Newsline February 27, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. UM Tops in Vegan Dining.

Around EVST

  1. EVST’ers rack up scholarships!
  2. EVST alum walks Where the Wild Things Are, Feb 28.
  3. New Certificate in Community Agriculture Student Informational Meeting March 9. 
  4. Students come together share concerns and answers at Branch Out, Wednesdays in the UC.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Montana Green Party Convention, March 4 on UM campus.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Share your ideas for the future of UM, Feb 27 to March 3.
  2. Bike Walk Rally in Helena, March 8.
  3. Register your group to participate in UM’s Earth Day celebration on April 20. 
  4. Missoula's People's Climate Solidarity March and Rally, April 29.
  5. Organize a blood drive and save lives. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Effect of Technology on Wilderness, Feb 27. 
  2. Biomimicry + Social Innovation workshop, June 6-11, Scholarship deadline March 1. 
  3. Journey down the Colorado—how climate change is changing rivers, March 1.
  4. Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017.  
  5. UM Community Invited to Public Meetings on Waste Reduction, March 2,7,8.
  6. Systems Ecology/DECS Seminar Series Spring 2017.
  7. Reaching Out to your Elected Representatives, March 2.  
  8. Pulitzer winner gives lecture & reading at UM, March 3.
  9. Peace Corps Application Workshop: Tips for Success, March 6.
  10. How to Start a Small Food Business in Missoula, 6 Tuesday evening classes from 3/7 to 4/11. 
  11. Challenges in Ecological Restoration in Butte, March 9. 
  12. Sustainable Farm Law 101, March 10-11. 
  13. Wild Trout Symposium, in W. Yellowstone in Sept, presentation abstracts due March 15.
  14. Training to drive UM’s large vehicles. 
  15. Present your research at UM Grad Conference, April 27, abstracts due March 27. 
  16. 8th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, Northern Utah, March 16-17, submit proposals & abstracts now.
  17. Science educators needed for trip to Madagascar this summer, 5 to 7-week duration.

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Extinction Witness seeks help with research for RIGHT WORK character profiles.
  2. Paid Internship helping beginning farmers.
  3. Documentary filmmaker seeks interns to help with distribution/promotion. 

Funding

  1. Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) – 4 different scholarships available, apply by March 31.
  2. Society for Conservation Biology research grants for Graduate Students, apply by April 1.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Peace Corps Week: Returned Volunteer Story Slam! March 1.
  2. International Women's Day, March 8.
  3. Welcome to the Anthropocene.
  4. What’s going to happen to water?

Good News Item

UM Tops in Vegan Dining.

UM Dining has the highest student vegan satisfaction rating in the Montana University System, according to a recent survey by PETA2, the youth division of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. UM Dining received an A on PETA2’s 2016 Vegan Report Card, noting that students gave the University a 100 percent satisfaction rating. Read more: UM Tops for Vegan Dining in Montana.

Around EVST

EVST’ers rack up scholarships!

Three EVST grad students have been named 2017-18 Wyss Scholars for Conservation in the American West. Jess Eller graduated from the University of AK-SE and now edits the student literary magazine Camas. Eller aims to work in policy, advocacy and outreach for environmental nonprofits. Heidi Schatz received her teaching credentials from Augsburg College in Minnesota. After EVST, she hopes to work for the Nature Conservancy, using GIS in conservation. Lindsay Wancour graduated from Michigan State University, and after EVST hopes to work with a wildland restoration nonprofit or youth conservation program. CONGRATULATIONS Jess, Heidi and Lindsay!!! 

EVST alum walks Where the Wild Things Are, Feb 28.

Russell Talmo and Kylie Paul (EVST alum), wildlife biologists with Defenders of Wildlife, give a slide show on wolverines, fishers, and lynx – some of the wildest (and cutest) critters found this side of the divide. They will discuss these incredible animals, their habitat, and explain how the monitoring program on the Bitterroot National Forest incorporates volunteer citizen scientists with every aspect of the monitoring effort. Hosted by Montana Wilderness Association. For more information, call 406-531-8347 or email Daphne Herling. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, February 28 from 7 – 8:15pm at the Missoula Public Library, large meeting room, 301 E. Main St. 

New Certificate in Community Agriculture Student Informational Meeting March 9. 

In cities and towns across the country, from Detroit to Maui, Community Agriculture projects have taken root and are transforming communities. Community Agriculture means growing food together to address issues not just related to food. Community Agriculture projects take on concerns like youth development, food access, self-determination and civic culture itself. You can become part of this movement. EVST is now offering a Certificate in Community Agriculture. The Certificate program combines hands-on training in small scale, sustainable agriculture and the appropriate coursework to prepare you to work in Community Agriculture. EVST Faculty Neva Hassanein and Josh Slotnick will explain how students can sign up for the certificate program, the specific requirements and scheduling. WHEN/WHERE: March 9 - 5:00pm in the Environmental Studies Department in JRH. 

Students come together, share concerns and answers at Branch Out, Wednesdays in the UC.

EVST’er Tony Morsette is Student Coordinator for the new Branch Center in the UC (2nd floor, opposite the food court). The Branch Center promotes sharing of ideas and views in a respectful and collaborative space, to foster understanding, support, and inclusion. Every Wednesday from 3-4pm, Branch Out takes place at the Branch Center, hosted by different student groups! What about your group? Come share refreshments, learn new skills, engage in mindful dialog, connect with your campus. Here’s upcoming Branch Out themes: March 1 – Keystone/Dakota Access Pipeline Info panel; March 8 –  International Women’s Day hosted by Women’s Resource Center; March 15 – First Nation Dancing Styles Info Panel. For more info, contact Tony or at (406) 945-0069.

Featured Events

Montana Green Party Convention, March 4 on UM campus.

The Montana Green Party Convention is a day-long event of strategy sessions, informational workshops, committee selection. Goal - build a Green movement in Montana. We will determine how our party will be structured within the state as well as how it will be affiliated with the national and global movements. As a group, we will determine the priorities of the state party, consider possible action initiatives, and discuss candidates for the 2018 election season. Lunch will be served and there will be fun activities for our youngest Greens! WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, March 4, 10 am - 5 pm at UM’s Payne Family Native American Center.

Volunteer Opportunities

Share your ideas for the future of UM, Feb 27 to March 3.

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Council invites UM employees to participate in “Creating Change Together,” a gallery of strategic ideas. The gallery will be located in the University Center Atrium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 through March 3, with additional evening hours announced soon. With extensive input from stakeholders on campus and beyond, the Strategic Planning Coordinating Council is developing a new strategic plan that will greatly influence the immediate future and the long-term development of the University. More information on the effort is online here

Bike Walk Rally in Helena, March 8.

Bike Walk Montana and other groups urge you to join them in Helena to let the legislature see support for active transportation. Note: there is a bill in the legislature to restrict bicycling and walking on all rural highways with no shoulder (pretty much every rural road in MT). WHEN/WHERE: March 8, at 11:30 am at Montana State Capitol Rotunda in Helena. More info at BikeWalkMontana

Register your group to participate in UM’s Earth Day celebration on April 20. 

UM will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday April 20 with an event called Sustainaganza on the Oval. There will be tabling, activities, music, tours, and more. UM student groups, local community organizations and others are invited to table on the Oval and to provide a fun educational activity. Those who complete the activities can sign up for raffle prizes.  For example, UM Recycling will have info on what can and can’t be recycled on campus – and how much waste, air & water pollution, etc. is reduced by UM’s recycling. People will be invited to participate in Recycling Free Throw – where you throw recyclables and nonrecyclables into the proper bins. Those who get at least 10 items in the proper bins get a raffle ticket and may win a gift certificate for food, or a fun item made out of recyclables. To register your group to participate or for more info, contact event organizer Amelia Liberatore

Missoula's People's Climate Solidarity March and Rally, April 29.

Mid-day, downtown, Saturday April 29. Youth voices will shine. Save the date. Details to follow. 

Organize a blood drive and save lives. 

Leaders Save Lives is an opportunity for students to help save lives with the American Red Cross. Students may also become eligible to win a scholarship and earn an Amazon.com Gift Card. Here's how: 1.Check out Leaders Save Lives and sign up to host a summer blood drive. 2.Recruit friends and family to give blood. 3.Feel great about helping save lives with American Red Cross! Blood drive(s) must be scheduled between June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017.

Educational Opportunities

Effect of Technology on Wilderness, Feb 27. 

Philosophy Forum presents Rebecca Korf of UM speaking on “Bridges, Not Walls --The Effect of Technology on Wilderness Experiences”, WHEN/WHERE: Feb 27, 3-4:30 pm at the Pope Room, Law School. 

Biomimicry + Social Innovation workshop, June 6-11, Scholarship deadline March 1. 

Biomimicry 3.8 co-founders-- Dayna Baumeister & Toby Herzlich --offer a week-long immersion workshop (Discovering Nature’s Genius) at Blacktail Ranch, Wolf Creek, MT. The workshop explores nature’s lessons for creating a more adaptable, resilient, cooperative and networked world. More info and registration here. Limited scholarships are available and the scholarship application deadline is March 1. 

Journey down the Colorado—how climate change is changing rivers, March 1.

Join photographer and writer Jon Waterman for a presentation on western rivers in a time of climate change. Free. Hosted by Climate Smart. More details and RSVP on Facebook. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, March 1, 6 pm at the Roxy Theater. 

Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017.  

Talks by Montana University system faculty. All talks are on the MSU campus, and will be recorded and posted to the IoE website here. Here are the scheduled talks for March: March 1 – Neva Hassanein – UM Environmental Studies “Regional Food Systems on the Rise: Implications for Resilience and Democracy in Montana”. March 8 – TBD. March 22 – Jakki Mohr – UM Business “Tensions in Managing the Business of Restoration”. March 29 – Paul Lachapelle/Brad Bauer – MSU Extension Climate Science Team “Climate Science Outreach via Extension: Lessons learned and Future Strategies.

UM Community Invited to Public Meetings on Waste Reduction, March 2,7 and 8.

Missoula will launch its “ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula’s Pathway to Zero Waste,” with a series of public meetingsMarch 2, 7 and 8, at various locations across the city. UM is a key partner in the community as we explore ways to shrink our solid waste footprint. The meetings will be an opportunity for the community to learn more about Missoula’s waste reduction goals adopted by the council in 2016. For more information on ways to contribute, email Eva Rocke, UM sustainability coordinator. 

Systems Ecology/DECS Seminar Series Spring 2017.

In room FOR 305 Thursdays 3:40-4:30 pm. For information contact Diana L. Six. Upcoming events for March. Mar 2 - Joe Giersch, Researcher, USGS, Glacier National Park, “Alpine stream biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act: glacial stoneflies as sentinels of climate change in Glacier National Park”; Mar 9 -  Robert Pal, Assistant professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, Montana Tech, “Challenges in ecological restoration after traditional reclamation in Butte, Montana”; Mar 16 Sarah Jane Keller Freelance science journalist, Bozeman, MT, “Science journalism: A look inside the symbiotic relationship between reporters and researchers”; Mar 30 Fiona Soper, Postdoctoral researcher, Dept. Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, UM “Linking pattern and process: Nitrogen dynamics in a lowland tropical forest”. 

Reaching Out to your Elected Representatives, March 2.  

Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is hosting a panel on how to Reach out to your Elected Representatives. MBHA hopes you’ll come and learn how to make your voice heard on issues of public land, wildlife management, habitat conservation. WHEN/WHERE: March 2 at 6pm in the UM Forestry Building, room 301. 

Pulitzer winner gives lecture & reading at UM, March 3.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder will speak on “Another Set of Eyes,” noon to 12:50 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. At 7 p.m. that day, Kidder will read from his recent nonfiction work in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. Both free and open to the public. Kidder’s visit is sponsored by UM’s Creative Writing Program and the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series. Kidder last visited UM in 2013 to meet with students and deliver a lecture when his book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” was UM’s First-Year Reading Experience. 

Peace Corps Application Workshop: Tips for Success, March 6.

Learn how to browse Volunteer openings, find the right program, and strengthen your application. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about service, learn steps you can take to improve your chances, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process. More info here. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 6, 12-1 pm, at UM’s Lommasson Center room 154.  

How to Start a Small Food Business in Missoula, 6 Tuesday evening classes from March 7 to April 11. 

Moonlight Kitchens is offering a series of classes on "How to Start a Small Food Business in Missoula". The classes will be from 6-8pm on six consecutive Tuesday evenings starting March 7 thru April 11. Moonlight Kitchens provide commercial kitchen space & equipment for public use at 1951 Kensington Ave. There will be 2-3 speakers each class covering everything from website development to where to buy paper goods. Marketing, equipment, local food suppliers, online sales, as well as info from the Health Department. Step-by-step guide & other hand-outs will be available. The last class features a panel of folks out there "doing it" - lots of time for questions. Limited to 12 people. Cost: $250/student (non-refundable but transferable). Must pre-register by March 5. Visit Moonlight Kitchens or (406) 926-2720. Also on Facebook. 

Challenges in Ecological Restoration in Butte, March 9. 

A talk by Robert Pal, Montana Tech. WHEN/WHERE: Mar 9, 3:30 to 4:20pm at UM's Forestry building 305, All welcome. 

Sustainable Farm Law 101, March 10-11. 

CFAC (Community Food & Agriculture Coalition) offers this course for beginning & established farmers. Farmers have lots of legal issues:  Buying/leasing land, hiring workers, negotiating sales, filing taxes, buying insurance, food safety issues.  This workshop is co-taught by farmers & an attorney. Helps you build a more resilient farming enterprise. WHEN/WHERE: March 10-11 from 8:30-4:30 at University Center room 330. Cost: $70 for the 2 days, or $40 for one day. Includes breakfast/lunch. Details here

Wild Trout Symposium, in W. Yellowstone in Sept, presentation abstracts due March 15.

The Wild Trout Symposium brings together a diverse audience of non-profit conservation groups, media, educators, anglers, fishing guides, government entities, and business interests associated with trout fisheries to exchange technical information and viewpoints on wild trout management and related public policy. Held every three years, each symposium has led to innovative approaches to wild trout management. Info & abstract submission here. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 26-29; abstracts due March 15 at West Yellowstone, MT. 

Training to drive UM’s large vehicles. 

If you anticipate needing to drive one of UM’s large vehicles (8 passengers or more), you must take driver safety courses offered at UM. Once you take them, they are good for 3 years. Trainings are offered March 16, April 27, and May 18 (all are from 10 am to noon – all are the same training). You will get a certificate that allows you to drive UM’s large vehicles. Here is where to register for a free training. For more info contact Kathy Krebsbach or call (406)243-2700. 

Present your research at UM Grad Conference, April 27, abstracts due March 27. 

The UM Graduate Conference (GradCon) will be held in the University Center Ballroom on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The UM GradCon is interdisciplinary and welcomes presentations from all disciplines and departments.  The deadline for abstract submission is March 27. (Some earlier publicity had a different earlier date). For more information click here

8th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, Northern Utah, March 16-17, submit proposals & abstracts now.

The Summit (hosted by Weber State U) is an energetic gathering of over 400 sustainability professionals, industry practitioners, policy experts, educators, and students. This year the Summit is introducing a half day Higher Education Forum with a focus on sustainability in campus operations, curriculum, and engagement (both on campus and with the community). Here are some ways to be a part of this. Become a Speaker --We are accepting speaker proposals for the Higher Education Forum (March 16 , especially if your institution includes sustainability within curriculum) and the main Summit day (March 17). Speaker Proposal deadline is Tuesday, January 10. Submit a Student Poster (abstract due by Feb 20) Students whose posters are selected to be displayed will receive free registration and may win cash prizes. Participate--Come share, learn, and regenerate as we work to address our collective challenges and foster greater sustainability on our campuses and in our communities. The keynote speaker on March 17 is Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. On March 16, join Dr. John Cook, Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and founder of the Skeptical Science website, to learn how to debunk myths at the Responding to Misinformation in the Age of Fake News workshop. For more info, contact Andrew Hackett, at (801)-626-6310, or by email at andrewhackett@weber.edu.  And you can sign up to receive updates! 

Science educators needed for trip to Madagascar this summer, 5 to 7-week duration.

Bozone-Orgs need volunteer science educators or enthusiasts to travel to Madagascar this summer to introduce Malagasy teachers to the concept of hands on science. We will be working together by organizing summer camps for students and implementing these concepts to educators. Madagascar is one of the most unique places in the world yet it is one of the most environmentally endangered places on the earth because the very limited habitat is being lost at an alarming rate. Currently science classes are conducted using French textbooks and taught by memorization. Education is not tailored to the uniqueness of the Island and students and their families have never been introduced to the concept of loss of habitat or environmental consequences. The Ministry of Education has approved a pilot program in which we will introduce the concept of Hands on Science to enrich science education and environmental sciences.  You would be among the first to introduce teachers to a new way of teaching while experiencing this most amazing island. Our time frames will vary depending upon volunteers, with a minimum of 5 weeks but possible 7 weeks.  We will work on fund raising for partial airfare. Housing and meals with campers provided. For more information contact Ann de Meij or 406 587-3012 eves. Read about the list guidelines here.

Jobs and Internships

Extinction Witness seeks help with research for RIGHT WORK character profiles.

For more information, contact Megan Hollingsworth or at (406) 224-2560. 

Paid Internship helping beginning farmers.

Want to help Montana’s beginning farmers grow successful, sustainable businesses?  Want to learn about how to develop new resources, plan educational opportunities, host events, and evaluate programs? CFAC is looking for an intern for this summer to assist with a range of projects, including: Promoting/marketing Farm Link Montana, to farmers, ranchers, landowners across the state; Planning, promoting, administering, and evaluating a series of on-farm, farmer-led Field Days in Western Montana; Enhancing business planning curriculum for beginning farmers across Montana; Building teaching modules for use by Extension; Supporting partners in planning and promoting a farm business planning workshop for veterans; Working with partners to develop tools to connect farm and food businesses with investors in Western Montana; Assisting with a regional market assessment by conducting outreach to buyers and producers. We can offer a $2,000 stipend to applicants able to offer 20 hours/week between June and September. To apply, email Annie with your resume and a note on the project(s) in which you’re interested and any additional relevant information not covered in your resume. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis with a planned intern start date in late May.

Documentary filmmaker seeks interns to help with distribution/promotion. 

Some of you may have watched the documentary Charlie vs Goliath at the Big Sky Documentary film festival. This story of a social justice activist who ran a campaign funded by small donations against a well-financed senator in Wyoming may inspire others to take on such challenges. The film maker is seeking interns to help with film distribution/promotion and journalistic projects. If you are interested in gaining some experience in this and feel you can provide some useful help, you can contact him at Reed Lindsay.

Funding

Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) – 4 different scholarships available, apply by March 31.

There are currently 4 different scholarships available from MAGIP and the deadlines for applying are all March 31. The funding opportunities listed are: (two) $1,000 amounts for the UM Montana View Scholarship, (one) $1,200 UM Zuuring-MAGIP scholarship, (one) $2,000 MAGIP scholarship, and (one) $2,000 RedCastle Resources – MAGIP scholarship. These opportunities vary for undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate work. Please review the 3 different flyers carefully for full instructions on submitting your application for these terrific funding opportunities. Final applications and attending documents must be received by March 31, 2017. 

Society for Conservation Biology research grants for Graduate Students, apply by April 1.

Starting this year, SCB will grant ten $1,000 research awards per annum to support travel, materials or equipment for graduate student members to help them conduct field research in conservation science. The deadline to apply for an SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship Award (GSRF) is April 1, 2017. Please visit the SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship page of the SCB website for more information and to download the GSRF application. Questions? E-mail SCB Awards Committee Chair Carolyn Lundquist.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

Peace Corps Week: Returned Volunteer Story Slam! March 1.

Check out the events at UM’s Peace Corps Week. The story slam is: Wednesday, March 1, 5-6:30 pm, at UM’s UC 330.  

International Women's Day, March 8.

Thank a woman who has made a difference in your life. International Women’s Day events at UM here. 

Welcome to the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or even human dominated, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now dramatically altered by humans. The website Welcome to the Anthropocene provides information on the Anthropocene from the Encyclopedia of the Earth. Of particular note are some short thoughtful films about the Anthropocene. The website's authors and sponsors are identified here. Sponsors include National Science Foundation, International Council for Science, Stockholm University and others. 

What’s going to happen to water?

Concerned about the potential impacts of changing federal and state legislatures on our waters? Listen to the recording of RiverNetwork’s webinar with Clean Water Network, "Water in a Post-Election World." Listen here.

This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.