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Institute for Environment

Dr. Steven Frysinger, Chair

The Institute for Environment is a collegial association of environmental faculty from James Madison University, crossing departmental, college and academic program boundaries.


Mission

The Institute for Environment (IFE) will promote synergism and faculty/student collaboration in environmental research, projects, and degree programs, helping to ensure that JMU is identified as an institution with a world-class environmental presence which is both coordinated and diverse.


Activities

The IFE conducts a variety of activities intended to foster communication and collaboration among the JMU environmental faculty and students, as well as their external stakeholders. Examples of these activities include:

  • Maintenance of a world wide web presence (www.jmu.edu/InstituteForEnvironment) which serves as an electronic "front door" to environmental programs and activities at JMU;
  • Facilitation of dialog about the various environmental programs offered or proposed;
  • Operation of a directory and email list to help Institute members discover each other's expertise and communicate with each other;
  • Dissemination of news of interest to institute members via either electronic or paper means;
  • Maintenance of a resource list to help faculty and students locate environmental instruments, equipment, and software on campus;
  • Organization of mini-conferences/workshops on the environment to showcase student and faculty work from all departments and programs;
  • Sponsorship of scholarships/grants to help students with research expenses, conference travel, etc.

Related Programs

JMU offers the following environmental programs:

  • Environmental Information Systems minor
  • Environmental Management minor
  • Environmental Science major
  • Geographic Science: Environmental Studies concentration
  • Economics: Environmental and Natural Resource concentration
  • Integrated Science and Technology: Environment concentration

Membership

Faculty members from all colleges of the university participate in the IFE. The following members and academic units are represented:

Roddy Amenta

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Steve Baedke

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Tom Benzing

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Chis Bolgiano

University Library

David Brakke

College of Science and Mathematics

CJ Brodrick

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Pete Bsumek

School of Communication Studies

Lynn Cameron

University Library

Bruce Clemens

College of Business

Curtis Clevinger

Department of Biology

Jenn Clevinger

Department of Biology

Dean Cocking

Department of Biology

George Coffman

College of Integrated Science and Technology

Jennifer Coffman

Department of Anthropology

Fred Copithorn

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Mike Deaton

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Dan Downey

Department of Chemistry

Scott Eaton

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

John Eckman

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

John Fahey

College of Education

Steve Fairchild

College of Education

William Frangos

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Steve Frysinger

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Jack Gentile

Department of Geographic Science

Glen Gustafson

Department of Geographic Science

Mary Handley

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Reid Harris

Department of Biology

Jim Herrick

Department of Biology

Mark Hudy

United States Forest Service

Nikitah Imani  

Department of Sociology

Ming Ivory

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Ron Kander

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Jon Kastendiek

Department of Biology

Lance Kearns

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Steve Keffer

Department of Biology

Mary Kimsey

Department of Geographic Science

Cindy Klevickis

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Ivor Knight

Department of Biology

Helmut Kraenzle

Department of Geographic Science

Bruce Lundeen

Pure Water 2000

Scott Milliman

Program of Economics

Kit Murphy

Department of Biology

Carole Nash

Department of Anthropology

Cally Oglesby

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Nancy Quirk

Department of Political Science

Mike Renfroe

Department of Biology

Barkley Rosser

Program of Economics

Emma Savage-Davis

College of Education

Cullen Sherwood

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Kevin Simon

Department of Biology

Michael Smilowitz

Speech Communication

Wayne Teel

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Dick Travis

Department of Health Sciences

Gene Tucker

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Stan Ulanski  

Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Bruce Wiggins

Department of Biology

James Wilson  

Department of Geographic Science

Bill Wood

Program of Economics

Stephen Wright

Department of Geographic Science


JMU Environmental Education Center

The JMU Environmental Education Center (EEC) is located on the JMU farm in Port Republic, consisting of 12 hectares (30 acres) of second growth forest, 300 meters (1000 feet) of frontage on the North River (just upstream of the formation of the Shenandoah River), and an historic brick house. This facility is intended to

  • Provide an ideal space in which to disseminate environmental information to school students and community groups;
  • Support on-going JMU student projects involving air quality, surface and ground water quality, and alternative energy systems; and
  • Provide an inviting off-campus venue for workshops, meetings, and symposia.

The EEC has commenced operations in community and in-service teacher environmental education, taking advantage of the pavilion located on the property to provide shelter for these activities when necessary. More information can be obtained at the EEC Web site at http://www.isat.jmu.edu/environment/EnvEdCenter/ .

 

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