Category Archive: In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight: Dave Johnston

Meet Dr. Dave Johnston of the Duke University Marine Lab.  Currently on a research trip to Antarctica, Dave and his team lead the way in incorporating drones, otherwise referred to as UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), in marine research and monitoring.  Recently, Duke Environment Magazine featured Dave and his team’s work along with the details of …

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An Interview with Cakey Worthington

Here at the Nicholas School, we have the privilege of working with some of the best and brightest students. Well master’s candidate, Cakey Worthington, is one of the many gems we have had the pleasure of getting to know this past year. Cakey is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in environmental management and master …

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Nicholas School Leadership Changes

In August, Alan Townsend announced that he will take a leave of absence as dean of the Nicholas School to attend to personal matters full-time. “Alan has done a tremendous job over the past two years and the School is in a good place to move forward,” Duke Provost Sally J. Kornbluth said. “President Brodhead …

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Top 5 Tips for Summer Internship Supervisors

Nicholas School graduate students sometimes refer to summer as the “third semester”, because their internships provide essential opportunities to gain practical skills.  Environmental professionals also benefit from sponsoring an intern – students can help collect data, get back-burner projects up and running, or conduct outreach.  Yet as supervisors, we rarely receive any intern management training.  Here …

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An Interview with Deb Wojcik

Deb Wojcik is a “Double Duke” grad, having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees – Master of Environmental Management and Master of Arts in Teaching – from Duke University. She worked for four years as the Director of Executive Education at DEL before obtaining her PhD in Forest Resources and Conservation and researching tropical …

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Say Hello To Our New Graduate Assistants

We are pleased to welcome some new faces into The DEL program. These graduate students assist with coordinating DEL-MEM programs, Executive Education courses, and collaborations throughout the Duke community to engage professionals in environmental leadership. DEL-MEM   Brenna Thompson- Brenna is a first-year residential MEM student in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration. She completed …

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Investigating Mid-Career Professional Opportunities with DEL-MEM

Michelle Schopp, DEL-MEM 2016, is the Investigations Division Chief for North Carolina at the United States Coast Guard (USCG).  Michelle is responsible for investigating boating accidents, violations of safety, security and environmental laws, and acts of misconduct and/or negligence by commercial and recreational mariners.  She helps determine the cause, assess appropriate enforcement action, and prevent …

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DEL Supports K-12 Environmental Education

This fall, the 13 students in Nicolette Cagle’s on-campus course ENVIRON 737 Environmental Education & Interpretation took to classrooms at three elementary schools around Durham to teach environmental education lessons. For years, DEL has organized volunteers to lead environmental education activities in local classrooms. Recently, I have partnered with Dr. Cagle to add a service …

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Meet the new DEL graduate assistants

Who are they? Emily Lamb is a first year residential MEM student in the Global Environmental Change concentration. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University in Environmental Science in 2011 and then spent two and half years studying barnacles in Chile with a Fulbright scholarship. While at the Nicholas School, Emily hopes to learn …

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In the Spotlight: DEL-MEM Orientation

“Can an online program allow me to connect with my peers as well as a classroom-based program?” After recently completing my Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) orientation, I know the answer is an emphatic YES! DEL creates these peer-to-peer connections during its unique place-based experience. My week long orientation brought together a diverse group of 12 professionals. Despite …

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