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College Women Lead Conference

February 13, 2016, 12:00 am - February 14, 2016, 12:00 am
This college women's conference is unlike any conference you have ever heard of or attended! You will learn how to navigate challenges and barriers, how to lead and motivate others and how to capitalize on your strengths, assets and gifts! You will leave the conference with a blueprint for a "Purpose Project" that you create! This year's conference theme focuses on women of color and social justice.

What the Dog Knows

February 15, 2016, 7:00 pm - February 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: 2203 SAS Hall
Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced her to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

Designing Landscapes of Urban Change

February 17, 2016, 6:00 pm - February 17, 2016, 7:00 pm
Location: Burns Auditorium Kamphoefner Hal
Women in Landscape Architecture Lecture - Gina Ford. Cities across the U.S., in an effort to maintain competitiveness and address broader economic, ecological or social issues, are investing in innovative planning and design. Ford will discuss successful projects that have been urban catalysts.


February 18, 2016, 12:00 am - February 20, 2016, 12:00 am
Location: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, United States
Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler's Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the Summit will bring together professionals in business, policy, and academia from across the state and region for two days of discussion, problem-solving, and networking to foster leadership and growth in North Carolina's clean tech industry.

Environmental Impacts of Rapid Urbanization in China

February 24, 2016, 3:30 pm - February 24, 2016, 4:30 pm
Location: 1216 Jordan Hall Addition
As the world’s most populous country, China has experienced the rapidest urbanization in
past three decades worldwide, and this trend is expected to continue in upcoming
decades. The urban dwellers increased from 190 million in 1980 to 758 million in 2014
(accounting for 20 percent of the global total at present) and this number is predicted to
become 1.04 billion by 2050. There is no doubt that urban areas play an irreplaceable role
in achieving a sustainable future for human societies, such as the centers of wealth
creation, social services, culture, and politics. However, they have been causing many
environmental issues which have already seriously affected human health and well-being.
For instance, the heavy outdoor air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths
in China in 2010, nearly 40 percent of the global total, according to a summary of data
from a scientific study on leading causes of death worldwide. This seminar will introduce
the rates and patterns of the rapid urbanization, the major environmental effects, and in
particular present the impacts on local climate (urban heat island effects) and vegetation
(vegetation phenology and activities) in China.

RTI - NC State Researchers Collaboration Breakfast

February 25, 2016, 8:00 am - February 25, 2016, 10:00 am
Location: RTI International
NC State researchers are invited to join RTI researchers for breakfast
from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, with the
purpose of increasing research interactions and identifying new
collaborative opportunities.

Integrating Satellite and Ground Observations to Understand Global Terrestrial Ecosystem Productivity in the 21st Century

February 25, 2016, 3:30 pm - February 25, 2016, 4:30 pm
Location: 5103 Jordan Hall
Dr. Conghe Song – Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Food Waste and Hunger Forum

February 25, 2016, 4:30 pm - February 25, 2016, 6:00 pm
Location: The Mountains Ballroom, Talley Student Union
Using an "un-conference" format, we will work together to help solve the most pressing challenges for those working on the front lines in battling food waste and hunger. This forum is for anyone interested in food waste, hunger, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, or non-profits. Our confirmed panelists are: Shraddha Rathod from FreshSpire startup, Don Eli from Interfaith Food Shuttle, Morgan Murdock from Food Recovery Network, Erin White from Community Food Lab, and Maggie Kane from A Place at the Table. More than 1 in 4 children in North Carolina have insufficient food to grow and be active, and this fact impacts our nation's future.

Robin Moore: In Search of Lost Frogs

February 25, 2016, 6:00 pm - February 25, 2016, 7:30 pm
Location: The Crafts Center at NC State University, 210 Jensen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606, United States
In 2010 Robin led the Search for Lost Frogs, the largest coordinated global search for species lost to science, which resulted in 15 rediscoveries, 650 news articles in 20 countries and a billion potential viewers. Robin has documented the search, including his own expeditions to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Israel and beyond in narrative and images in his book, In Search of Lost Frogs, released in September 2014 in the USA and UK. This free presentation is sponsored by the Disappearing Frogs Project in conjunction with the Disappearing Frogs Art Exhibition at the Crafts Center.

Sustainable Operations Management Workshop

February 26, 2016, 12:00 am - February 29, 2016, 12:00 am
Location: Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606, United States
The workshop will be hosted by the NC State Poole College of Management in partnership with the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative, Poole College Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. For more information contact Eda Kemahlioglu Ziya at

COMMUNITY EVENT: Toyota + Net Impact Next Generation Mobility Challenge

February 27, 2016, 12:00 am - February 28, 2016, 12:00 am
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, United States
Apply your learning to a real business and social impact challenge as students map out innovative solutions – from products to services to campaigns – to a specific mobility or transportation issue. Work alongside students from different disciplines – from design, engineering, and business -- to immerse in a guided design thinking process that builds understanding of user needs, creativity, and teamwork. Industry experts provide mentorship and authentic connections to network throughout the day. The top team from each event has the chance to incubate their ideas further by competing to win a summer internship with Toyota’s innovation partners and showcase ideas at the 2016 Net Impact Conference.

Stellar Student: Brian Iezzi

March 1, 2016, 3:00 pm - March 1, 2016, 4:00 pm
Location: Auditorium at DH Hill
Brian Iezzi, a senior majoring in Textile Engineering, is the co-founder of the NC State Bike Share program as well as the co-founder of Platinix, a startup that provides a replacement for platinum in the synthesis of hydrogen gas. He will discuss his experiences as a student entrepreneur and environmental activist.

Borlaug Lecture: The Future of Whales and Whaling

March 1, 2016, 7:00 pm - March 1, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: Location TBD
Dr. Simon Brockington, Executive Secretary, International Whaling Commission (presenting the annual Borlaug Lecture)

Designing Resilient Landscapes: Patterns of the Past, Visions of the Future

March 3, 2016, 3:30 pm - March 3, 2016, 4:30 pm
Location: 101 David Clark Labs
Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Coffee & Viz - Dr. Robin Grossinger

March 4, 2016, 9:30 am - March 4, 2016, 10:30 am
Location: Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Dr. Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he directs SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program. Through his twenty-plus years of work analyzing how California landscapes have changed since European contact he has utilized geographic and historical mapping to help guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. Using examples from his work he will demonstrate the mapping process and how maps can be used as an effective means of communication.

Last Barn Dance

March 15, 2016, 7:00 pm - March 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: Auditorium at DH Hill
To commemorate National Agriculture Day, join us for a screening of The Last Barn Dance, which chronicles dairy farmer Randy Lewis’ fight to save his business in an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County. (Runtime 30 minutes). Jason Arthurs, director and producer, Randy Lewis, the farmer highlighted in the film, and John Day, military partnership coordinator for NC Growing Together, will be on hand for a post-screening discussion.

Nature, Science, and the Race to Save Ourselves

March 16, 2016, 7:00 pm - March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: TBD
Dr. M. Sanjayan, Conservation International.

The Art and Science of the Duck Stamp

March 21, 2016, 7:00 pm - March 21, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: 2203 SAS Hall
Ms Suzanne Fellows, National Coordinator of the Federal Duck Stamp Program,US Fish and Wildlife Service

Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium

March 23, 2016, 12:00 am - March 25, 2016, 12:00 am
Location: McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
Managing the threats of emerging diseases that affect agricultural crop plants requires experts in genetics, biology, epidemiology, climate change, metadata analysis, geospatial analytics and global development policy. We will synthesize new developments on emerging plant disease biology and discuss an expanding array of new technologies to gather, analyze, synthesize, and share knowledge about emerging infectious diseases of plants that affect global food security. Four sessions with invited keynote speakers and a closing panel and poster sessions are planned.

River Flows, Fish, and the Things We Do to Them

March 24, 2016, 3:30 pm - March 24, 2016, 4:30 pm
Location: 101 David Clark Labs
Dr. Kirk Winemiller, Regents Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University.

What the Elephants are Saying

April 4, 2016, 7:00 pm - April 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: Witherspoon Cinema
Peter Wrege
Elephant Listening Project
Ithaca, New York

Sustainability in Research Seminar Series

April 12, 2016, 3:00 pm - April 12, 2016, 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Joel Gehman, Assistant Professor Strategic Management & Organization at the University of Alerta's Alberta School of Business, speaks on B Corporations.
University of Alberta

Canis soupus: Hybridization Between Eastern Coyotes, Wolves and Dogs

April 14, 2016, 3:30 pm - April 14, 2016, 4:30 pm
Location: 101 David Clark Labs
Dr. Roland Kays, Head, Biodiversity Research Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony

April 17, 2016, 4:00 pm - April 17, 2016, 5:30 pm
Location: Stewart Theater
Raleigh Civic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Peter Askim (composed by Richard Blackford, based on decades of nature recordings of animals and landscapes by Dr.Bernie Krause).

COMMUNITY EVENT: Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference

September 12, 2016, 12:00 am - September 15, 2016, 12:00 am
Location: Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference Hilton Charlotte University Place Charlotte, North Carolina
The impacts of current climate variability and the evidence of climate change are continuing to grow and with it our understanding of the challenges we face in adapting to those changes. Building resilience – the ability to adjust easily to or recover from a stress or change – is an important step in preparing to successfully address the current and future pressures. The Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference seeks to assist by providing a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise.