Gradfest: May 2, 2014

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This year's annual Graduate Research Symposium (May 2 at the David Brower Center) is not to be missed! The day's events will feature research presentations from graduating students, a guest lecture by Jessica Weir (University of Western Sydney), a keynote presentation by poet Robert Hass, remarks … [Read more...]

Will It Live or Die? Researchers Develop Biomarkers to Manage Impact of Sudden Oak Death

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ESPM's Brice McPherson and David Wood, working with researchers from The Ohio State University, have made exciting progress towards protecting forests from sudden oak death disease. This press release from the OSU outlines their findings. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University researchers … [Read more...]

2014 Hans Jenny Memorial Lecture: Chris Mooney on “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe in Science”

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Journalist Chris Mooney's lecture discusses the science of science denial at play in American culture. Mooney is the author of four books, including Unscientific America and the New York Times bestseller The Republican War on Science. He is a contributing writer at Mother Jones and also hosts … [Read more...]

Video: ESPM Fungi Foragers

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Check out this video about mushroom foraging in the Bay Area, featuring ESPM graduate student Sydney Glassman and ESPM professor Tom Bruns. If you'd like to try mushroom foraging yourself, visit The Mushroom Observer or consider enrolling in Professor Bruns' course: PMB 113: California Mushrooms. … [Read more...]

Environmental Musings: March 22, 2014

Written by Dept Chair Ron Amundson, Environmental Musings are excerpts from the weekly departmental newsletter.  - The 2014 Hans Jenny Lecture by journalist Chris Mooney is quickly approaching! Here's an outline of the schedule: Wednesday, April 2 Lecture: "The Science of Why We Don't … [Read more...]

Environmental Musings: March 14, 2014

Written by Dept Chair Ron Amundson, Environmental Musings are excerpts from the weekly departmental newsletter.  - Graduate Student Extension is Here! Whatever we wish to call them: GSE's. GSR^e, etc., we are now the first to provide research funding for graduate students who will work with … [Read more...]

Environmental Musings: March 7, 2014

Written by Dept Chair Ron Amundson, Environmental Musings are excerpts from the weekly departmental newsletter.  – Thanks to all of ESPM for the wonderful turnout for all of our job talks in Sustainable Agriculture and Ecoinformatics (I now have at least a working idea what Ecoinformatics is … [Read more...]

California’s Endangered Serengeti: Drought Could Wipe Out Key Wildlife on Carrizo Plain

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The recent rains aside, the drought bedeviling California still is expected to be the worst in 500 years and will change the way Californians live and work—but not just the people. It’s going to be pretty hard cheese, as Evelyn Waugh might have said, on the critters as well. The state’s wild … [Read more...]

Join the 20th Anniversary Photo Contest!

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Help celebrate ESPM’s 20th anniversary by entering our photo contest! Submit your photos for the categories of "ESPM's History," "ESPM in Action," "Your Research," and "Community" for a chance to win ESPM gear and coffee gift cards. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Visit the … [Read more...]

Environmental Musings: February 14, 2014

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Written by Dept Chair Ron Amundson, Environmental Musings are excerpts from the weekly departmental newsletter.  – ESPM GradFest ‘14 Five weeks into the semester - maybe it can’t come to an end soon enough (though I am wondering what has happened to the academic year). With that in mind, … [Read more...]