In This Issue:
- Lights Up: Sustainable Solar in New England – Event Recap
- Upcoming Ethics Course
- Member Spotlight – Timothy Randhir
- Upcoming Events
- Job & Research Opportunities
1. 2020 SWCS SNEC Conference – Event Recap
3. December 2020 Member Spotlight – Timothy Randhir
Starting this month, we’ll be focusing on one of our SNEC community members in each newsletter! Want to be featured? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! First up is our esteemed Chapter President – Dr. Timothy Randhir.
Name: Timothy Randhir
Occupation: Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Position on Board: President of SNEC
Number of years in SNEC: ~ 10 years (SWCS for 23+ years)
Alma Mater: Purdue University (PhD)
Hometown: Amherst, MA
What is your favorite part of volunteering on the Board of Directors?
Brainstorming ideas and planning activities is often enjoyable. It is great to see the chapter growing over years under the guidance of the board.
How do you define success?
Success is making a positive change in society. New initiatives, ideas, and solutions that innovate and tackle problems can be seen as indicators of success.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
My research covers every part of the world through students and scholars who collaborate in emerging issues in watershed science and water resources. I feel this opportunity to team remotely with scientists and professionals is heartwarming.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
I had many who influenced my career, but the most influential is my mother who was gentle in advice, patient, and encouraging throughout my career. I learned a lot from my mom.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
I cultivated rice in childhood in my grappa’s farm and in a plot during my agriculture degree. It was humbling. I was also a breakdancer in my youthful years.
Any exciting upcoming projects?
The sustainable coffee farming project in Honduras is growing and we are seeking project funds.
How has being a SNEC member influenced your career?
Participating in SNEC is exciting for an academic person is learning ground level issues from knowledgeable professionals on the board and in the chapter membership.
4. Upcoming Events:
SWCS invites the submission of live demos, virtual tours, field days, workshops, oral presentations, symposia, and posters for the 76th SWCS International Annual Conference, taking place virtually, July 26-28, 2021.
Submission Deadline: February 17, 2021
Writing about Science for the Public: A Hands-On Workshop for Scientists
Free Event Led by David Berreby, author and science journalist
January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 2021
3:30 to 5:30 PM ET
Registration Deadline: January 4th
*Space is limited to 12 participants*
5. Job & Research Opportunities:
New England Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Work alongside AFT staff like Lights Up Speaker Emily Cole.
Applications due by December 21st!
Do you have an idea you have been wanting to investigate but haven’t had the time, resources, or staff?
Do you have data you have been meaning to clean, organize, and or analyze but haven’t gotten around to yet?
Is there a topic you have been wanting to know more about but haven’t known where to start?
If YES, then the students in the University of Maine’s ECO 405/505 Sustainable Energy Economics & Policy class may be able to help! Lights Up Conference Speaker Sharon Klein is seeking mentors for service-learning projects related to sustainable energy for Spring 2021. Service learning projects bring students and mentors (YOU) together to solve real-world problems.