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PEI Awards Environmental Certificates and Prizes

Class Day 2013

In the early afternoon of June 3rd, students gathered together with family, friends, faculty, and staff to celebrate Class Day at the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) where 49 graduating seniors from 16 different departments were awarded Environmental Certificates.

Class Day 2013
49 Graduating seniors from 16 different departments were awarded Certificates in Environmental Studies.
(Photo by PEI Staff)

Lars Hedin, director of Princeton University's Program in Environmental Studies (ENV) and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, kicked off the celebration with a brief orientation to the ENV Program by describing its unique characteristics. "The ENV Program housed within PEI is the central place for environmental studies on campus where it resides outside of any one traditional department or program. Therefore, instead of narrowly teaching students about the environment and environmental problems from the perspective of one department, we draw students and faculty from across the whole University. Students who participate in the Program are exposed to both a wide and varied range of issues and perspectives about the environment.

"In addition, the way we think about environmental studies has changed over the last ten years. It used to belong primarily to the scientists and engineers, but this is no longer," said Hedin. "It also belongs to the social sciences, policy, and the humanities. Students are looking for these broader dimensions."

Class Day 2013
Lars Hedin (left), director of the Environmental Studies Program and Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and Stephen Pacala (right), director of the Princeton Environmental Institute and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
(Photo by PEI Staff)

Hedin congratulated the seniors for completing their degrees at Princeton, and for what they have given back to the University and to one another. Most importantly, he said, "We celebrate that you are now ready to enter the "real world" and the map you developed while here will facilitate your ability to solve today's environmental problems. It is your generation that is now leading the way."

Stephen Pacala, director of PEI, joined Hedin to award the 49 students with certificates in the environment. They also presented six seniors with prizes for outstanding science writing and communication, best senior theses, and exceptional environmental leadership.

Princeton University Prize

Class Day 2013
Pictured from top left to lower front. Lauren Bleakney (Environmental Senior Thesis Prize recipient), Alison Gocke (Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize recipient), Charles Brower (Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize recipient), Tara Thean (Gregory T. Pope ’80 Prize recipient), and Emily Trost (Gregory T. Pope ’80 Prize recipient).
(Photo by PEI Staff)

Gregory T. Pope '80 Prize for Science Writing

Established in 1998 by the Class of 1980 in memory of their classmate Gregory Pope, the prize is awarded annually by the University to graduating seniors who have shown a keen interest in science and demonstrated an outstanding ability to communicate that enthusiasm to a wide audience through journalism or other writings.

Tara M. Thean, ecology and evolutionary biology
Thesis Title: Signature Whistle Models in Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus
Thesis Adviser: James Gould, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Emily V. Trost, Geosciences
Thesis Title: High-stress Conditions in Early Paleocene Benthic Foraminifera: Evidence from NW Atlantic ODP Site 1050C
Thesis Adviser: Gerta Keller, Professor of Geosciences, Department of Geosciences.

PEI Awards and Prizes

Class Day 2013
Reception in Guyot Atrium following ENV Class Day Ceremony.
(Photo by PEI Staff)

Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Prize

The Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Prize is awarded annually to one or two seniors in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program who wrote an outstanding thesis in the broad area of environmental studies. Student nominations are made by departmental thesis advisers.

Lauren A. Bleakney, Woodrow Wilson School
Thesis Title: Against the Current: Egyptian Water Policy for a New Domestic and International Context
Thesis Adviser: Barbara Bodine, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Diplomat-in-Residence, Woodrow Wilson School.

Peter W. Stroh '51 Environmental Thesis Prize

The Peter W. Stroh '51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize was established in 2003 as a memorial to Peter W. Stroh '51, an active member of PEI's Advisory Council and an enthusiastic supporter of the Environmental Studies Program. The prize is awarded annually to the student who is determined to have written the best thesis on an environmental topic. Academic departments are solicited for nominations in the spring with a limit of one student per academic discipline eligible for consideration. All members of the senior class are eligible to be nominated including students participating in the ENV Certificate Program.

Charles H. Brower, Ecology and Evolutional Biology
Thesis Title: Modeling Bacterial Pathogen Emergence at the Human-Animal Interface: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 and its Implications for Public Health
Thesis Adviser: Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Alison D. Gocke, History
Thesis Title: Visions of the Land: Cartography and Environmental Philosophy in the Old Northwest
Thesis Adviser: Hendrik Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty. Professor of History. Director, Program in American Studies.

Class Day 2013
(Photo by PEI Staff)

T.A. Barron Environmental Leadership Prize

The Thomas A. Barron Environmental Leadership Prize recognizes a member of the graduating class who has distinguished himself or herself by showing exceptional dedication to environmental concerns, not only in formal classes and independent academic work, but also by leading and encouraging activities among fellow students and in the community at large. Nominations are limited to one student per academic department. A seconding letter that addresses the student's contributions to environmental leadership is also required.

Caroline Y. Jo, Woodrow Wilson School
Thesis Title: Leveraging Private Interests for the Public Good: Foreign Actors and non-Institutionalized Citizen Activism in China's Environmental Governance
Thesis Adviser: Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.