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Women in Scientific and Environmental Professions Speaker Series

Adaptive Peaks/WiSE Professions Speaker Series
Dr. Blandine Marie Ivette Nacoula, Assistant Prof, Univ. Ouga 1, Burkina Faso and current Fulbright Scholar at UC Davis
Why do Elephants Attack Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in Protected Areas of Burkina Faso? Towards a Strategy for Species Conservation.
Thursday, Feb 22, 4-5 pm, 5 Illick Hall
Sponsors: Environmental and Forest Biology, and ESF Women's Caucus.
Dr. Nacoulma holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Ecology from the University of Ouagadougou. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Botany, Plant Biology and Ecology. Dr Nacoulma research activities are focused on the diversity, production, uses, ethno-ecology, ethnobotany and conservation of indigenous trees important for the livelihoods of rural communities in Burkina Faso. During her Fulbright Scholarship, she is studying the functional traits of the baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) as a baseline for its conservation in situ.

WiSE Professions
Dr. Heather Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group
Topic: Social Justice and Sustainability, also workshops TBD
March 7, time TBD, Gateway Center
Sponsors: EMPOWER:Education Model Program On Water-Energy Research; ESF Office of Sustainability; Undergraduate Student Association; ESF Women's Caucus; Environmental Studies; Office of the ESF Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, St Cloud State University, Hamline University, and the University of St Thomas. In 2005, she founded Hackman Consulting group and consults nationally and publishes on issues of deep diversity, social justice education theory and practice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), and is currently working a book examining issue of race, racism and whiteness in education. In 2009, she was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and has developed corporate training rubrics that combine social justice content with GPTWI’s “trust” frameworks. She has sat on the board of Minnesota NAME as president, the board of Rainbow Families, has served on numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work, and since 2012 has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the White Privilege Conference. Her most recent research and conference presentations have focused on climate change and its intersections with issues of race, class and gender.

WiSE Professions/ES Colloquium/Hydrologic Systems Science Seminar
Dr. Christine O'Connell, Associate Director and Assistant Professor, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University
Speaking About Science and Making it Count
March 27,3:30 pm, Location TBA
Sponsors: Department of Environmental Studies; ESF Women's Caucus; Great Lakes Research Consortium

Dr. Christine O’Connell is Associate Director and Assistant Professor, at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University, and Affiliate Faculty, in both the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. She is an ocean and environmental scientist with an extensive interdisciplinary background in policy, advocacy, outreach, and communication. She teaches graduate courses in Distilling Your Message and Communicating to Decision Makers and speaks around the world on science communication. She has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a PhD from Stony Brook in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Her science communication research focuses on women in STEM, science advocacy, and environmental communication, while her scientific research involves the connections between science and society, with a focus on marine spatial planning, ecosystem-based management, waste management, conservation planning, and ecosystem services.

Prior to her time at Stony Brook, Dr. O'Connell worked in the fields of environmental advocacy, community organizing, and public policy. She has been involved with organizing national environmental and political campaigns, and teaching community groups in New York City how to refine their message to talk to politicians, raise money, and organize their communities.


Presented by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The ESF Women's Caucus, with the assistance of other offices and programs at ESF and Syracuse University.

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