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 2012

  • September 28; UMRC Thanks - Many thanks to those who contributed to the success of the 2012 Upper Mississippi River Conference!
  • July 24; IES hosts Rivers as Bridges exchange students at Riverfront campus The Institute for Environmental Studies in conjunction with the Department of Geography and the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Research Station provide visiting Chinese high school students with hands on experience in GIS technology and river ecology.  For more information on the Rivers as Bridges program, click here.
  • The Coneflower Project, March 4; Latest news release: "Sustainability and Curriculum at WIU, Part 1"  Click here to read the article.  Learn about this opportunity for faculty to learn and share knowledge and resources for integrating sustainability across our curricula and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.  Click here for more information.

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  • April 4; The WIU Graduate Council approved ENVR 401, Colloquium on Environmental Studies, for graduate credit.  The first offering of this course as a "401G" will be in Spring 2012.
  • May 19 & 20;   Coneflower Project: Infusing Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Development Workshop offered by Dr. Amy Mossman.  Click on the icon to see the workshop agenda; for additional information, contact Dr. Mossman at AP-Mossman@wiu.edu Adobe Acrobat Icon - Square
  • September; UMRC Thanks - Many thanks to those who contributed to the success of the 2011 Upper Mississippi Ri ver Conference!

2010

  • November 18; Join Campus Greens for a screening of the film "Burning the Future: Coal in America" followed by a moderated panel discussion This event will take place on on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Morgan Hall Room 109. Admission is FREE.  Click on the icon for additional information . Adobe Acrobat icon
  • A new course for Spring 2011: Attention students in Mathematics, Biological Sciences, & related fields - Prof. A. Ekanayake (AJ-Ekanayake@wiu.edu) is offering MATH 475/475G "Mathematical Models in Biology". Click here for more information on this exciting new course!
  • October 17; Join the Friends of Vishnu Springs and IES on Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm for an open house at the Ira & Reatha T. Post Wildlife Sanctuary. Click here for more information from the Friends of Vishnu Springs.
  • September 21; Prof. Amy Patrick Mossman presents, “Sustainability across the Curriculum from Brainstorm to Action: Realizing Our Education and Outreach Goals” as part of the WIU Sustainability Lecture Series: Conversations for the Natural & Social Sciences, Business, and the Arts & Humanities Tuesday, 21-Sept. 2010, at 12:30 pm, in the Malpass Library; 3rd floor west. Click here to download a pdf file of Dr. Patrick Mossman's presentation.
  • August 25-27; The Third Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference at the i-wireless Center in Moline, IL.  Click here to download a summary of the event and highlights of WIU's participation.
  • For ENVR Minors & BLAS Students: ENVR 201, Introduction to Environmental Studies, is offered this fall semester!  ENVR 201 will meet on M W F from 9:00 to 9:50 am and is offered at both the Macomb & QC campuses. When registering for this course, use STAR #48557 for the Macomb location or STAR #48558 to attend class at the QC campus.
  • A New Undergraduate Degree Program:  A new "hybrid" degree program between the Eastern Iowa Community College District and WIU-QC's Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration will be available for students in the Fall 2010 semester. For additional information on the program, click here to visit the WIU-QC RPTA web page.
  • March 14; New degree program featured in the Quad Cities Times, "Colleges team up for 3-year program"(14-March 2010). Click here to read the story.
  • River Conference featured in Focus Magazine. The Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference was featured in the Spring/Summer Edition of Focus Magazine: "Mississippi River attracts attention, efforts of WIU, partners". Click here to read the article.

2009

  • Congratulations to Robin Bauerly, IES Administrative Assistant, for winning the 2009 CAS Civil Service "Recognition & Service Award"!
  • A new graduate course for Spring 2010! GEOG 630, Seminar in Physical Geography, is being offered by Dr. Ranbir Kang. Click here for more information about the course. Click here to email Dr. Kang.
  • Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the IES Advisory Board: Dr. Daniel Ogbaharya (Department of Political Science) and Dr. Amy Patrick Mossman (Department of English & Journalism)!
  • October 18; Many thanks to the 1,500+ visitors who attended the Open House at the Post Sanctuary! We are especially grateful to the the Friends of Vishnu Springs for their outstanding volunteer efforts as the driving force behind this event.
  • October 16 - 17; Join our friends and colleagues at Augustana College as they celebrate a significant milestone in the history of their Geography Department by attending the "Geography 60th Anniversary Symposium: A Celebration of Learning, Research and Service".
  • A new course for Fall 2009: Soc 499: Environmental Sociology will be offered by Dr. Richard Gee. This new course meets on MWF from 1:00-1:50 pm in Morgan Hall Room 307. Click here to email Dr. Gee.
  • The IES Advisory Board met on Friday, August 21, 2009 at 10:00 am in the CAS Dean's Office.
  • For students who matriculate in Fall 2009 semester, the ENVR minor has been revised. Click here for a brochure on the revised Environmental Studies minor (pdf document). Click here for additional information on the IES Academic Programs page.
  • July 1, 2009; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Assistant Regional Director, Lynn Lewis and WIU President Al Goldfarb sign a Memorandum of Understanding in support of environmental education and research. Click here to learn more about this event.
  • June 2009; IES welcomes CAS Sciences Advisor, Ms. Jennifer Sandrik, to our team! Click here to go to the Academic Advising page for additional information.
  • April 8, 2009; 6th Annual WIU Environmental Summit, 9 am - 3 pm, University Union, Grand Ballroom. Click here to learn more about the Environmental Summit.
  • April 6, 2009; New program proposal for the Doctoral Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on large river ecosystem science will be considered by the WIU Graduate Council, 3 - 5 pm, University Union, Board Room. UPDATE Proposal for the Ph.D. in Environmental Science received approval from the WIU Graduate Council!
  • March 30, 2009; Sustainability Luncheon presentation by Ms. Selina Goddard, BIOSCI Graduate Student, on the relationships between historic land use and forest cover at the Ira & Reatha T. Post Wildlife Sanctuary, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Malpass Library, Room 180.
  • March 25, 2009; Screening of "Fighting Goliath - the Texas Coal Wars" followed by a panel discussion on coal mining and utilization, 7 - 9 pm in Tillman Hall, Room 301 & Quad Cities via CODEC. An FYE 2009 cosponsored by IES and the Departments of Political Science & Biological Sciences. Click here for background information and a preview of the film.
  • January 2009; IES welcomes Dr. Eric Ribbens to our team! Dr. Ribbens is teaching ENVR 401, the capstone course in the Environmental Studies minor, during the Spring 2009 semester. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ribbens.
  • January 13, 2009; IES Advisory Board Meeting, 10 am, TL 301.

2008

  • Highlights from the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of FOCUS Magazine include: "WIU cosponsors first Upper Mississippi River Conference"; feature story on Drs. Sue and Richard Musser"; & "‘Vishnu Springs’ given to WIU, becomes Post Wildlife Sanctuary". Click the image for a pdf package of F/W 08 stories.  Cover of FOCUS Magazine Fall 2008
  • November 14, 2008; IES staff participate in CITR's Faculty Research Symposium.
  • November 1, 2008; Congratulations to IES Research Fellow Dr. Sue Hum-Musser for receiving a 2008 University Research Council (URC) grant to support her work on plant-herbivore interactions.
  • October 22, 2008; An important letter from community stakeholders regarding the Post Sanctuary.
  • October 14, 2008; Proposed revision to the Environmental Studies Minor approved by the WIU Faculty Senate.
  • October 6, 2008; IES sponsors trip to hear Wendell Barry speak at Augustana College.
  • October 4, 2008; Proposed revision to the Environmental Studies Minor approved by WIU's Council on Curricular Programs & Instruction (CCPI).
  • September 22 & 23, Geography Research Exhibit, Tillman Hall, Room 301F. Click here to learn more about the Exhibit.
  • IES welcomes Dr. Sue Hum-Musser, who joined the Institute as a Research Fellow in the Fall 2008 semester!
  • Congratulations to IES Research Fellow Dr. Susan Romano, on receiving support for her research on the hybridization, and spatial and genetic distribution of the federally threatened plant species, Boltonia decurrens, along the Illinois River, from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service!
  • August 21-23, 2008, Upper Mississippi River Conference: Weaving Multiple Uses into Sustainable River Communities, i wireless Center, Moline, IL.
  • August 11, 2008, Earthwatch Institute student research presentations, 1 p.m. at the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station.
  • June 23, 2008; WIU Institutes to Conduct Extensive Study of Flood Impacts.
  • Highlights from the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of FOCUS Magazine include: "Institute for Environmental Studies - growing more than just plants" & "Fink gift provides Western students with local ecological laboratory" Click here for a pdf package of Sp/Su 08 stories.
  • April 28, 2008; Course in American Environmental History (HIST 422G) to be offered in Fall 2008.
  • April 23, 2008; Proposed revision of ENVR minor approved by CAS Faculty Council.
  • April 2, 2008; Proposed revision of ENVR minor approved unanimously by CAS Curriculum Committee.
  • April 2, 2008; Environmental Summit V cosponsored with Green Solutions.
  • March 7, 2008; IES Director, Roger Viadero, featured on Tri States Public Radio's "Emphasis".
  • February 22, 2008; IES Director, Roger Viadero Elected President of AES.
  • January 22, 2008; IES Advisory Board member Anderson featured in Keokuk, IA paper.
  • January 11, 2008; IES Advisory Board Meeting.
  • January 1, 2008; IES Advisory Board Member, Marty Green appointed VP of Governmental Relations for Illinois CPA Association.

2007