News from GLOBES at the Reilly Center
 Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in Environment and Society
   Fall 2016
Meet the New GLOBES Fellows
The academic year began with the acceptance of three new student fellows from the departments of Anthropology, Civil Engineering, and the Law School. They join more than 20 graduate students from multiple disciplines who seek new and innovative ways to address environmental challenges facing humankind and the planet. 
Matthew Clark is a second-year Law student.  He comes to GLOBES to pursue his interest in U.S. legislation and regulation surrounding water and hydroelectric power.  Prior to law school, he worked as a program manager for the National Society of Black Engineers to develop a “Green Energy” curriculum initiative for a free summer youth program. 
Zachary Hanson is a PhD student in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (shown near left in the Alan Hamlet lab). He collaborates with lake ecologists at Notre Dame to model the regional response of lakes to groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric changes. This effort enables land and water managers to better predict regional responses to climate change.
Ann Marie Thornburg is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology.  Her proposed research explores the human-animal relationship, focusing on free-ranging (stray or street) dog social formations and how their relationship to humans is influenced by development projects and regimes of care.
Meet Dr. Anna Geltzer!  Anna is the Reilly Center's new Assistant Director of Education and is now the main point of contact for the GLOBES program. Anna holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University. One of her near-term objectives is to better integrate GLOBES fellows into the larger Reilly Center intellectual community. This fall, GLOBES students participated in Reilly workshops and a discussion session with Nancy Leys Stepan, Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University and the author of Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?  At the suggestion of GLOBES students, Anna plans to launch a reading and discussion group to encourage interdisciplinary discussions around the theme of environmental ethics. "We'll take a broad approach as the literature on this is vast and varied, and we can cover topics on everything from water to infrastructure and environmental justice," said Anna. Learn more about GLOBES by contacting Anna at

GLOBES graduates Ashley Baldridge Elgin PhD '13 and Patrick Shirey PhD '14, are co-authors of a study on science communication
 training featured in the November 2016 Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. For this study, the authors surveyed a group of early career scientists about their science communication experiences. The results of the survey identify gaps in training and provide recommendations on how to better train graduate students to become more effective communicators of science and research.

GLOBES Offerings for Spring Semester 2017
GLOBES coursework is known for integrating multiple perspectives on ways to understand, communicate, and solve
complex environmental and human health challenges.

Research Integrity Module
This module examines the entanglement of ethical and technical issues in scientific practice and seeks to outline an agenda for a positive approach to scientific research ethics. It consists of one preparatory class meeting and attendance at a 2-day research workshop to be held at Notre Dame on March 3-4, 2017. This course fulfills one of the GLOBES Certificate module requirements. Facilitators: Anna Geltzer and Gary Lamberti BIOS60520 - 01: (1 credit module)
Humans, Genes, and Environment
Globally humans inhabit and alter landscapes creating anthropogenic ecologies impacting all resident organisms. This couse examines the distribution and structuring of genomes, the movement and virulence of pathogens, and the interconnected patterns of coexistence of organisms at multiple levels. It considers theoretical perspectives and specific examples from population genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and political ecology to examine scenarios of interaction between humans, genes, and the environment. This course will fulfill a GLOBES Certificate seminar requirement plus one of the module requirements. Instructor: Hope Hollocher, MW 11:00-12:15, BIOS60522 - 01 (3 credit course)
Global Bioethics Seminar 
This course is dedicated to a closer examination of particular cases and readings in global bioethics considering not only instances of poor health, but also ways to promote healthy living on a global scale. Broad global bioethical issues that impinge on human flourishing are covered, such as questions on sustainability and global justice as well as local examples. Different theological and philosophical frameworks for global bioethics are included, but not limited to liberation theology. Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion on controversial cases including, for example, instances related to sustainability, water justice, HIV/AIDS, organ trafficking, biotechnology, food ethics, animal ethics. Class will meet 5 times. This course will fulfill one of the GLOBES Certificate seminar requirements. Instructor: Celia Deane-Drummond, M 12:30-3:15, BIOS60202 - 01 (1 credit seminar) 
More GLOBES News
Prof. Jeffrey Feder, past director and founder of GLOBES, will lead a Dimensions of Biodiversity study with funding from a $2M grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Former GLOBES student Tom Powell PhD '13, now an assistant professor at Binghamton University in New York, is part of the team of collaborators who will examine shifting seasonality of insects under climate change and the cascading effects throughout an ecosystem. The NSF interdisciplinary flagship program is aimed at better understanding the nature and diversity of life on Earth. More
GLOBES Director Gary Lamberti and Professor Mac Fraser of the Department of Biological Sciences led a group of ND undergraduates to the Galápagos Islands this October. The islands are known as a "living museum and showcase of evolution" where Charles Darwin perfected his revolutionary theories of natural selection and evolution. The students conducted their own research studies and visited multiple scientifically significant sites including the Charles Darwin Research Station. The practicum was made possible by a Course Development grant from the Center for Social Concerns with funding from the Notre Dame Global Adaption Index. Read more
Updates from GLOBES Graduates
Quirine ten Bosch is on track to complete her PhD in Biological Sciences this fall.  She has already accepted a postdoctoral research position at the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Sheri Sanders, PhD ‘16, Biological Sciences, accepted the position of Bioinformatic Analyst for the National Center for Genomic Analysis Support at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, following a successful dissertation defense in April. Sheri assists in the analysis of genomic data for nationally funded projects, provides assistance and training in Unix and high throughput computing, and develops and implements open source software to assist in genomic analysis for biologists from all over the country.

Courtney Wiersema, PhD ‘15, History, recently accepted the position of Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development at the University of Chicago following an Arts and Letters post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Courtney’s research foci are environmental history, gender history, and nineteenth century American history.

Craig Kinnear, PhD ‘16, History, successfully defended his dissertation on the culture and lore of late nineteenth century timber industry. His work appeared in the Environmental History journal published by the Oxford University Press entitled Cruising for Pinelands: Knowledge Work in the Wisconsin Lumber Industry, 1870–1900”. Craig utilizes both quantitative and qualitative research skills as a Business Analyst for Stay Metrics, a management consultant firm serving the Greater Chicago area.

Ashley Baldridge Elgin, PhD ’13, Biological Sciences, is an aquatic ecologist with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. This January she will transfer to the Lake Michigan Field Station in Muskegon, MI, the base of NOAA vessel operations on the lake. There she will conduct lab and field-based experiments on quagga mussels and other benthic species that make up invasive populations in the Great Lakes.

Christopher Patrick, PhD ’12, Biological Sciences. Chris recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi following a Science and Technology fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where he worked with the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water. His research lab examines global environmental drivers of the distribution of species and communities across scales, and their impact on ecosystem function.

Sarah Roley PhD '14 Sarah recently published her interdisciplinary GLOBES chapter in the journal Water Resources and Economics. The analysis examines the cost of managing nitrogen (N) pollution from agriculture, and provides implementation costs for three common N management techniques (wetlands, two-stage ditches, and cover crops), along with their cost per kg N removed. Sarah continues at Michigan State University as a Research Associate with the Kellogg Biological Station.

Ben Clifford PhD '16 has accepted the position of Technical Support and Field Application Scientist for BioNano Genomics of San Diego, CA. The company is a leader in next-generation mapping (NGM), and provides genome analysis tools that advance human, plant and animal genomics and accelerate the development of clinical diagnostics. 

Tom Powell PhD '13 Check out Tom's newly formed research lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University, New York. The lab takes an integrative approach to investigating how ecological processes, biogeography, physiological systems, genetic variation, and genomic architecture interact during the origin of species and adaptation to novel niches and changing environments.

Sarah "Winnie" Winikoff, MS '15 Winnie is pursuing a PhD at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She secured 3 years of funding from the State of Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and an EPA STAR fellowship to look at wetland restoration strategies in rural areas and the impacts on water quality. She will be assessing the impact of sediment removal on water quality in 50 wetland basins in agricultural landscapes across Minnesota for the next 3 - 5 years.

Rob Davis MS '15 does land management work at Whiterock Conservancy, in Coon Rapids, IA. Whiterock is a non-profit land trust of approximately 5500 acres, most of which lies along the Middle Raccoon River. The conservancy practices sustainable agriculture and manages the largest remnant tract of bur oak savanna.
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