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🍁 ac-cent-tchu-ating the positive

Hi all --

While focusing on the (non-covid) positives can be hard to do, it's definitely well worth it! Above: Milo, our rescue pup, at the COE last week. So thankful quarantine presented us with an opportunity to join the #caninecovidclub (#spcawestchester)! And below: Your opportunity to zoom in for two 18th Annual Where on Earth Are We Going Symposia of the Robert F. Schumann Institute of the COE: Habitability & Life on Venus with COE Think Tank fellows Martha Gilmore and David Grinspoon on Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 pm, and Accelerating the Climate Revolution with Jacob Scherr '70 and Amy Gomberg Kurt '04 on Friday, October 16 at 4:00 pm! More about both events, including links to join, can be found below. Hope to see you there!

What to do when life gives you lemons? If you were a student in Barry Chernoff's ENVS306 this past spring, you already know the answer! Everyone else: Read on and learn about the discovery of two new species (
🎉 Jennifer Escobedo ’20, Michael Freiburger ’21, Elijah Henderson ’23, Andrew Hennessy ’21, Grace Kohn ’22, grad student Nola Neri, Aashni Parikh ’22, Sophie Scobell ’22, Benjamin Silverstone ’22, and Emily Young ’22!)...and a fish called Bryconops allisoni!

Keep in touch...and stay well, all! 💚

Laurie Kenney
College of the Environment
lkenney01@wesleyan.edu

Barry Chernoff
College of the Environment
bchernoff@wesleyan.edu
🚀 habitability & life on venus
On September 14, 2020, the world awoke to an astonishing scientific finding: the possibility that life exists in the clouds above Venus. In Habitability & Life on Venus, COE Think Tank fellows Martha Gilmore, the George I. Seney Professor of Geology at Wes, and the Planetary Science Institute's David Grinspoon, the Menakka and Essel Bailey Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the COE, will share their thoughts and take your questions!

Both Marty and David have been broadly quoted in the media about the potential for life on Venus (including in The Atlantic and in National Geographic).  And t
wo spacecraft mission concepts co-developed by Marty recently received second-round backing from NASA’s Discovery Program! The focus of both: Assessing whether Venus was ever a habitable planet.  More about Marty's NASA projects in News@Wes!

Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 pm: Habitability & Life on Venus
Details: All event info on Facebook
Zoom link: https://bit.ly/venusgilmore
Meeting ID: 972 1001 6090
Passcode: 049167
🍋 when life gives you lemons
Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! In spring 2020, Barry Chernoff's ENVS306/Tropical Ecology students were all set to have the research experience of a lifetime: spending spring break doing hands-on research in Colombia 🇨🇴. But days before takeoff, covid raised its contagious head, the trip was canceled, Chernoff connected with colleagues at U Michigan, and he and his students headed out on the road trip of a lifetime. A trip that resulted in the discovery of TWO new species of fish and the publishing of their findings in ZOOTAXA, the top-ranked journal for species new to science and systemic revisions, edited by a curator of fishes at the American Museum of Natural History. More about the discovery in News@Wes!

A HUGE congrats to co-authors Jennifer Escobedo ’20, Michael Freiburger ’21, Elijah Henderson ’23, Andrew Hennessy ’21, Grace Kohn ’22, grad student Nola Neri, Aashni Parikh ’22, Sophie Scobell ’22, Benjamin Silverstone ’22, and Emily Young ’22!
🌍 accelerating the climate revolution
Five years ago this December, international environmental attorney Jacob Scherr '70 lit up the Eiffel Tower to mark the start of the “Climate Revolution” with the signing of the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Since then, the signs of a changing climate have become more evident and calls for action, particularly from young people, have grown louder in spite of the Trump Administration’s determination to withdraw the U.S. from its international leadership on this existential threat.

In Accelerating the Climate Revolution, Jacob will share his decades-long firsthand perspective of where we are today in the U.S. and worldwide in dealing with the climate crisis. Joining Jacob will be Amy Gomberg Kurt '04, manager of regional government affairs for EDP Renewables (the fourth-largest owner and operator of wind farms in North America, and around the world), who will talk about her on-the-ground work on the needed rapid transition away from the fossil fuels responsible for much of the greenhouse gas emissions. Join them!

Friday, October 16 at 4 pm: Accelerating the Climate Revolution
Details: All event info on Facebook 
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/scherr-climate
Webinar ID: 955 8736 6926
Passcode: 049167
🐟 one fish, two fish
Last year, we shared the news about a fish named after COE director Barry Chernoff (Bryconops chernoffi). This year, we're thrilled to announce that our very own Antonio Machado-Allison, research fellow in the COE, received a similar honor with the naming of Bryconops allisoni (pictured right). Both fish are members of a group of fishes Chernoff and Machado-Allison worked on for several years!

Proving that you can't judge a book by its cover: Meet Antonio Machado-Allison...mild-mannered biologist and COE research fellow by day...South American fish expert specializing in piranhas by profession!
🐝 the buzz about ostfeld '10
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a beekeeper or wanted to explore what’s in a beehive? Check out the first episode in visiting assistant professor of environmental studies Rosemary Ostfeld's Healthy PlanEat's new series focusing on local food, farms, and farmers! First up: Explore a Beehive with Drew's Honeybees
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