Darrick Evensen Wins Jewish Sermon Contest on Fracking

DNR grad student, Darrick Evensen, recently won a Jewish sermon contest for his interpretation of the Torah, other Jewish literature, and rabbinic responses as they relate to individual and societal obligations associated with shale gas development.

The contest came with a $1800 cash award.  Evensen plans to donate a few hundred dollars of the winnings to “Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light”, an interfaith organization (Jewish, Christian, Muslin, and several other religions) that works to increase stewardship of God’s earth by mitigating the consequences of climate change.  This group has put forth a nicely nuanced position statement on “Marcellus Shale Drilling.”).


Darrick Evensen and Prabudhya Bhattacharyya Awarded Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Honorable Mention

DNR graduate student, Darrick Evensen, and undergraduate, Prabudhya Bhattacharyya, have been awarded the Gertrude Spencer Portfolio honorable mention. This prize is awarded to a graduate student and his undergraduate student for outstanding achievement in the development of a portfolio of essays for a First-Year Writing Seminar. This Award is given in memory of Gertrude Spencer, recognizing a student’s growth in writing ability over the course of the semester.

Bhattacharyya’s portfolio in Evensen’s seminar, NTRES 1200: Environmental Risks in Our Backyards: Communication and Ethics, demonstrated constant improvement over a range of varied writing styles.  He showed excellence in analysis and writing in: a rhetorical analysis of Silent Spring, a critique of Thoreau’s moral philosophy, a press release (written as if from a government agency), a policy brief (written as if from a university faculty member), and a creative final project that included artwork conveying a political message about climate change, along with an interpretive essay.

Darrick Evensen Awarded James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence Prize

DNR Graduate Assistant Darrick Evensen has been awarded the $500 James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence prize for his sequence of assignments, “Communicating Environmental Risks,” designed for Natural Resources 1200: Environmental Risks in Our Backyards: Communications and Ethics. The James F. Slevin Assignment Sequence prize is given to a teacher who develops the best writing assignment sequence in a First-Year Writing Seminar.

Click here to learn more about this award.


Two Students win EPA STAR Fellowships

Department of Natural Resources graduate students Darrick Nighthawk Evensen (Cornell DNR M.S. 2011) and Christine Moskell (Cornell DNR M.S. 2012) were each awarded an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences program area. According to the EPA, the goal of this fellowship is “to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in an environmental field. This goal is consistent with the mission of EPA, which is to provide leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, education, assessment, restoration, preservation, pollution prevention and sustainability efforts.” In 2012, over 1500 graduate students applied for 80 fellowships across 19 program areas

Christine (advisor: Dr. Shorna Allred) and Darrick (advisor: Dr. Richard Stedman) are both PhD students in the Human Dimensions Research Unit.

Here is a summary of Darrick’s research project, titled “Linking social representations of natural gas development to community sustainability in the USA and Canada“:

While unconventional natural gas development presents a potentially lucrative opportunity to bolster the US economy, support energy independence, and revitalize depressed regions, it also threatens community sustainability. Darrick will examine the influence of individual and community-level factors on actions that support sustainable development, thereby facilitating identification and assessment of actions communities can take to promote sustainability.

Here is a summary of Christine’s research project, titled “An Examination of Citizen Participation and Procedural Fairness in Large-Scale Urban Tree Planting Initiatives in the United States.”:

“Cities across the U.S. are planting millions of trees, and local governments are relying on residents to help maintain the trees. However, residents are not always consulted before trees are planted and thus, they may view the plantings as unfair due to the financial cost and physical burden related to tree maintenance. This research examines the relationship between residents’ perceptions of the procedural fairness of urban tree planting initiatives and their attitudes toward, and intention to steward, newly planted trees.”


Check out the article in the Online Cornell Chronicle at http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Nov12/EPAfellowships.html.

DNR Grad Students win the ISSRM Quiz Bowl 2 Years in a Row

For the second year in a row, graduate students from Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources claimed the title of Quiz Bowl Champions at the 2012 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM).  Each year, colleges and universities from several nations are invited to enter a team of students to compete in this jeopardy style contest, which has been a highlight of the conference for years.  The questions focus on all aspects of environmental sociology, approaches to social science research, current environmental events, and natural resource management.  Jeffrey Jacquet (a 2012 DNR PhD grad) and Darrick Evensen (a DNR PhD student) returned from the 2011 team to compete once again, accompanied by Chris Clarke (a 2012 graduate from Cornell’s field of Communication), and Ann Armstrong (a 2010 DNR MS grad).

DNR Graduate Student Darrick Evensen Awarded the Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship

Department of Natural Resources graduate student Darrick T. N. Evensen was awarded the Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship. The Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship provides an academic-year of support during which the Fellow can devote him- or herself
to the study and practice of teaching writing within and beyond the context of her or his own discipline.

The Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship is open to candidates with an interest in undergraduate writing from any field of
the Graduate School at Cornell. Preference will be given to those who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program. The award is intended for graduate students who have had substantial teaching experience.

The Fellow may receive the opportunity to attend appropriate conferences. He/she may also be invited to participate in various Knight Institute activities.

Link to Knight Institute website: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute/publicationsprizes/publicationsandprizes.html