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GLOBES Communications Module at Innovation Park

Local Journalists Help Students Improve Their Research Message 
It’s not every day that students talk science to radio, television, and newspaper journalists. Yet that was the case for a group of more than 20 graduate students and staff who took part in the GLOBES Communications Training Module held at Innovation Park on March 1 and 2. Organized and moderated by Professor David Lodge and Peter Annin of the Environmental Change Initiative, the module prepares graduate students to effectively frame their message for different audiences and to clearly talk about their research in an engaging manner.
Invited guest journalists were Kristin Bien of WSBT Television, Erin Blasko of the South Bend Tribune, Gary Sieber of WNDU-TV and WTRC Radio, and Julie Flory, director of public relations for the University of Notre Dame. In the session, “Welcome to my World,” guests  spoke about the reporters’ side of the news business and later took part in mock interviews where students practiced the newly acquired communications skills in the various media formats of radio, television and print. A wrap-up session will be held on Wed, April 3, to conclude the one-credit training module.

News from GLOBES Fellows and Graduates

Peter Levi (PhD 2012, Advisor Jennifer Tank) is first author of a paper studying the effects of spawning salmon on stream metabolism in the March 2013 edition of the journal Ecosystems. Peter’s vivid picture of salmon spawning in Southeast Alaska appears on the journal cover page.

Courtney Wiersema (Cohort 4, Advisor Jon Coleman) is a presentor at the March 2013 meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Toronto. Her talk is entitled "Where Have All the Gardens Gone? The Domestic Pastoral and the Decline in Urban Agriculture in Chicago, 1833-1893."

Justin Farrell (GLOBES-ND fellow, Advisor Christian Smith) has accepted an offer from Yale University as Assistant Professor of Sociology with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (delayed start in 2014). Justin will finish up his doctorate from Notre Dame while on a three-year Environmental Protection Agency Graduate STAR Fellowship. He recently won first place for best graduate student article in Environmental Sociology for a paper on the 2010 BP Oil Spill.
Andy Deines (Cohort 1, Advisor David Lodge) is scheduled to defend his dissertation thesis in April on the ecological and economic impacts of global tilapia introductions. Andy's paper coauthored with GLOBES fellow Adam Bee (PhD 2011, Advisor Rich Jensen) on economic tradeoffs between fisheries production and hydropower development on the Kafue River in Zambia recently appeared in the journal Freshwater Biology. He has accepted a postdoc position with the US Geological Survey and Michigan State University.
Brandy St. Laurent  (PhD 2012, Advisor Frank Collins) and Becky Miller (PhD 2012, Advisor Mike Ferdig) are headed to Thailand and Cambodia to meet with collaborators as part of their postdoctoral research work with the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research under the direction of Robert Gwadz, ND PhD '70, National Institutes of Health. 

Nick Bonneau (Cohort 6, Advisor Chris Hamlin) and Nolan Noble (Cohort 4, Advisor Bill Evans) co-facilitated the Fall Semester 2012 GLOBES Graduate Seminar. They developed an academic debate format where pairs of students chose journal articles on environmental health issues and gave presentations from varying disciplinary perspectives.
Matt Cooper (Cohort 4, Advisor Gary Lamberti) accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory board and participated in a board leadership and strategy workshop in Washington DC. He will mentor trainees preparing for the annual NSF- IGERT video and poster competition this spring. Matt's poster and video entry was one of 25 awards presented at the 2012 IGERT PI Annual Meeting in Washington DC. 

Patrick Shirey (Cohort 2, Advisor Gary Lamberti) worked alongside state and federal agency personnel during research work on fish habitat restoration on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway supported by a 2012 George Mellendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship from the National Park Service. Patrick's research at the intersection of ecology, history, and law was featured in the Winter 2013 edition of the Notre Dame Science magazine.


GLOBES is an interdisciplinary training program at the University of Notre Dame that prepares graduate students to develop and implement comprehensive strategies for addressing challenges in environmental and human health. GLOBES was launched by an IGERT grant award from the National Science Foundation in 2005. GLOBES website:

Upcoming Events

March 14, April 4, April 25
GLOBES Book Club Meetings organized by fellows Craig Kinnear (Cohort 3, Advisor Jon Coleman) and Amy Klegarth (Cohort 5, Advisor Hope Hollocher) The book selection is Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature! by Agustin Fuentes, Notre Dame Department of Anthropology. 7 p.m. at Quincy’s Café.
March 21
Green Technology Symposium: Legal, Ethical and Moral Considerations The Notre Dame Law School’s Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy (JLEPP) is proud to present five outstanding speakers at the March 21 symposium. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the McCartan Courtroom.
April 8-10  
Climate Change and the Common Good at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall. Free registration to Notre Dame faculty and students. Go to:


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