2012 Jury

The 2012 EFFY Jury is made of Yale faculty, staff, alumni, Master's students, and Yale College students. They will decide which films take home the Best Feature and Best Short awards.


Caitlin Cromwell

Yale College Student

Caitlin is in her sophomore year as a Yale undergraduate. She was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, alongside two siblings, four dogs, two cats, a whole host of chickens, and a swarm of honeybees. An English major, Caitlin reads a lot of Wordsworth, and agrees with him when he says that "great Nature...exists in works of mighty Poets."


Jared Gilbert

Yale Divinity School, Master's Student

Jared Gilbert is a Master of Divinity candidate (2012) at Yale Divinity School (YDS), where he is the current student body president. He is preparing for urban ministry in Brooklyn as a pastor with the United Church of Christ. Advocacy for environmental causes has been a part of his professional, personal and academic life, as Communications Manager for a green architecture firm, advocacy against environmental racism, and exploration of ecological ethics and environmental theologies through study at YDS.

Ronald Gregg

Film Studies Program, Senior Lecturer and Programming Director

Ron Gregg is Director of Film Programming at the Whitney Humanities Center and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, American Studies, and LGBT Studies at Yale. Before coming to Yale, he taught at Northwestern, Duke, the University of Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gregg is a film curator, who has programmed special events for film festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, Johannesburg, London, and elsewhere, and in a past life, he was a digital video artist, producing work that was screened in the US and Europe.


Vanessa Lamers

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies / School of Public Health, Master's Student

Vanessa Lamers is currently pursuing a Joint Master of Public Health and Master of Forestry & Environmental Studies degree at Yale. Her current research involves studying the environmental and human health impacts of shale gas development, a portion of which is an analysis of if environmental documentaries such as "Gasland" portray scientific arguments properly. She works at the Yale Art Gallery, where she engages people of all ages (3-99) with imagery and the arts. She also serves on the board of the New Haven Land Trust, and is the Community Outreach Chair for the non-profit Slow Food Shoreline. Vanessa grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, where she developed her love for all things environmental.


Will Minter

Graduate and Student Professional School, Master's Student

Will is a master's student from the UK studying East Asian studies, with a focus on Ancient Chinese literature. He loves nature, and enjoys identifying plants and birds. Before coming to Yale he was a teacher for three years, and became interested in how to reduce waste in schools and how to avoid hypocrisy when teaching about the environment.


Barry Muchnick

Quinnipiac University, Professor; School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Alum

Barry Muchnick is an environmental historian whose research and teaching revolve around the idea that history looks very different when considered in its environmental context, and that one can learn a great deal about both history and the environment by studying the two together. Currently teaching at Quinnipiac University, Barry recently completed his dissertation, “Nature’s Republic: Fresh Air Reform and The Moral Ecology of Citizenship in Turn of the Century America” in a joint Ph.D. program of his own design between Yale’s History Department and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He has lectured widely on British landscape painting and environmental ethics; environmental citizenship; the interconnections of science, technology, and sentiment; nature and national identity; and natural disaster.


Annie O’Sullivan

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master's Student

Annie O'Sullivan is working towards her master's degree in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). She graduated from Williams College in 2007, where she studied biology with a focus on evolutionary ecology. Annie is most interested in environmental education at the high school level. Prior to attending F&ES, she worked for Lava Lake Lamb, a sheep ranch with a focus on conservation in Central Idaho.


Scott Rumage

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, IT Support Technician

Scott Rumage became fixated with films when his grandmother took him to see Gigi in 1982. After getting fed up with his parents' small TV & horrible sound, he re-wired their house for a laserdisc player and surround sound in 1989. His large collection of laserdiscs, VHS tapes, DVDs, HD-DVDs, & Blurays (he totally skipped betamax) is arranged by his librarian husband, Allen Townsend, in Library of Congress Format, and is managed by their miniature piebald daschund, Dashelle.


Rachael Styer

Yale College Student

Rachael Styer is a senior Environmental Studies major at Yale College with a concentration in environmental history and policy. She has focused her research on agricultural policy history, specifically in Lancaster County, PA, and hopes to one day have a positive impact on farmland preservation and agricultural laws. In her free time she enjoys LA Times crossword puzzles, watching entire series of TV comedies and spending time with her friends and family.


Tara Varghese

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master's Student

Tara Varghese is in her second year at F&ES, studying water quality and resource management. She grew up in Southeast Asia and has gained a broad perspective on natural resource issues ranging from the harsh realities faced by some communities to the hope and promise experienced by others. She received degrees in Biology and English from Case Western Reserve University, and prior to arriving at Yale she worked at an environmental consulting firm in the Boston area and an NGO in Ladakh, India.

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