Professors Chris Brooks (environmental studies and natural resource management) and Jacob Park (environmental studies) had their paper published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. The paper is titled, “Local Flood Resiliency in an Era of Global Climate Change: Understanding the Multi-Sectoral Policy Dimensions.”
Mike Blust, professor emeritus and research associate for GMC, recently published “The Odonata of Vermont” with co-author Bryan Pfeiffer in the Bulletin of Odonatology (Volume 11, Number 3-4, November 2015). It is a profile of the diversity and distribution of the 142 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Vermont. Much of the information in the monograph has also been used as part of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ Vermont Atlas of Life project.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy and environmental studies) presented two papers at the January 2016 meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Washington, DC. He presented “Beyond the Industrial Imagination in American Education” at the John Dewey Society session, and he was a respondent to papers by Philip Kitcher, Todd Lekan, and Casey Haskins at an “author meets critics” session devoted to his new book Dewey.
The photographs of prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) appear in three different shows, in three different countries this winter. The Nepal Earthquake Summit, sponsored by The John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College, focuses on the response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Kevin will co-host “Round Table Discussion: Narratives of Disaster” from 5-6 p.m. on February 18 at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth where some of his photos are on display. Kevin is also a featured artists in the group show “Anonymous: Urban Life in Contemporary Photography” at the Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 27-May 1. The exhibition explores the expression of individuality in often impersonal urban settings. Finally, Kevin is also exhibiting as part of “Point of View: Photographs Inspired by the Canadian Rockies” at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, Canada, from January 30-March 27.
“Free” discussion in academia often comes at a price – a handful of publishers monopolize the academic journal industry, says GMC communication studies prof. Jason Schmitt in a recent Huffington Post article. Online journals like the Center for Open Science may herald a new age in academic publishing, widening access and speeding the movement of ideas. “Most in the academic community hope that the new iteration of scholarly articles and publishing will do more good toward humankind than that of a hefty profit margin,” Jason writes. Bloomberg business columnist Justin Fox cited Jason’s piece in a widely distributed January 5 column.
Prof. Steven Fesmire’s book Dewey, published last year by Routledge Press, has been designated as an Outstanding Academic Title by the journal Choice. Every year, Choice publishes a list of outstanding titles reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. Only about ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year make the list! Steve’s book is an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers John Dewey.
In his letter published by the Chronicle of higher Education, prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) warns against the long-term dangers to society of commodifying higher education. “It would be a tragedy that trivializes all of our successes if U.S. educational politics and policy continues down a path in which colleges and universities — or industries, for that matter! — gain economic efficiency and increase productivity by frustrating human growth, imagination, and fulfillment.” Read the full text here.
Prof. Christopher Brooks (environmental studies and natural resource management) just published an article in Trends a bimonthly journal of the American Bar Association’s “Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources” section. The article is about legal protections for migratory birds titled: “Will a new approach fly? The FWS considers implementing an incidental take program under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.” Read the full article here. On November 1, Chris also delivered a presentation “Science, Law and the Future of Our Water” at the Fair Haven Inn as part of the 2015 Science Pub, a lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library.
Prof. Jacob Park (sustainable business) presented a paper “Understanding the Triple Bottom Line Market Context for Climate Resilient Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies” at the October 2-3, 2015 Sustainability Symposium organized by the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor (Ontario/Canada).
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies), was invited to participate in a panel on “Ecological Reflections, East and West” at the annual conference of the Western Literature Association, on October 15th in Reno, Nevada. The panel was made up of authors who have served as writers in residence at the nation’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections sites, which bring artists and writers to the same few observation posts each year to record observable changes in the environment, as well as in how people perceive these sites over a 200-year span of time. Laird was writer in residence several years ago at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in the Oregon Cascades. One of the essays produced during that residency has already been published in Whole Terrain, while another will appear this spring in a collection of essays from the University of Washington Press.