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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.

Lakes Appreciation Month in Indiana

For those of you that have not heard yet, on July 1st Governor Pence signed an Executive Order Proclamation making July 2015 Lakes Appreciation Month in Indiana!

IUPUI students help to meet CEES mission

Here at CEES, we are lucky to have great IUPUI undergraduate and graduate students that assist us in carrying out our mission.  This past Spring Semester, we had 19 driven students!  Here is a short summary of their efforts and some links to their work...

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- Guest blog submitted by Meera M. Patel. Ms. Patel is a rising senior at Fishers High School, a High Honor Roll student and a Project STEM intern.  This summer, Ms. Patel is researching Combined Sewage Overflows, assisting with community based research and spending some of her time interning with Amber Rollings at CEES.

Researchers from IUPUI investigate drought effects on legumes


CEES researchers (and IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences faculty) Dr. Lixin Wang and Dr. Pierre-Andre Jacinthe and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Stefani Daryanto published a new paper this month, “Global synthesis of drought effects on food legume production,” in the journal PLOS ONE. Wang et al.’s focus on legumes is of particular importance due to these protein rich (and tasty) Fabaceae family members being major players for food security for the developing world as well as gaining popularity from increasing healthy-eating-style dieting trends.

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