Alumni Event at Fish Lake
Over the summer 2017, the ENVI Program hosted an alumni/student networking event at Fish Lake. Coordinated by intern Trevor Baker and Dr. Grman, participants had a tour of Fish Lake, lunch, and maintained trails on the property. With a wonderful meal and a well organized trail maintenance plan, students, alumni, and faculty enjoyed their day working together and getting to know one another. We hope to continue this event for years to come.
Contact Dr. Grman (firstname.lastname@example.org) about the 2018 ENVI Program Internship that will include preparations for this alumni event!
Environmental Science and Society Honors Award Graduation Ceremony 2017
This year we honored our largest batch of graduates yet, along with our Barton scholarship winners and teacher nominated award winners. We are very proud of our graduates, many of them receiving high academic performance awards. The event was hosted at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse and catered by the Ypsilanti Food Co-op that provided us with local, vegan options.
March for Science
ENVI students showed support for facts and science in Ann Arbor. Student staff partnered with the CSIE program for a poster making event before the march and carpooling to the march.
Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017
Not pictured: Jacob Kowalczyk, Joseph Proietti and Richard Wagner, Environmental Variables and Their Effect on Cyanobacteria Populations in 13 Stratified Lakes. Faculty mentors: Jose Vites and Steven Francoeur.
Abstract: Global climate change caused by anthropogenic activity is creating conditions that promote the formation of harmful algal blooms by cyanobacteria in many freshwater lakes. The purpose of this study is to quantify the amounts of cyanobacteria in 13 stratified lakes throughout the Huron River Watershed, investigating their correlation to environmental factors (e.g. pH, dissolved oxygen, nutrient concentrations, etc.). Lakes were sampled one to two times a month from May-October, 2016. Results showed correlations between urbanization and increased cyanobacteria. This study increases understanding of what environmental conditions promote and/or limit cyanobacterial growth in temperate lakes.
GREEN Week 2017
Professor Jill Dieterle
"Just Food: Philosophy. Justice and Food", edited by ENVI Faculty Affiliate and Philosophy Professor Jill Dieterle was recently published by Rowman and Littlefield. The book presents 12 new philosophical essays, including one authored by Jill Dieterle, that explores the causes and consequences of the inequities of our contemporary food system. The book looks at how food insecurity tracks other social injustices, covering topics such as race, gender and property, as well as food sovereignty, food deserts, and locavorism. The essays in this volume make an important and timely contribution to the wider philosophical debate around food distribution and justice.
General Overview of ENVI (Part 1-4)- 2014
Part 1 "General Overview of ENVI": Introduces Dr. Kovacs, the program coordinator, and describes the different concentrations/emphasis' students can focus on using the example of a dying pond with loss of aquatic species due to contamination issues from runoff and how each student can use their skills to resolve environmental issues with the pond.
Part 2 "Jobs/Graduate School": Shows the different occupations possible with a degree in Environmental Science, Environment & Society, or Sustainability. Also includes different programs complementary to a degree in ENVI for Graduate School.
Part 3 "ENVI Major Concentrations": Goes further into the program requirements--basic courses, internships, and research projects.
Part 4 "Sustainability Minor": Further describes the new Sustainability Minor--what the required courses are and the four different groups to choose from within the minor. Also includes Q&A period after session.
Information on Internships - 2015
Dr. Thomas Kovacs discusses the internship requirements for ENVI. He demonstrates resources offered on the website the students can use and discussed the Internship Application and Supervisor Evaluation Form.
Internship Videos and Blogs
ENVI 405 student, Mary Griffiths, has started a blog to document her journey as an intern this summer with the Clinton River Watershed Council. She posts weekly about her internship experience, job tasks, and people that she meets. To follow Mary's story this summer check out her blog.
Environmental Science (ENVI) student at Eastern Michigan University: Jake's internship experience with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracking invasive species and converting an area into a wetland.
An ENVI student focusing on Environment & Society, shares her experiences with her internship at the Clinton River Watershed Council. She shares how her experiences helped shape her as a student and prepare her for life after graduation.