Category: Make it REAL

CES students featured in new documentary, FROZEN OBSESSION

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The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will kick off the 11th annual festival with the world premiere of the feature-length film, FROZEN OBSESSION, on February 12 followed by a panel discussion with expedition members from Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies. Climate change is a critical scientific and social issue that confronts today’s […]

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Freshwater Fridays keeps learning REAL

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Last spring CES faculty Dan McGarvey, James Vonesh, and adjunct instructor & Chesapeake Bay Foundation Staff Scientist Joe Wood envisioned a new collaborative course block focused on freshwater science and policy dubbed “Freshwater Fridays“. Freshwater Fridays includes 3 integrated 500-level topics courses – SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT, co-led by Vonesh and Lynn Crump, […]

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ENVS graduate Chtaura Jackson selected as VCU “10 Under 10” honoree

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VCU Alumni’s 10 Under 10 awards program recognizes the noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who earned their first VCU degree (undergraduate, graduate or professional) within the past 10 years. This year we are proud to announce that one of VCU Environmental Studies’ graduates, Chtaura Jackson (M.S.’10/ENVS/LS), was selected to be among those recognized. […]

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Lindsay Freeman wins VCU Advising Award!

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Getting good information to make important career decisions is especially critical in these challenging times. That is why we are particularly proud to announce that Center for Environmental Studies Undergraduate Academic Advisor Lindsay Freeman was just awarded the 2019 -2020 VCU  “Excellence in Advising” award. The competition was stiff with over 150 advisors across VCU […]

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Over 40 faculty and students participated in an online Zoom symposium the afternoon of May 12.  The Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals symposium was created to support students that planned to share their research at the River Management Training Symposium originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed to the following year due to COVID-19. Eight […]

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Lindsay Freeman wins “Make it REAL” Challenge Grant

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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Academic Advisor Lindsay Freeman was recently awarded one of the VCU Relevant Experiential and Applied Learning (REAL) 2019-2020 inaugural Challenge Grants. This inaugural competition was fierce! The Challenge Grant committee received requests for over $380,000 for the available $25,000 and only 13% of projects receiving funding.  Congratulations, Lindsay! The Center for Environmental […]

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Student River Research Symposium

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While the 2020 River Management Training Symposium has been rescheduled for May 2021, to support the students that planned to share their research at this event we have created the Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals  – Online Student Research Symposium. This will take place as a ZOOM webinar Tuesday, 12 May,  1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT. […]

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New Course “Paths to Environmental Leadership” targeted at Sophomores and Juniors

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Are you a college sophomore or junior? Are you interested in conservation, environmental stewardship, or environmental policy? Have you demonstrated a commitment to the environment through participation in campus activities or service to your community? Are you working towards a career that will enable you to address environmental issues on a local, national, or global […]

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Local students visit State Capitol as part of STEM grant

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BEST in Bay Watersheds promotes learning outdoors and in the classroom Student teams and teachers from four local school districts visited the Virginia State Capitol earlier this month to share with legislative representatives their progress with field investigations into local watershed ecosystems along the James River, as well as plans for future stewardship civic action projects. […]

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Report from the field: A new wilderness practice and policy study abroad course in Patagonia

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“…the reward of this venture, if there was one, would reside in the doing of the thing itself.” – Kevin Fedarko Starting in Coyhaique, we traveled south in a clockwise loop – first to the snow-tipped mountains of  Cerro Castillo, to lake-guarded Chile Chico, then to guanaco-inhabited Jeinemeni and Chacabuco, to the marble caves of […]

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