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Project Manager, Marine Information Analysis, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (Boston)

The MWRA Environmental Quality Department is seeking an Intern to provide technical support for MWRA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Compliance Program (NPDES). Tests and evaluates data reporting applications. Assemble data sets, track compliance paperwork, and assist with preparation of permit-required reports. Applications are available online at www.mwra.com or from the Human Resources Department. Please submit a completed application along with a cover letter and resume to: Susan Carter, Human Resources Specialist Massachusetts Water Resources Authority 100 First Avenue Boston, MA 02129

More information and other internships available here. Contact: douglas.hersh@mwra.com

Lunch and Learn Recap: Elena Naumova, Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and Water Safety in Southern India

Elena Naumova, director of the Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMid) and Associate Dean for Research at the Tufts School of Engineering, spoke last week as part of the Tufts Environmental Studies and Tufts Institute of the Environment Lunch and Learn program. Her presentation on the Environmental Indicators of Enteric Infections and Water Safety in Southern India covered student research projects sponsored through a collaboration between the Tufts School of Engineering and Christian Medical College in Vellore, India.

 A mathematician by training, Naumova emphasized the importance of translating data into usable information that allows for action and policy.

Naumova began by laying out the importance of preventing waterborne diseases. Globally, there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea annually, 2.2 million of which lead to death. Of those 2.2 million, 80% of the deaths are among infants. Unsafe water is a large factor in these diseases.

Modern mathematical tools allow for an understanding of waterborne outbreaks in “temporal and spatial patterns”, Naumova said. “Practically all waterborne diseases exhibit strong seasonal patterns distinct for a specific pathogen in a given population [and] locality”, in a phenomenon known

as seasonality. An example familiar to New England residents, of course, would be the peaks of flu that occur in the winter. “Variability in seasonal characteristics can provide clues on important factors influencing disease occurrence, exposure, [and] spread.” These environmental factors, when they are within human control, could be a key to disease prevention. Climate change, however, will affect our ability to use these seasonal indicators as the patterns we have come to recognize begin to shift radically.

Naumova further presented statistics on the seasonality of cryptosporidiosis in the United States and the United Kingdom, salmonellosis in the United Status, and rotavirus in India.

She then laid out two studies conducted by some of her students, Dr. Stefan Collinet-Adler, Andrea Brown, Alexandra Kulinkina, and Negin Ashoori. Both studies examined the transmission of infectious diarrhea in 300 urban and rural households in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The first study focused on the role of flies, which can carry pathogens such as norovirus, salmonella, and rotavirus. In the tests conducted, 72% of the flies tested positive for potential human pathogens. The second study used GIS to map ground water quality and distribution systems in Vellore.

Naumova here noted the importance of recognizing the difference between water quality and quantity: the focus of these studies was on quality, for lack of water leads to other severe problems but obviously cannot cause waterborne diseases.

Elena said she is always looking for students who are interested in going abroad and conducting research and will do whatever she can to make that possible!

Director, Environmental Research Institute, University of Buffalo (NY)

On February 6, 2014, Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced the search for the Director of UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water).

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Director, Research Department, Global Footprint Network (Oakland, CA)

As a director, this position works closely with Global Footprint Network’s President, CEO and the other department directors to drive the success of the organization. S/he is also responsible for the effective performance and contribution of the Research Department. S/he directly reports to the President. For more information, click here.

Short-term Consultancies, World Agroforestry Center (Multiple locations)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution, which generates science- based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. Main purpose of the positions are to establish the definitive database on the impact of field-level agricultural practices on food production, adaptive capacity, and climate change mitigation (i.e., climate-smart agriculture). The Consultant team containing approximately six members will work together to find, compile and analyze research on climate-smart agriculture. This will require literature search, evaluation, and data extraction and will yield both a terrain map of the available information and a database of evidence. Submit a cover letter that describes your experience and career goals, CV or resume and contact details for three referees to Todd Rosenstock, t.rosenstock@cgiar.org. For more information, click here.

Graduate Research Assistantship, Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Impact of Construction Activities on Air Quality in Boston Neighborhoods

Funding is available for a graduate student to work with a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a community partner, Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) in Boston. The project involves monitoring air quality before and during construction activities in Roxbury to measure the impacts on air quality in downwind neighborhoods. Send inquiries to Professor John Durant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 02155; email: john.durant@tufts.edu

2014 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

DEADLINE: Feb. 7, 2014
The Environmental Science Institute of the University of Texas at Austin announces an NSF-funded program during the summer of 2014 for undergraduates interested in environmental science research. Students will be trained in laboratory and field methods applied to studies of global change and its impacts and will work on independent projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Project areas are interdisciplinary will be in one of four major themes: impacts on ecosystems, impacts on watersheds and the land surface, campus sustainability, and reconstructing past global change.

Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series, portfolio creation, and professional development activities. Students will also participate in field excursions related to scientific research. These 1-2 day activities may require physical exertion involving hiking, caving, camping, and/or boat rides in hot and humid weather. The summer program will conclude with a research poster session and open house. Program information can be found here

 

WSSS Research Fellowship

DEADLINE: Monday, Feb. 17, 11:59AM
 The Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2014 Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Research Fellowship is now open. WSSS Fellowships are given to top students enrolled in Tufts’ WSSS program, and are meant to support interdisciplinary research with a core area of focus in the WSSS program. The Fellowship provides up to $4,000 for research purposes, access to academic and career support, and support to advance student research in professional publications and conferences. 

     Please see the WSSS Request for Proposals, which describes the Fellowship program and its requirements. Submit your proposal before the deadline to Theresa Silver at theresa.silver@tufts.edu. If you have any questions about the program or the application process please do not hesitate to contact any of the TIE staff.

EPA P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Competition

Got an idea for making society more sustainable? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications from higher education students and faculty proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. Winners of the first phase of the competition will receive a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. Designs will then compete at the National Sustainable Design Expo in April 2013 for the P3 Award and a $75,000 grant for real world application. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 17, 2013. Learn more/apply.

Graduate Research Assistantship, Plymouth State University (NH)

Priority deadline: January 15, 2014

Plymouth State University (PSU), Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The MS in ESP is coordinated by PSU’s Department of ESP, College of Graduate Studies (COGS), and the Center for the Environment (CFE). Students will have opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations such as the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountains National Forest, and NH Department of Environmental Services.Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for graduate research assistantships (GRA).

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