Spring 2019 GEOS Colloquium Schedule

Spring 2019 GEOS Colloquium

5:30 PM at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue | Open to the Public GEOGRAPHY| EARTH SCIENCE | OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINARS.  For more info, including locations, check out our events calendar.

Spring 2019

  1. 2/7 Simone Affonso da Silva | University of São Paulo
    “What is the Regional Approach from Brazilian Federal Public Policies?”
  2. 2/14 Denton Ebel | American Museum of Natural History
    “Planetesimal Precursors: Condensation and Accretion of the First
    Solar System Solids ”
  3. 2/21 Setha Low | CUNY ,Graduate Center
    “Panel Discussion of ‘The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and
    the City’ ”
  4. 2/28 Mia White | New School, NY
    “ Race, Space, and the Wake-Work of Our Undercommons”
  5. 3/7 Tony Platt | UC Berkeley
    “Rethinking Crime & Punishment in the United States”
  6. 3/14 Athanasios Koutavas | CUNY CSI “Ice Ages and Climate Change”
  7. 3/21 Jessica Miller | Environmental and Human Geography, Montclair University
    “Constructing Historical Displacement Patterns”
  8. 3/28 Jisun Park | CUNY, Kingsborough Community College “The Principal of Noble Gas Analyses and the End-members with Lunar and Enstatite Meteorites”
  9. 4/4 Benjamin Black | CUNY, City College
    “Redox in Impact Melt Bodies from Fe-XANES and Implications for
  10. 4/11 Jeffrey Bird | CUNY, Queens College
    “Dynamics of Fire-derived Black Carbon in Forest Soils: Linking
    Structure to Biologically-mediated Turnover Rates”
  11. 4/17 James Hansen | International Research Institute for Climate and Society
    “To Be Announced”, Science Building, Room C201at Queens College
  12. 4/18 Jesse Goldstein | Virginia Commonwealth University “From Planetary Improvement to Energy Abolition: Against and Beyond the Transparent Energy of Whiteness ”
  13. 5/2 Yingwei Fei | Carnegie Institute , Washington DC “Exploring the Interiors of the Terrestrial Planets and Rocky Exoplanets by Laboratory Simulations”
  14. 5/9 Sam Stein | CUNY ,Graduate Center “Panel Discussion of Sam Stein’s New book ‘Capital City: Gentrifica tion and the Real Estate State’ with Sam Stein”

Job: Center for Geospatial Analysis/Data Science Lecturer at William & Mary

The Center for Geospatial Analysis at William & Mary invites applications for a three-year, renewable, non-tenure track Lecturer position in Geospatial and Data Science beginning August 10, 2019. We are seeking a colleague with a commitment to excellence in teaching with the ability to attract, motivate, retain, and mentor students.

Four courses will be taught for the Center for Geospatial Analysis. Courses will include an Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and additional courses that could include an Introduction to Remote Sensing, Advanced Topics in GIS, Python for GIS Scripting and Digital Cartography depending on the expertise of the successful applicant.

Two courses will be taught as a part of the new Data Science Program at William and Mary; the successful applicant will illustrate an ability to teach students a breadth of methodological approaches to the use of data in a coding environment, as well as facilitate discussions on the societal implications of “big data.”

Teaching load is six courses per academic year (3-3). This is a 9 month, non-tenure track position with a 3 year contract with an opportunity to renew contingent on a successful review.

Information on the Center for Geospatial Analysis is at https://www.wm.edu/as/cga/  and for Data Science Program at https://www.wm.edu/as/charlescenter/academic-programs/interdisciplinary/structured/data-science-minor/index.php.

William & Mary is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, convenient to Richmond (the state capital) and Washington, DC. For questions please contact Rob Rose, Director Center for Geospatial Analysis (phone: 757-221-2304, email: rarose01@wm.edu  ) or Matthias Leu, Data Science Program (phone: 757-221-7497, email: mleu@wm.edu ).  Review of applications will be begin on February 28th, 2019.

Click here for more information and to apply for this position:

https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/34504 [jobs.wm.edu]

Abstracts due 2/8 for New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) 10th Anniversary

NYC Climate Change

This half-day Summit will bring together climate scientists with those who use the outcomes of their research, including city planners, industry experts, policymakers, and representatives of non-governmental organizations engaged in climate mitigation efforts. Topics covered will include the latest findings of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), and their implications for New York City and other cities seeking to identify and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. Building on the experience of the NPCC, our speakers and panelists will present examples of how research findings have been translated into resiliency policies that are shaping the future of the City, and go on to explore the larger role of cities, the private sector, and other key stakeholders in tackling this complex issue.

This event marks the 10-year anniversary of a successful partnership between the NPCC, the city of New York, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Established in 2008, the NPCC has pushed new boundaries of urban climate science, enabling New York City to set an example for all cities of how science-stakeholder partnerships can achieve science-based responses to climate change challenges. The recommendations of the NPCC—all published in special issues of the Academy’s scholarly journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences—have been incorporated into tangible resilience policies that are helping the City to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, and to withstand the impacts of a changing climate in the decades to come.

The half-day Summit will be followed by a Networking Reception and Award Ceremony celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this groundbreaking partnership.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for a poster session. For complete submission instructions, please visit our online portal. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Summer 2019 – CUNY- NYBG | Humanities Institute’s Research Fellowship – due 2/28

CUNY—New York Botanical Garden | Humanities Institute

Graduate Research Fellowship Summer 2019

The Early Research Initiative invites applications for two CUNY—NYBG | Humanities Institute Graduate Research Fellowships.  These CUNY sponsored $4000 fellowships will be offered to CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. students (Level I onward) from any program with primary research interests related to the environmental humanities that can be studied using the collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at NYBG.  The Humanities Institute is a division within the Mertz Library, one of the most comprehensive botanical libraries worldwide, with holdings comprising eight centuries of knowledge about the plant kingdom and related topics.  The primary responsibilities of the fellowship recipient will be to conduct their own research and collaborate with curators and archivists to expand public awareness of the important historical materials that reflect worldwide knowledge of plant science and culture, the vision of nature, landscape and garden design.

While the rich and diverse collections of the Mertz Library span the early modern period to the contemporary moment and embrace the global as well as the local, it is offering CUNY students, the opportunity to complete a study project focused on any area related to the environmental humanities, highlighting the interconnectivity between the arts and sciences.



Fellowship recipients will be required to be in residence for 120 hours over the summer of 2019 at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at NYBG; in addition, recipients will be required to do a brief public presentation on their work progress and write a blog post about their experiences before the end of the Fall 2019 semester.


How to Apply:

To apply please send a letter of interest describing your research interests and related experience with specific reference to how your proposed research would use materials at the Mertz library, a c.v., a current Graduate Center transcript (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from CUNYFirst), and a letter of support from your primary advisor.



Instructions for submitting your application:

1)     Please combine the above materials (except for the letter of recommendation) into a

SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).

Use the following format when naming your document:

Last Name, First Name, Program

2)     Email your file directly to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu

Please use your graduate center email address when sending the file.


Instructions for Faculty Recommenders:

1)     Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document.

2)     Please use the following format when naming your document:

Student Last Name, First Name

3)     Email your file directly to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu


Application Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Reminder: GC Early Research Initiative/Digital Initiatives Connect New York Fellowships due 1/30

Graduate Center Early Research Initiative/Digital Initiatives

Connect New York Fellowships

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 5pm

Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Graduate Center has long been a central hub for intellectual and scholarly conversations in New York City. Moreover, it has a long history of fostering and producing scholarly work focused on the city itself, knowledge which draws upon and contributes to the complex communities of New York City and beyond.

In the spirit of this history, the Early Research Initiative in collaboration with the GC Digital Initiatives invites applications for new research fellowships for Summer 2019. These $4,000 fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research on New York City and its environs (including, but not limited to: the city’s natural and artificial environments, its architectural landscapes, its infrastructure, city planning, city politics, its prominence as a global and economic hub, the city’s political, cultural, and social histories, its foodways, its flows of population, its communities, its ethnoscapes, soundscapes,  mediascapes, and ideoscapes, and its evolving urban ecosystems).

The primary responsibilities of the award winners will be to produce a dissertation proposal or dissertation chapter by September 2019; a condensed and public facing version of this research will be showcased on the Provost’s website, as part of a new initiative in support of this theme. Profiles for previous fellowship recipients can be seen here: https://connectny.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

In addition, fellowship recipients will work in collaboration with a team of digital fellows to produce materials for their own individual research profiles for the ConnectNY site (including public facing blog posts, project descriptions, short filmed interviews, and accompanying visual materials) which will be due in mid-August. Additional opportunities for social media contributions are possible.

Successful proposals will clearly explain one or more of the following:

  • how your work advances knowledge about or for New York and surrounding areas
  • the significance of your work to your own field and to the public
  • how your work directly impacts the city
  • any innovative aspect of your research methodology or communication platform which might lend itself to public display (for example, data visualizations, websites, maps, or other form of scholarly product beyond writing)
  • a brief account of how this project will further your progress in your program


To apply please send a detailed letter of interest (up to three pages) describing your project that addresses the above points, a c.v., a current Graduate Center transcript (students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from CUNYFirst), and a letter of support from your primary advisor.

Instructions for submitting your application:

1)     Please combine the above materials (except for the letter of recommendation) into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).

Use the following format when naming your document: Last Name, First Name, Program

2)     Email your file directly to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu

Please use your graduate center email address when sending the file.

Instructions for Faculty Recommenders

1)     Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document.

2)     Please use the following format when naming your document:

Student Last Name, First Name

3)     Email your file directly to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 5pm

Questions about the program can be directed to dfaherty@gc.cuny.edu


2019 Fulbright-Hays/DDRA fellowship applications due 3/4

2019 Fulbright Fellowship

The Department of Education has just announced the 2019 Fulbright-Hays/DDRA fellowship competition. Please see the notice below.


The Graduate Center’s internal deadline for applications will be Monday, March 4, by 5:00 p.m. in order to allow for review of applications prior to the U.S. Department of Education’s transmittal deadline of March 25. No extensions to this deadline will be possible.


Students who are thinking of applying should contact Rachel Sponzo in the Provost’s Office (rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu) as soon as possible for additional information.

Proposals due for Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship on the Hudson River due 2/11

Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019

The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a student research program conducted through the Hudson River Foundation in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Named in honor of the late Dr. Tibor T. Polgar, a major contributor to the early development of the Foundation, this program provides a summertime grant ($5,000 for each fellowship) and research funds (up to $1,500) for eight college students (undergraduate and graduate) to conduct research on the Hudson River.

The objectives of the program are to gather important information on all aspects of the River and to train students in conducting scientific studies and public policy research.

Read below for more information about application instructions.


2018 Tibor T. Polgar Fellows

The Hudson River Foundation and the NYS DEC awarded eight Polgar Fellowships in 2018.

Detecting Cyanobacteria in the Hudson River Using Fluorescent Sensors Suitable for Real-time Deployment – Corey Rundquist, Millbrook School

Role of Marshes and Tributaries in the Benthic Accumulation and Water Column Transportation of Microplastics in the Hudson Valley Watershed – Jason Randall, Marist College

Effects of Four Polymer Plastics on Crassostrea virginica Filtration and Retention – Erika Bernal, Montclair State University

The Effect of Salinity on Eastern Oyster Reproduction in the Hudson River Estuary – Kaili Gregory, Cornell University

Bugs on Drugs: The Influence of Redox Environments on the Microbial Degradation of Pharmaceuticals in the Hudson River Watershed – Michelle Zeliph, Rutgers University

Sexual Reproduction in Vallisneria americana Beds in the Hudson River – Carrie Perkins, University of Maryland

Painted Turtle Study in a Freshwater Tidal Marsh: Concluding Survey – Virginia Caponera, Drexel University

The Ground Underneath Our Feet: Investigating the Paleohistory of Ramshorn-Livingston Marsh – Elizabeth Thompson, Columbia University



Physical Science adjuncts needed at FIT starting 2/28

FIT adjunct needed

The Science and Math Department at FIT is looking for an adjunct instructor in Physical Science. The general description and the course timings are below. Spring semester starts on Monday, February 28th. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Karen Pearson: karen_pearson@fitnyc.edu

Presents basic principles of chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences with emphasis on understanding the physical world. Includes theoretical concepts as well as applications. Illustrated by suitable lecture demonstrations.

SC111  INTRO TO PHYSICAL SCIENCES           Monday           12:10PM- 3:00PM

SC111  INTRO TO PHYSICAL SCIENCES           Monday           3:10PM- 6:00PM


Altfest Graduate Internship Program, Summer 2019

Altfest Graduate Internship Program, Summer 2019

The Graduate Center Office of Career Planning and Professional Development facilitates partnerships with local institutions to host graduate student internships. The opportunities are meant to encourage graduate students to explore diverse career options, while developing skills and experience that will advance their career goals.

For summer 2019, students can create their own internship opportunity at an organization that best suits their academic interests and/or professional goals. Students who find a summer internship with an organization may then apply to the Altfest Graduate Internship Program for funding. The program provides $4,000 for the summer; interns are expected to work a minimum of 120 total hours. The manner in which these hours are completed can be flexible, and will be agreed upon with the host during the application process. The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development is happy to assist students with their internships searches.

Positions are open to PhD and/or Master’s students. Students must be currently enrolled to apply. Please plan to submit:

  • A current CV or resume
  • A one-page document explaining how the internship would further your career goals
  • An email or letter from an employer confirming that you have been offered an internship with an organization
  • The name and contact information of a professional reference.

Ideally, any proposed internship should help you:

  • Gain exposure to career trajectories in the field
  • Learn how an organization works, its structure, goals and the roles within it
  • Identify ways in which you can expand your range of career options
  • Build relationships that expand your personal and professional network.

Applications will be due April 1, 2019. Up to four students will be funded in the summer of 2019. Previous Altfest Internships have taken place at Open House New York, the Global Fund for Women, Salon, Brooklyn Rail, ExpandED Schools, and the Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police Department. Candidates are encouraged to have their application materials reviewed through the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development before beginning their internship search.

Applications will be submitted through GC Connect, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Developments new job and internship database (search under job postings for Altfest Internship 2019). The application period will begin on January 30, 2019. If you plan to apply but have not used GC Connect, detailed instructions can be found here:https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/services

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Sociology and Science & Technology Studies (STS)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Sociology and Science & Technology Studies (STS)  (Requisition Number 9426)  

            (Applications should be submitted at www.drexeljobs.com )

 The Sociology Department at Drexel University is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative postdoctoral scholar interested in energy technologies, labor, and the just transition from fossil fuel use to renewable energy. Required qualifications include a PhD and training in Sociology, Anthropology, or Science & Technology Studies (STS), or related fields and strong qualitative social science research and writing skills.

Candidates will work under the supervision of Dr. Diane Sicotte, Associate Professor of Sociology and Dr. Kelly Joyce, Professor of Sociology and the Center for Science, Technology & Society, to conduct original research about the expertise and views of labor union members and leaders, regarding natural gas energy infrastructure and renewable energy infrastructure. The project, and the postdoctoral fellow position, is funded by the National Science Foundation Award #1827464.

The postdoctoral fellow will prepare for and conduct and analyze qualitative research including field work at public union events and interviews with labor union members and leaders. The research will also include the collection and analysis of unions’ public materials (e.g., press releases, reports, public websites). We seek applicants with strong qualitative social science research and writing skills. Recent Ph.D.s in Sociology, Anthropology, STS and related fields are eligible. Application review will commence February 15. Applications will be received until a successful candidate is accepted. The start date is September 1, 2019.  


Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology, Anthropology, STS or related fields and strong qualitative social science research and writing skills. Candidates must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 1, 2019.

Complete application will include CV; letter of application with a statement of research experience, preparation for and interest in the project; writing sample, and names and contact information for two references.  

 Essential Functions

Preparing for, conducting, and analyzing qualitative research, including fieldwork and interviews; writing papers as lead or co-author and presenting results at conferences.

The initial 12-month appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance. The postdoctoral Scholar will receive an annual salary of $40,000 and standard benefits, and is expected to be in residence for the fellowship. 

This fellowship continues Drexel’s investment in social sciences and its goal of creating a high profile Sociology department and Center for Science, Technology & Society. Environmental sociology is one of the research foci of Drexel’s Sociology department, and there is a growing cluster of faculty in this subfield. The Center for STS also has a focus on environmental issues with both students and faculty working in this area. The candidate will be fully integrated into department and center colloquia and works-in-progress presentations, and will be an important member of our community. The candidate will have the opportunity to work on conference presentations, write papers as lead or co-author with Drs. Sicotte and Joyce, and to connect with scholars across the Schools, Colleges, and Centers at Drexel.

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