• Costa Rica and Panama 2015 Field Course: Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems & Field Practicum in Costa Rica and Panama June 2015
  • We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by syntheizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make importnat choices wisely. - Edward O. Wilson
  • China 2015 Field Course: China's Yangtze River: Problems and Sustainable Solutions. Tentative Dates - July 2015
  • Explore. Research. Conserve.
  • Field Course participants standing in front of sign for Norris Geyser Basin and Museum

Welcome to CHANCE

Today, humanity faces this reality – the environment is broken on local, state (province), national, and global scales most of which are a result of human impact on natural resources and ecosystems.

Penn State CHANCE is an environmental education and professional development outreach program that uses real-world experiences to challenge students to think critically about conservation issues while transforming them into the problem solvers that our society desperately needs.

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CHANCE Newswire

18 November 2014
Many Campuses Represented at National Discussion of Sustainability in Science
An interactive poster and panel discussion event entitled, "Promoting Global Sustainability in the Teaching and Learning of Biology," was held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio during the annual NABT Professional Development Conference. This event highlighted the work of many Penn State faculty, staff and students who contribute to the present and future of science education.

The inclusion of so many Penn Staters stems from a university-wide commitment to innovation in teaching and engaged scholarship. Penn State CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences), an environmental education and professional development outreach program that uses real-world experiences to challenge students to think critically about conservation issues, serves as a prime example and is the subject of a number of posters and a featured panel discussion.
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17 November 2014
National Geographic

Book Talk: E. O. Wilson's Bold Vision for Saving the World

When we see how badly we're destabilizing the world, Wilson says, we'll turn to reason.
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Field Courses

CHANCE China 2015 Field Course

A Penn State University, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, and Nanjing University, Nanjing China collaboration. The focus of this course will be on China's fresh water supply and conversation efforts needed to restore and preserve it. Undergraduate students selected from all three institutions will learn about the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) watershed (which consists of the longest river in Asia and the third-largest in the world), and the past, present, and future ecological and economic realities of this important resource. Field research will focus on analyzing the health of the Lake Tai (Tài Hú) ecosystem, China's third largest body of fresh water body linked to the renowned Grand Canal. In recent years, Lake Tai has been plagued by pollution (eutrophication) as a result of rapid economic growth in the surrounding regions. Highlights for this program will be an international student-run panel discussion in Beijing on the sustainability of China's fresh water supply, a cruise down the Yangtze River, and an overnight stay on the Great Wall of China. DATES for field course: July, 2015. Field course website coming soon!

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CHANCE Costa Rica/Panama 2015 Field Course

OTS logoA Penn State University and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)/La Selva collaboration. The focus of this program, Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems, which includes spring, 2015 online and summer, 2015 field course components, is to explore rainforest, coral reefs, sea grasses, and mangrove root ecosystems. The word explore is all encompassing here as it not only means to physically experience theses ecosystems with all the human senses open, but to question the phenomena that are affecting the maintenance, loss, and restoration of the biological diversity within these fragile environments through research. A highlight of the field course will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings to ensure the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations worldwide. DATES for field course: June 15 - July 1, 2015
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CHANCE Recognition

Burkert Fluid Control SystemCHANCE would like to recognize one of its newest sponsors, Bürkert Fluid Control System, for its work to bring sustainable solutions to our world's most challenging water realities.

Bürkert is one of the world's leading companies for measurement, control and regulation technology. Over 2,100 employees in 34 countries are constantly engineering systems and solutions in response to the dynamic and exciting challenges presented by water, steam, gases and other media. Bürkert combines experience and courage to walk the extra mile to yield sustainable and exemplar solutions to any challenge it embraces. It is this balance that leads to its success as a leader in water applications around the world.

Bürkert is where ideas FLOW and water's future is embraced by engineered products that yield innovative and sustainable answers.

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26 October 2014
Portait of SusanCHANCE Fellow Earns Graduate Fellowship in Water Resource Engineering
Susan Hollingsworth Elliott, 2006 CHANCE Costa Rica Fellow, has been driven to work with rivers since she first floated down the Lehigh River. After learning field methods during her Costa Rica CHANCE course, she continued to dive into tropical research during a semester in Ecology in Ecuador. Today, she is beginning a Masters degree program at Oregon State University where she will focus on the effect of riparian ecosystem engineers on river bed form evolution and feedback cycles. She has received her department's most prestigious award, the Ronald Miner Graduate Fellowship. Well done, Susan!!

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Resources For Educators

17 November 2014
2014 HHMI Holiday Lectures Now Online
Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems such as tigers in Asia and coral reefs around the world? What tools do we have to avoid a global catastrophe? In six half-hour lectures, three leading scientists describe the state of biodiversity on our planet and how to face the great challenges that lie ahead.

The newest installment of the HHMI Holiday Lecture Series, BIODIVERSITY In the Age of Humans features Anthony D. Barnosky for the University of California, Berkley, Elizabeth A. Hadley from Stanford University, and Stephen R. Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University as they talk about learning from past extinctions, habitat loss and conservation, and what humans can do preserve our natural world.
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03 November 2014
Masters of Arts in Teaching Program
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Learn to teach Earth and Space science with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, in the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum. The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program includes a fully paid teaching fellowship that combines coursework, mentoring, and real-world experience. Apply now to start your new life inspiring the next generation with science.
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Resources For Students

26 October 2014
Latin American Sea Turtles LogoLatin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Bulletin
Read how the conservation efforts of LAST and WIDECAST are protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica and beyond. Past, present and future projects are also highlighted. Get involved!
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03 September 2014
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Society for Conservation Biology Job Board

This job posting service is offered free of charge to the conservation community via the outreach efforts of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)! For more information about this job board, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
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