College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

CNR Newsline 9/25/09

September 23, 2009

CNR News

Today is the last day to add classes with a $5 fee, drop non-EDD classes with a $10 fee and change your grading option from Pass/Not Pass to a letter grade. Make sure to check your schedule on BearFacts to verify that it is accurate!

Today is the deadline for undergraduates to be put on the degree list with a $5 fee. If you have yet to place yourself on the degree list for this Fall, visit the Office of the Registrar in 120 Sproul Hall to pick up the appropriate forms.

Did you know that in addition to your college advisors, major advisors, and faculty advisors, CNR also selects a small group of students from a talented group of applicants each semester to serve as your peer advisors? These Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) have been trained to assist with you with basic college requirements and academic advising, but since they are current students who may have already undergone similar coursework that you may be currently undertaking or seeking, they can provide you with firsthand knowledge of what to expect from certain classes and professors. All Peer Advisors hold office hours right outside the entrance of 260 Mulford, and you can take a look at their schedules and majors on this website: Stop by and visit, even if it's just to say hello!

Upcoming CNR Events
Fall 2009 Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conversation: Sally Jewel, President and CEO of REI
Join Dean Gilless and Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI, for the College of Natural Resources’ Fall 2009 Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation.

Can business be the solution and not the problem?
Creating a “virtuous cycle” of business
Thursday, October 1, 2009, 6:00 pm
Auditorium, International House
Free and open to the public

An evening with Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI

The U.S. population is increasingly urban and isolated from nature. In the words of Richard Louv, our children suffer from “nature deficit disorder.” Our public lands are under unprecedented financial pressures while environmental challenges such as climate change loom. The community of outdoor enthusiasts does not represent the diversity of American society.

How would it change “business as usual” if a company treated problems like these as issues to address in order to be successful? REI is a leading outdoor retailer, and the nation’s largest consumer co-op with 4 million active members and $1.4B in sales. Sally Jewell, the co-op’s president and CEO, shares her views on how business can and must be part of the solution.

Next in this series– Fall 2010: Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Magazine

Campus Events, Research, Workshops, and More!

Field Environmental Biology Program
Attached is a description of two summer programs for undergraduates who are enrolled in a 4-year program in some area of environmental biology and are interested in pursuing a career in field-based research in environmental biology. This invitation to apply for these programs is extended to students following their sophomore year. Because this program can only accommodate a small number of students, admittance will be highly competitive based on past academic performance and the student’s desire to undertake future graduate studies in environmental biology.

These programs provide a fruitful step in the students’ career development by allowing them to conduct independent research and giving them an opportunity to work with established scientists in environmental biology in remarkable natural settings. A number of the students from other universities have decided to apply for graduate studies at Notre Dame after participating in these programs and have been accepted into the program.

These classes comprise up to 20 University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College undergraduates and up to 12 students from other universities. For more information, you can download the file

Global Poverty and Practice Minor - Fall 2009 Declaration Workshops
Thurs, Sept 17 – 12:30pm, 20 Stephens Hall
Tues, Sept 22 – 12:30pm, 103 Stephens Hall
Mon, Sept 28 – 12:00pm, 20 Stephens Hall
Wed, Oct 14 – 12:00pm, 20 Stephens Hall
Mon, Oct 19 – 12:00pm, 20 Stephens Hall
Tues, Oct 27 – 12:30pm, 223 Moses Hall

The undergraduate minor in Global Poverty and Practice is seeking a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students to explore the complex issue of global poverty and its alleviation. Attend a declaration workshop to learn more about the minor requirements and how to declare. The declaration deadline for fall semester is Monday, November 2nd at 4pm. The GPP Minor declaration form can be downloaded from our website at

For more information or questions, please contact us at or visit our website.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Students headed for careers as "change agents" in government, community, or public service are encouraged to apply for this prestigious scholarship, which provides $30,000 for graduate school.
Applicants must have a strong academic record (usually 3.5+ GPA), significant leadership experience, and should plan to pursue a graduate program geared toward public service. Students must apply during their junior year. (Exception: students who plan to enroll as fifth-year seniors may apply during their fourth year.)

Deadline: Noon, December 7, 2009. Students interested in applying should contact Alicia Hayes at

Research opportunities in Invasion and Restoration Ecology
In the Suding Lab we study community and ecosystem plant ecology with an emphasis on invasive species, environmental change and restoration of Californian ecosystems. We work in the field and in the greenhouse on experiments investigating how species interactions, plant-soil feedbacks, and disturbance may help determine dominance patterns in nature. Mainly we work in California grasslands, woodlands, and shrublands.

For interested and self-motivated students, there are volunteer and course credit opportunities to work closely with members of our lab on research about plants and the environment. Below are two possible projects:

(1) Dispersal and seed limitation of native Californian grasslands and the role of rodent herbivory

This project offers the opportunity to learn how to set up ecological field and greenhouse experiments. Good botanical knowledge or a strong interest in learning how to identify plant species is necessary. The main aim is that you conduct a seed bank analysis in the greenhouse. Additionally there will be opportunities to work in the lab and at the field sites which are located in a beautiful area in Sonoma County near Santa Rosa, CA. Contact: Claudia Stein (, phone 949 335 8161

(2) Mechanisms of ecological resilience in native and exotic dominated California grasslands

This project offers many opportunities to learn wet-lab nutrient analysis techniques in addition to learn how to set up ecological experiments, both in the field and greenhouse. A willingness to work outdoors as well as in the lab is necessary. During the appointment, you will help conduct an experiment in the greenhouse as well as help process and analyze samples in the lab. Contact: Loralee Larios (, phone 714-883-5386

If you are interested in working with us please send an application that lists applicable classes, your GPA, prior research experiences, and why you are interested in the appointment.
Please contact us for any further questions. Our lab is located in 342 Hilgard Hall and our office is in 147 Hilgard Hall. We are looking forward to talking to you and answering all your questions.

Thinking about facilitating a course next semester?
The Academic Senate's deadline for Spring 2010 course proposal forms falls on Monday, November 9th, 2009, while departments may have earlier deadlines. Attend a StartUp Workshop in the Student Learning Center and get your paperwork in early! For workshop location and times, visit the link below or see the attached flier.

If you are unable to make one of these workshops, appointments are also available. To arrange an appointment, e-mail George Alonzo in the UCFTR office at

Youth Writing Contest and Poster Session
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) values youth perspectives on environmental issues and is including a writing contest for youth in the upcoming 10th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: The New Green Economy (held January 20-22, 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC). NCSE also invites abstract submissions for scientific posters that also will be highlighted at the conference.

Generation Green: Youth Voices and Visions
Generation Green is a writing contest which provides a forum for university and high school students to express personal perspectives and experiences relevant to the emerging green economy, aiming to identify key issues and solutions. Selected articles will be published in a six-page insert distributed at the conference and included in the online Encyclopedia of Earth. The winners will also be published online in Solutions, a magazine focused on sustainable environmental solutions. To view article criteria or to submit an article, visit the Generation Green webpage.

Poster Session
Research scientists, students, university faculty, entrepreneurs and others are invited to submit abstracts to participate in poster sessions. Posters provide an opportunity to share research, innovations, and initiatives relevant to the creation of a new green economy. Posters will be displayed on January 21 and 22. The poster session fee is $70 in addition to full conference registration and will be due upon abstract acceptance. This fee is waived for NCSE University Affiliates. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit the Poster Session webpage.

About NCSE
The National Council for Science and the Environment is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision making. We envision a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meaning and limitations, and the potential consequences of their action or inaction. For more information on NCSE's programs, projects, or conferences, please visit the NCSE homepage.


HOT JOBS CAREER SERIES: Federal Government Jobs & Internships
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29th, 5-6:30pm
Location: Tilden Room, MLK Student Union, 5th Floor

Looking for a stable and rewarding career? Then be sure to attend this dynamic and informative speaker event! Learn about the entry level opportunities and benefits of working for the Federal Government in a VARIETY OF CAREER FIELDS for ALL MAJORS!

SPEAKER: Cara Peck, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), San Francisco Region 9 office
Cara currently works on the Agriculture Team within the Communities and Ecosystems Division, developing a regional strategy to reduce the climate change and energy implications from the
agriculture industry. Cara received a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo studying Animal Science and an M.S. degree in Horticulture and Agronomy from UC Davis, studying sustainable range management. She will speak about a variety of career options with the Federal Government for many different majors & fields!

Kathy Slusser, Program Coordinator for the UC Washington (UCDC) program will also make a brief announcement about this unique opportunity for students, including the application process and Fall

Sponsored by the Career Center and the Call to Serve Annenberg Speakers Bureau
NOTE: Please RVSP in advance on Callisto to attend: (click on Programs & Workshops under "shortcuts")

Tues, Oct 6, 2009
11am - 3pm
MLK Jr Student Union, Pauley Ballroom, 3rd Floor

The Law School Fair brings over 60 law schools from across the country. You can connect face-to-face with representatives from UC Hastings, Columbia, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and many more! A complete list of participating law schools can be found via Callisto at: Keep checking until 10/5/06 as additional schools register and submit their information.

When: October 7th & 8th, 2009
Where: Pauley Ballroom - MLK Student Union Building
Time: 11am - 3pm

Graduate and professional school representatives from across the nation and from a wide variety of disciplines attend this fair annually to provide admission requirements and information to UC Berkeley students. The first day of the fair will focus on professional and graduate health programs such as medical school, nursing, dentistry, etc. Please login to Callisto beginning three weeks prior to the fair to read the Fair Directory and a list of participants. This list of fair participants is updated until the day of the fair so please check frequently.

Bring your Cal Student ID. This fair is restricted to registered UC Berkeley students and Career Center Alumni Advantage members.

WHEN: Monday, October 5, 2009
TIME: 4:00 - 5:00PM
WHERE: Room 104 - Career Center

If you have applied to medical school this year and received an invitation to interview, this workshop will cover the basics about interviewing at a medical school. Due to time constraints, mock interviews will not be available during this workshop. Please rsvp for this workshop through Callisto:

The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara will be hosting several Mini-Student Information Sessions this upcoming semester. Information regarding our School of Medicine as well as the Medical Spanish course will be provided. Check out this link for dates and locations. Be sure to contact our office 1-800-531-5494, ask for Arturo Barriga should you have any questions. Thank you.

WHEN: January 29-30, 2010
LOCATION: San Diego State University

San Diego State University would like to cordially invite you to "Catch the Wave to Success Pre-health Conference". The conference is designed to introduce pre-health students (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, pre physician assistant, etc.) about careers in the health care fields and to provide information on becoming a successful pre-health student. Students will have the opportunity to meet professional school admissions representatives, hear first hand accounts from health care insiders, and network with a variety of professionals. Early registration begins November 1st, 2009.

This December International Service Learning (ISL) is increasing teams to the countries we serve. We have teams for pre-medical and medical students traveling to several locations. Please visit our website for more information and to view our 2009-2010 schedule at: Financial aid available for all trips.
Contact ISL about setting up a team and reducing your trip cost.

We have teams scheduled throughout the year. If you have any questions please contact Pepper Tucker or 816-767-0481.