Environmental Career Strategies
This 1-credit class was developed as a graduate seminar
entitled Women in Scientific Professions (FOR 797) in concert
with the speaker series of the same name and launched in Spring
1999. The instructors also welcome interested upper
division undergraduate students (FOR 496). Participants discuss issues faced by professional
women, such as mentoring and productivity,
and attend presentations of the Women in
Scientific and Environmental Professions Speaker Series,
generally offered during the scheduled class time, in
lieu of that class. Students also meet with the speakers, often for dinner
the evening after their presentations in order for speakers
to share their experiences in their work environment, and their
perspectives of that environment over time. For this
reason, we try to bring speakers from a variety of employer
types, such as academic, NGO, state agencies, and industry.
Previous campus wide-seminars
have included: Dr.
Donna Perison, International Paper, Jackson, MS "Meeting the Challenge of
Change"; Ellen Ketterson, Indiana University, "Phenotypic
Engineering: Using Hormones to Explore Adaptation and Constraint";
Dr. Shirley Malcom, AAAS, "Bringing Science to People and
People to Science: New Faces --New Places"; and Sandra Brown, Winrock
International, Corvallis, OR, "Kyoto, forests and Climate Change."
This course has been listed as an
exemplary teaching resource by
Engineering Pathway (links to "high-quality teaching
and learning ...for use by K-12 and university educators and
Matters (a collection
of syllabi that
"demonstrate how to combine diversity awareness with science and
technology topics and content.")
particularly innovative aspect of this class is its
cross-departmental origins in the team of Robin Hoffman
(Associate Professor and BLA Curriculum Director, Department of
Landscape Architecture), Ruth Yanai (Professor, Department of
Forest and Natural Resources Management) and Therese Donovan
(formerly of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology,
currently Assistant Unit Leader, USGS Vermont Cooperative Fish
and Wildlife Research Unit and Research Associate Professor,
University of Vermont). The current instructors are
grateful for their groundwork, and for their notes, libraries,
continued support, and their trust in us. We also benefit
from cross-departmental support in terms of suggesting and
Syllabi -Because the course evolves
annually in response to "what topics should we add or combine?"
and "which readings were the most useful?", the reference list
may be significantly different from year to year. Syllabi to
date are linked here:
The speaker series stands alone, in
the sense that anyone can attend any lecture without having
listened to any other or without participation in the seminar
class. However, the seminar class helps in the behind the
scenes planning, and in turn, receives invaluable mentoring from
each speaker. We are always looking for good speakers,
and share suggestions with other series coordinators,
departments and student organizations. We also share the
speakers themselves, by scheduling time for them meet with other
students and faculty during their visits to campus. Please
send speaker suggestions (name, affiliation, field of expertise, why she would be a good
speaker, suggested cosponsors) to Heather Engelman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
W, Nov 20.
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
(Knopf, 2012). 5:30 pm, Gifford Aud. Q&A 3:45-4:30.
Reading Series Raymond Carver Reading Series
W, Nov 20. Downtown YCMA, 5-8 pm.
W, Nov 20.
6333 Rt 298, E Syr.
T, Dec 3. Jenny Baker, Cornell
University/Dept of Chemical Engineering. Glycoengineered vesicle
vaccines against pathogenic bacteria.
Room 1-019 Center for Science &
Technology. SU Chemistry.
W, Dec 4. Jane
Springer, poet and author, 5:30 pm, Gifford Auditorium. Q&A 3:45-4:30.
Raymond Carver Reading Series
Sa Dec 7, 10 – 5, Sun, Dec 8, 11 – 5,
Craftsfair and Peace Festival,
Navigating your 21st Century Family:
The different faces of special needs-navigating the special education system at
Corrine Smith, PhD, Dr. George Starr MD, Glenda Criss,
7-8 pm, JCC,
Peaks is sponsored by the Dept of Environmental and Forest Biology; Lunchtime
Learning Seminars by the Office of Multicultural
Affairs; Nelson Series by SU Geology Department; CDS is the
seminar in hydrological and Biogeochemical processes.
Navigating Your 21st
Century Family by the JCC, SHDS, and Temple Concord