Join us as Professor Branwen Williams from the Keck Science Department presents “Coralline algal records of high-latitude environmental change,” Thursday, April 25th 2013 from 11:00AM-Noon in the Burns Lecture Hall, Keck Science Center.
The final summer of Mellon Foundation 5-C Summer Research Grants has been announced and the awardees include:
Taylor Beckwith-Ferguson PO: Examining the Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Development of Hydroid Colonies in Coastal British Columbia
Evelyn Byer PZ: Examining the Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Development of Hydroid Colonies in Coastal British Columbia
Zoe Elkiin PZ: Fertile Lands, Rich Lives: Documenting the Success of Small-scale farmers
Karina Faulstich PZ: Ghost Towns from an Environmental Perspective: A Mixed Media Analysis
James Gordon PO: High Resolution Surficial Geologic Maps for the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology Reserve and Field Station
Jessica Grady-Benson PZ: The Movement for Fossil Fuel Divestment: The Possibilities and Limitations of a Campaign for Climate Action
Marlene Haggblade PO: Managing Interactions Between Humans and the Environment at the Mefou Primate Sanctuary
Hillary Haskell CM: Sustainability of California Public Schools
Robert Little PZ: Social Framing of Low-Cost, Potable Water
Laura Munoz PO: The Potentials and Realities of Biochar Implementation in Latin America
Mariah Tso SC: Practicing Dine Food SovereigntyL Spatial Analysis of Local Food Systems on the Navajo Nation
Friday, April 12 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM in the Oldenborg Center, Pomona College
Behind the question, ‘how do we know that coffee is really fairtrade and organic?’ rests two additional queries: ‘what are the practices used to audit the chain of custody for certified coffee?’ and ‘how does certification affect social life?’ This presentation looks at the practices of organic andfairtrade coffee production in Oaxacan indigenous villages. It will discuss the interesting and often unexpected positive effects, including the higher farmer incomes but also the increase in the number of Oaxacan women organic farmers and the creation of village job opportunities in high tech inspections. The talk will also analyze the negative effects of organic and fairtrade coffee production: the burden of endless certification, the alienation involved in becoming a village organic coffee inspector, and organizational burnout due to certification management.
Tad Mutersbaugh has studied indigenous governance, gender and development issues, rural development, and coffee production in Oaxaca, Mexico for the past 25 years. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and translations in English and Spanish, including “Gender Equity in Fairtrade-Organic Coffee” (Mesoamerica Geoforum, 2010), “Fighting Standards with Standards: Harmonization, Rents, and Social Accountability in Certified Agrofood Networks” (Environment and Planning, 2005), and “The Number is the Beast: A Political Economy of Organic-
Coffee Certification and Producer Unionism” (Environment and Planning, 2002).
Tuesday, April 16th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in Hahn 101, Pomona College
Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. Producer Renata Foucré will join us at Pomona for the screening to introduce and take questions afterwards.
As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people and the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact reaches its limits, WATERSHED introduces hope.
Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water?
Danielle Curtis, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will be conducting an information session at noon on Tuesday, April 9th in Pomona-Edmunds 111. Mark your calendars, for this is a fabulous opportunity to learn about one of the premier, deeply interdisciplinary programs in the country.