Resources, tips, and tools for conducting, presenting, and communicating Environmental Science and Resource Management research. Topped off with a smattering of career development advice for the soon-to-be graduate.
Welcome to our curation site for materials related to all aspects of a young researcher’s budding career.
Here you will find an array of stories, tools, and examples (both good and bad) to inspire and help your scholarship. Additional posts relate to tips and ideas for post-university job hunting and career advice. This page is created for and by undergraduate Environmental Studies and Resource Management majors, but likely relevant to a wide array of young scientists from many fields.
In particular, you will find postings often related to:
• experimental design
• example projects (good AND bad)
• topics/issues/locations which may prove fodder for your project
• graphing tools
• statistical and analytical tools
• data management tips and tools (excel, database & file management)
• GIS (primarily ArcGIS and Google Earth)
• public speaking
• slideware (PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, etc.)
• large format posters
• photo and video documentation
• multimedia presentations
Note: individual job/internship/grad school/funding postings will not be posted here. Please see the ESRM Jobs group on LinkedIn for these postings:
Apart from those times when you run for and make it into the elevator JUST before the doors close, there are very few things at work that get the adrenaline pumping quite like delivering a presentation. But unlike the elevator scenario, where a well-timed sprint will (usually) do, there’s a little more to think about if you want to ace your presentation.
Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live. So why would we rely on just one national number to understand public responses to climate change at the state and local levels?
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The California State University (CSU) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (EPA) to establish cooperation between the two entities, including encouraging students to participate in the environmental fields of study, and to help EPA attract a workforce as diverse as the public it serves. Implementation of the MOU activities will promote equal opportunity in EPA's workforce, contribute to CSU's capacity to provide high quality education particularly in various environmentally related fields of study, and encourage the participation of CSU students and faculty in EPA's programs. CSU's Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) is administering the Program.
This Internship Program offers CSU student volunteer learning opportunities at the EPA in a wide range of discipline areas. It provides students the opportunity to strengthen their leadership, technical, research, communication, networking, and other job skills as well as allowing the interns to become familiar with the EPA and its structure. Students work closely with a CSU faculty advisor and an EPA mentor to develop an overall learning project plan which will guide the internship. With direction from their faculty advisors, students will be mentored by the EPA directly. This is a for-credit Internship Program only, so no stipend/salary is provided. Internships will be offered each semester/quarter and are on an on-going basis. Most internships will be based at the student's home campus. Interns will be required to submit a final report documenting their experience and project(s) with the EPA and complete a career profile on their EPA mentor that identifies the mentor's requisite skill sets and educational requirements.
So you’ve graduated. Now the existential crisis shall begin. Where are you going to go? What are you going to do? What do you want to do? How will your enrolment in Lady Gaga Studies help you in the real world? Why didn’t you apply for those grad schemes instead of watching The Lord of […]
One of the most important paths to upward mobility, open on a meritocratic basis to people from all economic classes, is narrowing.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
I have witnessed this with growing sadness. The public in these states have created institutions which are increasingly NOT serving their citizens. Wasn't that the whole concept of a public university in the first place?
This just in from the land of great sexism: two female scientists had a manuscript rejected by a peer-reviewed journal because they didn’t ask a man for help. An unnamed peer reviewer for the journal PLoS One suggested that Drs. Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head find male co-authors—any men at all--for a paper they’d written, in order to make sure they weren’t leaping to “ideologically biased assumptions.”
This post shows how to make graphs like The Economist, New York Times, Vox, 538, Pew, and Quartz. And you can share–embed your beautiful, interactive graphs in apps, blog posts, and web sites. Read on...
Visualization is now a mass medium. It’s not quite Hollywood, but information graphics have millions of viewers, awards ceremonies, and even their own celebrities with tens of thousands of Twitter followers. More important, from the perspective of journalism, is that data visualization is an essential part of the communication process. Today, a data-driven story without a chart is like a fashion story without a photo.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
This is a well written meditation on critiquing graphics of others. Worth making it all the way through.
I’m Juan Camilo Estela (a.k.a. Juank), a mechatronic engineer and freelance photographer, illustrator, painter and designer.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
This is a great About Me example. I like the fact we have a simple description of who this guy is and I like his "Knowledge" tag so people can easily get up to speed with who he is/what he is about. For more detail, you can download his resume.
The recession is on its way out and, with it, so goes the hirer's job market. When conducting interviews, remember that your job is to disqualify wrong candidates while simultaneously keeping good ones from getting away.
Statistics can say whatever you want it to, drolls the dull old axiom. But that tack has always placed the onus more on the numbers than on the ones manipulating them; more correctly, you might say, Statistics can say whatever you want it to when it's used irresponsibly or haphazardly. This is especially important to remember this Super Bowl week.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
As much as it pains me to say it, the lame attempt at faulty stats was...well, lame. But the Pats still suck and still cheat and do whatever they have to win; that's not good sportsmanship.
The key metric here is that the balls seem to have been deflated by 3-4 psi. Can we just call a spade a spade and not worry too much about the past 25 years?
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