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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!

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UNHSI Sustainability Fellowships–Application Deadline Extended to 2/19/17

UNHSI’s Sustainability Fellowships pair outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. Sustainability Fellows each undertake to meet challenging deliverables, and receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking and professional development opportunities, and a $6000 stipend.

2017 Project Descriptions

Click here for more information & to apply!

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Job Posting: Field Researcher (weekend only) at Shedd Aquarium

Great opportunity for someone who is looking for part-time experience in research:

This is a responsible non-manager level position. The Audience Research and Evaluation department conducts social science research, and evaluation, in an effort to provide valuable audience insights to institutional planning. The department is responsible for leading the development, implementation, reporting and management of institutional research and evaluation strategies and tools with Shedd’s nearly 2 million guests. The field researcher’s primary role is to conduct data collection, data entry, and provides administrative support for the day-to-day operations and special projects associated with the Audience Research and Evaluation department.  Occasionally, the field researcher will assist with data analysis, reporting, and evaluation planning.

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U.S. Oil Spill List: An Interactive Research Tool Created by Oakton Student

1,140 metric tons spilled in Fairbanks, Alaska on 10/4/2001

15,960 metric tons spilled in Lake Charles, Louisiana on 6/19/2006

865,177 metric tons spilled in the Gulf of Mexico on 4/20/2010

These are only a small fraction of the crude oil spills which have occurred in the United States since we started extracting and transporting the resource. Shocked by these numbers and inspired to raise awareness of the issue, Oakton student Sto Hummel spent months researching and compiling data on U.S. spills then put them into an interactive website to share with the world. The timeline feature allows users to scroll through history and identify not just dates, but locations, and also amount of oil spilled. Each spill was verified by appropriate sources and listed references have been validated.

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Tree Conservation Research Aide – Part-time (Lisle)

Position Summary:

Assist with compiling data on threatened oak trees for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, which is an authoritative global assessment of the conservation status of plant and animal species.  Work with Tree Conservation Specialist to prioritize oaks for assessment and synthesize research.  Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration of 12 months, with a potential for extension.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with gathering data on oak species from a multitude of sources to contribute to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • Enter data on oak species into the IUCN Species Information Service database and edit existing data.
  • Provide support to the Tree Conservation Specialist with regard to The Morton Arboretum’s role in leading oak research and conservation efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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