQBAZRT-D-OFrSHtZ-byi7Jltxxt9sK5wbzn_H2sMQ4sjDlA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 , or find out more info about the club on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Chapel-Hill-Alternative-Protein-Project-111167487201038/?tn-str=k*F

 

 

 


PLCY 371 offered during Maymester

 

We are offering PLCY 371: Energy Policy during Maymester. This course will provide an overview of some of the most challenging energy issues of the 21st century and will cover the tools and perspectives necessary to analyze those problems.

 

Key issues: U.S. energy policy challenges, global energy markets, climate change and energy diplomacy. Students will meet and interact with numerous guest speakers, including energy policy administrators from the Department of Environmental Quality, utility company executives, energy economics consultants, entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

 

A short video can also be found here: https://summer.unc.edu/course-offerings/maymester-courses/

Feel free to reach to Jessica Lama out if you have any questions!

 

 

 


High School Garden Intern

 

Carrboro High School’s Eco-Action Community Garden program is in its fifth year. Our mission is to get kids outside working with their hands and learning about sustainable systems both ecological and human. It is meant to be an empowering experience and students grow vegetables, native plants and trees as well as work on light construction projects. For the past two years, we have sold vegetables and flowers at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market. Other garden related projects such as cooking or discussions about food security or globalization are highly encouraged. About 10 – 15 students regularly attend our weekly work days and up to 20 students attend our two annual Saturday work days. An emphasis of our program is to grow student leaders and several students return as garden leaders their second year. We are presently looking for an intern who will coordinate our weekly garden work days after school from late August until Late May. These work sessions are from 4 to 6pm on whichever day works best for our intern. Our intern would also be expected to help mentor our student leaders. We are looking for someone with an interest in outdoor education and sustainable systems who is excited to work and help empower young adults. Knowledge of bio-intensive gardening techniques are certainly a plus. Please contact the teacher/adviser of the program, Stefan Klakovich, if you are interested at 919-260-1302 or sklakovich@chccs.k12.nc.us

 

 

 


Career and Graduate School Fair Alternatives

 

University Careers Services will now be producing Resume Books that registered recruiters who planned to attend those Fairs have the option to purchase. Only the recruiters that RSVP on Handshake can purchase a Resume Book and only students who RSVP on Handshake will be included in the Resume Books. The students who RSVP will also receive the contact details for the registered recruiters.

Handshake Resume Book RSVP Student Benefits

  • Students resumes and contact details will be provided to ALL recruiters that planned to attend the Fairs
  • Students will receive a customized spreadsheet of ALL recruiters’ email and LinkedIn contact details
  • Students can contact targeted recruiters to request more information or setup informational interviews via Zoom/WebEx
  • Students can build their network by connecting with recruiters from companies they might have interest in for future opportunities

 

Students, we are also excited to offer alternatives to the cancelled career and graduate school info fairs plus additional experiential learning opportunities for job (or graduate school) seeking students to utilize and develop skills that will bolster their professional profile and integrate their academic learning. Pay attention to upcoming deadlines and please open the following link for more details: https://careers.unc.edu/news-and-events/news