College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

CNR News

March 18, 2013

March 21 | Horace Albright Lecture in Conservation: Sylvia Earle The Quest for Sustainable Seas
March 25 | Brown Bag with Forestry
Call for Nominations 2012-2013 - College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award
Mar 18 - Apr 10 | Summer SPUR Deadline

March 21 | Horace Albright Lecture in Conservation: Sylvia Earle The Quest for Sustainable Seas

Sylvia Earle: The Quest for Sustainable Seas

Thursday, March 21
6:00-7:30 p.m.
International House
UC Berkeley
Limited Seating

Sylvia Earle, one of the world's most influential ambassadors for the ocean, is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, former chief scientist of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), founder of the Mission Blue Foundation, a TED Prize winner, and was named TIME magazine's first Hero of the Planet. Learn how actions we take in the next 10 years to support the ocean will matter more than what we do in the next 100 hundred years.

Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The event will be videotaped and available after the event.

Directions and Transportation
Directions to International House. Public transportation is encouraged. Limited metered street parking and lots are available.

For more parking information, visit UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation.

Contact Information:
Sasha Keller
Event Coordinator

March 25 | Brown Bag with Forestry

A Lunch Webinar Series on Current Forest Science Research

March 25th: Finding the trees in the forest: using light detection and ranging (lidar) for forest science and management | Presented by: Dr. Maggi Kelly

Dates & Topics are available and you may register here.

Registration is required. There is no cost, however.

Once you have registered, we will send the link for the webinar to you, as well as other instructions for logging in. We will also send reminders for each session.

For more information, contact Rick Standiford or Susie Kocher of UC Cooperative Extension.

Sponsored by the University of California Center for Forestry and Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Call for Nominations 2012-2013 - College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award

Call for Nominations 2012-2013
College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award
University of California, Berkeley

The College of Natural Resources EXCOM is soliciting nominations from students and faculty. Letters of nomination may be a few paragraphs and no more than two single-spaced pages, and can be from a student or faculty member. The letter should include the following items:

i. Name of nominator and nominee

ii. The course(s) through which the nominee is known to the nominator, and circumstances that have instigated the nomination.

iii. Explanation of the nominees excellence in undergraduate education, addressing to the extent possible all the criteria for the award described above.
The chair of the relevant department or division will be solicited for further information on each nomination. Once this information has been received, candidates will be evaluated by a committee in the College of Natural Resources appointed specifically for the purpose.

It is intended that nominations be made confidentially and that the candidate, in particular, not be notified of his or her nomination.

Criteria for Distinguished Teaching Award

The College of Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award acknowledges the efforts of faculty members in the College (ARE, ERG, ESPM, NST, PMB) who have excelled in undergraduate teaching and made significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College. Specific criteria include:

command of the subject;
continuous growth in the field of study;
ability to organize course material and to present it cogently;
ability to inspire in students independent and original thinking;
ability to encourage intellectual interests in beginning students and to stimulate advanced students to creative work;
enthusiasm and vitality in learning and teaching;
guidance of student research projects;
ability to respond to a diverse student body.
participation in advising students;
effective design and redesign of courses.
participation in guiding and supervising Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations packets must be submitted by Friday, April 5, 2013, to:
Adrienne Hink
CNR Dean’s Office
101 Giannini Hall # 3100
University of California, Berkeley CA 94720-3100

Questions can be addressed to Adrienne Hink,

Past CNR Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients:
2012 Tom Bruns
2011 Mark Tanouye
2010 Robert L. Fischer
2009 Michael Freeling
2008 Garrison Sposito
2007 Nancy Amy and Kathleen Ryan
2005 John W. Taylor
2004 Steve Lindow
2003 Lynn Huntsinger
2002 Nick Mills
2001 Miguel Altieri
2000 Loy Volkman
1999 Dick Malkin
1998 Nancy Hudson
1996 Sally Fairfax and Len Bjeldanes
1995 Don Dahlsten and Alain DeJanvry
1994 Anastasios Melis
1993 Claudia Carr
1992 Lew Feldman
1990 Vince Resh and Susan Oace

Mar 18 - Apr 10 | Summer SPUR Deadline

SPUR Program Info:
Each semester and summer, CNR students may apply to participate in undergraduate research with CNR faculty through the Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) program. Funding for the program is generously donated by CNR alumni. Students have the option to apply for funding for their own research project, or to apply to work on a research project conducted by CNR faculty.

Upcoming Deadlines:

- Student-Initiated Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 5:00 PM (Open to juniors and seniors)
- Students apply to Faculty-Initiated Projects between April 12 - 19 (Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors)

Student-Initiated Proposals:
CNR juniors and seniors undertaking their own independent research or honors thesis research may apply one time only during their time in CNR for SPUR funding up to $2,000 to support their own research project. Please see the SPUR website for more details.

Students may apply between March 18 and April 10 through the SPUR website. A hard copy of the proposal and signed budget must also be dropped off in 260 Mulford by the April 10 deadline.

The research project proposal must include:

- Project title
- Abstract, background
- Objectives and hypothesis
- Methods
- Timeline
- Expected results
- Detailed budget proposal including: expected expenses for each semester of project, amount of SPUR funding being requested for duration of project, other sources of funding for the remainder of the project costs

Faculty-Initiated Projects:
CNR faculty will be seeking sophomores, juniors, and seniors to join them and/or their grad students on research projects for the summer. To apply, students will need a resume, unofficial copy of their transcript, and a statement/cover letter. Faculty-Initiated Projects will be posted in mid-April; Students apply between April 12-19.

You may see examples of previous projects on the SPUR website, go to Find a Faculty Project and select the Past Projects tab:

Visit the SPUR website or contact Carina Galicia, the SPUR program coordinator.