SUNY-ESF Woman's Caucus
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Women in Scientific & Environmental Professions Speaker Series

Friends of Moon Library/WiSE Professions
Robyn Reed, Head of Access Services, Schaffer Library, Union College
Afrofuturism and the Environment
April 12, 11 am, 110 Moon Library
Sponsors: Friends of Moon Library and ESF Women's Caucus

Join us for a viewing of the award-winning short film Pumzi, a Kenyan science-fiction story written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu. After the screening, engage in a discussion of the themes of afrofuturism, the environment, ecocriticism, and scarcity and reclamation facilitated by scholar and librarian Robyn Reed.

Robyn Reed is the Head of Access Services at Schaffer Library, Union College. Her research interests include studying the intersection of race and science fiction in film and television, Afrofuturism, and information literacy. She spends much of her spare time binge watching Netflix series and combating fake news.


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, 2018, 4-5 pm, 5 Illick Hall. [Read summary here]
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/Environmental Studies Speaker Series/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 [read summary and view presentation]
March 27,3:30 pm, 5 Illick Hall (For Parking info, contact:
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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