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Blog from October, 2009

Hey all:

If you're not too tanked after Halloween, come join a group of Nich Schoolers for a Carolina Hurricanes game.  Two people dropped out last minute (MPs? Homework? what kind of priority is this??), so we have two tickets left.  $35 each, but I'm sure we can knock that down a bit for starving grad students.

 There is a little pre-game festival at the RBC Center too, with hockey games and music.  Game's at 1:30pm, and cars are leaving LSRC around 11:15.

It's RTP vs. Silicon Valley!  Come out and hang.

 Shoot me an email at bjl8.

Attic Party 6

It was a normal afternoon and I was sitting in Hug Commons as I always do when a loud bang startled me.  I thought it was the new furniture imploding due to its own ugliness, but to my disbelief I found myself staring through a portal into a jungle.   Suddenly I heard gunshots behind me and before I knew it I was taken hostage by a group of 1920's gangsters who had decided to use me as leverage against the police chasing them after their semi-successful bank robbery.  They pulled me through the portal and I found myself with...


Costume Instructions:

Option 1:  1920's Gangster or Flapper Girl

Option 2:  Jungle Animal

Party details:

Date:  Saturday, November 7th

Time:  9:30pm-2:00am

Place:  Dan's Attic 
We will have a SUPER SPECIAL LIVE BAND from 10:00 to 11:00 so try to make it out early if you can!

DJ for the rest of the time with music varying from the 80s to hip-hop.

There will be jungle juice as the main beverage with beer for games as well.

Please help us out with a 5$ donation at the door as jungle juice is much more expensive than beer

Jeff Ensminger of Natural Environmental and Ecological Management (NEEM) will be talking about his career path, his organization, and working in environmental management.

When: Friday, October 30th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Where: Sanford 03

NEEM's Web Page: http://www.neemtree.org/

Location: Fuqua School of Business, Geneen
Description: Building a Sustainable Energy Future: Market Approaches to Choices and Trade-offs - Fuqua and McKinsey are collaborating on this four-part series to be hosted at Fuqua and shared with The McKinsey Quarterly's 2 million online subscribers. This joint endeavor combines Fuqua's ability to engage diverse experts in frank dialogue with McKinsey's impact and industry reach, to shed new light on some of the most important questions of our time. The series will consist of four forums on broad topics: energy, the financial system, globalization and business education. The remarkable panel of experts and leaders, include:
Tom Albanese, CEO, Rio Tinto
Aubrey McClendon, CEO, Chesapeake Energy
George McLendon, Chairman, PTP Energy and Dean, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University
Scott Nyquist, Managing Director of McKinsey's Energy Practice
Bill Timmerman, CEO, SCANA Energy

From: 05-Nov-2009 4:00 PM
To: 05-Nov-2009 6:00 PM

Students in Steve Roady's Ocean and Coastal Law class this week got to hear first hand information about a current case being worked by students Jenna Wallis and Patrick Duggan.  This is one of many cases being run by the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.  Come to an information session on Friday, October 30 at 2:00 in LSRC Room A 336 where faculty will describe the Clinic course and answer your questions. 

Hey! Is anyone driving to New Jersey for Thanksgiving break? I am looking to head up on the 24th or the 25th and come back that Saturday or Sunday. Email me at amg34@duke.edu if you want company.

Hey everyone, I am interested in carpooling to NJ for Thanksgiving break. If anyone is driving up and wants company email me at amg34@duke.edu. Thanks!

American Farmland Trust hosting a one-day event in Asheville that may be of interest to students interested in land conservation & planning.  It's regarding Transfer of Development Rights - a tool state of  Washington uses a lot to create economic markets to try to drive land conservation. 

Friday Nov 13 in Asheville NC

Forest Policy Symposium

We are pleased to announce that the Duke Student SAF Chapter is holding our 3rd annual Forestry Symposium. This year the theme is "Seeds of Change: A Renewed Perspective on Forest Policy"

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 6. The event will take place in the Von Cannon Rooms at the Bryan Center at Duke University.With a changing economy, political administration, and environmental markets many factors are changing the way we manage forests today. Three panels with speakers from different perspectives will delve deeper into these changes, opportunities, and challenges.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please visit our website www.duke.edu/web/forestry to register and for more information
CFE credits are available. This event qualifies for 4.5 Cat 1 CF credits.

"Seeds of Change: A Renewed Perspective on Forest Policy"
Friday November 6 8:30am - 3:30pm
Von Cannon Rooms, Bryan Center
Duke University

8:30-9:00      Registration/Breakfast
9:00-10:30    Reinventing Forestry Panel
                     Moderator: Judson Edeburn, Duke Forest Manager

                     Al Sample, Pinchot Institute
                     Amanda Cundiff, US Forest Service
                     David Halley, True North Forestry

10:30-10:45  Break
10:45-12:15  Forest Policy in a New Political Arena
                     Moderator: Coleman Doggett, Duke Professor and
                           Retired Senior Staff Forester & Forest Health
                           Program Head for NC DFR

                     Michael T. Goergen,  SAF Executive Vice-President
                           and CEO (filling in for Erica Rhoad)
                     Will McDow, Environmental Defense Fund
                     Mark Megalos, NC State Forestry Extension

12:15- 1:15   Lunch
1:15- 2:45     Forestry in Emerging Carbon Markets
                     Moderator: Jeffrey Vincent, Korstian Professor of
                           Forest Economics and Management

                     Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future
                     Clark Binkley, International Forestry Investment Group
                     Murali Kanakasabai, Vice President & Senior Economist
                          for Chicago Climate Exchange
2:45-3:00      Break
3:00-3:30      Keynote: Michael T. Goergen,  SAF Executive Vice-President and CEO

There's a free webcast from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing meeting at Austin going on right now.

 Monday 10/19 morning at 9am Central will be Dr. Michael Webber from UT Austin. Read talk abstract here.


Might be of interest to Nic School folks!

When: Interview on November 13 during the Net Impact Conference
Deadline: Application due October 15, 2009
The Environmental Defense Fund and Net Impact are expanding the Climate Corps program with a goal of placing 50 fellows in host companies next summer to develop an economic rationale for energy efficiency. The Climate Corps fellowship is ideal for students who have completed their first year of an MBA or graduate program, and have an interest in environmental science, consulting, financial analysis, engineering, and climate change.
You can learn more at www.edf.org/climatecorps and read about the program in a recent BusinessWeek article.
Candidates who submit their applications by October 15th may be invited to interview on November 13th at the Net Impact Expo, the premier networking event of the Net Impact Conference.

Join us for four evenings of lectures by eminent UNC-Chapel Hill scholars who will address global climate change and its impact closer to home. The University is actively engaged in many facets of this topic and many researchers are contributing to options and solutions to the challenges we face.

Public Policy and Planning for Climate Change
When:Thursday, October 15, 7-9 pm.
Course #2624

Richard "Pete" Andrews, Professor of Public Policy and of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill
Climate change poses major challenges and policy choices both for America and North Carolina. One such challenge is in determining what North Carolina can do, and what makes sense for us to do, to mitigate the rapid pace of global warming. How can we reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions before they do even more damage than is already inevitable? Another challenge is in determining how North Carolina can best adapt to the global warming that has already occurred and to its consequences, such as sea level rise, droughts, storms, and more. How can we make wise decisions to create a sustainable and productive economy in the context of these trends? A third challenge is deciding what policy changes are needed. North Carolina has already taken some initial policy initiatives, but what further steps are needed, and how will these work as the federal government now begins to create national policies to address these issues? How will these policies affect other important aspects of North Carolinians' lives---businesses, households, local governments, and particularly people of modest income struggling with the effects of the present economic recession? How can effective climate policies be designed to serve these other needs as well?

Climate Change and the Carolina Coast
When: Thursday, October 29, 7-9 pm.
Course #2625

Brent A. McKee, Mary and Watts Hill Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina has one of the most vulnerable coastal zones in the United States in terms of projected climate change impacts. Projected acceleration in the rate of sea level rise and predictions of an increased intensity of Atlantic tropical storms could result in an unprecedented loss of coastal environments and ecosystems. However, our understanding of how coastal wetlands, estuaries, and river systems will respond to these climate changes is very poor, and those responses are not incorporated into current models of coastal change. We will discuss what some exciting new research tells us about what we can expect over the next century in coastal North Carolina.

The Energy Landscape: Options for the Future
When: Thursday, November 5, 7-9 pm.
Course #2626

John Papanikolas, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Deputy Director of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center
Energy is at the heart of our economic well-being. But limited oil and gas supplies and the impacts of global warming caused by fossil fuels are leading to increasing uncertainty about our energy future. In this presentation, we will explore this important global issue. We will discuss emerging and future technologies that could increase sustainability and efficient use of existing energy supplies. We will also explore the impact of our continued dependence on fossil fuels; control of carbon emissions; an energy future based on nuclear energy, hydrogen, biomass, and solar; and how we can reach that future.

Details: http://www.fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/wbi/index.htm

Who: Socially Responsible Entrepreneurs
Next deadline: December 4, 2009
Presented by: The William James Foundation
The William James Foundation will match hundreds of sustainable entrepreneurs with reading judges who
will provide detailed feedback, and provide more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind to the top entrants.
Details:  The William James Foundation supports entrepreneurs who are starting for-profit businesses with defined social and/or environmental goals. We can best help entrepreneurs who are passionate about their expertise (e.g. renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, moving people out of poverty, etc.) but are new to starting their own for-profit business. These entrepreneurs come from all over the world, and range from teenagers starting a community business to PhDs with multi-million dollar ideas for renewable energy.
We provide this help through a Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition. Entrants start by submitting a short executive summary (no more than five pages) by December 4th, 2009. Almost all entrants will receive an average of ten pages of constructive feedback per plan per round. This feedback comes from our pool of hundreds of experts from the worlds of finance, academia, in-the-field practice, and other entrepreneurs. This is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn from those who have successfully combined their passion for a better world with the rigor of financial sustainability. The top entrants will also have a shot at dozens of prizes that are together worth more than $100,000. Please visit www.williamjamesfoundation.org/criteria to see who can enter and how to do so.
Full details on the competition can be found at www.williamjamesfoundation.org. A short handout covering criteria, entering, and prizes is at www.williamjamesfoundation.org/entrant.doc.
See a list of more than 40 similar competitions at www.williamjamesfoundation.org/competitions.

Want to rent out two bedrooms at second floor in a beautiful house located in Auburn village community, which is very safe and pretty. It is near southpoint mall, rtp, and about 15 minutes driving to Duke and UNC.

Price: One room for $395 and two rooms for $500 including an independent bathroom. Preference is given to people who want to rent two rooms. You can use one room as bedroom, the other as reading room or entertainment room. I would like to rent out these rooms to only one person, regardless of gender.

I'm a PhD student at Duke, quiet and clean. Contact me if you are interested.

lost blackberry curve

Lost gray blackberry curve with white silicon case last night sometime between 5pm and 12pm; didn't bother to look for it because I was sure I left it in my friend's room--please contact me at deborah.lee@duke.edu if you find it!! Thanks!