On Tuesday, March 3, the Environmental Society will welcome filmmaker Eleni Vlachos on campus for a screening of her widely-acclaimed documentary, Seeing Through the Fence, as part of its nationwide tour!
Through a series of humorous and poignant interviews conducted across the US and in Greece with ‘random people,’ the documentarian’s family, and activists, Seeing Through the Fence explores the role of food in modern society and our connection, or lack of connection, with both the processes and animals from which our food originates.
The interviews include the philosophical exploration of food traditionally, questioning cultural assumptions and norms transferred to each subsequent generation. The ‘food chain,’ as well as the role ethics and the environment play in food choices, is discussed by omnivore and vegetarian alike, with views not as disparate as might be assumed. Health and diet become an integral part of the discussion, critical at a time when ‘Diet and Poor Physical Activity’ is the second most common cause of death in the United States (tobacco is the first as of 2000).
The documentary will be shown in College Hall 101 on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will go toward the expenses associated with the screening.
Click here to view a short trailer of the film.
PSC co-chair Stacy Alaimo, Associate Professor of English, has been invited to deliver a plenary address at an international conference entitled “Gendering Climate and Sustainability.” The conference will be held in Copenhagen in mid-March.
Alaimo’s web page
At the February meeting, the PSC welcomed Stacy Alaimo, Associate Professor of English, as the committee’s new faculty co-chair (replacing me). Her research, writing, and teaching focus in part on environmental issues. She has been an active member of the Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Working Group. Welcome, Dr. Alaimo.
Alaimo’s web page and research profile
The UT Austin Environmental Science Institute has launched an important new initiative: the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS). The first TRACS event will be a workshop on March 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to bring representatives of universities and colleges from around Texas together to share ideas about implementing sustainability. Seating will be limited to about 90 people.
Registration form for workshop
Environmental Science Institute
For more info, contact Rob Borowski, 512-851-6995
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Architecture students Boback Firoozbakht, Micheal Peguero, Tania Sabillion, and Brenda Gonzales have been invited to participate in a program to help create what is being described as “the nation’s first zero carbon community.” The program, known as Historic Green, will assist in applying green design and construction techniques to the task of rebuilding New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, devastated by flooding in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The students’ participation is being sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Info on Historic Green
Info on U.S. Green Building Council
Maverick Green Team Information Session on Thursday, February 26
While a commitment to individual efforts – like recycling, turning off your computer at night, photocopying on two sides, etc. – can and do have a significant impact on waste management, there is so much more the University can do. But this will take a coordinated, long-term commitment by every department on campus. So come to the next Campus Communicators Forum meeting and learn about the ten functional areas in which the University has made a commitment to sustainability and how you and your department can get involved in the new MAVERICK OFFICE GREEN TEAM. The MAVERICK OFFICE GREEN TEAM will go beyond the typical environmental initiatives – like recycling – that most offices/departments typically support. Recognition and prizes will be awarded to MAVERICK OFFICE GREEN TEAMS including a reception with the President. Open to all faculty and staff. Thursday, February 26 at 8:30am in the Rio Grande Ballroom, U.C.
Professor Tim Odegard, Department of Psychology
Friday Feb 27 Library Parlor, 6th Floor, 12 noon
Some veterans of the first Gulf War experience cognitive deficits associated with prior low-dose neurotoxin exposure they sustained by their time in the war. We consider the role that brain imaging can play in mapping out the relationship between brain function, prior exposure to environmental hazards and cognitive impairment.
Dr. A.R. Ravishankara
Director, Chemical Sciences Division
Earth System Research Laboratory
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
February 11, 2009
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bring a brownbag lunch –
Cookies and soft drinks provided by
The College of Science.
Call 817-272-3491 for
Atmospheric chemistry is a key determinant in controlling climate and studying present and future climate changes. Dr. Ravishankara, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the 2009 Robert A. Welch Lecturer, will discuss the role that atmospheric chemistry plays in governing climate and will focus on studies performed by the Earth System Research Laboratory at NOAA.
“Frontiers in Science”
a series of informal presentations on popular science topics