On Monday, November 5th, the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento joined with the Duke Nicholas Office of Development & Alumni Relations to host a warm welcome reception for Duke alumni attending #SETACSacramento — the 39th North America Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
SETAC is the international scientific society for academia, industry, and government professionals and students working on environmental pollution and management issues. For the first time ever, the SETAC North America Annual Meeting was held in Sacramento — drawing more than 2,000 scientists, managers, and students from around the world.
A Duke Environment tradition at SETAC North America meetings is a reception for faculty, students, and alumni of the Environmental Health & Toxicology Program — an event the #SacGreenDevils were proud to help host this year!
Name: Kimberly Clements
Duke Degree: M.E.M. via the Duke Environmental Leadership Program, 2007
Title/Org: Fish Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Kimberly Clements is a fish biologist with the Department of Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service located in Sacramento, California. She works as a restoration coordinator under the San Joaquin River Restoration Program with the primary goal to restore a population of spring run Chinook salmon along a 150-mile portion of the San Joaquin’s river mainstem from Friant Dam (north of Fresno) downstream to the confluence of the Merced River. She works with local, state, and federal resource agency counterparts as well as landowners and non-government stakeholders to manage river flows, improve volitional passage for fish and restore juvenile and adult habitat.
On September 26th, the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento hosted a welcome for two recent arrivals to our local alumni community.
We welcomed Megan Murray MEM ’18 and Catherine Campbell ’09 with a cozy gathering at Kupros — coincidentally (approximately) the one-year anniversary of our first-ever gathering of the #SacGreenDevils! Megan Murray joined Stantec this summer as a Water Resources Planner in their Sacramento office , while Catherine Campbell joined Blue Diamond Growers as Sustainability Manager.
Name: “Allen” C.L. Tsao
Duke Degree: M.E.M. in Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment, 1997
Title/Org: Associate Toxicologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
“Allen” C.L. Tsao is an Associate Toxicologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He provides technical review and support for contaminant issues pertaining to hazardous waste site investigation and cleanup at Department of Defense facilities in California. He is responsible for providing toxicological expertise and cleanup recommendations to the Department and other lead state agencies. He communicates Department positions and policies, and perform analyses on ecological receptors vulnerable to hazardous substances.
This week, Todd Steelman PhD ’96 officially began her tenure as Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Dean Steelman is the first Duke Environment graduate to return and serve its highest administrative office.
A noted wildfire science and management researcher, Dean Steelman has the resume to match her accomplishments in academia. In addition to her PhD in Environmental and Resource Policy from Duke, Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from West Virginia University, Dean Steelman also has training as a wildland firefighter and an ice road trucker.
On June 9th, the Duke Environment Club of Sacramento enjoyed a wonderfully led tour of the Crocker Art Museum and its California landscapes collection!
Organized by Neil Matouka MEM ’15 and conceived by Matouka and myself over a happy hour planning meeting, the idea was to come up with a fun, social outing for our growing network, but something that could be tied back to our collective interests in environmental science and management. When Neil mentioned he had a connection with the Crocker Art Museum, we immediately thought of the Crocker’s astounding collection of California art — particularly of the state’s changing natural landscapes over the centuries.
Neil Matouka is a Project Manager at the Local Government Commission, managing Energize Fresno, a California Energy Commission-funded project working with the City of Fresno to develop an energy performance district model and funding platform that is replicable in cities across the state.
Name: Ben Young Landis
Duke Degree: M.E.M. in Environmental Economics and Policy, 2009
Title/Org: Consultant, Creative Externalities
Ben Young Landis is a science writer and creative consultant. Through the collective Creative Externalities. he designs lasting impact for science, environment, and society.
Ben received his B.A. in Evolution and Ecology and Minor in Education from UC Davis, and his Duke MEM degree concentrating in environmental economics and policy. He was awarded a AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship in 2009, working at the Orange County Register as a science journalist. Ben also received the NOAA Walter B. Jones Sr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Studies in 2010.
For our first Duke Men’s Basketball watch party, we picked the Duke vs. Indiana game on November 29th!
The location was strategic — de Vere’s Irish Pub in Sacramento, whose owners are Blue Devil supporters. Their father, UC Davis Emeritus Distinguished Professor Ralph de Vere White MD, completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center.