The Newsletter for Research Professionals November 2010
Lately ResearchNetwork has been fielding quite a few questions about expanding beyond the current research focus in terms of both employers and job seekers. For us the answer is simple. By specializing in a single employment field (albeit a broad field) we believe we offer a more unique, specialized and superior quality than we could if we were to diversify. So we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who believe we could contribute to a wider field. We appreciate your confidence but respectfully decline in favor of the specialized service we will continue to provide the major corporations, research institutions and job seekers that have been with us from the beginning of our journey. This week our newsletter focuses on the topic of environmental research; how it is developing and growing as new information comes to light. We hope you will find it informative and engaging.
Environmental research has evolved to include a vastly diverse spectrum of science and research. These are fields which not only reflect our increasing knowledge and technological advancement but of course, our growing awareness. While even forensics and biological sciences now encroach in the realm of environmental research, environmental research in its essence proceeds to grow as a field unto itself. This specialization continues to be a lucrative and interesting opportunity for researchers and scientific establishments.
Environmental companies are at the cutting edge of modern technology, they are the research establishments that are being afforded the task of saving our planet and as such, they are the contemporary heroes of science. Looking beyond what is occurring within research facilities, even companies in traditionally non-environmental industries are being called to task and given kudos as they change and become green. Again the environmental researchers are being called upon to gauge success. For instance in order to rank the top 10 green companies of 2010, Newsweek teamed up with several research facilities to help them with their choices. They recruited researchers to help them make decisions based upon their expertise in the areas of environmental, social and governance ratings, social responsibility, environmental reports and quantitative measurements of environmental performance.
This is a prime example of the increasing tendency of non-academic/research based initiatives incorporating specialized research data into their projects. As the environment continues in the forefront of international imperative across all industries and political boundaries, those with experience in the field become increasingly in demand. As such environmental research may be the most lucrative and interesting field of future research.
Going green on campus
Schools are going green on campus and in the classroom. In anticipation of future green employment opportunities combined with the necessity to teach environmental awareness. Schools are focusing on the environment in more ways than ever before as reported in Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/2009/08/11/green-degrees-in-bloom.html).
Driven partially by market forces (the stimulus package alone devotes $30 billion to green energy) and partially by growing student concern over the environment, green majors have become a hot commodity on campus. Universities launched at least 27 sustainability-themed programs, degrees, or certificates in 2007, up from just three in 2005. And that's in addition to the scores of environment-related degrees, like environmental science or biology, which already existed.
Engineering and business programs have adopted similarly green curricula. Nearly 30 percent of business departments and 22 percent of engineering schools offer undergraduate courses in environmental issues, according to a 2008 study by the National Wildlife Federation. The sustainable business major at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., is one third conventional business education, a third natural sciences, and a third core sustainable business courses. Every student participates in the Sustainable Business Innovations Lab, where students help local businesses solve their problems with sustainability. When the university began offering the major in 2005, it was the first of its kind. Now it's the largest undergrad business major at Aquinas.
Many schools are trying to meet another challenge: incorporating sustainability into their non-environmental curriculum. That's what Montana State University did last January, when they launched their Sustainable Food and Bio energy Systems interdisciplinary degree. It's collaboration between the colleges of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Development. The program aims to give students an understanding of the entire food cycle, from farm to fork. Aspiring nutritionists and farmers alike take courses on the basics of growing food, but also tend to the two-acre campus farm, which supplies produce to nearby residents and a local food bank.
Amazing Earth Facts!
· The Earth is a planet of fascinating extremes. As borrowed from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here is a list of the most amazing earth facts.
· The hottest place on earth is in fact El Azizia in Libya which recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922. That is the hottest temperature ever measured.
· The coldest place on earth is Vostok, Antarctica where the temperature dropped to -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) on July 21, 1983.
· It is the air around a lightening bolt that causes thunder rather than the lightening itself. The super heated air around a lightning bolt is about five times the temperature of the Sun. This sudden heating causes the air to expand faster than the speed of sound, which compresses the air and forms a shock wave which we mortals hear as the boom of thunder.
· Despite the popular belief that rocks cannot float there is one rock that can. Pumice is a rock produced during a volcanic eruption. The violent separation of gas from lava produces a rock which is loaded with gas bubbles and it can float.
· Rocks can grow, albeit very slowly. Some rocks called iron-manganese crusts grow on mountains under the sea. The crusts precipitate material slowly from seawater, growing about 1 millimeter every million years.
· Estimates vary, but the USGS says at least 1,000 million grams, or roughly 1,000 tons of space dust enters the atmosphere every year and makes its way to Earths surface.
· When determining how far regular dust can travel, a 1999 study showed that African dust could find its way to Florida and push parts of the state over the prescribed air quality limit for particulate matter. The dust is kicked up by high winds in North Africa and carried as high as 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), where it's caught up in the trade winds and carried across the sea.
· The world’s highest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela which drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).
· The San Andreas Fault, which runs north-south, is slipping at a rate of about 2 inches (5 centimeters) per year, causing Los Angeles to move towards San Francisco. Scientists forecast LA will be a suburb of the City by the Bay in about 15 million years.
· The rotation of earth is more flexible than one might imagine, it bulges at the midsection, creating a sort of pumpkin shape. The bulge was lessening for centuries but now, suddenly, it is growing, a recent study showed. Accelerated melting of Earth's glaciers is taking the blame for the equatorial weight gain.
tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:
In an ongoing effort to streamline hiring processes many company’s have begun online interviewing (which is probably everyone’s first choice) and telephone interviewing as a pre-process to personal interviews. The big deal with telephone interviews is that sometimes the recruiter won’t let you know they are going to call. This makes being prepared really important.
In many ways phone interview preparation is the same as you would do for a face-to-face interview but, in this instance it is particularly important to think of some questions that you want to ask the interviewer. That way if the conversation halts without any visual clues it won’t become awkward.
You should also try and ensure that you have some privacy for the conversation. Once you realize what the call is about retreat to a quiet spot and then get yourself into interview mode, even if you have to do it on the fly. Try and imagine you are sitting in front of the interviewer and use facial expressions as you would in a one-to-one interview. Your attitude and frame of mind is always reflected in your voice so don't forget to smile and be positive.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
~Native American Proverb
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