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Bug Fest 2015

Jacob teaching

Bug Fest 2015 was a huge success! Everyone had a great time and came away with a better understanding of bats and their role in the ecosystem. We need bats to eat the bugs!

Meet Dr. Julia Angstmann: New Director of the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University

Dr. Julia Angstmann joined the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) at Butler in June of 2015, and she is incredibly excited about many of the ongoing programs as well as future endeavors!

INPAWS Annual Conference 2015

- Guest blog submitted by Jenny Nelson.  Jenny is a lecturer in the Earth Sciences department and CEES Faculty Partner.

Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society (INPAWS) members gather every November for a full day to engage in learning about native plants!

Partnership Insight: CEES Service Learning and DPW

CEES and Don Miller and Brenda Howard with Department of Public Works (DPW) - Land Stewardship have had a long standing partnership.  In fact, Don informs, “they’ve never had a longer term partnership with anybody.”  CEES Service Learning currently helps Don and Brenda mainly with the preventative maintenance of prior projects. 

CEES at Bug Fest

Friend of CEES, Jan Lesniak, has volunteered to host a station at this year’s annual Bug Fest focusing on bat education and conservation. Bug Fest is a self-described celebration of bugs taking place at Southeastway Park on August 30 from 1 – 5 p.m.  CEES is happy to help in this endeavor!

Spotlight on CEES Partner: Dr. Brian Plankis

Dr. Brian Plankis, a major contributor to CEES’ educational outreach programs, has made environmental education his life’s work.  Brian was initially impassioned for science by his 7th grade science teacher, Mr. Bill King who taught at Culver Community High School. 

CEES Wishes Congratulations to Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson, previous Education Outreach Coordinator for CEES, is taking on a new endeavor.  Elizabeth has accepted to be a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow through the University of Indianapolis!  Congratulations to Elizabeth!

Update on Discovering the Science of the Environment in Kenya

-Collaborative blog by Jenna Gatzke & Amber Rollings

For the past year, CEES’ educational outreach team has been working with a total of six schools in both Indianapolis and Eldoret, Kenya (funding appreciably provided by Dow AgroSciences).

CEES Engages in Cyanobacteria Research

- Guest blog submitted by Kira Wiseman.  Kira is a recent graduate of the B.S. Environmental Science program. Kira helps in data entry and water sampling processes in order to facilitate cyanobacteria research.

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