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Program News: Week of September 16th

DUS Office Hours  Amity Doolittle's fall term office hours will be Tuesdays from 11:00 - 4:00, or alternate times arranged by email.  

Zucker Lecture This fall EVST is proud to be coordinating the Zucker Lecture, given this year by William K. Reilly, former Administrator of the EPA under President George H. W. Bush.  The lecture will take place on Friday, October 4th at 2:00 in LC 101 - please mark your calendars and join us!  Talk title and additional details coming soon!

Senior Adirondack Trip Mark your calendars seniors - the annual EVST senior trip to the beautiful Adirondacks will take place Nov. 7 - 9 this fall!  We will eat wonderful food, hike and explore the mountains, and learn about the region from experts!  Plan to be there!

On-Campus Workshops

Remote Sensing Workshops – Fall 2013  The Yale Center for Earth observation (YCEO) is offering a series of introductory remote sensing workshops for the fall 2013 semester.   Each workshop is approximately two hours in length.  There is a lecture covering relevant material during the first 30 minutes, followed by a 90 minute lab exercise. 

Introduction to Satellite-Based Remote Sensing  This workshop will introduce basic concepts of remote sensing including; the electromagnetic spectrum, characteristics of selected major sensor systems, components of a satellite image, and a description of spectral, spatial and temporal resolution.  The workshop exercise will use the Google Earth Engine and cloud-based data so laptops are required to complete the exercise.  Students will compare and contrast various types of data across time and space and will be introduced to basic image manipulation techniques.  Each session of this workshop is limited to 25 students, on a first-come first-served basis.
Note: This workshop is a prerequisite for the remaining workshops in this series.
When: Offered twice, Monday 30 September and repeated Tuesday 1 October, from 4 – 6pm
Where: The Environmental Science Center room ESC 110

Image Analysis and Interpretation Techniques  Students will use ENVI software to experiment with a variety of image enhancement and analysis techniques to identify features in the landscape.  Tools include 2D scatterplots, spectral/temporal profiles, and cell value and mensuration tools.  Students will also use image histograms and statistics to explore these satellite data.  Each session of this workshop is limited to 13 students.
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Satellite-Based Remote Sensing or equivalent and preregistration
When: Offered twice, Tuesday 8 October and repeated Wednesday 9 October from 4 – 6pm
Where: ESC Room 119 – YCEO Lab

Converting Satellite Images into Data  This third workshop in the series introduces methods to quantify and categorize satellite images. Students will learn methods to extract information from images.  This includes how to classify images and create useful indexes from satellite images.  Each session of this workshop is limited to 13 students.
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Satellite-Based Remote Sensing or equivalent and preregistration
When: Offered twice, Tuesday 15 October and repeated Wednesday 16 October from 4 – 6pm
Where: ESC Room 119 – YCEO Lab

The “Introduction” workshop will be held in the ESC classroom and can accommodate 25 students each session; preregistration is not required and there are no prerequisites. 
The workshops “Image Analysis Techniques” and “Converting Images to Data” will be held in the YCEO Lab and can only accommodate 13 students each session.  Lab accounts must be created in advance so preregistration is required.  If you wish to attend one of these two workshops please send an email to Larry Bonneau at Laurent.Bonneau@yale.edu stating which workshop(s) you wish to attend and on which date(s).

Campus Events

Monday, September 16

Transportation in America: Environmental and Mobility Trends | Marc Klein, Marc Joseph and Bill Scalzi | 11:30 | Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall

Prisms of War: Challenging the Logic of US Intervention in Syria | 2:00 | Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall

The Emerging Agro-Industrial Complex in Burma: The Politics of Land Reform, Land Grabs and Resistances | Kevin Woods FES '04 | 4:00 | Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall | RSVP

Master's Tea with Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First | 4:30 | Morse College Master's House | 302-304 York Street

Tuesday, September 17

Frontiers in Food and Agriculture: A Conversation with Tanya Fields | 12:00 | WEBINAR - Register here

Physics, Petroleum & Pricing | Marty Cobern, PhD Physics '74 | 5:30 | Room G-01, Kroon Hall

Wednesday, September 18

How Screwed Are We? Climate Lessons from the Past | Mark Pagani, G&G | 12:00 | Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall

Reflections on Policy, Politics and the Private Sector | Joyal Mulheron, Former Chief Strategy Officer at the Partnership for a Healthier America | 12:30 | Rudd Center, 309 Edwards Street

Thursday, September 19

Where in the World Are We Going? Reflections on getting lost in Madagascar | Frank Hawkins, New IUCN US Director | 12:00 | Marsh Rotunda, Marsh Hall

What Matters to Me and Why | Jeffrey Brenzel, Master of TD | 5:00 | TD Master's House

Africa's Green Future: Nurturing the Vision of Wangari Maathai | 6:00 | Video Screening | RSVP and More Details Here

Friday, September 20

Africa's Green Future: Nurturing the Vision of Wangari Maathai | Day Long Conference | RSVP and More Details Here

Future Events: Mark Your Calendars!

Yale Food Systems Symposium | Oct. 18 - 19 


Tropical Conservation Semester: Galapagos, Andes and Amazon - Applications Due Oct. 4  This academically rigorous learning adventure focuses on field-based instruction in terrestrial ecology, marine biology and conservation biology, and is a great fit for students in biological and environmental sciences.  Students live with host families in Quito and Galapagos, study Spanish, and participate in a month-long internship, deepening their awareness of Latin American culture and conservation in practice.  The semester is run in partnership with the Ceiba Foundation, by experienced faculty with over 30 years of combined experience in tropical ecology and conservation.

The application and other information can be found on the UW - Madison International Academic Programs site.  More information on the Tropical Conservation Semester is available on Ceiba’s website.

UN IHDP Writing Contest - Beyond GDP: Submissions Due Oct 15 Young scholars are invited to write and submit an article for publication in the upcoming issue of the Dimensions magazine.  The edition will contribute to the debate around "Beyond GDP."  For more details, and to read past winners, visit this site.

Columbia Sustainability Management Program - Applications Due Nov 1  The Earth Institute at Columbia University offers sustainability graduate programs geared to working professionals who want to integrate environmental concerns into their organizations. The programs include the Master’s program in Sustainability Management, and the certificate programs in Sustainability Analytics and Sustainable Water Management.  The curricula of these programs blend management, quantitative analysis, and policy with coursework in the physical dimensions of sustainability. The faculty are leading sustainability practitioners and world-class scientists. Classes are offered in the evening and the programs can be taken on a part-time basis.  For more information, visit this site.