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  • Academics in Action | Whittier College
    Lara Allen a South African anthropologist to work on a new initiative in the Tana River Forest vicinity called People for Conservation and Conservation for People PCCP The project aimed to provide solutions to community issues health care education clean water etc by empowering the local indigenous peoples known as the Pokomo to create sustainable eco tourism that would generate a stable income for these communities In other words the goal of the initiative was to establish a preserve under the control of the Pokomo and open to tourists In this particular situation the purpose of eco tourism was to educate tourists while creating economic development that benefits the livelihood of the local people and supports environmental conservation for the forests Since I was a young child I had always dreamt about traveling to Latin America or sub Saharan Africa to help others As I got older I began to develop strong interests and passions for environmental and human rights issues So when I first heard of the opportunity in Kenya I was quick to interview with Professor Mbora and was eventually offered the research position I was ready to take my experience to the next level and embark on my own research project During the following spring semester I decided to apply for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship I already had plans of pursing a Ph D and eventually entering a teaching career so the MMUF program was a perfect match After one personal statement essay one essay focused on the mission of Andrew W Mellon two letters of recommendation and an interview I was awarded the fellowship It provided me with both the academic and financial support to conduct my very own research project entitled The Effective Conservation of the Tana River Forests by the Pokomo of Kenya Under the guidance of Professor Mbora I began working with Professor Allen during the summer of 2011 We spent six weeks conducting workshops in the local villages of the Pokomo to learn about the use of natural resources from nearby forests and their own systems of conservation Having the opportunity to visit the villages and homes of the Pokomo was a culturally eye opening experience Their homes were primarily made of forest wood and mud Walking on the dirt roads and paths of their villages it became obvious to me that the Pokomo were more connected to their local environment compared to many people in Los Angeles whose homes are constructed daily of artificial materials These structures would also provide the foundation for my MMUF research project After conducting the workshops one of the vital pieces of information that I gained was the number of tree species needed to construct a household of the Pokomo and their way of conserving the forests through their own governmental system known as the Council of Elders These results would eventually lead me back to Kenya I returned to Kenya once again for four weeks during 2012 but spent most of my time in

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  • After Whittier | Whittier College
    River Forest Read more Alumni Spotlight Award winning biogeochemist educator and author James N Galloway 66 Read more Prev Next In This Section Environmental Science Mobile About Preview of Courses Clubs Organizations Facilities Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Environmental Science After Whittier After Whittier On 25 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them Graduates who enter the professional arena have taken jobs in waste management ecological restoration nature conservancy policy planning law and for organizations that include environmental NGOs the US Environmental Protection Agency US Department of Agriculture US Fish and Wildlife Service and The Bureau of Land Management See what our alumni are up to James Galloway 66 Professor of Environmental Sciences University of Virginia In 1966 Jim Galloway left Whittier College with a dual degree in biology and chemistry In the ensuing years he has been called both a pioneer and an exceptional leader on global biogeochemical issues focusing on documenting and understanding the massive changes that are occurring in the global nitrogen cycle both through his own research as well as fostering a major international effort Most recently Galloway and his colleagues at the University of Virginia University of Maryland and the Netherlands have created a web based calculator that measures an individual s impact on the nitrogen cycle according to factors such as diet and transportation choices The calculator launched in February 2011 is a project of the International Nitrogen Initiative INI a global network of scientists who share research and data on the nitrogen dilemma Galloway was the founding chair of INI In 2008 Galloway was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the Tyler

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  • Preview of Courses | Whittier College
    to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog Sample Core Courses ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science An introduction to the field of environmental science examined from multiple perspectives biology earth sciences chemistry and physics The class focuses on the contributions these different disciplines make to the diagnosis and solution of environmental problems with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of these issues Lecture laboratory and field trips One semester 4 credits ENVS 396 Integrated Research Methods This course focuses on developing expertise in environmental sampling and analysis Topics to be covered include basic surveying and mapping techniques community sampling air and water quality analysis and basic statistical analysis of data The course is topic based and will investigate several problems over the course of the semester using field and laboratory instrumentation This course is designed for sophomores or juniors Lecture Laboratory and Field Trips Prerequisite ENVS 100 One semester 3 credits Sample Jan Term Courses INTD 218 Insects and People Insects are the most diverse group of living things on the planet and vastly outnumber in species and individuals any other taxonomic group This course explores the interactions between humans and insects to appreciate the importance of insects in human well being On the one hand insects provide people with valuable goods e g food and clothing and essential services e g pollination and waste removal But on the other hand insects transmit deadly diseases among people and inflict immense economic losses as pests of our crops and our homes Students learn basic insect ecology morphology and physiology on the basis of which they are able to recognize the diverse insect orders and life cycles and their relatives Consequently students come to appreciate the capacity of insects to deliver ecosystem goods and services to human societies but also to be pests and purveyors of pestilence to people and property The culminating experience in the class is project that encourages students to explore the theme of insects and people as imaginatively as possible The project could be a work of art painting a short play even a song etc or it could be an ecological analysis e g the diversity of insects on campus or in Puente Hills Sample Upper Division Environmental Science Courses ENVS 320 Environmental Chemistry Atmospheric and condensed phase chemistry involved in modern environmental challenges including global warming energy supply air water and soil pollution and ozone depletion Prerequisite CHEM 110A or instructor permission One semester Lectures and Laboratory Cross listed with Chem 282 One semester 4 credits ENVS 352 Long Term Environmental Change The Earth s climate is experiencing unprecedented changes that will likely affect every form of life Now scientists can rely on the study of past climate changes to better understand the mechanisms triggers and environmental impacts behind abrupt past changes in climate and to make predictions about future climate ENVS 473 The Southern California Flora Ecology Evolution and Taxonomy Taxonomic and ecological study of native plants Lectures Laboratory and Field Trips This

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  • Clubs & Organizations | Whittier College
    Sustainability Student Support First Year at Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Environmental Science Homepage Slider TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE EARTH Whittier s Environmental Science Environmental Studies program examines the world s ever present environmental issues Learn more Life Among The Pokomo Conservation research brings Amber Orozco 13 to Kenya s Tana River Forest Read more Alumni Spotlight Award winning biogeochemist educator and author James N Galloway 66 Read more Prev Next In This Section Environmental Science Mobile About Preview of Courses Clubs Organizations Facilities Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Environmental Science Clubs Organizations Clubs Organizations On 29 Apr 2013 By admin 0 Comments The Environmental Science Program offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations that promote academic and professional growth and more importantly connect students to peers who want to have fun and build upon their passions Recognized student clubs and organizations affiliated with the program are listed below Raising Awareness for the Environment Raising Awareness for the Environment RAE was established for the purpose of raising awareness of issues affecting the environment both on campus and within the local community The club organizes activities such as beach clean ups and local community cleans ups and assists in helping Whittier College become environmentally friendly by using non paper advertising options For more information about RAE contact rae poets whittier edu

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  • Research & Fieldwork | Whittier College
    Environmental Science Mobile About Preview of Courses Clubs Organizations Facilities Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Environmental Science Research Fieldwork Research Fieldwork On 25 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Faculty in the Environmental Science department are engaged in a number of research activities that involve undergraduate students who are frequently hired through work studies opportunities exception funding and internship programs Faculty research is also an integral component of the various classroom and field experiential activities Cheryl Swift is an ecologist who focuses on Mediterranean ecosystems and has branched out to study coastal wetlands She has involved students in her research in South Africa and Southern California Cinzia Fissore s research focuses on soil carbon cycling and stabilization processes in forest and grassland ecosystems and their responses to climate change She is also interested in investigating biogeochemical cycles in urban ecosystems sal johnston s work focuses on sustainable food systems environmental justice and land politics sal is currently working on a book Growing Change Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles sal also partners with Grow Good a non profit urban farm and LA Neighborhood Land Trust Robert B Marks is an environmental historian who does most of his teaching and research both on China and on the early modern world His most recent book is China Its Environment and History and he is currently writing an environmental history of the early modern world David Mbora is an ecologist and conservation biologist interested in understanding how the preeminent threats to biodiversity habitat loss and fragmentation impact animal populations He involves undergraduate students in all his research projects including fieldwork in Kenya and laboratory analyses at Whittier College He teaches courses in conservation biology ecology and evolution and environmental science Natale Zappia specializes in colonial revolutionary North America with an emphasis on the early modern borderlands of the Atlantic World Pacific Rim and Native America His research and teaching also explores the ways that continental trading networks food pathways and ecologies transformed North America over the past three centuries His research on long term environmental change intersects with his interest in modern food systems and community based movements that are fighting to gain access to healthy environments in rural and urban areas All of our faculty involve students in various aspects of their research For example select students support faculty members with their professional academic investigations At other times it is the faculty which assists the efforts of students in pursuing groundbreaking new research As a result of these experiences and with confidence in their own abilities Whittier students regularly go on to participate in conferences such as the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research and other academic conclaves across the nation Students further interact with faculty members in programs that are part of the College s Centers of Distinction and take place at Garrett and Hartley Faculty Masters Houses on campus residences where professors live for a multi year term and

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  • Internships & Fellowships | Whittier College
    Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Environmental Science Homepage Slider TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE EARTH Whittier s Environmental Science Environmental Studies program examines the world s ever present environmental issues Learn more Life Among The Pokomo Conservation research brings Amber Orozco 13 to Kenya s Tana River Forest Read more Alumni Spotlight Award winning biogeochemist educator and author James N Galloway 66 Read more Prev Next In This Section Environmental Science Mobile About Preview of Courses Clubs Organizations Facilities Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Environmental Science Internships Fellowships Internships Fellowships On 25 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Internships At Whittier College education goes beyond the confines of campus Here we know that classroom learning needs to be practically applied both for career training as well as civic involvement and so getting out into the community is crucial for intellectual and character growth Whittier s location in Southern California close to Los Angeles and Orange County gives students internship opportunities that will help them gain crucial business training and experience valuable for their post Whittier lives Industries ranging from entertainment to finance aerospace to bioengineering and more all call Southern California home Civic involvement is immensely important at Whittier College as well Our Center for Engagement with Communities brings together faculty students and staff from all sectors of the College to partner with non profit organizations and local government in Whittier and the neighboring communities Learn more about the internship process at the Center for Career Planning Internships And to locate volunteer opportunities in and around Whittier College please visit the Center for Engagement with Communities Fellowships Whittier s Director of Fellowships along with faculty

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  • Study Abroad | Whittier College
    environmental issues Learn more Life Among The Pokomo Conservation research brings Amber Orozco 13 to Kenya s Tana River Forest Read more Alumni Spotlight Award winning biogeochemist educator and author James N Galloway 66 Read more Prev Next In This Section Environmental Science Mobile About Preview of Courses Clubs Organizations Facilities Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Environmental Science Study Abroad Study Abroad On 24 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Travel throughout multiple countries cultural exchange foreign language immersion unique academic adventures all of these are hallmarks of the international study experience For the last 50 years in keeping with its mission to prepare students for a global society and evolving workplace Whittier College has sponsored study abroad opportunities placing qualified students in locations throughout five continents or at sea for a semester year summer or January Interim session of international academic experience During the 2013 JanTerm for instance Professor of Environmental Science Cinzia Fissore teamed with Professor of Business Dan Duran to lead a group of students through Holland for a course that combined environmental science with business The group visited corporations such as Siemens Procter Gamble and LM Wind Power to better understand the issue of environmental sustainability within the context of international business During their visit to LM Wind Power students spent two hours with VP of Global Communications Chris Springham and Nora Balogh from the global strategy office to discuss the company s sustainability efforts Reflecting on the session Springham said We had very interesting discussions and it was certainly a worthwhile experience which gave us interesting insights into what some of our younger stakeholders think They had a genuine interest in the industry and how we can contribute to solving some of the

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  • Support | Whittier College
    Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Environmental Science Homepage Slider TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE EARTH Whittier s Environmental Science Environmental Studies program examines the world s ever present environmental issues Learn more Life Among The Pokomo Conservation research brings Amber Orozco 13 to Kenya s Tana River Forest Read more Alumni Spotlight Award winning biogeochemist educator and author James N Galloway 66 Read more Prev Next In This Section Environmental Science Mobile About Preview of Courses Clubs Organizations Facilities Faculty Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Environmental Science Support Support On 25 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Continued success of the Environmental Science program depends on the generosity of our donors Your gift of time money or resources allows us to continue to provide students with the best opportunities to learn and develop provide a quality education and attract and retain top scholars and students Ways to Support Gifts to the Whittier Fund Tuition does not cover the entire cost of educating a student Unrestricted gifts to the Whittier Fund bridge the funding gap and help provide exceptional opportunities that all students enjoy including access to a great education internships job counseling small class sizes and leadership and team building opportunities Unrestricted gifts provide the most flexibility and allow Whittier to use your gift where the need is greatest Directed gifts to the Whittier Fund may be designated for a particular purpose within the College s identified institutional needs including student service and academic program support student scholarships faculty recruitment and retention library resources and acquisitions and athletics However you choose to support the Whittier Fund be assured that your gift

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