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Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI
October 2014 Newsletter
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Welcome to the CEES newsletter!  It's our hope that this monthly mailing will keep you updated on the latest CEES news.  In between newsletters, we would encourage you to pay a visit to our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.  Links to these can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.  If you ever have story ideas, please don't hesitate to contact us!
CEES Welcomes New Assistant Director, Jessica Davis
Jessica joined CEES in mid-August.  She will be providing program oversight on education and outreach activities, facilitating external communications with community partners, assisting with grant development and application, and ramping up CEES' digital presence (like with this newsletter!).  Learn more about Jessica.
Jessica received her BS in Biology from Marian University in Indianapolis and her MS in Biology (Ecology concentration) at the University of Dayton in the lab of Dr. Ryan McEwan.  She's looking forward to doing ecological outreach and education in her home town! 
         
Bat Festival a High-Flying Success!
The 8th Annual Indiana Bat Festival - a partnership between CEES and the ISU Center for Bat Research, Conservation, and Outreach - was held on Saturday, September 13th at both IUPUI's Lecture Hall and Garfield Park.  With over 500 people in attendance, it was a great crowd for the festival's first time in Indianapolis. Check out the festival highlights! 


Rob Mies, Executive Director of the Center for Bat Conservation, and his flying fox bat!
Fall Service Learning In Full Swing
Since 1997, CEES and the Department of Earth Sciences have coordinated environmental service learning projects each semester that include locations on the IUPUI campus as well as numerous central Indiana parks, greenways, and natural areas. Through the service learning program, IUPUI faculty, staff, and environmental managers work with IUPUI students and community members to address urban environmental issues.  

Since the beginning of this semester, we've completed 6 service learning projects with ~120 students in attendance.  With 8 events left, we're definitely making some positive ecological impact!  Learn more about this fall's service learning projects.
Edge of Field Project Starting Soon
A new project is getting ready start at CEES: Edge of Field.  Led by Dr. Jacinthe of the IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences, Edge of Field is designed to determine whether improvements in water quality can be achieved by altering farm management practices (like fertilizer application) at Starkey Farms in Hendricks County.  Learn about the Edge of Field project.


The Edge of Field project is unique in that IUPUI is partnering directly with local farmers at Starkey Farms and conducting research alongside them.
Youth Farm Initiative with Felege Hiywot Center
This summer, CEES partnered with the Felege Hiywot Center to establish a youth farm stand.  Youth farm education was provided by way of companion planting. We covered many topics such as what fruit is, pollination methods, why plants create fruit as well as the botanical definitions of vegetable verses fruit. 13 beds were dedicated to different companion planting strategies through which we explored the biological and chemical strategies that plants employ to ensure the survival of their species.  Connecting youth to their food is a great environmental science teaching method… and tasty too!  Learn more about the Youth Farm Initiative. 
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