Latest EarthNotes

A monthly newsletter of news, events and opportunities.

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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The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDR) program is designed to open avenues of communication between students and faculty. UDRs serve as student representatives and provide feedback to the program.

2015-2016 Representatives

Margaret Back '16Margaret
Margaret Back is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and American Studies. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Margaret became interested in human health issues stemming from environmental harm, such as fracking and contaminated waterways. She was a member of the 2013 Environmental Health and Justice JBS, where she and fellow students studied the connections between social justice and human environmental health, and conducted a nail salon air quality study in local Boston area salons. She and two others also presented this study at the International Conference on Environmental Sciences and Technology in Houston, Texas, last summer. Margaret also studied sustainable development abroad in Costa Rica with the School for Field Studies in the spring of 2015, learning her mortal fear of scorpions. Margaret likes the intersection of the environment with social justice, and is helpful with information on social science electives and the many options available with an environmental studies major! If you are curious how to match up environmental studies with other interests, she is a good idea of many options, having interned at a zoo, historical society, and the Thoreau Institute in her time at Brandeis. 

In life, Margaret enjoys running the Brandeis Historical Alliance and plotting ways to preserve every historic piece of land she sees. Please come chat with her about any issues, green or otherwise!

Jay Feinstein '17

Madeline Rosenberg '16

Matt Smetana '17matt
Matt is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and is from a town outside of Chicago. His family would frequently hike and stress the importance of keeping in touch with the earth, ever since then he’s been fixed on exploring the natural world and making it a better place. He has an extreme passion for ecology and animal behavior and spent this past summer working for a pollinator ecology lab at University of California Davis (ask him about it!). He is also a chair of the Brandeis Sustainability Committee and Class of 2017 Senator, and uses these positions to bring positive change to campus. In his free time he enjoys touring Brandeis with The Sibley Guide to Trees, creating watercolor paintings, and catching up on (far too many) TV shows.

He is a great resource for the ‘natural science’ electives, but would love to answer any questions related to the ENVS major (or Brandeis in general). And if you love chameleons you’re already one of his favorite people.