Conferences/Speakers/Other events

Spring 2020 Colloquium Series

Featuring a light lunch and Binghamton University faculty researchers.
Noon-1 p.m. on select Thursdays, in AD-148, as follows:

Feb. 20: THIS TALK HAS BEEN MOVED TO AD-606 - Robert Holahan, associate professor of environmental studies and political science, on "Technological change, institutional effectiveness and fracking in the commons: Economic experiments and database collection."

This talk will introduce a new NSF-funded series of economic experiments and database collections that seek to better understand how existing policies designed to manage conventional oil and gas drilling are at managing unconventional 'fracking' for oil and gas. The first part of the project, database collection, involves the collection of oil and gas laws and policies from all 32 oil and gas producing states in order to compare and contrast policy effectiveness across states. The second part of the project involves a series of economic experiments that builds off of Ostrom, Gardner, and Walker's (1994) canonical work Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources. These experiments are crafted to mimic real-world oil & gas leasing decisions by landowners, by allowing for both heterogeneous returns from investing into a common-pool project (i.e. drilling or fracking) and for subjects to constrain action through the use of a voting mechanism. Preliminary results from a pretest will be presented, as well as the structure of experiments to be run over next 18 months.

March 12: Barry Brenton, faculty engagement associate with the Center for Community Engagement at Binghamton University, on "Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment: Lessons on Sustainability, Community-Engagement, and Justice." 

Indigenous peoples' diverse worldviews on sustainability often provide deep counternarratives to mainstream policies related to environmental conservation and preservation. This presentation will review community-engaged participatory research and learning conducted with three Indigenous communities living in distinct environmental contexts (North American Desert Southwest and Prairie Plains, Ecuadorian Amazon) with unique traditional food systems. A primary focus will be on how integrating Indigenous research methods and epistemologies can inform policy and our understanding of sustainability and environmental justice in the face of climate change.

March 26: Adriane Lam, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.

April 23: John Frazier, distinguished service professor of geography at Binghamton University, and Chengbin Den, associate professor of geography at Binghamton University.

Fall 2019 Colloquium Series

Featuring a light lunch and Binghamton University faculty researchers.
Noon-1 p.m. on select Thursdays, in AD-148, as follows:

Nov. 7: Danielle Moyer, Living Building project coordinator, on "Sustainable Architecture Initiatives at Binghamton University: Updates on the Living Building and the Welcome Center."

Download a pdf of Moyer's PowerPoint presentation

Oct. 24: Louisa Holmes, assistant professor of geography, on "The Social Determinants of Environmental Health: Bridging Sustainability's Three E's"

Oct. 10: George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, on "Course-based undergraduate research experiences in the Environmental Studies Program and Binghamton University

Spring 2019 Colloquium Series

Featuring a light lunch and Binghamton University faculty researchers.
Noon-1 p.m. generally every other Thursday, in AD-148, as follows:

Jan. 31: Pam Mischen, associate professor of public administration, on "Sustainable Communities Metrics"

Presentation slides available online.

Feb, 14: Kim Brimhall, assistant professor of social work, and Shelley Dionne, professor of leadership, on "Creating Healthy Communities for Rural and Socioeconomically Disadvantages Populations: A Study on Healthcare Leadership and Supportive Work Environments"

Feb. 21: Juliet Berling, city of Binghamton, on "Recent Sustainability Initiatives in the City of Binghamton"

Feb. 28: Ralph Garruto, professor of anthropology, on "Risk of Lyme and other Tick-borne Diseases in Built Environments"

March 28: Yu Chen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Chengben Deng, assistant professor of geography; and Timothy Faughnan, associate vice president for emergency services, on "iSENSE: An Intelligent Surveillance as an Edge Network Service for Public Safety"

April 4: Rebecca Rathmell, Southern Tier Homeless Coalition, on "The status of homelessness in Broome County and the only real way to Solve it"

April 18: Andreas Pape, associate professor of economics, on "The Emergence of Monitoring"

May 2: Ken Chiu, associate professor of computer science, on "Water Quality Seed Grant"

Fall 2018 Colloquium Series

Featuring a light lunch and Binghamton University faculty researchers.
Noon-1 p.m. every other Thursday in AD-148, as follows:

Nov. 15: Peter Kneupfer, associate professor of geological sciences and environmental studies

Is the frequency of large floods changing? Implications for community resiliency

Nov. 8: Beth Lucas, Broome County Department of Planning

Flood Resilience in Broome County

Oct. 25: Dan Filer, Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Chesapeake Watershed Consortium

Oct. 4: Dick Andrus

Is Homo sapiens too clever to survive?

Sept. 20: Sean Cummings, manager of Binghamton University Acres

The little garden that could