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Undergraduates Maria Camila Bustos '16 and Sophie Duncan '16 are among the most recent young scholars to be awarded distinguished Royce Fellowships. Recipients are granted a $4,000 stipend for their proposed research project and lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows, a community of former awardees who have gone on to become globally accomplished leaders and innovators. The new Fellows were honored at a recent ceremony held at President Paxson's home and attended by benefactor Charles Royce '61.
Supported by their awards, Bustos and Duncan will spend their respective summers examining Colombia's progressive climate change policies and analyzing the impact that earthworm invasions have on plant diversity in forests.
Read more about the students' projects and the Royce Fellowship program here.
The Atlantic coast of Brazil is home to more than 60% of the country's population. This same region houses the remains of a tropical rainforest that once teemed with myriad species and natural resources. Hundreds of years after Europeans first set foot on the South American continent, however, the biodiversity of this forest - known locally as the Mata Atlântica - is on the brink of extinction. Now, a collaboration between the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and three Brazilian institutions hopes to reverse that damage. The coalition's new project has an ambitious goal: to restore the Mata Atlântica while simultaneously supporting the social and economic development of the region's people.
Institute Director Amanda Lynch and IBES Fellow Timothy Herbert, both Professors of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, join IBES Deputy Director Dov Sax and IBES Fellow J. Timmons Roberts as experts in a series of short videos for the Climate Change and Questions of Justice curriculum, designed by Brown's Choices Program. The Choices Program designs curricula for high school classrooms that enable teachers and students to discuss important, yet often controversial, global issues.
The clips tackle topics such as the myriad effects of global warming, the roles and goals of climate scientists, and ideas on ways to broaden public involvement in climate change mitigation and adaptation. You can view the entire collection of videos here.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Dawn King was recently awarded the CareerLAB's Comfort and Urry Prize, an award recognizing her excellence as mentor and career advisor to Brown undergraduates. Several students submitted passionate nominations on King's behalf, expressing their gratitude for her support and guidance as they made plans for their post-graduation lives. King, who has been teaching at the University for three years, was chosen unanimously for this prize by the CareerLAB, the University's Center for Careers and Life After Brown.
Professor King will assume a new role at Brown starting in July, as a rostered IBES Fellow and Lecturer of Environmental Studies.