Education News

Earth Week

2010-04-17

Earth Week, which takes place from April 18 to April 24, is a week dedicated to Earth and the environment and serves as a valuable tool in getting people involved in sustainability issues, among other things. Columbia University students are planning and participating in a series of events this week, all of which focus on Earth and various aspects of sustainable development. Among the different events set to take place are panel discussions, graduate and undergraduate student presentations, and workshops.

A great example of one of the events being held this week will be a series of presentations on art and climate change on April 22 (details below). The vision of climate change provided by the arts complements the analytical information given by science, and the landscape of numbers can be experienced in the form of images, dance or music, leading to a more complete understanding of how our planet works. Many of the participating speakers are experts in their fields and have contributed tremendously to the study of climate change and what can be done to prevent it.

In addition to professional presentations, students have largely designed the week’s programming. On April 22, a Senior Thesis Poster Session will be held in Lerner Hall (details below). Undergraduate and graduate students studying the environment and sustainable development through internships, research assistantships and Earth Institute-supported travel will give brief talks about their thesis topics, and then showcase posters of their work.

The week’s events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated. The schedule of a few of the Earth Week events taking place next week is provided below. More information on many of them can be found on either the Earth Institute’s Web site or the Columbia University Web site.

Saturday, April 17

Life-Cycle Analysis
Presentation by Rob van Haaren, SEAS Ph.D. Candidate and Research Associate, Center of Life-Cycle Analysis (Presented by Green Umbrella)
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lerner Hall, Room 569

Vertical Farming Image Exhibition
Presentations by Jake Cox, Research Associate, Vertical Farms Project Hydroponic Display, and Lee Mandell, Boswyck Farms (Presented by Earth Institute Student Advisory Council)
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall, Room 569
Sustainable Refreshments
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Columbia Water Center Staff and Student Panel: Developing Clean Water Systems
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Lerner Hall, Room 569

Monday, April 19

Sustainable Leadership Event
Grand Central Terminal Event Staffing of Climate Change in Urban Areas Group From Student Advisory Council
All-Day Event

Grand Central Terminal

Tuesday, April 20

IRI Workshop: Impact Evaluation of Projects Addressing Global Environmental Change
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Lamont Hall, Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building

Columbia University Institutional Review Board Educational Conference: Current IRB Challenges and Practical Solutions
All-Day Event

Morningside Campus, Medical Center

Grand Central Terminal Event Staffing of Climate Change in Urban Areas Group From Student Advisory Council
All-Day Event

Grand Central Terminal

Wednesday, April 21

Grand Central Terminal Event Staffing of Climate Change in Urban Areas Group From Student Advisory Council
All-Day Event

Grand Central Terminal

Thursday, April 22

Illuminating the Science: Art and Climate Change (Afternoon Session)
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

The CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue New York, N.Y.

Illuminating the Science: Art and Climate Change (Evening Session)
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue New York, N.Y.

Senior Thesis Poster Session
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Lower Level Event Oval (LL100)

Diana Center, Barnard College

Development Seminar: Giacomo DeGiorgi
4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

International Affairs Building, Room 1027

SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Mudd Building, Room 214

Going Green Forum: Smarter Students for a Smarter Planet
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center

Friday, April 23

Spring 2010 Earth Institute Student Research Showcase
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall, Room 555

Columbia Water Center Seminar Series
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Mudd Building, Room 924

LDEO Division of Ocean and Climate Physics (DOCP) Seminar: A Multi-Scale Analysis of the West African Monsoon
11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Monell Auditorium

LDEO Earth Science Colloquium: What Can Basalts Tell Us About the Thermal State and Composition of Planetary Interiors
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 

Monell Auditorium

LDEO Division of Biology and Paleo Environment (BPE) Spring Seminar Series: The Anatomy and Life Cycle of an NSF Proposal
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Marine Biology/Seismology Building

Seismology Seminar Room, 2nd floor

Environment as a Source of Cooperation in Iraq: Local and Regional Perspectives
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

The Italian Academy

Grand Central Terminal Event Staffing of Climate Change in Urban Areas Group From Student Advisory Council
All-Day Event

Grand Central Terminal

Earth Institute Student Research Showcase
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555