With 16 participants currently in service, the Monterey Institute of International Studies ranks fourth for the number of students participating in a Peace Corps Master’s International Program, the Peace Corps announced today. Sixty-one graduate schools now offer Peace Corps Master’s International programs. This year’s top five schools -- based on the number of Masters International participants serving as Peace Corps volunteers overseas as of September 30, 2009 -- are:
1. Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI) – 37
On Sunday, April 25 the Monterey Institute of International Studies chapter of the global student and professional organization Net Impact will honor Earth Day with a day of service. From 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Institute students will get their hands dirty in the Hilton Bialek Biological Sciences Habitat at Carmel Middle School on Carmel Valley Road. Students will help prepare the habitat for their annual native plant sale, transplanting, up-planting, watering, mulching, weeding and more.
Monterey Institute alumna Anna Cummins (MAIEP ’02) has made it her passion to educate and inform the public about the dangers facing our oceans. In recent months, Anna and her husband Dr. Marcus Eriksen collected samples from a more than one-hundred mile stretch in an area in the Atlantic bounded by ocean currents called the Sargasso Sea.
Professor Jason Scorse, chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at MIIS, has been elected to the board of directors of the Otter Project, where he joins Allison Ford (MAIEP ’09), executive director of the Otter Project, and fellow MIIS Professor Kris Lindstrom, also a board member.
One year out from the financial crash, the economy is just beginning to get its head above water. Students, like many Americans, are nervous about the prospect of finding jobs. To assist with this, the Monterey Institute chapter of Net Impact hosted a panel discussion on Friday, November 20 where students planning on going into the field of energy and climate change policy received advice from Institute graduates and others working in this dynamic area.
Meeting Gov. Schwarzenegger’s 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals will require a drastic restructuring of California’s energy system. Monterey Institute Prof. Jim Williams, a senior scientist at Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) in his other life, is at the forefront of the field attempting to find the best path for California to take on this monumental transition. Executive Order S-3-05 sets the target for California’s emissions in 2050 to be 80% below 1990 levels, but gives little guidance on how this will be achieved.
The sheer volume of information in circulation today can make the delivery of a clear message difficult. Under those circumstances, how do dynamic communicators connect with the right people? How are critical messages being shaped to cut through the clutter? Who is defining these messages of change? And where can people turn to feel more connected to the issues they care about?
Posted April 22, 2009
This Wednesday, while the world celebrates Earth Day 2009, a group of leading environmental and political authors, journalists, and academics will gather at the Monterey Conference Center and Portola Hotel and Spa for a panel discussion on the role of activism in journalism.
Monterey Institute alum and sustainable fishery (and sushi) guru Casson Trenor (MAIEP ’05) is in the news again, earning a nice plug from Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning television talk show, for his recent book Sustainable Sushi. Trenor’s work as a sustainable seafood consultant and debut as an author were covered in the Winter 2009 issue of Communiqué, the Institute’s newsletter.