College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Other Opportunities 9/13/11

September 13, 2011

I. Join the student group SEEDS!
II. Check out the Society for Conservation Biology!
III. Team up with CALPRIG!
IV. Check out the Colorado Advantage graduate preview program!
V. Take an Enviro Justice Course!
VI. Take the "Losing the Farm: 20th-Century Agriculture in a Global Context" course!
VII. Volunteer at the Brower Youth Awards
VIII. Attend the Graduate School of the University of Missouri's Emerge Fall Preview Weekend!
IX. Apply for the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute!

I. Join the student group SEEDS!
Tues at 5pm at Free Speech Movement Cafe to do some coordinating for the semester. Getting ready for hands on bring your laptops, your sketches/graphic design ideas for fliers, a list of suggestions for improving our (a) Education program (b) Mentor Program (c) Outreach. The meeting will be over by 6pm.

II. Check out the Society for Conservation Biology!
FIRST MEETING! Sept 13th @ 5pm in 103 Mulford! Mariah Boyle from FishWise

"Fish to plate: the evolution of the sustainable seafood industry"

Speaker, Mariah Boyle, Assistant Operations Director for FishWise, will discuss current marine conservation issues and tell us how FishWise helps consumers make sustainable choices about seafood.

FishWise is a non-profit organization designed to improve the sustainability and financial performance of seafood retailers, distributors, and producers. Uniquely positioned between the seafood industry and marine conservation organizations, FishWise offers a range of services that create trust between seafood vendors and their customers, enabling businesses to sell more sustainable seafood, more profitably. FishWise joins business imperatives with leading ocean conservation strategies. To learn more visit

III. Team up with CALPRIG!
CALPIRG is a student run, student funded, non-partisan organization which spans all across California. We fight against special interests that harm our environment, endanger the public, and rip off consumers. Join them this week to launch their fall campaigns!

CALPIRG Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, Sept 13th
8:00 pm
VLSB 2040


This fall CALPRIG will work to ban plastic bags in Berkeley to protect our oceans, educating kids in Berkeley about energy efficiency, fundraising for victims of the famine in Somalia, making higher education more affordable, and much more.

IV. Check out the Colorado Advantage graduate preview program!
The University of Colorado is pleased to announce the implementation of the new Colorado Advantage graduate preview program, which is now accepting applications for its fall 2011 program.

The Colorado Advantage is designed to showcase STEM doctoral programs to underrepresented college seniors and recent graduates. Participants will learn about CU-Boulder PhD programs in their areas of interest, meet with faculty, and receive guidance on preparing competitive graduate school applications. All expenses are paid for selected participants.
WHEN: October 13 - 15, 2011
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Must be received by Monday, September 19

For more information and to download application form, please visit:

Contact: Barbara Kraus at or 303-492-5779.

V. Take an Enviro Justice Course!
Fall 2011 ~ Sociology 190 P 005
Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Gender, Nation-State & the Environment

Course Time: Thursday 10am-12pm
Course Location: Barrows 115
Course Overview: In this course we will explore the relationship between the environment and social inequalities – including inequalities of race, class, gender, region, and nation-state. Why do some have access to healthy and safe environments to live and work, and not others? Who decides, and why? We’ll begin with theories of the social and cultural construction of “the environment,” and move to analyzing environmental issues through the lens of social justice and inequality. We will examine the principles, history and politics surrounding environmental justice both globally and locally, including state, corporate, civil society, and community initiatives for environmental justice. We’ll focus particularly on California case studies, from Berkeley and Silicon Valley to the Central Valley and Richmond. Topics include: the social construction of “natural disasters”; production- and consumption-oriented approaches to environmental issues; greenwashing and the politics of sustainability; labor rights and worker health and safety; toxics, e-waste and product life cycles; industrial and alternative agricultures; the politics of conservation and “wilderness”; climate change and green jobs initiatives; the political economy of decision-making pertaining to natural resources; and efforts to democratize science and technology to achieve environmental justice.

VI. Take the "Losing the Farm: 20th-Century Agriculture in a Global Context" course!
The course meets on Mondays from 10-12 and is run as a seminar.
Recent debates regarding food and farming have tended to turn on the question of industrialisation. Some have argued that there are few things more nefarious than industrial agriculture, while others have countered that it has allowed us to feed the world cheaply and efficiently. In this course, we will excavate the history of these debates by examining how agriculture has changed in the twentieth century. Given the reliance of twentieth-century agriculture on international trade networks, this course will be both transnational and comparative in its geographical scope. We will begin with the industrialisation of agriculture in the United States and will then move to Mexico, India, and Africa to discuss the Green Revolution, Cold War food politics, and the relationship between the developed and developing worlds. In our last case-study, we will examine the industrialisation of agriculture in France, as both a consequence of American foreign policy and a response to it. In addition to the case studies, we will discuss processes of globalization, the problem of postwar food surpluses, and the collapse of the postwar global food system and the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. We will end the course by using what we have learned from our readings to engage in an informed evaluation of contemporary critiques of agricultural industrialisation.

VII. Volunteer at the Brower Youth Awards
The Organization: This is a rare and unique opportunity to volunteer with Earth Island Institute (EII). EII, founded in 1982 by environmentalist David Brower, is the organizational home for over fifty projects promoting biological and cultural diversity around the world. Through education and activism, our projects promote the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth. Visit: for more information about us and you can view our YouTube video at:
Event Information: Earth Island Institute is celebrating its Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony. Each year, The Brower Youth Awards recognize people ages 13 to 22 who have shown outstanding leadership on a project or campaign with positive environmental and social impact. This year the event is on October 18, 2011 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.
Position Summary: Earth Island volunteers are energetic, outgoing, and friendly individuals who provide best-in-class customer service to the public at all times during the event. Volunteers are not only helpful but also ambassadors for the organization. This is a public event so volunteers interact with a wide range of individuals and are the front line contact during the event. All volunteers are guaranteed a seat during the event.
Volunteer Needed / Time Needed
Volunteer Coordinator Assistant / 3:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Event Preparation / 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stage Hand / 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Security / 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Welcome Greeter / 4:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Raffle Sales / 4:45 pm – 7:30 pm
VIP Registration / 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Information Booth / 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Registration (General Public) / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Theater Usher / 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Donation Basket Assistant / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Information Booth / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Strike Team / 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Requirements: Ability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment with a diverse range of co-volunteers and patrons. Most shifts are 2-3 hours in length or as noted. Please let us know what your availability is on that day. A few administrative positions are still available for pre and post event coordination. If you are interested in donating your time prior to, or after the event, please let us know. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
How to apply: If you are interested to become a member of the Earth Island volunteer team, please send your name, telephone number, and email address to with BYA volunteer in the subject line and let us know which position you are interested in. To contact us by phone, please call (510) 859-9100.
If you would like more information on our New Leaders Initiative and the Brower Youth Award program, please visit

VIII. Attend the Graduate School of the University of Missouri's Emerge Fall Preview Weekend!
The Graduate School of the University of Missouri (MU) invites prospective graduate students from underrepresented groups (African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Pacific Islander) to attend our Emerge Fall Preview Weekend which will be held October 26-29, 2011 on the MU campus. Students participating in the Emerge program will have an opportunity to:
· learn about the opportunities for research and academic growth available to students at MU, a leading research university
· meet current grad students and contacts in your program of interest
· attend various scheduled social activities
· collect information about the admissions process and funding sources
All costs associated with official events of the weekend (travel, lodging, meals, all scheduled activities) are paid by the MU Graduate School. Learn more at

IX. Apply for the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute!
The Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley will host the 31st Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in the summer of 2012! We are now accepting applications for the 2012 PPIA Program. The application deadline is November 1, 2011. For the application materials and to apply, visit:

The PPIA Program is open to college juniors from diverse backgrounds who are interested in being prepared for graduate studies and ultimately careers in public policy, international affairs and law. The program is an intensive seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and personal development of emerging leaders in public service. For more information regarding the PPIA Program at UC Berkeley, please visit:

Please contact Nadine Spingola, PPIA Program Coordinator, email: / (510) 643-9170, or Martha Chavez, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, email: / (510) 643-4266, or if you have any questions or need more information.