Volunteer Eco Students Abroad

VESA (www.vesabroad.com) is a truly unique two week experience incorporating meaningful volunteer work and an Amazonian jungle tour in South America’s Ecuador, volunteering whilst staying with a host family, followed by an incredible week long cruise of the Fijian Islands or working in orphanages or in crocodile conservation in South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal followed by an amazing safari!
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> > If you choose South America, you will be based in a picturesque Ecuadorian jungle village and commute daily via canoe to an indigenous community to undertake vital volunteer work. This includes helping to construct much needed facilities for the village school, teaching English and installing ablution facilities to give the villagers access to better health and hygiene! Your second week with us will see you trekking through the wild jungle of the Amazon Basin. Here you will see all manners of jungle life, stay in tribal accommodation & lodges, visit a shaman and top the trip off with an intense day of white water rafting!
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> > If your choice is The Fijian Islands, you will be working alongside, a local non profit organization. Here, you will be staying with a local family in their village, working in the community helping to educate the children by teaching them English, as well as basic hygiene, building washroom facilities at the school as well as helping to construct water tanks and pipelines. Your second week of your trip will see you sailing up the picturesque remote Yasawa Islands. Every day will see you partake in a different activity, whether it be relaxing in your own private hammock, snorkelling/scuba with sea turtles, kayaking to a deserted island, or chilling on the beach with new mates, it’s a trip like no other!

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> > Or if your choose South Africa as your destination you will be working in the world heritage site of St. Lucia. This year we will be working alongside the local Zulu tribe; working in orphanages, teaching English, building houses for impoverished families and working alongside cheetahs and crocodile`s in our conservation projects. To top off your time in Africa, you will travelling by open air bus, visiting 3 game parks, sighting Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebras, Leopards, Hippos and Lions!

> > Or finally if you choose South East Asia as your destination you will be staying in a remote elephant
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> > Conservation centre in Laos, living and working alongside these magnificent creatures in a variety of projects such as building viewing and feeding platforms, rebuilding the hospital as well as working with local children refurbishing their schools and teaching basic English. To finish off you trip you will embark on an amazing cultural and adventure tour. You will spend your time visiting ancient temples, kayaking, biking, hiking, caving and loads more with all the new friends you have made!
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> > If you would like to be a part of something incredible this summer, or would simply like more information we will be hosting information sessions at the following location:
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> > Thursday Aug 28 2014 in ATLAS Institute , Second Floor – Room 202 Meetings begin on the hour:
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> > 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, last meeting at 5pm!
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> > Feel free to bring along any friends you feel might be interested in this opportunity.
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> > If you can’t make the meeting please feel free to find out more information or apply online at http://www.vesabroad.com Why not check out our Facebook group, Volunteer Eco Students Abroad to see what current participants have to say!
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> > We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

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> > Volunteer Eco Students Abroad
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> > Email: info@vesabroad.com
> > Web: http://www.vesabroad.com

Computational Biology Seminar CSCI 4810/6810 has openings for Fall 2014

Seminar in Computational Biology
CSCI 4810 / 6810, Fall 2014

Instructor: Debra Goldberg
First meeting: 3:30-4:20 PM Tuesday, August 26, in FLMG 157.
The other 4 class meetings may be held in a location more convenient to students in the class.

Course website can be found at https://moodle.cs.colorado.edu/

Prerequisite: any course in computational biology, or other relevant experience giving some background in both computer science and biology

This 1-credit course will expose students to research being done on campus in computational biology, and is intended to prepare students to participate in a research project and provide a forum to discuss ideas with other students interested in computational biology.

The class will meet once every 3-4 weeks. In other weeks, students will attend an approved talk or research group presentation of their choosing, and submit a short summary of the presentation. During our first class meeting we’ll discuss how to find appropriate presentations. During the other 4 class meetings we will discuss the previous weeks’ talks. During finals week you will present an idea for a research project of your own.

For more information, email the professor at

Interested in civic engagement and youth empowerment? INVS/EDUC 2919 has seats available

Interested in civic engagement and youth empowerment? If yes, contact verveer@colorado.edu to register for INVS/EDUC 2919: Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools. A practicum course, INVS/EDUC 2919 invites undergraduates to work in teams of two or three to support local K-12 students as they identify and address salient community issues, such as bullying, domestic violence, global warming, youth homelessness, immigration, poverty, teen depression, teen substance abuse, and texting and driving.

The following sections of the course, which fulfills the Human Diversity core requirement and may be applied toward the Education Minor, are open:
Section 801 will meet on campus on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 p.m., as well as at ONE of the following times and locations:
*Tuesdays, 2:45-3:55 p.m. at Creekside Elementary School in South Boulder – WAITLIST *Fridays, 1:10-2:05 p.m. at Centaurus High School in Lafayette – CLOSED *Fridays, 2:05-3:00 p.m. at Centaurus High School in Lafayette – SEVERAL SEATS AVAILABLE

Section 802 will meet on campus on Mondays from 2:55-4:25 p.m., as well as at ONE of the following times and locations:
*Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00 p.m. at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette – SEVERAL SEATS AVAILABLE *Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m. at Casey Middle School in North Boulder – WAITLIST

The course, which provides CU undergraduates with a meaningful opportunity to apply acquired skills and knowledge in school-based settings, has emerged as a favorite among CU students. Enrollment for the course is controlled; students will need to contact Instructor and Public Achievement Director Elaina Verveer at verveer@colorado.edu for more information as well as to register for the course. This course is open to ALL CU Boulder undergraduates.

Chinese Students and Scholars Mid-Autumn Festival 9/5

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be holding an annual Mid-Autumn Festival at Norlin Quad on September 5th, 2014 from 6-9:30pm. They will be serving traditional Chinese food and moon cakes. There will be performances and also a photo booth with traditional costumes. No admission fee, everyone is welcome to join!
For more information: please visit: http://www.bouldercssa.org or their Facebook page: Chinese Students and Scholars Association

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency – EPSA Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for BS, MS or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Physical Sciences,
Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics or related degrees.

Application closes Monday, September 1, 2014, midnight EST – visit http://orise.orau.gov/epsa to get started NOW!
Opportunity in Washington, DC for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in September or October 2014 to conduct climate/environmental research.

Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate policy. Prefer expertise in one or more major energy sector (e.g. electricity, oil, gas) with training/experience in climate science, climate impacts or other environmental areas. Strong quantitative analytical, research and communication skills are required. Experience with modeling and managing data outputs from models preferred.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens – no exceptions.

Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided.

For more information, e-mail epsa.fellowship@orau.org.

Study Abroad Fair Thursday September 4th

Come learn about the more than 400 CU-approved Study Abroad programs!
Thursday September 4th
11 am to 3 pm
UMC Fountain area

EBIO Fall Potluck!

Wednesday August 27th from 3-5PM in the Recreation Center Room C250

Please bring a generous amount of food to share. The department will provide utensils, cups, etc.

Suggestions: A-C (Main Dish), D-H (Salad), I-L (Dessert), M-R (Non Alcoholic Beverages), S-Z Appetizers

All are welcome!

Volunteers are needed to bring food back to Ramaley at 5PM. Please let Jill Skarstad know if you can help.


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