We are proud to announce that ENVS PhD candidate Jean Faye has been awarded the prestigious International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship is awarded to just 80 of the 1,000 applicants from around the country, and provides support for expenses, travel, and living costs for 9-12 months associated with the awardees’ research. (more…)
Join us for the third annual Environmental Connect, a networking event for environmental career paths!
The event brings together businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and government agencies to network with students who are interested in pursuing a career with a degree in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. (more…)
The University of Oregon Graduate School has announced this year’s award recipients, and among them is our very own Jared Pruch, first year master’s candidate in Environmental Studies. Jared has been awarded the David S Easly Award, which supports outstanding master’s and doctoral students pursuing degrees related to environmental conservation and preservation. (more…)
This past weekend, our very own Stephanie LeMenager, Professor of Environmental Studies and English, was featured on Science Friday. The episode, titled “Telling the Story of Climate Change — in Fiction,” featured a number of writers who have been exploring climate change through the creative imagination (more…)
Join us March 15, 2016 from 4-5:30 pm for a live stream event on Harney County and the Sagebrush Rebellion, with a discussion of past and present issues in federal land management. The event will be featuring Environmental Studies alumna Amanda Peacher and visiting lecturer from Stanford University, David Hayes.
Peacher, who now works for Oregon Public Broadcasting as a multimedia reporter and producer covering Central Orego, has been covering the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and related issues since the occupation began.A former wildlife ranger, she has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the University of Oregon. David Hayes is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches on renewable and conventional energy, wildlife trafficking, NEPA reform, natural resources, and climate change. He served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of the Interior under Clinton and Obama.
There will be a viewing of the live stream on March 15th in Knight Law Center, room 175. You can also view the live stream online here.
This event is brought to you by University of Oregon School of Law’s Public Law & Policy Program and co-sponsored by the ENR Center and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy Nicolae Morar has been featured in the latest issue of Cascade for his research on medical debates through the lens of bioethics. In the feature, Morar discusses his exploration of the philosophical arguments underlying life and how we care for it, the foundation of his research. Morar has recently been selected to receive the Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities, a prestigious teaching fellowship through UO, which he will use to design a new course in clinical ethics.
Read the full article in Cascade here, to learn more about Morar’s recent work.
Save-the-Date! The University of Oregon will host the 4th Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Symposium on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Many Nations Longhouse. Keynote speakers are Maxine Burkett, from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Elizabeth Kronk from the University of Kansas. This event will examine the intersection of tribal sovereignty and rights in the face of climate-induced impacts on indigenous peoples and homelands. To learn more about our speakers, visit: http://ccip.uoregon.edu/.
This event is co-sponsored by the UO Robert D. Clark Honors College, the UO Environmental Studies Program, the UO Climate Change Research Group, the UO Native American Student Union, the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Knight Chair of Social Science and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. This event is also part of the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project.
For More Information, contact:
Kathy Lynn, UO Environmental Studies at 541-346-5777, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Carey, UO Clark Honors College, at 541-346-8077, or by email at email@example.com
“I was drawn to Environmental Studies by my love for the many landscapes that have cradled me throughout my life, a love that turns to motivated rage when I reflect on the (more…)
The USDA Forest Service has just published a new General Technical Report, Climate Change through an Intersectional Lens: Gendered Vulnerability and Resilience in Indigenous Communities in the United States, with Environmental Studies PhD candidate Kirsten Vinyeta as the lead author. (more…)
Climate change has traditionally been considered as an issue of the physical sciences, but a team of UO scholars have just turned that idea inside-out. (more…)
Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, has recently published Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, a new book co-edited with Vernon W. Cisney. The concept of “biopower” was developed by Michel Foucault, and has become a highly fertile concept in recent theory. In Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, the term is used to describe “a power bent on generating forces, making them grow, and ordering them, rather than one dedicated to impeding them, making them submit, or destroying them.” According to the publisher, Morar and Cisney’s new volume brings together “leading contemporary scholars to explore the many theoretical possibilities that the concept of biopower has enabled in debates ranging from health-care rights to immigration laws, HIV prevention discourse, genomics medicine, and many other topics. (more…)
The McKenzie River is the lifeblood of Eugene, OR. Running 90 miles from its headwaters in Clear Lake in the Cascades, it courses through a watershed sculpted by lava flows, meanders through the lush northern rainforest, crashes down waterfalls, squeezes through hydroelectric dams, and finally filters into our homes through our tap water faucets. (more…)
Environmental studies students have made their mark in this season’s issue of the CAScade, the College of Arts and Sciences’ official magazine. In the feature article on students addressing climate change from a variety of research backgrounds, two of core faculty member Ron Mitchell‘s mentees are highlighted for their work in political science, as well as an environmental science major studying oxygen levels in the ocean. Environmental studies major Lincoln James is the focus of an additional article for his work on the history of glaciology.
Graduate students in the Environmental Studies program at UO contribute to the field in some inspiring ways. Recently Environmental Studies PhD candidate Sierra Deutsch traveled to Myanmar and Cambodia to study natural resource management, and wrote an article about it in Voices from the Sylff Community. From the Sylff website:
Sierra Deutsch, a Sylff fellow at the University of Oregon, went to Myanmar and Cambodia to assess the two countries’ different approaches to natural resource management. In this article, she describes the preliminary findings of her research and argues that the experiences of local people affected by natural resource policies are important and may have implications for the success of those policies.
To read Sierra’s article, The Socioeconomic Dimension of Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation, visit Voices from the Sylff Community.
ReNews, the newsletter of the Environmental Studies Program, was established in 2013 when faculty, staff, and graduate students decided to separate out the two main functions of the program’s journal, The Ecotone: that of a journal and that of a newsletter. While initially a short bulletin, The Ecotone has matured into a journal that serves as a space for interdisciplinary academic dialogue and creative expression. ReNews was created to provide an annual report to alumni, donors, prospective students, and general supporters and friends about the Environmental Studies Program, people, and accomplishments.
To view ReNews, please click here for an easy-to-read online magazine format.
Initially Justin Culman was hesitant to become an Environmental Science major. The amount of credits required seemed daunting, but once he realized he could manage a four-year plan with Environmental Sciences and a double major in Geography, he was sold on switching into the program. (more…)
Keyyana Blount has always loved estuaries. Growing up in southern Maryland, her primary education began with the basic ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. During her time at Salisbury University, she completed an undergraduate research internship with the EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division laboratory in Narragansett, RI on the climate change effects on salt marsh plants. “During this internship,” she says, “I had the privilege of spending many summer days in the beautiful salt marshes of New England. In the field, I realized how dynamic these ecosystems were, and also how vulnerable they may be to climate change.” These experiences encouraged Keyyana to study the potential effects of climate change on coastal wetland ecosystems, and to find ways to protect and preserve them. (more…)