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  • Save the Date! NRES Online, On-Campus Event, Sept 13!

    SAVE THE DATE! September 13, 2014

    The 2014 NRES On-Campus Event hosted specifically for our online graduate students will be Saturday, September 13. This is a golden opportunity for you to meet the faculty and staff, tour the campus, learn more about the University’s resources, and network with other graduate students. We are in the process of developing the schedule of events, so please let us know if there is a special topic you would like on the agenda and what experiences would most interest you. For more information, contact Renée Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.

    We hope you will plan to attend this fun-filled and information packed day!

  • Upcoming Plant Symposium

    We are happy to forward the following information. Please note that Graduate Students are admitted free to this event. The Science Center is located near St. Louis, MO.

    2014 Fall Symposium

    MACROINFLUENCE OF MICROORGANISMS: HOST-MICROBE INTERACTIONS AND INSPIRED TECHNOLOGIES

    Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

    September 24-26, 2014

    This year’s symposium will focus on both animal and plant pathogens, commensal microorganisms, microbiome scale investigations as well as research on the plethora of important technologies that have spawned from the study of host-microbe interactions.

    For more information,

    visit the Fall Symposium website at http://www.danforthcenter.org/fall_symposium

    For questions regarding conference registration, contact Kim Foley at muconf9@missouri.edu or 573-882-9558

    For questions regarding specific program content, contact Kathleen Mackey at kmackey@danforthcenter.org

    or 314-587-1203

  • Important Reminder for Students Planning to Enroll in Capstone Credit this Fall

    NRES online M.S. students planning to enroll in capstone coursework (NRES 501, 503, or 505) for the FALL 2014 semester should request permission by completing the form at: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/485691 

    Before you request enrollment permission, you MUST have an approved capstone proposal on file. You will need your UIN, project title, Advisor name, course number, and number of credit hours you are requesting. Please complete this form by JULY 18. If you have any questions about capstone enrollment, please contact Renee Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.

     

  • Reminder: Register for the August distribution of the Written Final Examination

    The Written Final Examination will be distributed on August 8th to all students who have not already taken the exam and who plan to graduate in December 2014. Any student who has already completed at least one course from each of the four core areas and who wishes to take the exam is eligible as well. Only those students who entered the MS program prior to January 2012 and who are working on an Independent Research Project (NRES 501) are exempt from the exam. 

    To request that your name be placed on the Final Examination Distribution List for August 2014, please go to https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5283479 before July 10th to  complete the form.  You will need to provide your NET ID, the email address to which you want pre - exam notification sent, and the core courses you have completed. For further information  contact Renée Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.  The next opportunity to take the exam will be in early January 2015. 

  • Large River Floodplain Ecology Field Course - Summer 2014

    There is still time to enroll in Large River Floodplain Ecology Field Course (NRES 499). This course will be offered June 16 – 26 by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). Students will study various aspects of large river floodplain ecology by participating in a variety of field-based exercises in floodplains and other terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Credit Hours: 2.  Lunch and transportation provided during class/course time. Housing is provided at no cost to the student. Contact Dr. Lyle Guyon, lguyon@ic.edu, for further information.

  • 2014 Photo Contest for Online M.S. Students

    LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION – NRES PHOTO CONTEST!

    Getting ready to embark on a great summer NRES adventure? Whether you are working on your capstone or just enjoying the wonders of the world this summer, be sure to capture those special moment on film! The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science is hosting its Third Annual Photo Contest for online graduate students.  This is a great opportunity to show your University of Illinois Spirit. Sharing your favorite NRES moment, most memorable internship assignment, or unique research location could win you a great prize!

    The contest will end September 1, 2014.

    PHOTO CONTEST CATEGORIES

    Photography    

    •          You In Action! Photographs in this category must show you at work on course-related work or your capstone project.  Make sure you submit a caption (maximum length 150 words) with your photograph to tell us about your experience.  Please be sure to obtain permission to take photos in the field, lab, or other work area.
    •          Natural Resources/Nature: Photos should capture unusual, remarkable, or surprising things you encounter while working your capstone project or while taking a break from studies. It may be a unique landscape, a surprising species, or just something that amazes you.  Make sure you submit a caption (maximum length 150 words) with your photograph to tell us about your experience.  Please be sure to obtain permission to take photos in the field, lab, or other work area.

    Videos

    •          You in Action! Capture the sites, actions, and sounds of your experience in video. Be sure to include yourself in action! This is an outstanding opportunity for you to tell others of your adventure. Maximum length 2 minutes and only one video per student, please.  Videos may be comprised of moving video, still images presented in a slideshow format, animation or any combination thereof. Be sure to obtain permission to take video footage in the field, lab, or other work area.

    JUDGING

    Entries will be judged on creativity, composition and originality. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of NRES faculty members not previously associated with the online program. All decisions will be final. Winning entries will be announced at the fall NRES Online Students On-Campus event, September 13, 2014.

    LEGAL INFORMATION

    Ownership

    Students submitting photos and/or video files to this contest grant the University of Illinois (UIUC) and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) permission to use these photos/videos for promotional purposes.

    Entries are not permitted to violate the rights of any third party. Entries that violate copyright or

    contain copyrighted music or images will be automatically disqualified unless entrant can prove

    authorization from the copyright holder to use said content.

    Disclaimer

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science is not responsible or liable for any submission problems, damage or loss arising from, or connected with, this photo contest. Submissions that do not comply with contest rules will not be eligible to win. By submitting photos/videos to this contest you are declaring your understanding of the rules.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

    1.)    Catch those fabulous moments in either digital photography or video format.

    1.  Photos must be high resolution, minimum 300 dpi.
    2.  Photos will be accepted in JPEG, GIF or PDF format, and should be no larger than 3 MB.
    3.  Videos should be in MOV, WAV, or MP4 format, narrated, and no longer than 2 minutes in duration. Large video files can be submitted on disc or via YouTube. Email the YouTube link to Piper Hodson, Student Services Coordinator, at phodson@illinois.edu.

    2.)    Entry must be the original work of the student.

    3.)    Students may submit up to 3 photographs and/or one video entry.

    4.)    Whether doing a research project or an internship, the written approval of a facility manager, employer, supervisor, and/or any other additional person(s) in the photo is required.

    5.)    Provide entry information for each photo and/or video you submit. You must include: your name, NETID, phone number, location of picture, date taken (must be between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept 1, 2014), category, title of picture, brief caption (150 words max), and whether this photo was edited or altered in any way.

    6.)    All entries must be received by September 1, 2014. Clearly mark your entry “Photo Contest” and  submit it by:

    1.        Attaching an electronic file to your email
    2.       Submitting a disc and the required entry information to the NRES office at N-509 Turner Hall (MC-047).
    3.        Mail the  entry to Photo Contest, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, N – 509 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Illinois 61801.

    QUESTIONS?

    If you have any questions regarding the photo contest, please email gracon1@illinois.edu

    Renée Gracon

  • 2014 Graduation!

    We would like to extend our best wishes to all NRES students graduating this weekend! Congratulations on your wonderful achievement!

    Commencement ceremony, May 17, 9:30 am is the official University of Illinois academic ceremony. In long-standing tradition, the Chancellor presides and the President confers the degrees. This ceremony lasts about an hour and a half. For our online students, a streaming video can be viewed at http://commencement.illinois.edu/ beginning at 9:30 am.

    Tassel Turning Reception College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), Sunday, May 18, from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. This is an intimate reception that offers graduates, their family members and friends a chance to gather with ACES faculty, administrators and alumni prior to the College of ACES Convocation ceremony.

    The ACES Convocation Ceremony will take place Sunday, May 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, at K C – Colwell Playhouse. Tickets are not needed for family members and friends that want to attend the ACES Convocation Ceremony. For those who want to attend virtually, go to: http://graduation.aces.illinois.edu/.

    Good luck to all of our graduates - and please stay in touch!

  • Funding Opportunity to Benefit Landscape-Level Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Midwest

    Sent to us via Twitter

    http://www.tallgrassprairielcc.org/news/funding-opportunity-to-benefit-landscape-level-natural-resource-conservation-and-management-in-the-midwest/

     

    "The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management across the nation’s heartland.

    Research projects under consideration for 2014 funding must address one or both of the following science themes as they relate to prairie restoration, river restoration, agroecology conservation practices and/or urban watershed management.

     Ecosystem services – Synthesize data on ecosystem services related to emerging conservation practices and develop optimization models to determine effective strategies for landscape-scale conservation design and delivery. Studies may address ecological and economic values, human dimensions of incentives for adoption, and/or public perception and policies.

     

    Conservation endpoints – Define a matrix of desired outcomes for context-dependent restoration decisions and determine a suite of metrics within a consistent underlying framework to measure impact, anticipate return on investment, and communicate success at multiple scales…Metrics may include factors such as restored connectivity, expanded habitat, species targets, education/outreach, agency mandates, and/or stakeholder perceptions."

     

    For further information about elibility requirements and for application materials, go to: http://www.tallgrassprairielcc.org/news/funding-opportunity-to-benefit-landscape-level-natural-resource-conservation-and-management-in-the-midwest/

    Renée Gracon

  • Summer Courses begin May 19th!

    Summer classes begin May 19, 2014. Have you registered, acquired your books and verified your technological capabilities?  To find information on course options, ordering textbooks, and who to contact with questions regarding summer enrollment check out the following information. (See below)

     

    Courses being offered:

    NRES 472: Environmental Psychology  -  Mondays

    NRES 499:  Foundations in Environmental Education  -  Tuesdays

    NRES 594: Professional Orientation  -   Asynchronous

    NRES 503 and NRES 505: Capstone  - Asynchronous

    AGED 480: Collaborative Leadership  -  Thursdays

    CPSC 499: Organic Chem. for Plant Sciences  -  Tuesdays

    HORT 598: Native Plants for Landscapes -  Thursdays

     (NOTE: For non-NRES courses review the information from that department on tuition rates which may vary significantly from the NRES tuition. Also, you may need to contact that department for permission to enroll in the non-NRES courses.) 

     

    You can purchase your textbooks through the Illini Union Bookstore at: http://uofibookstore.illinois.edu/buy_courselisting.asp

     

    If you are ready for your Capstone experience, you will need to get department approval to register (NRES 501, NRES 503, NRES 505) Please contact Piper Hodson (phodson@illinois.edu ), Director of the NRES Online M.S. Program, for assistance in registering for the appropriate course option. 

     

    If you need help with course selection, general advising information, or questions about navigating the program, please contact Renée Gracon, Online Program Advising Specialist, at gracon1@illinois.edu. For other academic questions, contact NRES Students Services at nres-ssc@illinois.edu.

     

    For questions about how to enroll and other logistical issues, you can find help at http://www.ao.uiuc.edu/support/start/nres/, or you can contact Anna Mehl, Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), at annamehl@illinois.edu or 217-244-7023. 

     

    We look forward to having you in classes this Summer!

  • Final Examination Distribution List for August 2014

    The Written Final Examination will be distributed on August 8th to all students who have not already taken the exam and who plan to graduate in December 2014. Any student who has already completed at least one course from each of the four core areas and who wishes to take the exam is eligible as well. Only those students who entered the MS program prior to January 2012 and who are working on an Independent Research Project (NRES 501) are exempt from the exam.  To request that your name be placed on the Final Examination Distribution List for August 2014, please go to https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5283479 before July 10th to  complete the form.  You will need to provide your NET ID, the email address to which you want pre - exam notification sent, and the core courses you have completed. For further information  contact Renée Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.  The next opportunity to take the exam will be in early January 2015. 

  • American Wetlands Month

    I thought some of you might be interested in the following information from the EPA:

    "EPA Celebrates American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!

    EPA and partners are announcing a number of events to celebrate American Wetlands Month this May. Here are a few highlights: On May 14th, the EPA will hold a webcast on living shorelines-a strategically natural approach erosion control. To register, go towww.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

     

    In addition to posting “Wetland Trivia” to its Facebook page, the Association of State Wetland Managers will hold a webinar on best practices in designing, building and operating wetland education centers. For more information, visit http://aswm.org.

     

    For information on other activities happening this month, visit: http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/awm/ or share and embed EPA's American Wetlands Month widget available athttp://developer.epa.gov/american-wetlands-month-widget/. Contact Kathleen Kutschenreuter for additional information: Kutschenreuter.kathleen@epa.gov or (202) 566-1383."

  • Petition to extend "incomplete" grade - Important information

    If you were enrolled in a capstone course during the fall 2013 semester and you have not finished the capstone requirements, please take note. The “incomplete (I)” grade you were awarded will automatically convert to an “F” at the end of the spring semester UNLESS you complete the petition to request an extension. You will find the form at: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gsas/graduate-student-request-form. You will need to supply your name, UIN, the capstone course number and CRN, the number of credit hours for which you were enrolled, and a brief statement indicating that you are still actively working on your capstone project. (Those who have previously petitioned for an extension do not need to re-petition.) Please take care of this before the end of the semester! For further information, contact Renée Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu

  • Save the Date! NRES online students' On-Campus Event Sept 13!

    SAVE THE DATE! September 13, 2014

    The 2014 NRES On-Campus Event hosted specifically for our online graduate students will be Saturday, September 13. This is a golden opportunity for you to meet the faculty and staff, tour the campus, learn more about the University’s resources, and network with other graduate students. We are in the process of developing the schedule of events, so please let us know if there is a special topic you would like on the agenda and what experiences would most interest you. For more information, contact Renee Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.

    We hope you will plan to attend this fun-filled and information packed day!

  • Link to Advising Session - Summer/Fall 2014 Course Offerings

    If you were unable to attend last evening’s presentation on Summer and Fall 2014 course options, you can view the recorded webinar by going to: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2014-04-29.1556.M.87F36996661A8600209E1FEAD763DC.vcr&sid=407

    For further information on future course offerings, capstone enrollment, and core course requirements please contact Renee Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.

  • Summer and Fall courses added to online offerings!

    A new course was added to the Summer Course Offerings. Here are the details:

    Course Title:        NRES 499 – Foundations in Environmental Education

    Credit Hours:       3

    Course Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, May 27 – Aug 12, 2014

    Course Description: This course will explore the history of environmental education, assumptions of environmental literacy (including concepts, skills and behaviors), current trends in environmental education practices, and the professional responsibilities of both formal and non-formal environmental educators.   

    For further information, please contact Renee Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.

    A new course was added to the Fall Course offerings as well.

    Course Title:        HORT 482/598 – Plant Tissue Culture

    Credit Hours:       3

    Course Schedule: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Course Description: Survey and application of cell and tissue culture strategies for plant research and production. Topics include culture environment, media composition, tissue manipulation, organogenesis, embryogenesis, somatic hybridization, and the use of these techniques for plant propagation and physiological and biochemical research.

    For further information, please contact Christine Martinez at cmartinz@illinois.edu.

  • 3 Important Reminders for NRES online students

    Join us tonight, April 27, at 5:30 pm for the online advising session  – Course Offerings for Summer and Fall 2014. You can join the broadcast by going to: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.19C11EA0056D5D3BC3797830F6AFA1&sid=407

     

    Attend Josh Yellin’s capstone presentation on the efficacy of using Artificial Floating Islands (AFIs) to enhance fish populations in the Chicago River. You can attend the live presentation at Shedd Aquarium, 3:00 pm, May 9th, or attend virtually via the Virtual Advising Office link (provided above).   

    If you are planning to enroll in credit for your capstone coursework, be sure to add your name to the Capstone Request List for Summer or Fall enrollment. Remember, you must request permission for enrollment in order to register.

    For Summer 2014 capstone enrollment, go to: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/1555962.

    For Fall 2014 capstone enrollment, go to: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/485691.

     

    For further information on any of these items, please contact Renée Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu

  • Requesting Capstone Enrollment for Fall 2014

    NRES online M.S. students planning to enroll in capstone coursework (NRES 501, 503, or 505) for the FALL 2014 semester should request permission by completing the form at: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/485691 

    You will need your UIN, project title, course number, and number of credit hours you are requesting. Please complete this form by JULY 15. If you have any questions about capstone enrollment, please contact Renee Gracon at gracon1@illinois.edu.

    If you missed the notification about enrolling for SUMMER 2014 capstone credit, please contact Renee for the link to that form.

  • Advising Session - Summer/Fall Course offerings - Apr 29

    Sorry for the misprint. The Advising Webinar on Summer and Fall Course Offerings will be Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 pm. Login to the session by going to: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.19C11EA0056D5D3BC3797830F6AFA1&sid=407.

    We hope you will join us.

    Renee

  • Advising Session - Course Selection for Summer and Fall 2014

    ADVISING SESSION ON SUMMER/FALL 2014 COURSE SELECTION

    Join us Tuesday, April 27 at 5:30 pm for a look at the upcoming online course offerings for Summer and Fall 2014. You can join the broadcast by going to https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.19C11EA0056D5D3BC3797830F6AFA1&sid=407

    We will briefly describe future course offerings and answer questions about course options and capstone enrollment.  

    For further information, please contact Renée at gracon1@illinois.edu

    We hope you will join us.  

    Piper and Renée 

  • HAPPY EARTH DAY!

    Sparked by events like the Santa Barbara oil spill, the Cuyahoga River repeatedly catching fire, and quintessential wisdom of Rachel Carson in her book Silent Spring(1962), on April 22, 1970, 20 million people across the United States rallied to raise environmental awareness on the first Earth Day. Primarily a response to the impact of industrial pollution, Earth Day was, and is, about raising consciousness of environmental issues and fostering appreciation for nature. Whether you pick up trash, make an effort to reduce energy consumption, plant a tree, talk with your children about climate change, or just step outside and enjoy a few minutes of nature, let today inspire global awareness all year long. (For those who can’t step outside today, don’t forget to look in the skies tonight for remnants of the Lyrid meteor shower, visible just before the moon rises or in pre-dawn hours.)

    Check out Earth Day activities at http://www.epa.gov/earthday/, http://www.earthday.org, or http://earthday.net.

    HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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