Weekly Update (1/15/2024)

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Funding Opportunities

  • Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) program | Deadline Feb 6, 2024

    Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST F.5) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student-designed and performed research projects that contribute to Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) science, technology, and exploration goals. The graduate student shall have the primary initiative to define the proposed FINESST research project and must be the primary author, with input or supervision from the proposal’s Principal Investigator (PI) or mentor, as appropriate. The proposal must present a well-defined research problem/activity and a justification of its scientific significance to NASA. FINESST awards are research grants for up to three years and up to $50K per year.

  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship | Deadline: Thursday Feb 15, 2024

    The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches graduate students with federal legislative or executive offices in Washington, D.C. where they will work on a range of policy and management projects.

  • L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship | Deadline Feb 16, 2024

    The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral research position by the application deadline.

Seminars, Workshops, and Other Events

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Geoffrey Heal | 9 AM, Jan 11, 2024 | Virtual

    Geoffrey Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at the Business School of Columbia University, will deliver a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture via Zoom at 9:00 (ET) on Thursday, January 11, 2024. The lecture, " Biodiversity - The Next Frontier in Economics," will explore how to quantify the contribution that the biosphere makes to social and economic well-being. Please do a very simple registration to receive the Zoom link.

    Professor Heal has made significant contributions to economic theory and environmental economics. He currently explores developments in energy markets, the impact of climate change on business, environmental conservation, and the economics of corporate social responsibility. He has received many prestigious honors and awards, such as membership in the National Academy of Sciences and an honorary doctorate from the Université de Paris Dauphine.

  • Lunch with the Dean of the Graduate School | 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Jan 17, 2024 | Chittenden Hall 110

    The Dean of the Graduate School, Pero Dagbovie, invites graduate students to join him and his graduate school colleagues for lunch and conversation in Chittenden Hall along the beautiful and historic Laboratory Row. Connect about career and school journeys, gain understanding of The Graduate School programs that empower graduate student success and engage in candid discussions about university and student life.

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Catherine Kling | 9 AM, Jan 18, 2024 | Virtual

    Catherine Kling, Tisch University Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; faculty director, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, at Cornell University, will deliver a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture via Zoom at 9:00 (ET) on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Her lecture is entitled “The Social Cost of Water Pollution”.

    Professor Kling specializes in the economic valuation of ecosystem services, water quality concerns, and interdisciplinary integrated assessment modeling. She chairs the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, to which she was elected in 2015. She is an elected fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resources Economists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served for 10 years on the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A zoom registration is recommended.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration Workshop Part 2: Building an Interdisciplinary Process | 1:30-4:30 PM, Jan 19, 2024

    This workshop will share tools and activities that will help set the stage for developing productive collaborative teams invested in shared outcomes.

    In this workshop we will focus on approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative processes. Workshop participants will gain familiarity with theories and methodologies central to interdisciplinary collaborative process; practice activities that can support collaborative communication, learning, integration, and problem solving; and reflect on how these practices can inform their own work. Drawing from design research, interdisciplinary studies, theatre and improvisation, and the science of team science, we will explore concepts including boundary work and boundary objects, perspective taking and empathy, power dynamics, infrastructure and systems, reflexivity, and mindfulness. Please come willing to play as we call upon all our faculties – body, brain, and imagination – to interrogate collaborative processes and our roles in them. Register here

  • Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: J. Marshall Shepherd | 9 AM, Jan 25, 2024 | Virtual

    J. Marshall Shepherd, Associate dean for research, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia and director of its Atmospheric Sciences Program, will deliver a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture via Zoom at 9:00 (ET) on Thursday, January 25, 2024. His lecture is entitled “Cloudy with a Chance of Science: Shaping a discussion at the intersection of wicked problems and society”.

    Professor Marshall Shepherd is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a former president of the American Meteorological Society. He is routinely asked to brief Congress, the White House, and other agencies on weather-climate-science related topics and recently moderated a discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris on climate-related topics. A zoom registration is recommended.

Job and Training Opportunities

  • 2024 Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development at Columbia University | April 5-6, 2024 | NYC or Zoom

    Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is pleased to announce its fifteenth Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD), to be held in hybrid at Columbia University in New York City and on Zoom on April 5-6 2024. The IPWSD provides a forum for young researchers working at the intersection between human development and the environment to present, receive feedback on, and discuss their research work. It also aims to foster a network among students pursuing research across disciplines generating a broader interdisciplinary dialogue around sustainable development.

    Applications for IPWSD 2024 are now open. Please submit your application by filling out the online form by January 31, 2024, 23:59 EST. All applicants will be notified of the final decision regarding their application by the middle of February 2024. If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact the planning committee at susdev@columbia.edu. Feel free to circulate this call for applications within your departments and networks.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Spatial Conservation Science

    The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Global Science Program is recruiting a Spatial Conservation Science Postdoctoral Researcher (Job ID # 54446, see link below). This position will lead science to inform proactive conservation to prevent habitat loss, reduce biodiversity threats, and balance trade-offs. The work will entail measuring, mapping, and forecasting the degree to which lands are modified or remain ecologically intact, including remote sensing analyses, analysis of complex and big environmental datasets, development of predictive models.