Book by Professor Randy Wilson Wins Prestigious Jackson Prize, Named 2014 Outstanding Academic Title

Hi everyone,

Please congratulate Professor Randy Wilson on the prestigious awards that he has recently received for his book, America’s Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond. (More details below). Congratulations Randy!

Cheers,

Sarah

Book by ES Professor Randall Wilson wins prestigious national prize, named Outstanding Academic Title of 2014.

ES Professor Randall Wilson’s recently published book America’s Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), has been awarded the 2014 J.B. Jackson Prize from the Association of American Geographers (AAG). One of only three book prizes given annually by the AAG, this prestigious award is for a book on the geography of the United States which best conveys the insights of professional geographic knowledge to a general audience. It is named for John Brinckerhoff Jackson, who was the editor and founder of the journal Landscape and helped to establish the interpretation of cultural landscapes as a field of study both within, and outside of, the discipline of geography.

Earlier in the year, Professor Wilson’s book received other significant recognition when it was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2014 by the Association of College and Research Libraries. This honor is given to less than ten percent of the over 7,000 academic titles reviewed each year. The original review of the book put it this way, ‘Extremely well researched, this is a treasure trove of facts and explanations that distills a huge literature of historical, scholarly, and popular origins. It is destined to be a highly cited classic in land management.”

The central question explored in America’s Public Lands is this: How it is that the United States–the country that cherishes the ideal of private property more than any other in the world–has chosen to set aside nearly one-third of its land area as public lands? Professor Wilson attempts to answer this question by tracing out the often-forgotten ideas of nature that have shaped the evolution of America’s public land system.

Dr. Wilson focuses much of his teaching and research on the intersection of nature and society, with special attention given to environmental history, policy and management. He has earned degrees from the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado, and Humboldt State University. Recently, he earned a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Vienna. In addition to the courses he teaches on campus during the academic year, he also leads a summer field course in Colorado entitled, The Rocky Mountain West: Physical and Cultural Geography.

Congratulations Randy!

Cheers,

Sarah

Sarah Principato, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717)-337-6079

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ES 323 students meet ES alumna, Danielle Bates Haulsee, PhD student in Oceanography

Hi everyone-

Students in my ES 323 class traveled to Delaware recently to conduct a research project at Cape Henlopen State Park. We also we met up with ES alumna, Danielle Bates Haulsee. Danielle is finishing up her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Delaware. She gave us an exciting tour of her lab and spoke with the students about her shark research. It was great- thanks Danielle!

Cheers,

Sarah

Sarah Principato, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717)-337-6079

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Prof. Randy Wilson Invited to Speak at the BLM

Environmental Studies Professor, Randy Wilson, was invited by the Bureau of Land Management to address the BLM Executive Leadership Team at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia last October. The talk, entitled “Looking Down and Out: Historical Observations on the Bureau of Land Management,” was based on findings from his recently published book, America’s Public Lands (Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, 2014).

Wilson was also invited to participate in the State of the Rockies Speaker Series hosted by Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO in March of this year.

Professor Salma Monani wins prestigious fellowship from Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society!

Hi everyone,

Please congratulate Professor Salma Monani on winning a prestigious fellowship from the Rachael Carson Center for Environment and Society!! Salma will be in Germany for the next academic year, and we are currently running a search to find her replacement. (More details below.)

Cheers,

Sarah

Professor Salma Monani wins prestigious fellowship from Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society!

As a scholar and teacher of the Environmental Humanities at Gettysburg College, Dr. Salma Monani explores the interconnections between culture and nature, with particular interest in film’s role in environmental issues. Her research has earned her a prestigious fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC). This upcoming academic year, she will be headed to Munich, Germany to participate in the Center’s research activities.

At RCC, Dr. Monani’s research with involve Indigenous cinema. Indigenous cinema, also known as Fourth Cinema, is activist cinema that strives for indigenous self-expression and empowerment. The immense diversity in Indigenous cinema’s eco-responses is exciting as it speaks to multiple ways in which native communities across the globe engage artistic expression and tackle environmental threats. Most importantly, such cinema is crucial in transforming stereotypical and discriminatory ways indigenous peoples and their environmental relationships are often imagined and understood in mainstream media. Engaging such cinema critically can help us re-evaluate past histories, work around present legacies, and envision future alternative ways of living sustainably in an ecologically complex world.

Dr. Monani works closely with other foremost environmental humanities’ scholars in the rapidly expanding areas of ecocinema and ecomedia studies. Along with numerous articles on ecocinema, especially its intersections with critical race theory, she is co-editor (with Stephen Rust and Sean Cubitt) of Ecocinema Theory and Practice(Routledge, American Film Institute series, 2013), and Ecomedia: Key Issues (Routledge, Earthscan series, forthcoming September 2015), and is currently co-editor (with Joni Adamson) on the forthcoming Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (Routledge, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature series, 2016).

Dr. Monani’s research actively informs her classes in the Environmental Studies department, where her students in turn inspire her research. You can see such direct inspiration in her publication “Beginning Explorations at the Intersections of Film Festival Studies and Ecocritical Studies.” You can also learn more about her teaching and research by checking out her website.

Congratulations Salma!

Cheers,

Sarah

Sarah Principato, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717)-337-6079

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George E. Thompson, Jr. Professorship in Environmental Studies

Hi ES students and alums,

The Environmental Studies Department recently received a generous gift from the George E Thompson, Jr. family. More details will be coming soon, but for the most recent story, check out:

http://www.gettysburg.edu/news_events/press_release_detail.dot?id=a8f18e5c-506b-4d60-bf77-0d3e4b8c7b82

Maybe YOU will be the next big donor to ES? J

Cheers,

Sarah

Sarah Principato, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717)-337-6079

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Congratulations Dori, Eric, and Kelly for earning Phi Beta Kappa!

Please congratulate Dori Gorczyca, Eric Harris, and Kelly Gross for being elected to Phi Beta Kappa!! Phi Beta Kappa is “the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society” – see http://www.pbk.org/imis15 for more details.

This achievement is excellent for Dori, Eric, and Kelly, and it is also fantastic for the whole department to have THREE ES students among this select group!! We are so proud of you—congratulations!!

Cheers,

Sarah

Sarah Principato, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717)-337-6079

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