Back Cover| May 15, 2010
Directing an expanding program during a time of federal and state budget cutbacks is a less-than-zero-sum game. For Environmental Science and Policy, we have been fortunate, indeed, to have had past funding for various program initiatives provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Most recently, Mellon funded the creation of our new Center for Geospatial Analysis in Swem Library, and seeded the endowment of our innovative environmental post-doctoral program. The post-doctoral scholars function as junior faculty and are mentored by established faculty from separate disciplines as they hone their teaching and research skills with ENSP undergraduates. Our first scholar—Dr. Yuehan Lu—has completed almost two years with W&M and currently is interviewing for faculty positions. Our second scholar—Dr. Chris Marcoux—has completed one year of teaching and research at W&M and has a full slate at the College scheduled for 2010/11. Finally, our third scholar—Jes Therkelsen—will be joining W&M in Fall 2010. With a new scholar every year, the Mellon Environmental Post-doctoral Scholars program provides fresh faces, cutting-edge research, new courses, and exciting collaborative opportunities for students and faculty in Environmental Science and Policy.
The Mellon scholars program infuses ENSP annually with new teaching and research perspectives, but we still need to raise the matching funds to permanently endow the program. Any commitment you can make to us, no matter how large or small, is an important addition toward satisfying our obligation to meet the Mellon challenge and endow the program in perpetuity. Time is of the essence—we need your support now to make the Mellon scholars program a permanent fixture of Environmental Science and Policy.
So please contact the director of ENSP directly ([[jpswad]] and/or use the online giving tool to help us continue our extraordinary growth. A small amount of annual giving can go a long way. You can give to ENSP directly.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our Environmental Science and Policy Program!
Randy Chambers ENSP Acting Director