Graduate Studies in the News
Nick Stevenson, a student in the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program, recently won the 2009 Student Poster Competition at the National Water Conference in St. Louis, MI, with his poster, “Changing Homeowner’s Lawn Care Behavior to Reduce Nutrient Losses in New England’s Urbanizing Watersheds: The Role of Social Science.” Nick’s poster highlights a multi-year project to protect water quality by reducing homeowners’ over-fertilization of lawns. Nick’s entry was chosen from a field of approximately 40 posters submitted by master’s and doctoral students nationwide.
The poster project is funded by the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and involves a team from universities across New England including PSU’s Center for the Environment, the University of New Hampshire, and the Universities of Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island.
Mary Ann McGarry, associate professor of science education and director of education for Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, was invited to be a key speaker and a member of the scientific committee at “Environmental Security: New Issues, New Challenges,” a NATO Advanced Research Conference scheduled for May 2009 in Vinovo, Italy. The conference aims to bring together academicians and professionals from various cultures and backgrounds to forge relationships, share knowledge, and stimulate debate regarding environmental security. Specifically, participants will help emerging countries develop plans that use ecological and sustainable criteria to address issues of historic preservation, new construction, and environmental damage and pollution.
Saima Khusro, a science teacher at F. G. Girls Model School, an all-girls high school in Islamabad, Pakistan, and Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute (PELI) alumna, was named Alumni of the Month by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges.
Following her PELI exchange, Khusro established a Save the Environment Club at her school that encourages students to become active and environmentally aware. The club emphasizes the importance of reusing materials, environmental preservation, conservation, and community awareness. Khusro took her Save the Environment Club project to a global level by creating a web site to document the entire project. Through the club’s Web site, Khusro links grassroots educational initiatives in Pakistan with a global network of teachers.
Last November, the Save the Environment Club was officially recognized by the Government of Pakistan. The club’s formal inauguration ceremony was held by Professor Muhammad Rafique Tahir of the Ministry of Education Federal Directorate of Education.