Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Climate change: can forests keep pace

Dr.  Lindsey Rustad, Hubbard Brook Team Leader & Research Ecologist, Center for Research on Ecosystem Change, US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Durham, NH and Associate Research Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Maine.  Climate Change:  Can Northern Forests Keep Pace?  Sponsored by the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management and the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology.  Dr. Rustad reviewed climatological data associated with climate change, survey results about perceptions of climate change, and what the northern forests and the species that use it for habit might look like in the future.  A joint presentation of the Women in Scientific and Environmental Professions and the Cross-disciplinary Seminar in Hydrological and Biogeochemical Processes. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Assertion and Dealing with Difficult People

Catherine Gerard, Sally Rock-Blake, Vadym Pyrozhenko of the Conflict Management Center described the core concepts of assertion in order to more effectively communicate with others while maintaining and defending your rights, demonstrated how reflective listening (http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/uploadedFiles/parcc/cmc/Reflective%20Listening%20NK.pdf) and assertion can be work together to better manage conflict when dealing with difficult people (http://www.scribd.com/doc/18024/Dealing-with-Difficult-Peopleprimarily by preventing you from also becoming difficult.). Participants had the opportunity to practice these techniques.  Their overview is posted at http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/uploadedFiles/parcc/cmc/Managing%20Agreement-Assertion%20Skills%20NK.pdfSponsored by the Conflict Management Center, PARCC, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

HR Brown Bag Presentation: Retirement Planning for Women


Women tend to live longer than men, have more gaps in employment for child or elder care, and take lower paying positions to trail a spouse.  Helen Chambers and Stephen Donella, Jr., CFP, from ING introduced questions women should consider in retirement planning, and explained the optional savings programs available to ESF employees.   Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources.