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Two Diverging Roads Differing in Risk and Reward

Thursday, September 29, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Bard Summer Research Institute Poster Session

Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center
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Natural History Walk

Friday, September 30, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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EUS Colloquium: Alice Stroup – “The Black Death and Medieval Cities”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
4:45 pm – 6:05 pm Olin Language Center, Room 115
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Saw Kill Watershed Community

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Red Hook Town Hall
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From planetary boundaries to ecosystem services: guiding development on a changing planet

Thursday, October 6, 2016
11:00 am Cary Institute auditorium. 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
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Virus Adaptation (Or Not) to Environmental Change

Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, October 7, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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Vector Ecology at 
Multiple Spatial Scales

Thursday, October 13, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, October 14, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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Water Quality Monitoring of the Saw Kill

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Day in the Life of the Hudson River

Thursday, October 20, 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Bard Field Station
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Mining Processes in Biological Networks

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, October 21, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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EUS Colloquium: Ginny Hanusik – “Rebuilding: New Approaches to the New Orleans Landscape, Post-Katrina”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:45 pm – 6:05 pm Olin Language Center, Room 115
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The ‘parasite paradox’: using community ecology to understand the diversity-disease relationships

Thursday, October 27, 2016
11:00 am Cary Institute auditorium. 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
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Remodeling Under Pressure: Bone Cell Differentiation in Response to Mechanical Stimulation

Thursday, October 27, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Rachel Heiman

Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, October 28, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College
is pleased to announce a conference on the theme of
"Ecological Spirituality and Laudato Si'"

Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:30 am – 5:00 pm more >

Tree-planting with “Trees for Tribs” and Scenic Hudson

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Rose Hill Farm in Red Hook
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EUS Colloquium: Jared Day – “The Berkeley Pit: An Impending Disaster”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
4:45 pm – 6:05 pm Olin Language Center, Room 115
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Saw Kill Watershed Community

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Red Hook Town Hall
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How do we know what they know? Assessing students' conceptual understanding

Thursday, November 3, 2016
11:00 am Cary Institute auditorium. 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
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Using C. elegans to Investigate How Animals Survive in Low Oxygen Conditions

Thursday, November 3, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, November 4, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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EUS Colloquium: Dana Smith, - “Anatomy of a Local Disaster: Hurricane Irene in Poughkeepsie, NY”

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
4:45 pm – 6:05 pm Olin Language Center, Room 115
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability:
Open House in New York City

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm New York City
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Bio-law-gy:
A Non-Traditional Career 
in the Law and Science

Thursday, November 10, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, November 11, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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EUS Colloquium: Eli Dueker – “The Microbiology of Flooding:
Hurricane Sandy”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:45 pm – 6:05 pm Olin Language Center, Room 115
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At the interface of environmental chemistry and environmental health

Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, November 18, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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EUS Colloquium: John Ferguson - “Earthquake and Infectious Disease in Haiti: Natural Disasters?”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
4:45 pm – 6:05 pm Olin Language Center, Room 115
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Natural History Walk

Friday, November 25, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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Consequences of integrating livestock and wildlife in an African savanna ecosystem

Thursday, December 1, 2016
11:00 am Cary Institute auditorium. 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
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A Novel Role for Astrocytes in Hemorrhagic Stroke

Thursday, December 1, 2016
12:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Natural History Walk

Friday, December 2, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Hudson Valley Campus Open House

Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Reem-Kayden Center
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Saw Kill Watershed Community

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Red Hook Town Hall
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Dams large and small: ecosystem impacts on the world’s tropical river systems

Thursday, December 8, 2016
11:00 am Cary Institute auditorium. 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY
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EUS Speaker: Rafia Zafar

Friday, December 9, 2016
12:15 pm – 1:30 am Olin 102
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Natural History Walk

Friday, December 9, 2016
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Campus Center, Lobby
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Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability:
Open House in New York City

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm New York City
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EUS in China

Biology/EUS professor Bruce Robertson explores "Local Livelihoods and Environmental Conservation in Southern China"
EUS in China
Retrieved from the web: https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/daodao/photo-s/01/d9/f2/aa/img-1302.jpg
Excerpt from: Local Livelihoods and Environmental Conservation in Southern China
Bruce Robertson, Assistant Professor of Biology, Bard College

"In July, 2016, I traveled to Yunnan Province, China with my colleague Monique Segarra with the goal of better understanding the socio-economic and political environment shaping the conservation of ecosystems and natural resources in the region.  Our central goal was to use interviews to generate an understanding of issues and to identify important and relevant case-studies in conservation that we could use in our respective courses (e.g. for me: Conservation Biology in Practice, a seminar in biology). We chose Yunnan because it represents a nexus of environmental decision-making that seem relevant to the country as a whole, but also because the region has become a focus of national and international attention due to the way in which its unique national resources are being developed for tourism. More specifically, the region represents one of the least-developed and so most ecologically intact and biodiverse regions of China. Because of its scenic beauty, the upland regions have been identified by the Beijing government as a valuable resource for the development of a tourist economy and this has led to an effort to create a first national park system while incorporating local people into those economies in ways that maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function. Because it helps direct monsoon rainfall into two of the most important river systems in China, the region represents a major source of clean water for the country and so generates a legitimate concern for the integrity of its watersheds. From the lowland tropical forests in the south near the borders of Laos and Burma, terrain elevates the region to upwards of 12,000 feet in the Northwest where Yunnan meets Tibet and pine trees give way to alpine tundra."

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Studying, protecting, and sharing our local watershed

EUS is a major part of grants promoting community science, sustainable trail design, and dam assessment
Studying, protecting, and sharing our local watershed
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently awarded Bard two Hudson River Estuary Program grants, in addition to one awarded in 2015 to support the development of a science-based community stewardship group called the Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC). The two new grants are both feasibility studies, one to plan for improvements to trails along the water, and one to determine next steps for a dam along the Saw Kill. Bard was also awarded a one-million-dollar NYSERDA grant to study the feasibility of micro-hydroelectric power generation on the Saw Kill and similar waterways. EUS faculty, staff, and partners are part of all of these projects.

SKWC brings together Bard faculty and staff and local community members. EUS professor Eli Dueker led the grant-writing team, and Dr. Dueker, EUS Executive Administrator Tom O’Dowd form the interim leadership team, along with Carolyn Klocker of Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extentsion and Red Hook community members Karen Schneller-McDonald and Sheila Buff. SKWC's mission is “building community through hands-on science, education, advocacy, to protect the Saw Kill watershed and its ecological, recreational, and historical resources." This project utilizes and connects scientific research to inform and raise community stewardship of the watershed. Starting in January of 2016 the group began holding monthly “community conversations” to stay on top of local watershed issues and take actions.

For more information on the Saw Kill Watershed Community:

Visit the website: https://sawkillwatershed.wordpress.com/

Visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SawKillWatershed/

See the press release: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/103693.html

Our Mission

We aim to endow students with an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues. The goal is to educate leaders who will design a sustainable future in built and natural environments.

Both biogeophysical systems and human societies (cultures, economies, political regimes) are nested complex systems involving numerous interactions. Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) is a transdisciplinary program that examines the interdependence of human societies and the physical environment. The program strives to ensure that majors have a solid background in the physical sciences, the humanities, and economics and policy--and understand what sustainability means in the real world. We aim to enhance students' understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues and their awareness of interrelationships between built and "natural" environments.


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