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

at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values


GLOBES Module on Policy and Communications open to Graduate Students in All Disciplines

Join the GLOBES Module on Policy and Communications Training and learn to engage effectively with those outside of your specialization and outside of the academy. Each of five sessions during Fall Semester 2014 focuses on a particular topic or skill set, from media relations to stakeholder engagement. Session formats vary from presentations and panel discussions to interactive workshops and mock interviews. The policy sections expose students to information about science and technology policy (STP), the roles that scientists and engineers take on when engaging with policy issues, and career opportunities in STP. The communications workshops teach skills and practices needed to effectively communicate science and technical research to non-academic audiences. These tools are effective on a range of audiences including policymakers, the media, general public, granting agencies and other stakeholders in your research. Social media as a form of communication and networking is also explored. Be sure to sign up for this Fall Semester's GLOBES Module in Policy and Communications Training about Scientific and Technology Issues, BIOS 60521, CRN# 20909, Faculty Instructors Melinda Gormley and Jessica Hellmann. (Counts toward GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society module credits.) Final schedule and location to be announced. For more information, contact GLOBES Coordinator Ginna Anderson.

Building "Lots of Hope" with Urban Fruit Lots 

GLOBES Fellow Dan Castillo (Cohort 4, Advisor Matt Ashley) developed a Real World Practicum that helped the Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend set up an initial public urban fruit lot. Nancy Tetzlaff, Director of Lots of Hope, shared photos of the project that converted an empty corner lot with a diseased tree to a community garden. Residents took most of the month of May to prepare the lot and plant fruit trees, blueberry and strawberry bushes. They recycled wood from the cut down tree to use as borders for the garden beds and a large cross section bears the Lots of Hope name. Dan's project goals were to begin to establish a corridor of fresh and nutritious food for neighborhood residents and to engage local youth with meaningful work in the summer by caring for the fruit lot. One small step toward building healthy habits for life!

GLOBES Student Profile: Jessica Mikels-Carrasco (PhD 2014) 
(Cohort 1, Major Advisor Jessica Collett, Sociology)

Her scholarly path has had a few twists and turns but Jessica Mikels-Carrasco has never veered from a focus on children and their relationship with nature. Her successful dissertation defense on June 3rd, "Closer to the Ground: Environmental Sociology of Children," is the culmination of years of research that integrates education, environmental science, and sociology. For her GLOBES real world practicum, Jessica created and ran a successful neighborhood ecology program for at risk youth in the South Bend area called SEEDS. In addition to the GLOBES Fellowship, Jessica was an NDeRC fellow in K-12 STEM education and worked with area teachers and classrooms on place-based environmental education. Jessica added David Ostergren, PhD, an environmental education expert to her dissertation committee as the GLOBES interdisciplinary advisor. Prof. Ostergren is Director of the Masters Program in Environmental Education at Goshen College with a natural resources policy background. Luckily, Jessica will continue to devote her talents to South Bend environmental concerns as the new Acting Assistant Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future at Indiana University South Bend. She will work with several community initiatives started under Director Mike Keen with a particular focus on engaging students in learning and action for sustainability and connecting to area teachers interested in sustainability. You can contact Jessica at

News from GLOBES Students and Graduates


Matthew Cooper (Cohort 4, Advisor Gary Lamberti) will defend his dissertation thesis, "Structure and function of Great Lakes coastal wetlands," on Wed, Aug. 6 at 2:00 pm in the Galvin Auditorium, Rm 283. Matt fulfilled the real world practicum requirement of the GLOBES-IGERT fellowship by serving as project co-manager for the Great Lakes coastal wetland monitoring program, a five-year, $10 million project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, involving 23 Co-Principal Investigators. In addition, Matt was a lead contributor to the Economic Driver Synthesis, an interdisciplinary component of the Great Lakes Futures Project. Matt's role in the project was to conduct a thorough economic history of the Great Lakes (1963-2013) and use this analysis to predict potential future economic conditions in the region. This work informs the interdisciplinary chapter of his dissertation and is the basis of a manuscript accepted for publication by the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Matt has accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, Department of Biology and Institute for Great Lakes Research.

Ashley Baldridge (PhD 2013, Biological Sciences) was recently hired as a research scientist at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she had previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow. Ashley is the new benthic ecologist on staff and will largely focus on studying the impacts of invasive mussels in the Great Lakes. Ashley also had a publication come out in Freshwater Science (online edition) in June.  It will be in print in the September 2014 issue: Baldridge, A.K. and D.M. Lodge. 2014. Long-term studies of crayfish-invaded lakes reveal limited potential for macrophyte recovery from the seed bank. Freshwater Science DOI 10.1086/677070.

Matthew Barnes (PhD 2013, Biological Sciences) will be leaving Notre Dame and the Environmental Change Initiative to begin a tenure track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Matt is an active contributor to, the website and blog dedicated to eating and raising awareness of invasive species that he co-founded with GLOBES fellows Andy Deines and Sheina Sim. 

GLOBES fellow Rachel Hesselink Gentile (Cohort 5, Advisor Jason McLachlan) was awarded a 2015 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship  "My experiences through the GLOBES program definitely helped me secure this position. The combination of communications and policy training, international experience, and a diversity of courses was mentioned in the reviews," said Rachel of the award. Knauss fellowships match highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Knauss fellows have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Gail Weaver (PhD Candidate, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Advisors Holly Goodson and Marya Lieberman ) is a 2014 Baxter Young Investigator award recipient. The Baxter International Inc. award program was developed to stimulate and reward research that can be directly used for critical care therapies and the development of medical products that save and sustain patients’ lives. As a first tier award recipient, Gail receives a $2,000 honorarium and will give a talk at the September 18 Awards Ceremony at Baxter's R & D headquarters in Round Lake, Illinois. Gail's research develops new analytical tools for the detection of counterfeit and inferior drugs that are effective in field settings outside of the laboratory.


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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Upcoming Events

Wed, Aug. 6
Matthew Cooper Dissertation Defense  Matt Cooper (Cohort 4, Advisor Gary Lamberti) defends his dissertation thesis, "Structure and Function of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands," 2 pm, Rm 283, Galvin Life Sciences.

Fall Semester 2014
GLOBES Module on Policy and Communications
Instructors Melinda Gormley and Jessica Hellmann, along with guest trainers, will lead several sessions on communicating with new audiences, especially those in the policy arena. Open to graduate students in all disciplines, especially science and engineering students with environmental research interests. BIOS 60521, CRN # 20909. For more information, contact GLOBES Coordinator Ginna Anderson.

September 30 
Business on the Frontlines (BOTFL) 2015 MBA course application deadline GLOBES students who are interested in participating in the Spring Semester 2015 course should prepare a two-page personal statement that describes their interest and background and submit to the GLOBES office by Sept 30, 2014. The BOTFL course is recognized by Forbes as one of 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes for its take action approach to helping countries torn by conflict. 
November 1
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship 2015/2016 Application Deadline 
The online application website is now open for AAAS STP fellowships. The aim is to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by involving scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages, and to build leadership for a strong S&T enterprise that benefits all people. All materials must be received by Monday, November 1.


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