July 2010

What's New

Dave Dzombak is chairing a new National Research Council Committee, the Commitee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning. Its charge is to help the Army Corps anticipate and prepare for emerging water resource challenges. In addition to the Corps, the committee will work with congressional staffers and experts, as well as representatives from state governments and the private sector. The first meeting was February 16-17 in Washington, and the second meeting was July 7-8 in Sacramento. Information about the committee is available here.

Mark Hixon sends this op-ed from the Washington Post, “If Scientists Want to Educate the Public, They Should Start by Listening.”

Madhu Khanna gave congressional briefings on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program in the U.S. Senate and House on July 21 and 22. Her one-pager is available on the Leopold Leadership Program website by logging in and going to the resources area.

Congratulations to Estella Leopold, winner of the 2010 International Cosmos Prize awarded by the Expo ’90 Foundation in Japan. Estella was cited for furthering the Land Ethic envisioned by her father, Aldo Leopold, in part through her work to preserve the Florissant Fossil Beds in Colorado and establish a national monument at Mount St. Helens.

Margaret McManus writes: “My team's work (UH Oceanography) on thin layers of phytoplankton on the west coast of Oahu is the subject of an "Ocean Gazing" podcast produced by Ari Shapiro and the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) supported by NSF.  Here’s a link to the podcast and related material.”

From Susi Moser: "Leopold Leadership Fellows interested in water and sustainable development may want to connect with Professors Beyond Borders. This program was started by the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, which convened ~35 experts in 2009 from around the world to exchange ideas and build networks focused on ways in which universities can drive innovation and act as knowledge centers dealing with public policy issues. To learn more about Professors Beyond Borders, contact Professor Ike Levine (ilevine@usm.maine.edu)."

Chris Reddy continues to be busy with fieldwork and the Gulf oil spill. On July 13 he was a panelist for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and offshore drilling.

From Judith Vergun, program director for the Leopold Leadership Program from 1998-2003: "I thought Fellows might be interested in my friend Dr. Robert Miller's blog post from June 18. In my estimation, he is one of the greatest thinkers and effective communicators of our time. Dr. Miller welcomes comments, intelligent input, and discussion. Go to TheMillerCircle.org to learn more.”

Events and Opportunities

Do you have a blog? Let Pam or Eiko know, and we'll link to it from the new "Leopold in the Blogosphere" feature on the Leopold Leadership Program website (front page, right side).

The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment seeks a Vice President for Programs with strong science and leadership experience.

Visit the Graduate Student Portal for early-career job announcements and fellowships.