The Life of a Scientist

“In science, there is always an experiment to be performed, an unexpected result to troubleshoot, a poster to prepare, a conference to attend, newly published research to read, old research to brush up on, a minus 80 to de-ice, primers to borrow, a protocol to overhaul, a technician to train, a bench to disinfect, equipment to order, reagents to prepare, glassware to clean, and malfunctioning computers to turn off and on again.”

Quoted from an article that was indicating which professions consume the most coffee. By the way, research scientists were number one.


Find the whole article here.



NYT Opinion Page: Planning for the next Hurricane Sandy

In this New York Times opinion piece, the author predicts that we will see more storms like Hurricane Sandy and calls for more federal money to be directed toward preparing for the worst.

“Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm that hit the Atlantic Seaboard on Oct. 29, left at least 159 dead and caused $65 billion in damages. But as a presidential task force made clear this week, Sandy cannot be considered a seasonal disaster or regional fluke but as yet another harbinger of the calamities that await in an era of climate change.”

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FREC 2013 Seminar Series

Below is the schedule for the Fall 2013 Seminar Series in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Several of these seminars are directly related to the interests of the IGC IGEP.

Click on the flyer to download the PDF.

seminar series

NYT Opinion Page: The Age of Denial

In this New York Times opinion piece, Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, asserts that our society no longer values the integrity of scientific evidence.

“…instead of sending my students into a world that celebrates the latest science has to offer, I am delivering them into a society ambivalent, even skeptical, about the fruits of science.”

Read the full article here.


Your Local Water Quality: How understandable are the Consumer Confidence Reports?

You’ve probably recieved those water quality brochures in the mail, from your local water utilities….do consumers read and understand them? According to the EPA’s site:

“The Consumer Confidence Rule requires public water suppliers that serve the same people year round (community water systems) to provide consumer confidence reports (CCR) to their customers. These reports are also known as annual water quality reports or drinking water quality reports. The remaining public water systems in the U.S. are not required to provide CCRs, because they do not serve the same people on a day-to-day basis throughout the year.”

Are consumers reading, and understanding, these reports? Are they effective in communicating water and health messages? We’d like to find out…..

NYT Opinion: A Case for Climate Action

New York Times:  According to these former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.

A Republican Case for Climate Action


Published: August 1, 2013

“EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.

There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.

The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes “locked in.”

A market-based approach, like a carbon tax, would be the best path to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, but that is unachievable in the current political gridlock in Washington. Dealing with this political reality, President Obama’s June climate action plan lays out achievable actions that would deliver real progress. He will use his executive powers to require reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the nation’s power plants and spur increased investment in clean energy technology, which is inarguably the path we must follow to ensure a strong economy along with a livable climate.”

Read the entire New York Times editorial here.