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ENVI Undergraduate Newsletter

The Envi Undergraduate Newsletter is published every two weeks and keeps the ES community up to date about jobs, events, and opportunities for undergraduates in the School. This week, we share ways to study in Peru, work on Galiano Island, brush up your resume, and more! It’s by subscription: visit http://eepurl.com/ckJyaX to subscribe. Here is a link to our first Undergraduate Newsletter for Fall 2017: http://mailchi.mp/21904a35c563/welcome-back-to-es-jobs-events-and-opportunities

Environmental History of the Past Ten Years

ES 380, Environmental History of the Past Ten Years, CRN 23799, January - April, 2018. The course is structured around five issues of current significance: 1) The building of the Site C dam; 2) The proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline; 3) The Paris Climate Accord and international climate policy; 4) Soil depletion, soil erosion, and the challenge of sustainable agriculture; 5) Conflicts over water in South America and India. Methodologically, the idea is to learn how to use cultural and historical analysis to make sense of environmental problems.

Dr. Ross Thompson Lansdowne Lecture

The majority of the world’s ecosystems have been profoundly altered by human activities in ways that are essentially irreversible. Global population growth will place ever greater demands on ecosystems and the services that they provide. Using examples from waterway management in Australia, I will discuss the issue of how we manage ecosystems within the bounds of what society demands from them, and in the context of regional factors such as climate change, habitat fragmentation and species invasions. I will argue that restoration is most often an unrealistic goal, and that rebuilding and managing ecosystems for a range of values is the challenge that ecologists truly face. Using data from major environmental management interventions including landscape-scale revegetation, invasive animal control and environmental flow provision I will describe the challenges in restoring, remediating and re-engineering natural ecosystems.

Sessional Instructors: future teaching opportunities in ES

The School of Environmental Studies invites applications for future sessional teaching opportunities. Interested individuals please submit a curriculum vita and a cover letter outlining relevant education, professional experience, a list of courses you would be able to teach (listing of ES courses), and evidence of teaching effectiveness to: Dr. Karena Shaw, Director, School of Environmental Studies, David Turpin Building, B243b, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2. Submissions may be also sent by email to ses@uvic.ca.

Undergrad Cafe

Every Thursday 2:30-3:30 in the David Turpin Building Room B247 join our ES UG Advisor for conversation, advise, study or just to hang out. Come enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies while connecting with other ES Undergrads.

Mosqoy Textile Fair

Mosqoy Textile Fair, David Turpin Building, B247, November 17 and 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please come to buy your holiday presents and winter wares! You'll find unique, fair-trade, hand-woven products made with alpaca wool and natural plant dyes. Everything from bracelets and wallets to scarves, toques, and table runners!

ES Undergraduate Newsletter

The School of Environmental Studies has just launched a newsletter for undergrad students! Keep up do date on School events, job postings, volunteer opportunities and more. Sign up here to join the mailing list, and it will come to your inbox every two weeks. If you have something you’d like included in the newsletter, send it to enviundergrads@uvic.ca Also follow ES Undergrads UVic on Facebook for more content!

Sessional Instructors – future teaching opportunities in ES

The School of Environmental Studies invites applications for future sessional teaching opportunities. Interested individuals please submit a curriculum vita and a cover letter outlining relevant education, professional experience, a list of courses you would be able to teach (listing of ES courses), and evidence of teaching effectiveness to: Dr. Karena Shaw, Director, School of Environmental Studies, David Turpin Building, B243b, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2. Submissions may be also sent by email to ses@uvic.ca.

Canada Prize in the Social Sciences - Dr. Nancy Turner

The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. The winning books make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada. Dr. Nancy Turner was awarded the 2016 Canada Prize in Social Sciences: http://www.ideas-idees.ca/events/canada-prizes

Sybil Seitzinger - honorary doctorate from Utrecht University

Congratulations to Environmental Studies Professor and PICS executive director, Dr. Sybil Seitzinger, on receiving an honorary doctorate from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Dr. Seitzinger was one of four recipients of honorary doctorates at an awards ceremony held in the Domkerk cathedral on March 29. The university said the doctorate has been given in recognition of Dr. Seitzinger’s research into the causes and consequences of climate change, in particular on life in coastal waters and freshwater. Prior to joining PICS and the University of Victoria as a Professor in November 2015, Sybil Seitzinger was for many years the director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which focuses on climate change.

ES Summer Send-off, March 30, 3:30 p.m.

Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner! Please join us for the Environmental Studies Summer Send-off! All members of the Environmental Studies community are invited to celebrate the end of term with free food, games, awards and prizes. Meet your fellow ES students and hear what everyone will be up to this summer. Drop in for a quick snack and chat, or stay for the whole time! Environmental Studies Summer Send-off Wednesday, March 30 3:30-5pm David Turpin Room B247 Hope to see you there!

Healing through connection - video

The discovery of a decades-old collection of children’s paintings gives new perspectives on the residential school experience — and adds hope for making things right. UVic visual anthropologist, Andrea Walsh, works in collaboration with First Nations on Vancouver Island in a community-led research project that focuses on the children’s paintings from the Alberni Indian Residential School, 1959 to 1966.

For archive news older than July 2013, see the Environmental Studies News Archives.