Learn about current GLOBES students, alumni, and interdisciplinary training at the intersection of the Environment and Society at the University of Notre Dame.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in
Environment and Society

at the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

Fall Issue 2015

GLOBES Adopts New Certification Guidelines

Under the leadership of Gary Lamberti, GLOBES Director for academic year 2015/2016, new guidelines for the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society and a revised application process were approved by the Executive Committee at its September meeting. The streamlined process adds program flexibility on the part of students to develop interdisciplinary research projects on environmental issues while reducing coursework credit requirements. 
  "We've retained the primary focus of GLOBES to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and enhance cross disciplinary training, while making participation in the Certificate program more accessible and flexible for students," said GLOBES Director Gary Lamberti.
  Students across campus have responded well to the call for applications and the new guidelines. See the article below for a list of 10 new GLOBES students. New student applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more detailed information on how to apply, go here

Meet Our New GLOBES Certificate Fellows

Teresa Baumer 
PhD student, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (2nd yr, Advisor Amy Hixon)
Primary Research: Heavy metal transport and the nuclear fuel cycle
Interdisciplinary Interests: Influence of public perception on nuclear policy


Ka'sha Bernard
J.D. student, Law School (1st yr, Advisor Bruce Huber)
Primary Field: Environmental justice and toxic tort
Interdisciplinary Interests: Sustainability efforts in energy and food production, wildlife conservation.

Whitney C
PhD student, Biological Sciences (1st yr, Advisor Gary Lamberti)
Primary Research: Invasive species impact on Great Lakes aquatic communities
Interdisciplinary Interests: Conservation policy and natural resource management


Salvatori Curasi
PhD student, Biological Sciences (1st yr, Advisor Adrian Rocha)
Primary Research: Linkages between arctic ecosystems and climate change
Interdisciplinary Interests: Science communications and the interface between research and public policy

Heather (Raven) Forrest Fruscalzo 
PhD student, Biological Sciences (1st yr, Advisor Zain Syed)
Primary Research:  Disease vector neurophysiology and military science
Interdisciplinary Interests: Appropriate design and communication of pest management methods for diverse cultural settings
Erik-John Fuhrer
PhD student, English (1st yr, Advisor Susan Cannon Harris)
Primary Research: Environmental humanities and multispecies interactions within Modernist literature
Interdisciplinary Interests: Biological and material approaches to human, animal and environmental encounters; interspecies interactions and policy
Daniel Howard
PhD student, Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics (1st yr)
Primary Research: Applied mathematics and computational modeling of physical phenomena through the study of numerical methods, partial differential equations, and high performance computing

Interdisciplinary Interests: Sustainability, climate change and energy production
Hillary Krill
J.D. student, Law School (1st yr, Advisor Bruce Huber)
Primary Field: Environmental and energy law and sustainable communities
Interdisciplinary Interests: Scientific and engineering aspects of sustainable energy, environmental justice concerns

Robert D. Lee 
J.D. student, Law School (1st yr, Advisor Bruce Huber)
Primary Field: Policy and management of freshwater systems in U.S.
Interdisciplinary Interests: Cross-disciplinary approaches to water contamination, agricultural and industrial runoff, water shortages, and freshwater system management


Luke Sadergaski
PhD student, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (1st yr, Advisor Amy Hixon)
Primary Research: Nuclear waste storage and reprocessing techniques, radionuclide movement prediction
Interdisciplinary Interests: Nuclear law and policy, nuclear industry and public engagement


GLOBES Communication Training Module: Spring 2016

Graduate students interested in learning and improving communication skills for interacting with news journalists and reaching new audiences are encouraged to enroll in the GLOBES Communication Training Module for Spring 2016 (BIOS 60521-01 CRN 29970). Organized by the Reilly Center's Jessica Baron and Jess Nickrand, and GLOBES Director Gary Lamberti, the popular module consists of the following sessions:

  • Wed, Feb 3 Intro to course, preliminary assignments, Galvin 298 6-8 pm

  • Wed, Feb 17 Talk by historian Alice Dreger (Coogan Lecture) on scholarship at the nexus of "ethics, activism and science."

  • Fri, Feb 19 Smart Cities Initiative/Metrolab Network Panel Discussion and Reception with Environmental Change Initiative, 3:30 to 5:30 pm

  • Sat, Feb 20 All day communications workshop at Innovation Park with guest journalists

  • Wed, Mar 2 Wrap Up Session, Galvin 298, 6-8 pm

The workshop will demystify the world of news media with the help of three guest journalists working in radio, television and print media. Registration is by permission of instructors and is limited to 18 participants. Please send a brief email to GLOBES Coordinator Ginna Anderson stating your reasons for taking the course. GLOBES Certificate students receive priority enrollment.


GLOBES is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Environment and Society. Our mission is to 1) Enhance interdisciplinary graduate education and research across departments, research initiatives, and colleges so that novel solutions to vexing environmental problems can be understood, invented, tested, and implemented, and 2) Train today’s graduate students so that they can address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities in environment and society and compete in an interdisciplinary, professional marketplace.


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GLOBES Milestones 

Prof. Gary Lamberti, Department of Biological Sciences, has signed on as GLOBES Director for the 2015/2016 academic year. Gary has a long affiliation with the GLOBES program having served on its leadership team throughout the term of the NSF training grant that launched GLOBES at Notre Dame in 2005. Gary was also major advisor to several GLOBES students. His research interests include studying the human impacts on aquatic ecosystems, the ecology of native and introduced Pacific salmon, and the role of climate change and invasive species in wetland function.

Prof. Jennifer Tank, Department of Biological Sciences, has joined the GLOBES Executive Committee. Jennifer leads the Land Use Program for the Environmental Change Initiative. She studies nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers and the influence of human activities on water quality and stream health. In a recent announcement by Robert Bernhard, ND Vice-President for Research, Jennifer will assume the Director position of the Environmental Change Initiative starting January 1, 2016. See the ND "What Would You Fight For" ad that features her important work fighting for clean water.

GLOBES Fellow Rachel Hesselink Gentile (Cohort 5, Advisor Jason McLachlan) had a successful dissertation defense on Tues, Nov. 24. Rachel has accepted an offer from Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) to serve as Senior Legislative Aide and continue her work as Director of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus. Rachel currently holds a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and works on environmental issues in the office of Congressman Lowenthal in Washington DC.

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