Event Rewind: Dean Toddi Steelman at AAAS Annual Meeting

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.

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Event Rewind: Sac Green Devils Visit Crocker Art Museum!

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.

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Alumni Profile: Ben Young Landis MEM ’09

Name: Ben Young Landis
Duke Degree: M.E.M. in Environmental Economics and Policy, 2009
Title/Org: Consultant, Creative Externalities
Contact: ben@cr8xt.com

Professional Bio:

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.

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