Professor receives public policy fellowship

first_imgThe Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has honored biology professor Jennifer Tank as one of this year’s Leopold Leadership Fellows, a group of 20 academics selected to undergo intensive training intended to empower them to impact public policy. Tank will begin the fellowship with a training session this summer, joining the group from around the world at Stanford University in California. Tank said she applied for the fellowship to improve her communication skills, which would better equip her to discuss her work and its implications with the general public and leaders who make environmental policy. “The fellowship was developed a number of years ago because they were finding problems with scientists who were doing great work yet were unable to translate that science for the public,” Tank said. “It’s really a mechanism to link today’s great, cutting-edge science with better communication skills.” Tank described the program as a sort of “nursery school in communication skills” for scientists, named after prominent environmentalist Aldo Leopold. She said the extensive application process included a series of essays meant to show a serious commitment to sharing research with the public. “They want to keep the group very small because the program actually lasts for two years, starting with 10 days at a retreat center this summer,” Tank said. “When you go back for the second year, you’ve had the chance to practice, so you can focus on honing those skills you learned in the first year.” She said her specialty within ecology pertains directly to public policy as it relates to agriculture. “I’m a freshwater ecologist, so I work on streams and rivers, mainly on nutrient cycling,” Tank said. “The work I’ve been doing recently has to do with how land use, like intensive agriculture, influences freshwater resources.” Tank’s work focuses on finding a proper balance between the economic needs of farmers and the health of the environment and considers issues like fertilizer runoff and irrigation, she said. “You can’t protect the environment at the cost of the people who are supported by it, but you also can’t protect farmers at the expense of the environment,” she said. Tank will learn communication skills through the fellowship that will help her better convey the product of her research with policymakers who can take action to approach this balance, she said. “They really challenge you [through the fellowship] to see if you can relate the value of your research to the people who need to hear it, to see if you can give them a take-home message in a nutshell,” she said. “They’ll train you about print communication as well as various types of digital media, including the effective use of social network options like Facebook and Twitter.” Tank said she hopes to apply what she learns about communicating with the public to her work in the classroom. “All the things that go into being a good teacher also go into the process of being a good communicator,” she said. “I’m excited about it, and I hope I can do Notre Dame proud.”last_img read more

Trail Mix – January 2019

first_imgThe Trail Mix resolution for 2019 is pretty simple; great music, every month, for the next twelve months.Trail Mix is diving into the the new year with Old News, the brand new release from Southern roots rockers The Steel Woods. A good friend of mine noted that The Steel Woods were his favorite band of 2018. The new record is serving notice that this band will certainly be a fave of 2019 here, too. Check out “All Of These Years” on this month’s mix.The January mix is proud to feature Parker Gispert, of The Whigs, Pierce Pettis, who returns with his first record in about a decade, and John McCutcheon, noted dulcimer player and folk musician, whose latest release is a collection of tunes by folk icon Pete Seeger.Soul Step Records, a boutique label based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, that is well known for producing stunningly beautiful vinyl, is on the mix with two different releases this month. Check out the brand new tracks from roots rockers This Pine Box and MOVES, a project that has evolved out of long time Trail Mix friends Holy Ghost Tent Revival.Be sure to check out the new cuts from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Balsam Range, The Burney Sisters, Melody Guy, Amelia White, The Delines, Doom Flamingo, Clint Alphin, Bob Sumner, Danny Burns, Terry Ohms, and Madisons.And kick your year off right by following the Trail Mix blog this month. On tap are chats with Andrew Alli, a song premiere from Maya de Vitry, and a ticket giveaway to the January Jams concert series in Abingdon.As always, get out and buy this music. The songs featured here are just hints of the goodness on the full releases. Get out and support the artists who have made Trail Mix so good for so many years.Happy New Year, music lovers! Rhythm Of The Rain Amelia White Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Waiting On Something To Give Danny Burns Wouldn’t Change It For The World Pierce Pettis The Willie Song Madisons 4:42 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Mind Blow Terry Ohms Go Tell a Bird Maya di Vitry 2:37 3:28 4:09 3:27 5:27 My Stomp Andrew Alli & Josh Small 3:38 Radio On Low MOVES Out To California Clint Alphin Dance With Me One More Time This Pine Box Where We Stand The Burney Sisters 3:33 3:10 Get Me Gone Balsam Range 2:17 3:04 Too Dumb To Love Anyone Parker Gispert Cheer Up Charley The Delines 4:13 Embed 4:12 All of These Years The Steel Woods Domingo’s Drive Doom Flamingo I Am The Queen Melody Guy 3:22 Riverbed Bob Sumner Audio PlayerThe DelinesCheer Up CharleyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:27 3:30 Guantanamera John McCutcheon 3:44 4:19 2:37 3:42 3:53last_img read more