School Seminar Series

Spring 2015 Seminar Series

We are delighted to launch our Coasts and Communities Seminar Series. Our goal is to engage high level thinkers across the environmental disciplines and advance our transdisciplinary research and teaching through these unique seminars.

Each month we will host a guest speaker whose leadership in their field and their vision as environmental problem solvers will engage and stimulate transdisciplinary research and education in the school and across the university. Guest Speaker Seminars will be from 2–3 p.m. in S/1/006 with follow-up from 3–4 in the School for the Environment Lounge (S/1/012).

On alternate Wednesdays we will host professional development seminars for graduate students. These seminars are open to all students and faculty across the campus. Professional Development Seminars will be from 2–3:30 p.m. in S/1/006.

Periodically during the semester we will also offer longer workshops that extend beyond the seminar time or are scheduled at other times during the week. Those events will also be posted here.


Seminar Type Date Topic/Speaker Time Description
Seminar Speaker February 4, 2015 

Barbara Jackson, Boston Consulting Group

Location: Healey Library, Lower Level, IT Conference Room

2–3 p.m.

This talk will identify best management practices for addressing eutrophication and water quality at the municipality level around the Baltic Sea.

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Seminar Speaker February 11, 2015

Dr. Christopher Zappa, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia University, Palisades, NY

2–3:30 p.m.

Meet an Oceanographer

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Professional Development Seminar February 18, 2015 UK Standing Up for Science Media Training Workshop for Early Career Researchers

Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3550A
8:30–5 p.m.  
Professional Development Seminar March 4, 2015 Field Research and Gender Issues 2–3:30 p.m. A discussion about "Science's Sexual Assault Problem." Hosted by Dean Robyn Hannigan and Ellen Douglas.
Professional Development Seminar March 11, 2015 Measurement of Dissolved Organic Carbon Concentrations During Storm Events in the Neponset River Watershed 2–3 p.m. Graduate student Kieth Cialino will defend his doctoral thesis.
Seminar Speaker March 25, 2015 Michael Harte,
Professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
2–3:30 p.m.

Small Scale Fisheries, Food Security, and Poverty Alleviation

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Seminar Speaker April 1, 2015

Jack Wiggin, Director, Urban Harbors Institute, UMass Boston

2–3 p.m.

Reconciling Competing Interests in the Coastal Zone

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Seminar Speaker April 8, 2015 Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Center on Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston 2–3:30 p.m.

Equity and Accountability in Institutions of Global Governance

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Seminar Speaker April 15, 2015 Girma Belay, Horn of Africa Specialist, OLLI Instructor, Bentley University 2–3 p.m.

Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam and Its Impact on Regional Security, Economic Development, and the Environment

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Professional Development Seminar April 22, 2015 Helping You Develop Your Networking Skills 2–3 p.m. Prof. Bob Chen
Seminar Speaker April 29, 2015 John Matuszak, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Oceans International Environmental and Science Affairs, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, U.S. Department of State 2–3:30 p.m.

Governing the Oceans for Sustainable Development

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  May 13, 2015

3rd Annual SFE Colloquium

Location: Campus Center

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All day SFE graduate and undergraduate students share their work with UMass Boston faculty and students