Fall 2017 Speakers and Events


SSC Apple Gleaning
Student Sierra Coalition (SSC) Volunteers Glean Apples in the Community 
Katie Cevaal, Laurence Henderson, Jake Morris
Environmental Studies students complete a composting project while interning abroad in the Philippines
planting rice
Nicki Chlebek '16 sits in her newly established meditation garden



September 2017 

Toxicology 101: The Dose Makes the Poison
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 
State Farm Hall 102
Illinois Wesleyn University 

Toxicologist Mike Peterson will be giving a guest lecture to interested students on the field of toxicology, which will include an informal career discussion. Mr. Peterson completed his graduate studies at Duke University with a Masters in Environmental Management, specializing in Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment. He has been working in the field of environmental health consulting for nearly 20 years, and primarily practices in the product safety and occupational safety and health fields.  Lunch will be served, but RSVP required to Dr. Becky Roesner (rroesner@iwu.edu). Sponsored by the IWU Chemistry Department.


Environmental Studies Freeman Asia Interns Presentation
Thursday, September 14, 2017 
4:00-5:00 pm
State Farm Hall 102
Illinois Wesleyan University 

Returning ES Freeman Asia Interns will share their experiences from summer internships in various parts of Asia. Please join us to learn more about the incredible internships available to you through the IWU Freeman Asia program. The students will also be available to answer any questions you have about the program, or how to apply. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


Annual Environmental Studies Picnic 
Sunday, September 17, 2017
4:30-6:30 pm 
Sugar Grove Nature Center

The Environmental Studies Program will host its annual picnic at the Sugar Grove Nature Center. This is a great time to gather outdoors, meet new people, and enjoy some down time with your ES faculty and fellow students. Basic staples of burgers and veggie burgers, as well as drinks will be provided. Faculty and students are encouraged to bring a potluck item to share. In years past, this has been an opportunity for a great feast. So come and join in on the fun! Transportation will be provided from campus, if RSVP in advance (departing 4p, returning 7p). 


October 2017 

"The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors"
Speaker: Dr. David Haskell  
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7-8 p.m.
Hansen Student Center
Illinois Wesleyan University

David Haskell, an award-winning Professor of Biology and Guggenheim Fellow at Sewanee: The University of the South, will discuss his recent (2017) publication "The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors." By meticulously observing and listening to trees around the world, Haskell reveals how a remarkable biological network of interconnections among trees and all living organisms make life on earth possible.

Haskell has published many papers in prestigious scientific journals and he has received numerous teaching awards, including the Carnegie-CASE Professor of the Year for Tennessee in 2009.  His 2012 book, The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  It won the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Reed Environmental Writing Award.

The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the IWU Biology Department with funding from the Beach Lewis fund, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and JWP Audubon.


"Regulation and Human Health: An IWU Alum's Experience at the Environmental Protection Agency" 
Alumni Talk: Joe Daniels '13
*Rescheduled to Monday, February 5th, 2018 - Details TBA

Joe Daniels '13, Risk Manager for the Office of Pesticide Programs in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environmental Studies alum (International Environmental Sustainability), is returning to campus to share his experiences working at the EPA. Joe is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Nicaragua for 27 months post graduation from IWU. Please come hear from a recent graduate on his work with the EPA. This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.

May Term 2018 Travel Course Info Session:
375   Vietnam Today: Addressing the Challenges of Sustainable Development "
Instructors: Dr. Abigail Jahiel and Dr. Aaron Wilson
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
State Farm Hall (SFH) 314
Illinois Wesleyan University

Come to this information session to learn about a new 2018 May Term travel course to Vietnam, one of the world’s fastest growing industrializing economies! Experience Vietnam’s vibrant culture, a blend of old and new, East and West, agrarian and consumer.  Learn about mounting impacts of climate change and other interconnected environment and development issues affecting the Vietnamese people. Work with Vietnamese students developing a research project to be pursued in the fall 2018 ES Senior Seminar. Prerequisites: ES major or minors & permission of instructors. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


November 2017 

"Whooping Crane Conservation Efforts at the International Crane Foundation" 
Speaker: Lizzie Condon
Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:00-8:00 pm 
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Illinois Wesleyan University

Ms. Lizzie Condon, the Whooping  Crane  Outreach Coordinator for the International  Crane  Foundation, will give a brief overview of the history of Whooping  Crane  populations and human efforts to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. Her presentation will include an update on the Eastern Migratory Population reintroduction project, which has gone through many changes in recent years. Ms. Condon will also talk about the International  Crane  Foundation’s ongoing research efforts and how the International  Crane  Foundation applies scientific knowledge to provide working conservation solutions. C o-sponsored by the IWU Biology Department with funding from the Beach Lewis fund, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and JWP Audubon.  The event is free and open to the public.  The CNS is located at 201 Beecher Street in Bloomington, and parking is available in the lot just north of the CNS.


December 2017




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