During the Alumni TGIF (“Thank Goodness I’m a Forester” event at F&ES) last October, I shared with Gao, a Ph.D. candidate from China, my interest in learning about the environmental footprint of Chinese investments overseas. Despite my passion, I had little experience in the topic at the time and had no idea where to start looking for resources. Gao immediately introduced me to Dr. Helen Gichohi, the McCluskey Fellow at F&ES, at the Alumni Event. Helen is a renowned scholar from Kenya and wildlife conservation field practitioner – also former President of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). I expressed my interest to Helen and made quick connections with her along with two other classmates, American and Ugandan students who shared a similar passion for the subject. As our interest overlapped with…
On January 25th, a unique set of festive ornaments was put on at the Kroon Hall – red lanterns, door couplets, delicate paper cut, and Lucky Upside-down Fu Character. Guess what was going on? Yes, it was the celebration of the Lunar New Year at F&ES.
At a time when global climate change negotiations are aiming to determine the world’s priorities, 2018 and 2019 have become landmark years to decide on the future of finance, adaptation, technology transfer, capacity-building, nationally determined contributions, and the future of the Paris Agreement as a whole.
This year, I spent quite a different Thanksgiving break. Instead of enjoying a delicious dinner with my dear F&ES friends in New Haven, I was in Guadalajara (my hometown) enjoying Mexican dishes and tequila with my family and closest friends. I traveled home and visited my alma mater, ITESO University (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente), where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2011. Many memories came to mind as I was walking through ITESO’s student halls and its astonishing gardens.
At F&ES, students dive deep in their diverse passions and focus outside classrooms through a unique way – Student Interest Groups (SIG). As one of the fastest growing SIGs, Energy SIG (NRG) focuses on increasing opportunities and knowledge within the energy sector at Yale and providing a rigorous learning community for students interested in the nexus between energy, business, and the environment. NRG organizes diverse activities, including hosting guest speakers, running workshops, organizing field trips, and providing networking opportunities. The members of the SIG are known as electrons. Here we featured the experience of three electrons attending energy-focused conferences in New York, Boston, and Palo Alto in November.
1. Cornell Energy Connection 2018
By Lucy (Myung Eun) Shim, MESc ’20
My name is Lucy Shim, and I’m…
This piece is part of a series of posts looking to highlight the Global, Interdisciplinary and Entrepreneurial character of F&ES. It’s hard to keep track of all the initiatives students are involved in, and we hope to provide a spotlight for them. For prospective students who wish to know more, and current students who wish to have their work featured in this series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it comes to the potential ramifications of international development and trade, F&ES students Tina Huang M.E.M. ’19 (China), Kate Logan M.E.M. ’20 (United States) and Nicholas Lo M.E.Sc ’19 (Hong Kong) share the goal of creating awareness among their peers, by making sure they spread dialogue in the U.S. about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a Chinese…
Authored by Tina Huang, MEM ’19
On Feb 10th, the Asia Student Interest Group (SIG) and the Coalition on Food and Agriculture (CAFE) co-hosted an event to celebrate Lunar New Year by making vegetable dumplings and having a community discussion on the sustainability of China’s food system. Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in many Asian societies. Just like the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, it is the time of the year that people go back home to reunite with families and friends to celebrate the arrival of a new year (2018 is the year of the dog!)
Picture caption: Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) students celebrate the
I am a third-year joint-degree student studying for a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) degree at F&ES and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). I also serve on the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee at F&ES and as a Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator at the Yale Office of LGBTQ Resources.
written by Maggie Yuan Yao
As a first year MEM student at F&ES, I enjoyed my time here in this diverse and dynamic community. This year, we have 79 international students representing 42 countries. We get to know each other very well starting from the international student orientation week, which happens before the orientation for our whole class.
There are also plenty of social and cultural activities at F&ES during the academic year. Every Friday evening, we gather at TGIF (Thank God I’m A Forester) and hang out with our classmates. There is also an international TGIF during the semester featuring all the cultures and food around the world. We come together and celebrate the diversity of our community, language, tradition, and culture. Here
Watching the events unfold at Standing Rock has felt something like an out-of-body experience. I am seventeen hundred miles away, watching safely from my living room. But every picture and every story that comes out of Standing Rock hits with such impact that the great distance seems negligible.
I am a child of the Dakotas. I was born in North Dakota. I spent almost every holiday and summer in the Badlands of North Dakota, or with family in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When I was young, my family moved to the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada, but we stayed close, just a few miles above the border. My childhood memories of the Dakotas and the Canadian prairies have blended, forming idyllic vignettes of golden sunsets, gorgeous but fierce…