Earth Science Women’s Network becomes nonprofit

Meredith Hastings:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — It started over a decade ago with six young women who vowed to stay in touch and support each other as they started their careers in the male-dominated Earth sciences. Since then, the Earth Science Women’s Network has grown into an international peer-mentoring and advocacy network more than 2,000 members strong.

This week, ESWN launches as a nonprofit organization, a move that will enable the group to expand its mission to help advance the careers of women in the Earth sciences.

(Distributed October 15, 2014)

Invasive species: Darwin had it right

Survival of the fittest:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Dov Sax of Brown University and Jason Fridley of Syracuse University aren’t proposing a novel idea to explain species invasiveness. In fact, Charles Darwin articulated it first.

(Distributed October 15, 2014)

Students join in record-setting march R.I. students travel to New York for People’s Climate March, pushing climate change solutions

When Dawn King, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, asked her class how many students were planning to attend this weekend’s People’s Climate March in New York, the response “inspired” her, she said.

Sixty percent of her class was planning to attend ­­­— an unprecedented level of student involvement in an environmental protest in her experience, she added.

The march was the largest in history. More than 400,000 marched in New York while nearly 3,000 simultaneous marches took place globally.

(Distributed September 26, 2014)

Students help pass climate bill into law

On Aug. 2, Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 signed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 into law — a climate change bill that had originally been drafted by Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, J. Timmons Roberts, 15 Brown students and a group of consultants.

The law’s main goals are to reduce the state’s carbon emissions and to adapt to the consequences of climate change by creating the EC4, or the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Committee.

(Distributed September 18, 2014)
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