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NEW: Environmental Health & Justice Community Field Semester Black hair study results making important findings

Brandeis Instagram Takeover:
ENVS student Annie Abrams '17 takes over Brandeis' Instagram and posts about the Environmental Health and Justice Community Field Program.

Check out these spring 2016 courses:

ENVS 43b — Visions of the American Environment: Images to Action (formerly FYS 43b)

EBIO 33B — Citizen Science: Bridging Science, Education and Advocacy

 Margaret Back ’16, Morgan Dashko ’15 and Tasneem Islam ’15

ENVS Students present at 2014 International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology(links to Nail Salon Study)

BrandeisNow features Nail Salon Study presented at the Boston Public Health Commission


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A monthly newsletter of news, events and opportunities.

January 8, 2016
Heller SID Courses - possible ENVS electives by approval

November 12, 2015
The Last Mountain Film Event - Tuesday 11/17

October 9, 2015
Climate Activist Wen Stephenson at Brandeis 10/15 7pm

September 9, 2015
Environmental Studies UDR Office Hours

August 20, 2015
On-Campus Internship: Brandeis Campus Operations

June 26, 2015
MassLIFT – Americorps Jobs

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Many of the critical dilemmas that threaten our world today, such as  global climate change, challenges and conflict over shrinking natural resources, human health effects from toxic exposures, have environmental underpinnings. Addressing these problems requires a truly interdisciplinary approach, calling upon understanding and tools from across the university. Environmental studies prepares students to tackle these issues through rigorous coursework in the natural and social sciences, including economics, law, policy, history, ecology and physical sciences.

We emphasize hands-on learning through field-based courses. Students work directly with community partners to address current issues facing local communities, and are placed in individually tailored internships where they work alongside environmental professionals. Students also master research, report writing, oral communication, advocacy, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, website development and problem-solving skills. Many students undertake field studies abroad with our partner programs, and/or participate in our signature immersive, integrated semester programs,  the Environmental Field Semester and the Environmental Health and Justice  program.

Check out our blog  AND  Green Ideas for Brandeis: April 2012

The Environmental Studies Program stands in solidarity with the students of ‪#‎FordHall2015‬ in calling on the university to fulfill its commitments to social justice and inclusion. We are grateful to the students for inspiring dialogue and pushing for concrete changes. We look forward to participating as members of the campus community in the imaginative work of creating new tools and conversations to address these problems. We call upon the senior administration and the Board of Trustees to take concrete steps toward transforming Brandeis into a fully inclusive university.

Check out these spring 2016 courses:
Register on Sage!

ENVS 43b — Visions of the American Environment: Images to Action (formerly FYS 43b)
Hands-on!  Ideal for First-Years & anyone who wants to be active. 
In "Visions of the Environment: Images to Action" ENVS43B we explore our relationship with the natural world through the lens of standout books, films  and works of art -- all brought to light through many field trips and active engagement.  It's an Experiential Learning course grounded deeply in an underlying social justice theme, with lots of off-campus involvement and hands-on exploration. Students in the course also have the option of participating in a Practicum for extra credit, "Housing for Good: Safe, Environmentally Healthy and Just."  The course is a Social Science/Humanities elective.

EBIO 33B — Citizen Science: Bridging Science, Education and Advocacy
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