Resources for Students

08 July 2014
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Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

On view to October 2015
The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens present "The Lost Bird Project," an exhibit by artist Todd McGrain, March 27 through March 15, 2015. This project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction. It will feature large-scale bronze sculptures of the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen and the Passenger Pigeon.
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19 May 2014
The Green Wire
A bot that sorts through the Twitter clutter and picks out the most talked about conservation news stories.
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06 May 2014
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National Climate Assessment
The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
Explore the effects of climate change »

12 April 2014
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Water Blues Green Solutions

An interactive documentary project designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future. Water Blues Green Solutions tells stories from across the country of communities that are adopting new ways of thinking about how to protect, restore, and preserve our rivers and sources of drinking water. Explore stories by location or theme and create your own journey. Companion resources will help you adopt green solutions to solve your water blues.
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15 March 2014
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate students interested in conducting summer research projects should apply to the WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program or the Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program. Both of these programs provide financial support and housing, and have application deadlines. Students whose home institutions support externships during the school year are also encouraged to apply.
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09 March 2014
Announcing TraitBank
The Encyclopedia of Life team today announces the availability of TraitBank, a comprehensive, searchable and open digital repository for organism traits, measurements, interactions and other facts for all species and groups of species. http://eol.org/info/traitbank
Read the full announcement »

12 December 2013
Award Created for Undergraduate Research in Sustainability and the Environment
Sustainability logo Penn State’s University Libraries announced that the Award for Undergraduate Research in Sustainability and the Environment is open to Penn State students at all campus locations, including the World Campus. Penn State’s Social Sciences Library, Cengage Learning and the Penn State’s Sustainability Institute have partnered to award a total of $4,000 to Penn State undergraduates to be presented on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22.Deadline for submitting application, paper or project and supporting materials is March 31. Two $1,000 prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded. Award money was provided by Cengage Learning and the Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.
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16 November 2013
Patagonia Grants Support Small, Grassroots, Activist Organizations with Provocative Direct-action Agendas
Patagonia logo Patagonia funds environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support.
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19 October 2013
NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation logo The National Science Foundation International Science & Engineering section would like to make you aware of an opportunity for U.S. graduate students to participate in research experiences in summer 2014 through the East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program. EAPSI supports 200-205 graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. An EAPSI award includes a $5,000 stipend and round trip air ticket provided by NSF, and a living allowance provided by NSF’s counterpart funding agency in the host location. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in research-oriented graduate programs in NSF-funded STEM fields. The U.S. graduate student is the PI on an EAPSI proposal. The application deadline is November 25, 2013.
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8 October 2013
2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships logo The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages. The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.

Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

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21 September 2013
Welcome to Cool Green Science, the conservation science blog of The Nature Conservancy!
Nature Conservancy has 550 staff with advanced science degrees, and they publish more than 200 peer-reviewed articles annually. In all 50 states and 36 countries, their scientists pursue the latest conservation research to make the most difference for people and nature.

On this blog, you'll find:

  • The latest research conducted by our scientists around the globe. Whether it's tracking chimps, netting eels or measuring human well-being in a remote village, Cool Green Science takes you in the field to the latest, cutting-edge science.
  • Commentary from our scientists on important conservation issues, media commentary, new findings, books, technology and more.
  • Natural history notes from our projects and preserves.
  • Ways you can help conservation by participating in citizen science activities.

Cool Green Science is devoted to all things conservation science.< For a blog on Conservancy policy, news and green living, check out Conservancy Talk.

Visit blog and add your opinions »

21 September 2013
Quick Study: Why Conservation Science Needs to Get Interdisciplinary–and Why It Hasn't Study: Roy, E.D., A.T. Morzillo, F. Seijo, S.M.W. Reddy et al. 2013. The elusive pursuit of interdisciplinarity at the human–environment interface. BioScience 63:745–753.

The Big Question(s): Do today's scientists talk enough and work together well enough to solve the world's most pressing conservation problems? Or do communication and institutional boundaries keep them siloed in traditional natural or social science disciplines? Add your opinion now! Write on blog hosted by The Nature Conservancy»

01 July 2013
Be a Catalyst to Promote for the President's Climate Change Announcement
The President recently articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America; 2) Prepare the US for the impacts of climate change and 3) Lead international efforts to address global climate change.

You can see the President's plan at http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan and share the details to help make sure people in your community get the facts: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/
president27sclimateactionplan.pdf


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23 June 2013
Apply to be a Smith Fellow!
The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships enable outstanding early-career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern for the United States.

Throughout it's history, the Smith Fellows Program has helped develop a cadre of scientists that have gone on to assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. The program especially encourages individuals who want to better link conservation science and theory with pressing policy and management applications to apply. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is 20 September 2013. The Program expects to select four Fellows in January 2014 for appointments to start between March and September 2014. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $50,000, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets.

The Smith Fellows Program is a partnership between The Cedar Tree Foundation and the Society for Conservation Biology.
Please visit the proposal page »

12 May 2013
Monarch Butterfly Migration Google Earth Tour + Video
Every year eastern populations of monarch butterflies begin a journey north from their overwintering grounds in Mexican forests. The epic migration spans generations and the better part of a continent. View a Google Earth tour video in English or with Spanish captions showcasing the migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in North America, and the people that help them out along the way.

The Google Earth tour is accompanied by two companion podcasts. The first podcast can be found here.
Download the Google Earth Tour KMZ file »

19 February 2013
Eric Lander Offers Free Intro Bio Course on edX
Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, is hosting an introductory biology course on edX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 7.00x – The Secret of Life will let you explore the mysteries of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and genomics, and rational medicine.

Although this course has been designed exclusively for edX, the course content reflects the topics Lander has taught in the MIT introductory biology courses for many years. Students will complete this course in 12 weeks. At the center of each week is a series of lecture sequences that are supported by interactive video tutorials and interspersed exercises or problems. Additionally, students will work on a homework assignment or exam each week. The course will conclude with a comprehensive final exam.

The course is not just for the traditional students, but also educators and scientists who work in the biomedical/health care professions who need a refresher on the most cutting edge biology and genetics. The only prerequisite is a desire to learn. The course starts on March 5th.

Enrollment for this free edX»

05 January 2013
HHMI Changing Planet: Past, Present, and Future
Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future? In four presentations, leading scientists Andrew H. Knoll of Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes of the University of California, San Diego, and Daniel P. Schrag of Harvard University guide you on an exciting exploration of the history of life on Earth and discuss present-day concerns about climate change. This 2012 Holiday Lecture is viewable via Flash streaming (720p HD or 360p SD) or in an iOS MP4 download (360p SD) compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
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03 January 2013
Welcome to "Secret Life," NOVA's Emmy-nominated web series
Watch videos and get to know dozens of scientists and engineers with surprising secret lives. NOVA has already done 32 profiles and they're doing many more in the seasons to come. Where the lab coats come off!
Enjoy! »

11 December 2012
Summer Undergraduate Programs at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA (SURIP)
The goal of this program is to provide a meaningful educational experience for undergraduates to prepare them for careers in cutting edge fields and to increase the pool of students considering graduate education in the life sciences. Participating faculty have a strong interest in mentoring young scholars as an integral part of their academic experience. Each student accepted into these programs will be matched to one of these faculty mentors for a ten-week laboratory research experience. The SURIP program would be most appropriate for students considering applying to PhD programs in the Biological/Biomedical Sciences and is not intended for students who will apply to medical school. There is no clinical shadowing component to the internships.
For more information and an online application visit »

15 September 2012
Encyclopedia of Life
Encyclopedia of Life Launches Chinese Language Platform

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and the Biodiversity Committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Chinese-language version of EOL. Chinese content is currently available for selected mammal, bird and fungi species, and will increase as more Chinese-language partners and users join the effort.
Learn more about this collaboration »

29 July 2012
Explore Our National Parks With eNatures Park Guides
Get the most out of your next trip to one of our National Parks. With over 300 listings, eNature's ParkGuides offer descriptions, species lists, maps, and more for National Parks and Wildlife Refuges all over the country.
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29 July 2012
Fifty Years After Silent Spring, Assault on Science Continues
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21 June 2012
Looking for Reasons to Save Biodiveristy
At the Rio+20 conference this week, conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy received the prestigious Blue Planet Prize. Before traveling to Brazil, Lovejoy talked with Yale Environment 360 about the loss of biodiversity and about whether it is too late for the world to do something about it.
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20 June 2012
Summer Reading by Carl Zimmer
A 2007 winner of the National Academies of Science Communication Award and the author of six books, including Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life, writes how ecologists are using network theory and about how global warming will cause an evolutionary explosion for animals and plants.
Read this and more articles »

25 May 2012
Top Ten List of New Species Celebrates Biodiveristy and the Science of Taxonomy
This is the fifth year for the top 10 new species list, released May 23 to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who was responsible for the modern system of plant and animal names and classifications.
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01 May 2012
Penn State Offers Minor in Sustainability Leadership
This intercollege minor allows students in any major to incorporate sustainability as a significant theme in their undergraduate degree program.
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21 April 2012
Earth Day!
Earth Day is April 22, and the EPA is excited to share many opportunities with you to celebrate and engage! Join the conversation! We've created a place for you to talk about environmental issues and share environmental tips you use every day.
First watch the video »
Then start a discussion or join an existing one »

Six Words for the Planet.
EPA and SMITH Magazine are teaming up to invite you to submit six words to describe our planet. SMITH Magazine will feature them on smithmag.net/planet and the EPA post them. Now through June 30. Get writing!
Learn how it works »
Read submissions »

Come to a local event.
Check out the Earth Day website for events near you and lots of other things you can do to participate in and celebrate Earth Day!
Find an event near you »

29 March 2012
Skeptical Science
Skeptics vigorously criticize any evidence that supports man-made global warming. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer-reviwed scientific literature say? Read more »

01 March 2012
Water Footprint Calculator
What is your water footprint? Calculate It!

28 January 2012
China. The Full On Harvard Course.
"Malcolm Riddell at China Debate just did a post noting how Harvard University has posted online (for free!) a 37 class course on China.

The 37 lectures were filmed as they were given as part of a course entitled, China: Traditions and Transformations. The course was/is taught by William C. Kirby and Peter K. Bol."

Read more about the course»

28 January 2012
NRDC - China Environmental News Alert!
"NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental governance and public participation, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a weekly compilation of news from around the world on China and the environment." Read the News Alerts »

04 January 2012
Academic Earth
Check out online courses from the world's top scholars!
http://academicearth.org/

30 December 2011
Yaguara's Newsletter
Read how researcher and CHANCE collaborator, Aida Bustamante, is helping to save wild cats throughout Central America. Hopefully, we'll get to spot her and some of her cats in Panama this summer during our 2012 field program!
View recent Newsletter »

30 December 2011
EOL Google Earth Tours - Biodiversity on the Move!
Atlantic Public Media and Eduardo Garcia Milagros were granted a Google Earth Developer Grant to produce "One Species at a Time: Stories of Biodiversity on the Move, with the Encyclopedia of Life", in Google Earth narrated tours. Narrated by our podcast host Ari Daniel Shapiro, these tours are available as videos and Google Earth kmz files.
View all of the EOL Google Earth Tours»

03 November 2011
Challenge Based Learning
The New Media Consortium community is filled with thought leaders, innovators, and change agents. We all share the common purpose of making learning more engaging, effective, and inclusive -- Challenge Based Learning (CBL) is a new multidisciplinary approach that is doing just that. CBL draws from the best aspects of project- and problem-based learning while integrating emerging technologies to foster more critical thinking and active experiences.
Visit the NMC website for more information »

03 October 2011
EPA - Jobs and Internships
Are you ready to accomplish something really worthwhile in your career? If so, consider joining the more than 17,000 men and women of the EPA.
EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts, and works to protect our health and our environment.

Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain vital career experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. Internships, fellowships and other opportunities are available in Washington, D.C., laboratories, and at regional EPA locations nationwide.

Check out the available opportunities with the EPA»

21 June 2011
Endangered Species Ringtones
Download cell-phone ringtones with the call of an endangered species, or display its likeness on your wallpaper. Available free from the Center for Biological Diversity.
www.rareearthtones.org »

15 June 2011
The Good Earth
Learn about the health, environmental, and social performance of everyday products and the companies that make them. www.goodguide.com »

07 June 2011
Lord of the Ants
NOVA profiles the soft-spoken Southerner and Harvard professor, Edward O. Wilson, who is an acclaimed advocate for ants, biological diversity, and the controversial extension of Darwinian ideas to human society.
Vist Nova »

07 June 2011
Carbon Release to Atmosphere 10 times faster than in the Past, Geologists Find
Read how researchers from Penn State University have found that the rate of release of carbon into the atmosphere today is nearly 10 times as fast as during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 55.9 million years ago.
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07 June 2011
The Warriors of Qiugang: A Chinese Village Fights Back
Watch the Academy Award nominee video for Best Documentary Short Subject, co-produced by Yale Environment 360 with filmmakers Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon.

07 June 2011
Yale Environment 360
An online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues. Featured are original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news. Funded in part by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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