- Spring 2017 Events
- Interdisciplinary Environmental Dinner Seminar Series
- Interdisciplinary Environmental Workshops
Environmental Studies offers graduate students that have an interest in environmental sustainability various opportunities throughout the academic year to foster relationships with other graduate students and faculty from different disciplines.
We are offering several interdisciplinary dinners and workshops this fall. Please scroll down to find more information about these events and links to register.
- Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 3PM-5PM - Workshop: Communication Design
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:30-8PM - Dinner seminar: Lead Contamination in Urban Space
- Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 3PM-5PM - Workshop: Grant Writing
- Wednesday, April 4, 2017 at 5-7PM - Talk and Reception: What is One-Planet Living?
Each dinner seminar brings together two guests from different disciplines to speak about a common environmental issue or problem from different perspectives. Students have the opportunity to talk about their work with people in other disciplines, gain exposure to multidisciplinary perspectives, and think about environmental problems from multiple angles. Each event has time for mingling with colleagues, guest presentations, and time for synthetic closing discussion. Guest presentations are punctuated by lively and engaging questions and discussion. All events are held in the Women’s Building Lounge from 5:30-8 PM; refreshments are served at 5:30 and dinner begins at 6 PM. Registration by email invitation.
Current events for 2017
- February 15, 2017 – Lead Contamination in Urban Spaces with Dr. Dan Giammar (WUSTL) and Dr. Fernando Serrano (SLU)
- April 4, 2017 – What is One-Planet Living? Dr. Richard Lorch, Architect
Past events from 2015-2016
- November 11, 2015 – Air quality challenges in applying science and law - Maxine Lipeles (Law) and Dr. Jay Turner (EECE)
- February 10, 2016 – Landscape ecology and design in cities - Dr. Kim Medley (Tyson Research Center/Biology) and Dr. Rod Barnett (Landscape Architecture, Sam Fox)
- March 9, 2016 –Science and politics of ecological restoration – Dr. Eleanor Pardini (Biology) and Dr. Bill Lowry (Political Science)
- September 28, 2016 – The human history of climate change with historian Dr. Venus Bivar (WUSTL) and paleoenvironmental geologist Dr. Jennifer Smith (WUSTL)
- November 9, 2016 – Policy and practice of urban stormwater management with political scientist Dr. David Hsu (MIT) and landscape architect Bonnie Roy (SWTDesign)
Many graduate students will ultimately work on environmental problems in academia, industry, NGOs, and other fields. We offer a series of workshops for students to gain the tools needed to move beyond disciplinary and academic silos. Workshops provide opportunities for students to talk about their work with people in other disciplines and to practice skills or concepts through activities, and discussion. Topics include environmental law, oral communication skills, communication design, multiparty negotiation, coalition building, community engagement, and corporate and foundation grant writing. Click on the links below to register for workshops.
Communication Design Workshop
This workshop is designed for students who are interested in learning the value that the design process can add to their own work. During this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will get a basic introduction to communication design: its human-centered approach to solving real-world challenges and explore various strategies used by communication designers to present complex information to a wider audience. In addition, individuals will also navigate the design thinking process, through case studies and participating in interactive collaborative exercises. This workshop is taught by Professor Penina Acayo of the Sam Fox School.
Session 1: Thursday, February 2, 3:00 -5:00 pm, Rudolph Hall, room 333
Grant Writing Workshop
Effective scientific writing is critical to crafting strong research proposals in an increasingly competitive funding environment. In this workshop, participants will learn and practice principles of strong science writing and see how their skills can be leveraged toward writing effective grants. We will also cover strategies for planning and framing research proposals, revising your writing, creating effective figures, and taking advantage of feedback from colleagues and reviewers. This workshop is taught by WU staff science writing, Crystal Gammon.
Session 1: Tuesday, February 28, 3:00 -5:00 pm, DUC, room 236