Summer 2018 Freeman Asia Internship Information Session
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4 pm Welcome Center Auditorium Illinois Wesleyan University
Learn more about the remarkable summer 2018 internships in Asia (e.g., Philippines,
Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan) available to current IWU sophomores and juniors through
the IWU Freeman Asia program. Materials for the 2018 Program are now posted on the
web at https://www.iwu.edu/career-center/Freeman-Asia-page.html. Application deadline is January 29, 2018. For more information, contact Professor
Teddy Amoloza at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.
"Regulation and Human Health: An IWU Alum's Experience at the Environmental Protection
IWU Alum Speaker: Joe Daniels '13 Monday, February 5, 2018 7 pm State Farm Hall (SFH) 102 Illinois Wesleyan University
Joe Daniels '13, Risk Manager for the Office of Pesticide Programs in the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is returning to campus and will talk about the EPA and his
work there, including a recent mission with FEMA doing hurricane relief work in Puerto
Rico. Based in Washington DC, Joe's responsibilities in his role as Risk Manager for
EPA include reviewing microbial pesticide labels to ensure they adhere to current
federal regulations. He acts as a liaison between EPA's science teams and companies
when any scientific study is submitted to support what is on the labels. Additionally
he works on several interdisciplinary teams within the Office of Pesticide Programs
related to pesticide labeling. An IWU alum, Joe majored in Environmental Studies (International
Environmental Sustainability) and minored in Anthropology. He is also a returned Peace
Corps Volunteer, having served in Nicaragua for 27 months post graduation from IWU.
This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.
Natural Science Colloquium: "Interactive Effects of Environmental Stressors on Bees: Nutritional Physiology, Disease,
Speaker: Dr. Adam Dolezal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology, University
of Illinois Friday, February 16, 2018 4 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 Illinois Wesleyan University
Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the declines of pollinators. It
has become clear across the world that a variety of factors interact to contribute
to the losses of these beneficial insects, both in managed (e.g., honey bee hives)
and natural (e.g., native bees) situations. Dr. Adam Dolezal is interested in how
multiple environmental factors, specifically viral pathogens, nutritional deprivation,
and pesticide exposure, interact to affect bee health in the real-world landscapes
of the agricultural Midwest. This area is marked by some of the most intensive agriculture
and highest crop yields in the world, which has resulted in a transformation of natural
and semi-natural landscapes into efficient production of only a few crops. This talk
will be geared for science students, but non-science students are also encouraged
to attend.This talk is also free and open to the public. Sponsored by the IWU Biology Department. The CNS building is located at 201 Beecher Street in Bloomington, and parking is available in the lot just north of CNS.
"The Colorado" Film Documentary and Guest Lecture Speaker: Murat Eyuboglu, project director and co-author Tuesday, March 6, 2018 7 pm Hansen Student Center (Center Court) Illinois Wesleyan University
"The Colorado" is a feature documentary that creates a crossroads between art, ecology
and regional history. The project's director and co-author, Murat Eyuboglu, will
introduce the film and discuss its development and production. The following information
was taken from the documentary web site (http://www.projectcolorado.
com/). “For five million years the Colorado has carved some of the most majestic landscapes
on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America,
providing the water that sustains nearly forty million people, half a dozen major
cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is
so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta.
The Colorado, set to music by today’s leading composers and narrated by the stage legend Mark
Rylance, takes us on a journey in nine chapters through the prehistoric settlements
of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial
agriculture and immigration, and the impact of climate change. The Grammy-winning
vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), and composer-percussionist
Glenn Kotche (Wilco) perform the film’s exhilarating score.” This event is free and open to the public.
"Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria: Tales from one of the Canaries in the Coal Mine" Speaker: Brenda L. Martínez Quiñones Thursday,March 22, 2018 4 pm Beckman Auditorium (Ames Library) Illinois Wesleyan University
Much more than bare tree trunks where left exposed after Hurricane Maria made landfall
on September 20th of 2017. The effects of high winds and storm surges were exponentially
heightened in Puerto Rico by decades of amiss public policies, misguided development,
the mismanagement of resources and rampant environmental injustice. What happens once business as usual cannot be sustained?And what lessons lie underneath the collapse of various systems? Join us as Brenda
L. Martínez Quiñones discusses lessons from Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, and environmental
injustice that showcase the impending vulnerability of every nation in the face of climate
change. Brenda L. Martínez Quiñones is a fellow in the Integrative Graduate Education
Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, where she is pursuing doctoral work in environmental
science at the University of Puerto Rico. As a LEED-certified (Leadership for Energy
and Environmental Design) architect, she maintains a private practice where she works
on projects nationally and incorporates sustainability principles into the local design
and construction industry. Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program, Department of Hispanic Studies,
Latin American Studies Team of the International Studies Program & the Office of Diversity
and Inclusion (as a 3-D Series Event). This event is free and open to the public. Link to IWU news article about this talk
"UNFRACTURED" Film Documentary Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7-9 pm Hansen Student Center (Center Court) Illinois Wesleyan University
Unfractured is a feature documentary about activist Sandra Steingraber (an alum from IWU) as she
leads the fight against hydraulic fracturing in New York state. The film website (https://www.unfractured.com/) states: “A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart, Unfractured follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself
as an outspoken activist and throws herself into an environmental war that many believe
is unwinnable. Branded a “toxic avenger” by Rolling Stone, Sandra quickly emerges
as a leader of New York’s biggest grassroots movement in decades. Determined to win
an uncompromising battle with the oil and gas industry, Sandra decides she must fight
with her whole heart—devoting all her time, energy, and money to the cause. But as
the film opens, her personal life is thrown into crisis when her husband Jeff begins
having one stroke after another. She knows her family needs her at home, but Sandra
can’t stop—not until she and her allies win a state-wide ban on fracking.” Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and John Wesley Powell Audubon.
This talk is free and open to the public. Link to IWU news article here.
Natural Science Colloquium: Trends in Energy Production Talk Speaker: Bill Huber, Technical Lead for First Solar Friday, April 20, 2018 4 p.m. Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 Illinois Wesleyan University
Bill Huber, who is the Technical Lead for First Solar, will give a talk comparing the trends among various types of energy production (various
solar, wind, coal, gas, etc.). First Solar is the largest photovoltaic manufacturer
in the country, making big-scale Solar Energy plants with 17 Giga-Watts of capacity
deployed (not roof-top systems). Sponsored by the IWU Physics Department.