Learn about current GLOBES fellows, graduates, and interdisciplinary training in environmental research at the University of Notre Dame.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society

Welcome party celebrates GLOBES' new home in the Reilly Center

GLOBES is now part of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. "The new home in Reilly is a first step toward more fully developing GLOBES as an academic program at Notre Dame," said Jessica Hellmann, who shares the director's role with Jeff Feder. Moving to the Reilly Center location in Geddes Hall maximizes the partnership potential between GLOBES and Reilly and collaborative opportunities for interdisciplinary education and research. "Our thanks go to Reilly Director Don Howard for his leadership in making the move possible." said Hellmann and Feder.

GLOBES Fall Seminar explores Climate Change

The GLOBES Fall Seminar on Interdisciplinary Research began with talks by Professors Agustin Fuentes (Anthropology) and Hope Hollocher (Biological Sciences). They shared their experiences and insights of working collaboratively across disciplines with a diverse group of graduate students enrolled in the course. GLOBES Fellow Becca Love serves as seminar coordinator and, with assistance from Prof. Jessica Hellmann, has organized a schedule of discussion topics and faculty talks  that examine various aspects of climate change. The seminar is all about building a shared, interdisciplinary experience through in-depth exploration of a topic. Contact Becca Love for more information.

TEDTalking! Series kicks off on Mon, Sept. 9

Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome at a weekly, informal get together to watch and discuss TEDTalks on the broad theme of "science and society." Gain new insights on intriguing topics with students of history, ethics, science, and technology. Organized by GLOBES fellows Nick Bonneau (History) and Sheri Sanders (Biological Sciences) the series began with a TEDTalk by biologist Ellen Jorgensen who helped found Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. The next TEDTalk event is Mon, Sept 16 at 4 p.m. in Rm 400 of Geddes Hall featuring Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B. For more information contact Nick or Sheri.

GLOBES announces Mini-Grant Awards

GLOBES is pleased to announce Mini-Grant Awards designed to support interdisciplinary research projects by GLOBES fellows and graduate students pursuing a GLOBES Certificate. The mini-grants are made possible by University support in the form of a bridge fund that continues program activities over the course of the next three years. The overarching purpose of the proposed environmental research project should be to integrate some knowledge, skill set, practicum, or technology from outside the student's primary discipline. Maximum awards for individual projects is $1500. For more information contact the GLOBES office.

News from GLOBES Fellows and Graduates

Congratulations to Sheina Sim and Ashley Baldridge who successfully defended PhD dissertations in August! Sheina Sim (Cohort 2, Advisor Jeff Feder) has accepted a junior researcher position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Science. She will be based at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Ashley Baldridge (Cohort 2, Advisor David Lodge) goes on to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment based at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI.  

Amy Klegarth
 (Cohort 5, Biological Sciences) received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue research on the dynamics of human-macaque interactions in Singapore. Amy maintains a blog, Two Girls and Some Monkeys, that follows the collaring and tracking of macaques in both Singapore and Gibraltar where she and faculty advisor Agustin Fuentes have also collaborated with National Geographic's Crittercam team. The collection and analysis of high density ranging data from GPS collars will inform management decisions that seek to minimize conflicts between monkeys and humans in sustainable and humane ways.

Nolan Noble (Cohort 4, Economics) has received a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies that allows him to engage in full time research and writing of his dissertation. Nolan's job market paper examines how vaccinations respond to disease risk with an emphasis on influenza. Nolan has also conducted research that utilized biology, epidemiology, and geographic information science in studying the impact of malaria on household well-being in Indonesia.

Courtney Wiersema (Cohort 4, History) presented "Nuisance and Nourishment: Provisioning Meat in Antebellum Chicago," at the summer conference of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Courtney will also be a Graduate Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago during the 2013/14 academic year. The program encourages PhD candidates in the humanities to conduct research in the library collections and to actively be part of the Newberry community of scholars for a full academic year.

AJ Reisinger (Cohort 5, Biological Sciences) completed a successful summer field season stationed at Grand Teton National Park. His project, quantifying nutrient limitation of biofilms in pristine mountain rivers, was funded through a University of Wyoming-National Park Service grant. With the support of an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, AJ will be employing a novel method to measure denitrification in the water column, the river bottom, and the whole river for a pilot study this fall in collaboration with researchers from Loyola University-Chicago.



Scholarship Serving Nature and Society.
GLOBES is an interdisciplinary graduate training program at the University of Notre Dame that prepares students to effectively address challenges at the intersection of the environment and society. GLOBES was launched by an IGERT grant award from the National Science Foundation and is now part of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.


Upcoming Events

Sept 9
TEDTalking! Kickoff event
Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking-you can do it, too. 4 p.m. in Rm 400 Geddes Hall

Sept 16
Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B. 4 p.m. in Rm 400 Geddes Hall 

Sept 18
Ethics Café Copyright: What are your rights and responsibilities?, 2:30 p.m. O'Shaughnessy Hall 201>More
Sept 23
Welcome Back Party/GLOBES-Reilly Open House
4:30 p.m. 4th floor Geddes Hall (No TedTalking! today)

Sept 26
Reilly Forum:
Ronald C. Arkin, Bio-inspired Approaches for Robotic Teams, 3:30 p.m. Location TBA

Sept 30
Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club. 4 p.m. in Rm 400 Geddes Hall

Oct 3
Reilly Forum:
Jessica Thompson, "What Makes an Interdisciplinary Team Work: Reflections from the Field." 3:30 p.m. Location TBA

Through Nov 14
Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans 
An exhibition at the Snite Museum of Art by acclaimed landscape photographer Terry Evans whose work draws on the relationship between land and the people that live on it.


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