Alifah Sri Lastari, a participant in the 2007 Beahrs Environmental Program, discusses her work on projects to provide clean water to Indonesian villages and to reduce that country's illegal logging activity, as well as how the UC Berkeley summer program has influenced her skills and ideas. Click here for videos featuring other ELP participants.
The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program offers a unique learning opportunity for mid-career environmental professionals and decision-makers to gain expertise, enhance skills and broaden perspectives on environmental and natural resource management and leadership. Established in August 2000 with seed funding from UC Berkeley alumni Carolyn and Richard Beahrs, the ELP offers an annual 3-week summer certificate course in Sustainable Environmental Management at UC Berkeley, and coordinates an active and growing Alumni Network. The ELP also supports post-training collaborative projects with alumni through its Small Grants Initiative.
Adjunct professor of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Elizabeth C. Theil has been awarded the 2008 Francis P. Garvan- John M. Olin Medal by the American Chemistry Society.
The award recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists, and was established in 1936 through a donation from Francis P. Garvan and has been supported by a fund set up at that time. The award was sponsored by W. R. Grace and Co. from 1979 to 1983. The Olin Corp.began sponsoring the award in 1984.
On overview of Dr. Theil's work can be found here.
A compound found in broccoli and related vegetables may have more health-boosting tricks up its sleeves, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Veggie fans can already point to some cancer-fighting properties of 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM), a chemical produced from the compound indole-3-carbinol when Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale are chewed and digested. Animal studies have shown that DIM can actually stop the growth of certain cancer cells.
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Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor Gordon Rausser
has been selected as editor of The Annual Review of Resource Economics
for 2007-2011. The premier Annual Reviews
have long focused on science but are now launching three Annual Reviews in economics. The others will be edited by Ken Arrow (General Economics) and Robert Merton (Financial Economics).
The Annual Review of Resource Economics will critically review and evaluate the most significant primary research literature in the key areas of the field: agriculture, environment, renewable resources, and exhaustible resources. Professor David Zilberman will also sit on the publication's editorial committee.
Two CNR students are among 16 undergrads from around the nation that have been selected to participate in the 2007 Nissan-World Wildlife Fund Environmental Leadership Program.
Desirae Early and Ky Ngo were chosen for this prestigious fellowship for their strong leadership skills and a commitment to environmental progress.
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The Office of the Chancellor has announced the formation of the committee that will search and make recommendations for a new dean of the College of Natural Resources.
The committee will consult with the CNR community both for suggestions and views on candidates.
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A new book co-edited by a CNR alumna attempts to answer a question familiar to anyone concerned with climate change:
"What can I do?"
Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement, co-edited by Sissel Waage, ESPM Ph.D. '00, features a wide array of authors ranging from activists to scholars to students, who each discuss what the average person can do to turn their private concerns into public action.
The book recently received a positive review in the LA Times.
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Sankar Sridaran just graduated from CNR in May, but he is already setting out to make a difference in the world. The molecular environmental biology major and SPUR and honors student was chosen for a competitive fellowship working for the Parasitic Diseases Division at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Sridaran’s work at CDC Atlanta will focus on the development and assessment of molecular markers for drug resistance in malaria causing Plasmodia. He says, “The project was so appealing to me because it is a perfect combination of the interest I developed in evolution while working on my thesis project with Dr. Specht but also integrates my interest in public health and my other long term career goals.”
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On August 3, 2007, graduate student Nathaniel Gerhart died in a fatal accident while conducting fieldwork in Indonesia. He was 32.
An NSF Fellow in Indonesia, as well as a devoted naturalist, birdwatcher and frisbee player, Gerhart was researching rain forest conservation for his Ph.D. in ESPM.
Services and memorials have been held in Jakarta and in New York, with the New York memorial available via webcast here.
Friends and colleagues will host an on-campus memorial on Sept 23 at 2 p.m., at the Faculty Club.
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Several CNR faculty and alumni from the department of Agriculture and Resource Economics were honored with awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association at that group's 2007 annual meeting in July.
Professor David Zilberman and his co-editors were given the association’s Quality of Communication Award for their book on the regulation of GMOs, Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology.
Zilberman also received an award for Outstanding Article in the Review of Agricultural Economics for his article "Adoption of Bt Cotton and Impact Variability: Insights from India."
Professor Jeffery LaFrance was named the American Agricultural Economics Association Fellow.
Meridith Fowlie, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan who received her Ph.D. at ARE in 2006, was honored for her Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, "Firm Behavior in Pollution Permit Markets." (See related working paper.) Professors Jeffrey Perloff and Severin Borenstein were her advisers.
Finally, The Publication of Enduring Quality Award was given to Robert Innes, who earned his ARE Ph.D. in 1986, currently a professor at the University of Arizona.
This op-ed, by Assistant Professor Max Auffhammer and UCSD economist Richard Carson, originally appeared in the Washington Post on August 2, 2007.
China is about to emerge as the world's leading emitter of greenhouse gases, a position the United States has held since 1890. Now is the time for China to take the lead in finding a way to reduce global emissions, which the United States has thus far failed to do. It should start by imposing a sizable tax on the carbon content of its fossil fuel consumption and by heading an effort among other major trading countries to do the same.
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