Environmental Studies Blog

March 22, 2013

ENVS Student Receives $10,000

Filed under: Announcements — staylor2 @ 4:08 pm

Mangaliso Mohammed & Ardek Meterkulova both designed projects that address AIDS prevention in remarkably different ways. Each were granted $10,000 from the Davis Peace Projects initiative to implement their peace promoting projects this summer.

Back to Basics: Food for Healing HIV

Brandeis senior Mangaliso Mohammed will implement his project in his home country of Swaziland. Mohammed’s project takes  a holistic approach to HIV treatment through fresh food with plans to reach out to HIV orphans in Nkwalini by engaging them in the creation of a vegetable garden and a free-range chicken farm at the area’s Health and Social Center. Mohammad also plans to extend the farming project to at least 20 homes in the area, promoting healthy eating and encouraging traditional methods of food production. This project will provide a stable food supply within a population struggling with poverty, filling the bellies of HIV patients whose medication’s effectiveness improves with regular healthy meals. In addition, extra food will provide a source of income to keep the project going and establish a Farmer’s Market.

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HIV/AIDS Education

Ardak Meterkulova, a senior from Kazakhstan, who is an HSSP and Business double-major plans on raising HIV/AIDS awareness by creating a bilingual educational film, in Russian and Kazakh in the Almaty region of her home country. Meterkulova’s film will be used in summer camps along with exercises and texts, in order to enlighten 9th graders as to the nature of the illness, ways to prevent it, and how to respond compassionately to those infected by it. Meterkulova plans to locate ten medical students interested in HIV/AIDS work and set them up with USAID training to help her implement the educational aspect of the project. There is expected to be a big impact from the film and educational program on Almaty’s heavily conservative Muslim community, which does not implement any type of sex education.

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February 6, 2013

Justice Brandeis Semester: Environmental Health and Justice

Filed under: Announcements,News — geneviev @ 7:05 pm

Counts for 4 courses – 16 credits – No prerequisites

Satisfies multiple requirements & majors/minors: ENVS, IGS, HSSP, SJSP, LGLS, WGS, others
Applications open now, rolling admissions, don’t delay!


Instructors: Laura Goldin, with Drs. James Stewart, Joe Allen (Harvard School of Public Health),Ted Myatt & Matt Fragala.
Engage directly with the community as you delve deeply into the law, policy, social impacts and science of pressing environmental justice and environmental health challenges facing individuals and families today.  You’ll work directly with some of the most disadvantaged communities from inner-city Boston and Waltham to the rural coal mining mountains of Appalachia, as we battle issues such as toxic exposure, access to environmentally safe housing, healthy food and open space, destruction of age-old mountains and pollution of streams for coal extraction.
For more info and to apply:
Also don’t hesitate to contact Laura Goldin goldin@brandeis.edu or Program Manager, Brandeis-Led Study Programs Amber Thatcher athacher@brandeis.edu


December 5, 2012

Environmental Internship Symposium

Filed under: Announcements — Shota Adamia @ 5:17 pm

You are cordially invited to join us for the 27th Semi-Annual



Thursday, Dec 13
Heller School for Social Policy,G-3
Recommended for all students hoping to do an internship!


Dena Ayzikovich: Zoo New England
Shanlai Shangguan & Jacyln Kellner: Healthy Waltham
Alisa Rosnerita: Waltham Recycling & Energy Department
Becca Richman: Waltham Fields Community Farm
Christine Amanda: Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Liza Ansher: EPA Washington DC: Urban Waters Program
Anna Khazan: Environmental Health & Engineering
Iosefa Percival: Conservation Int’l: Ocean Acidification & the Pacific Islands
Rachel Usnik: Coalition on Environment & Jewish Life
Vivian Zeng: Queens NY Botanical Garden
Lisa Purdy: Ride for the Future: A Better Future Project
Elliot Lustig: Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket
Mikhail Kern: Ithaca, NY Hydrilla Task Force
Katherine Chin and Raquel Kallas: New York League of Conservation Voters
Caty Fairclough: Connecticut Audubon Society
Sam Porter: Cape Cod National Seashore

Questions: contact: goldin@brandeis.edu


November 28, 2012

Environmental Health & Justice Semester Fall 2013

Filed under: Announcements — staylor2 @ 3:30 pm

Think about this ENVS opportunity for next fall!

Environmental Health & Justice Semester is a hands-on, multi-disciplinary, community-engaged learning program in which students become deeply immersed in the law, policy, social impacts and science of current environmental health issues challenging individuals, families and communities today.

Throughout the JBS program, students collaborate directly with grassroots community organizations, government agencies and individuals to tackle environmental health problems facing low-income residents, from inner-city Boston and Waltham to the coal mining country of Appalachia.  The group becomes partners in learning from their initial stay on Cape Cod to a week-long trip to the mountains of Harlan, Kentucky, and throughout fieldwork trips, data-gathering visits, workshops with community partners, health study presentations, and even hikes.

This ENVS intensive semester counts for 16 credits, not to mention countless learning experiences. Take a look at all the advantages of a JBS here. For more information on the offerings for next fall’s JBS go here.

November 1, 2012

New! Spring 2013 First-Year “Just Books” seminar

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 7:12 pm

“Visions of the American Environment: Images to Action”, FYS43B

Laura Goldin

 In this course we’ll explore how we shape our relationship with the natural world through the lens of standout books, films and works of art, all on the basis of a strong underlying social justice theme,.  This is an experiential learning (EL) and community-engaged learning course, with plenty of field trips and hands-on exploration.  Students also have the option of participating in the 2-credit practicum “Housing for Good: Safe, Environmentally Healthy and Just”, which includes fair and safe housing and discrimination law training and practice at the Brandeis/WATCH Housing Advocacy Clinic.  The course is an elective for ENVS, AMST and SJSP.  To register, go to  http://www.brandeis.edu/registrar/schedule/classes/2013/Spring/8000/all

Volunteer Vacations Opportunities!

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 7:07 pm
Volunteer Vacations for  Sustainable Agriculture!

Spring into action!
Volunteer Vacations invites you to apply for our Alternative Spring Break!
Come to our info session to learn about our two trips – in Philadelphia and Baltimore. This year our trip to Philly will focus on literacy while the Baltimore trip will concentrate on sustainable agriculture.
The trips will be held during February break!
Monday October 29 & Thursday November 1 @ 6pm Rm 314 SCC
Find it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/443794695668743/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Email Gwen Teutsch gteutsch@brandeis.edu, Libby Jones ejones@brandeis.edu, Emma Balmuth-Loris ebalmuth@brandeis.edu –  if you have any questions!”

October 23, 2012

It IS Easy to Be Green!

Filed under: Announcements — chansen @ 2:03 pm

Certified Green Room

Help improve campus sustainability! It just takes a few easy steps towards conservation to have a Certified Green Room. You may already be half-way there if you recycle or use compact florescent light bulbs. Take a minute to fill out this short-form and get your Certified Green Room sticker!

Recycling Bags

This year, every student gets a recycling bag for his or her room. These bags are encouraging students to bring recycling habits home. If you haven’t received yours yet, do not fret! Eco-Reps will be coming around to hand them out soon.

…Speaking of Eco-Reps, contact yours with any questions you have about your housing sustainability!

April 23, 2012


Filed under: Announcements — srgilson @ 2:51 pm

Come join us for Occupy Brandeis: The Great Teach-In on the Great Lawn


Tuesday, April 24th, 2012




The teach-in is an opportunity to hear from many exceptional activists–student, faculty, and others. Speakers include Brandeis Professors and President Fred Lawrence!



(rain location: Shapiro Campus Center Atrium)

April 18, 2012

26th Semi-Annual Environmental Internship Symposium

Filed under: Announcements — Shota Adamia @ 5:43 pm

Wed,May 2 (study day)


Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University

Room G-3

Refreshments served!


With presentations by student interns:

Liza Ansher & Meda Kisivuli: Boston Public Health Commission

Ben Rifkin: Mass Audubon Society Research

ShuMay Williams & Jennifer Mandelbaum: Healthy Waltham

Jordan Snyder: Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology Invertebrate department and Professor Eric Olsen

Madeline Barr,Jenny Cheng & Jianfei Zhu:

MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Stephanie Anderson: Roots & Shoots

Christopher Freeman & Nicole Litvak: James Carr LEED Architect

Alexandra DeDenko & Micol Zorzato: EPA New England, Toxics

Hannah Wellish: Stonehurst

Molly Lortie: WATCH

Patrick (P.J.) Donworth: Waltham City Council and Dept of Conservation Recreation

Ariana Berlin: Canfei Nesharim 

April 6, 2012

WATCH Out! Run and Walk — Sunday, April 22nd

Filed under: Announcements — tbelanga @ 1:42 pm

When? Sunday, April 22nd 10-11am (meet at the great lawn to start the run)

Why? To raise funds for the Waltham Alliance To Create Housing Emergency Funds Assistance Program to help provide emergency grants for low-income residents in need housing.

 Interested? $10 to register (includes a free wristband, free snacks and motivation along the way!). Buy tickets at: SCC box office: open Monday-Friday 12-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm, or by calling 781-736-3400

Buy your ticket at the SCC box office today!

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