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Hi all! 

Hope you had a fabulous summer, and a belated welcome back to Wesleyan!

Lots of exciting things happening here at the COE! We are thrilled to announce that The Robert F. Schumann Foundation has generously awarded the College of the Environment a 5-year, $2-million grant to focus on the areas of food security, environmental justice, and sustainability. Scroll down to read all about the grant and plans for it, meet our 2022-23 COE Think Tank fellows, get a sneak peak at this year's Pumpkin Fest (Oct 29), and learn more about Helen Poulos's Guadalupe fescue restoration project!

Every year, the COE awards fellowships to fund research opportunities for Wesleyan students across all majors and class years. This year's cohort of 31 summer and 3 fall fellows includes English major Ava Danieu '23 and film and environmental studies major Joel Rader '23, who took the time to share their summer experiences with our coexist community (see below). Applications for summer 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024 fellowships will open in winter 2022. As Ava shares in her Q&A on our coexist blog, "Don't be scared off if you're not an environmental studies major or minor! As an English major and art history minor, I felt nervous applying for a grant from a scientific field. But the College of the Environment emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, making it an accessible experience for non-science majors."

If you're a COE student, alum, or faculty member, I hope you'll consider contributing to our coexist community by sharing your eco-related research, interests, or professional pursuits on our coexist blog. Looking forward to connecting with you this fall!

Laurie Kenney
College of the Environment @ Wes U

Barry Chernoff
College of the Environment @ Wes U
coe think tank explores radical environments
This year's COE Think Tank features (from top left) Raquel Bryant, assistant professor of environmental sciences; Marguerite Nguyen, associate professor of English; and Anu Sharma, associate professor of anthropology, who will explore the theme of "Radical Environments: Living Justice, Imagining Futures." Read more abut this year's Think Tank on our coexist blog!
coe receives $2m for security, justice, sustainability
The Robert F. Schumann Foundation has generously awarded the College of the Environment a 5-year, $2-million grant to focus on the areas of food security, environmental justice, and sustainability. Pictured: Barry Chernoff with Schumann Foundation advisors Ford Schumann and David Schumann. Read more about the grant on our coexist blog!
rader '23 explores eco resilience in culebra
COE Summer Fellow Joel Rader ’23 is a film and environmental studies major who spent his summer investigating how resilience has been "seeded" within the social-ecological system of the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Read more on our coexist blog!
fescue rescue with poulos & otaola '22
This summer, grad student Jenna Otaola '22 had the opportunity to work with Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Helen Poulos on Helen's Guadalupe fescue restoration project in the Chihuahuan Desert Borderlands. Helen recently spoke with Marfa (Texas) Public Radio about the fascinating project. Listen, and learn more, here!
Nothing says fall like Pumpkin Fest, a true community-building event bringing together Wes students, faculty, staff, and their families with our greater Middletown neighbors! This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 29th from noon to 4 pm at Long Lane Farm. Click here for all the details!
danieu '23 researches air in artistic practice 
COE summer fellow Ava Danieu '23 is an English major and art history minor who spent her summer as a research assistant for Professor Claire Grace, associate professor of art history, exploring the status of air in 1960s artistic practice. Read all about Ava's experience on our coexist blog!
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