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October 18, 2016
New Spring 2017 Course - ENVS/THA 141a Visions of Nature and Environmental Theater: Books, Film, Performance and Activism

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Sustainability for Health Leadership Series, Other Events & Opportunities

July 22, 2016
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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.

2016-2017 Representatives

Gerrianna Cohen '18 

Jay Feinstein '17Feinstein
Jay Feinstein is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Economics. As president of the Farmers Club, which manages Brandeis's rooftop farm and farmers markets, Jay often finds himself on the isolated roof of Gerstenzang harvesting husk cherries and cherry tomatoes. But don't be a stranger: Jay loves talking about the Environmental Studies Program and how to be involved in sustainability on campus.

Jay's favorite aspect of environmental studies is the experiential learning opportunities offered by its programs and classes. Recently, Jay completed the Brandeis Environmental Health and Justice Community Field Semester (formerly known as a JBS), which takes a hands-on approach to studying the implications of human health on the environment. He served as a data coordinator for the capstone of the program, a scientific study assessing occupational exposures to toxic chemicals in hair salons targeted towards black women. 

Feel free to reach out to him to ask about hands-on classes, the rooftop farm, starting a sustainability project on campus, or if you need a buddy to make farm fresh veggie stir-fry!

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.