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EarthNotes: Nov. 5, 2009


This Issue

  • MAT in Education Info Session, Nov. 12
  • Breakthrough Institute Summer Fellowships
  • Whole Terrain Award
  • Women Divers Scholarships
  • Students Crossing Boundaries
  • Job and Internship Corner

Master of Arts in Teaching Info Session

Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex

As you think about what you might do upon graduation from Brandeis, consider teaching. Schools today urgently need bright, passionate, caring, independent  minded, well  trained teachers, and excellent professional teaching education may be the next step for you.. The Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching program offers students the opportunity to prepare to teach in public elementary schools, Jewish day schools (the DeLeT program), or in middle and high schools in English, history, sciences, or Bible/Tanakh. Brandeis' small personalized program places an emphasis on inquiry and social justice. Graduates regularly secure good teaching jobs, and make a difference in the work they do. Generous scholarship support is available, including scholarships dedicated solely to Brandeis graduates. A flyer is attached. For more information contact Professor Dirck Roosevelt, Director, Master of Arts in Teaching, drooseve@brandeis.edu, or visit our Web site.

Breakthrough Institute Summer Fellowships

From the Breakthrough Institute: "We are seeking up to ten of the country's top young writers and thought leaders for a paid fellowship in Summer 2010 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellowships are highly competitive -- in 2009, 5 percent of applicants were accepted -- and involve cutting-edge writing, research, and analysis on energy/climate and national security issues. Previous Breakthrough Fellows have published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Huffington Post, Grist and Alternet.

In 2010, Breakthrough Fellows will divide into an energy and climate team and a national security team, which will work closely with Senior Breakthrough Institute staff, including Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, Breakthrough's founders and two of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2008. Energy and climate fellows will focus on quantitative and qualitative analyses of the global energy economy, particularly with respect to policies aimed at decarbonizing the economy and making clean energy cheap and available. The national security fellows will focus on scientific analyses of the terrorist threat, and what does and does not work to prevent terrorism. The Breakthrough Institute has a history of reinventing older political paradigms with big ideas. In 2002, Breakthrough co-founded the Apollo Alliance and the New Apollo Project for clean energy, which is one of President Obama's main priorities. In 2004, Shellenberger and Nordhaus wrote "The Death of Environmentalism," an essay that triggered a national debate about the future of environmentalism and interest group liberalism. Their 2007 book, "Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility" was called "prescient" by Time Magazine. Wired Magazine said "the book could be the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring." Breakthrough's climate and energy analysis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, the Breakthrough Institute was profiled on National Public Radio for their work promoting an investment and innovation centered framework for addressing climate change.

The Breakthrough Institute succeeds by tapping cutting-edge progressive thinking, sharp analysis, and superb communication to create and advance ideas capable of achieving the broad social and ecological transformations America and the world need.

Fellowships pay $300 per week and are awarded to individuals aged 18-25 who will be closely involved with Breakthrough's high-level work. Activities and projects include writing short articles and op-eds, researching and writing policy white papers, and conducting interviews with the nation's top political and policy experts. Fellows will work 40 hours per week for ten weeks during Summer 2010 from Breakthrough's central office in Oakland, CA.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three writing samples to fellowship@thebreakthrough.org . In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in working with the Breakthrough Institute, making reference to Breakthrough's policy work, the "Death of Environmentalism" essay, and/or Break Through . If you are interested in applying and your library does not have a copy of the book, please notify us and we will send you a copy free of charge. In your application please indicate if you are interested in participating in the climate/energy track or the national security track . Applications are due by 5:00PM PST on March 15th, 2010. Writing samples should include at least one op-ed style piece and one research paper (these do not have to be published). Personal recommendations are welcomed but not required."

Women DiversHall of Fame Scholarships & Training Grants

$1000-$2500 scholarships, $500 training grants
Deadline November 15, 2009

The Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) is an international non-profit professional honor society whose member contributions span a wide variety of fields including Marine Environment, Conservation and Archeology, the Arts, Science, Medicine, Sports, Exploration, Dive Training and more. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers involving scuba diving. For 2010 awards, applications will be accepted for four scholarships and nine training grants. Applicants may apply for only one scholarship or one training grant. For information and application, visit the Women Divers Hall of Fame Web site.

Whole Terrain Award

Whole Terrain, Antioch University New England's environmental literary journal, offers the New Terrain Award of $500 to one undergraduate writer. The writer's work will be published in the upcoming Volume 17. The theme for this upcoming volume is "The Significance of Scale." "Whole Terrain is challenging college students to write an original essay considering matters of scale: Do small actions really make a difference? Can local movements bring necessary change? How do we measure biological diversity at ecosystem-appropriate scales? What does nanotechnology mean for life in the future? Can systems theory help us understand our role in the universe?" The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009. For details, visit the Antioch University New England Web site.

Crossing Boundaries

From Students Crossing Boundaries (SCB): SCB is a student-run organization (which originated at Brandeis) that sends a team of diverse student leaders to areas of global importance during the summer. We are currently looking for students to apply to our program for the 2009-10 SCB Fellowship Program! The deadline to apply is November 20, 2009 for the Brandeis campus. Please read on and/or visit our Web site for more information.

Who We Are: We began two years ago by responding to a challenge from President Jimmy Carter when he encouraged a group of students to witness the Israeli-Palestinian conflict firsthand to broaden our horizons and expand our experiences. By observing the social, cultural, economic and political conditions of different places around the world with the support system of their peers, students can deepen their understanding of the global issues that define both our generation and the future. This summer we have two program sites: Mexico/U.S. border region and Israel/Palestinian Territories. Essentially students organize internships in disparate fields within one of these regions bringing greater breadth and depth to their exploration of these areas. Additionally, all fellows each receive stipends of between $3,000 and $4,000.

Mission: It is our hope that by observing the social, cultural, economic and political conditions of different places around the world with the support system of their peers, students can deepen their understanding of the global issues that define both our generation and the future. Projects that our students have undertaken include teaching art and dance to Palestinian children in refugee camps, piloting scholarship programs for impoverished teenage girls in Texas and researching gender and conflict with feminist groups in the Middle East. We now want to give students a new team of students the same chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Who We Are Looking For: Our organization is completely student run and we are looking for students at Brandeis that are interested in continuing our mission. We seek motivated student leaders that are interested in global issues and who will excel in enhancing the discourse of conflict resolution. Students can be from any major: Islam and Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Coexistence, Anthropology, Economics, Business, African and Afro-American Studies, Hispanic Studies, Environmental Studies, etc. For more information on our program please visit
our Web site.

Job and Internship Corner

Environmental Health Job
Title: Project Director, Environmental Health Department
Community Health Division
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) Codman Square Office, Dorchester MA
Supervisor: HRiA Director of Environmental Health

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a nonprofit, public health and medical research funding organization committed to helping people live healthier lives and creating healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy and research.

HRiA seeks a highly motivated, talented, and dynamic individual to lead two coalitions  one in Boston and the other a Massachusetts-wide partnership - aimed to reduce the rising prevalence of asthma within vulnerable populations, and to promote healthy homes, schools and places. Working with a diverse group of residents, community-based organizations, government agencies, medical professionals, and other individuals, the Program Director will work and build on current campaigns, promote leadership development, broader involvement, promote an advocacy agenda, provide technical assistance and other duties to help meet the goals of the coalitions, and maintain a diverse funding base to support this work. For more detailed responsibilities, qualifications, and how to reply, please visit http://www.hria.org and go to the Careers page.

Orion Online Latest

The following are some of the latest listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For information on these and the many other listings, go to: http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/

Naturalists
Ferry Beach Ecology School
Saco, Maine (Coastal Maine )

Environmental Education Internship
Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
Nantucket, Mass.

Internships in Collections Management, Ornithology, and Entomology
Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
Nantucket, Mass.

Aquarium Internships
Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
Nantucket, Mass.

If you don't see the job you want in EarthNotes or in your own searching, don't forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center.

From Hiatt: There are more than 300 organizations in Hiatt NACElink focused on environment/conservation, energy, NGO/non-profit, agriculture, or government, including 80 with a specific focus on green careers. In addition to the Environmental Studies Program and the annual Green Careers Forum, Hiatt brings many green employers to campus for recruiting, networking and informational purposes. Located in the Usdan Student Center, Hiatt offers daily walk-in hours for students and alumni. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation.