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Graig and Rizzo Publish Article

Travis Graig’s ’17 and Christopher Rizzo’s ’15 article ‘Data Challenges in Dynamic, Large-Scale Resource Allocation in Remote Regions’ was recently accepted for publication in Safety Science, the #3 journal for international safety research*.  Both Graig and Rizzo are 2015-16 McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems.

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Travis Graig ’17

Travis’ analysis of Bering Strait vessel transits was also highlighted for its contribution in identifying missing and conflicting data in the variety of data sets he analyzed in his research.

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Christopher Rizzo ’15

Chris’ work to develop a resource allocation database for Arctic oil spill response was heralded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, as it modeled the data, resources and equipment necessary to respond to a catastrophic oil spill in the Arctic.

Congratulations Travis and Chris!

* Grabowski, M.R, Graig, T. & Rizzo, C. 2016. Data Challenges in Dynamic, Large-Scale Resource Allocation  in Remote Regions. Safety Science. doi: 10.1016/jssci.2016.03.021.

 

Esbjörn-Hargens to Speak on Integral Economies

HargensCurrent approaches to capital have done much over the last hundred years to create an unsustainable world and jeopardize planetary health. Thus, the transformation of economic systems lies at the heart of sustaining our Earth.   On Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel, on the Le Moyne College campus, Dr. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens will focus on recently emerging models of capital that expand our understanding of capital to include many different forms (e.g., natural capital, human capital, psychological capital). He will examine the various metrics that are being used to measure these forms of capital and will show how these more integral approaches to value creation can play a crucial role in fostering planetary health.

This lecture is part of the McDevitt Center’s new initiative devoted to Sustaining Earth which is motivated by our conviction that a full understanding of these threats and effective responses to them must draw upon both scientific and broadly religious insights and perspectives.

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is the founder of MetaIntegral Associates, the world’s premier integral applications consulting firm that specializes in cross-sector coordination for large-scale change.   He has published more than a dozen articles, established the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice with Ken Wilber in 2003, and co-authored the book Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on Nature (Integral Books: 2009).

For additional information on Dr. Esbjörn-Hargens we suggest reading A Conversation Gone MetaIntegral, a brief interview between Esbjörn-Hargens and Eric Reynolds from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu or (315) 445-6200.

Ravven to Speak on Spinoza and The New Brain Sciences

RavvenBaruch Spinoza believed that a turn inward in conscious self-reflection in order to understand ourselves and our unique experiences within the entire universe offers the only possibility of freedom and transcendence. Recognizing ourselves in the world within us enables us to engage passionately in wider and wider domains that become dimensions of our very selves. As a result, our motives towards others and toward the wider world are transformed from self-serving to benevolent and responsible. Join us on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus as Heidi Ravven, Ph.D. discusses how discoveries from the New Brain Sciences may be proving Spinoza right!

This lecture is the first this spring in the continuing lecture series entitled The Future of Being Human. It is being offered in conjunction with a class of the same name that examines the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century from a multi-disciplinary lens.

Heidi Ravven, Ph.D. is a professor of religious studies at Hamilton College and a fellow in neurophilosophy in the Integrative Neurosciences Research Program. A major grant from the Ford Foundation funded her work on The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will. A member of the Atrocity Prevention Study Group (Washington, DC.), Ravven has served on the Advisory Committee to Jeffrey Sachs, Chairman of the U.N. Sustainable Development Initiative, and as Advisor to Ambassador Prudence Bushnell for the International Conference reviewing the Rwandan Genocide Crisis.

For additional information on Dr. Ravven and her work, we suggest listening to this interview with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry. Ravven discusses how the myth of free will took hold, what Spinoza had to say about it, and why if you want to be a moral person, the last thing you should do is surround yourself with like-minded people.

Dr. Ravven’s talk, Becoming at Home in the Universe as Well as in Our Own Skin: Insights from Spinoza and the New Brain Sciences, is free and open to the public. For more information please call 315-445-6200 or e-mail mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.

Mendieta to Speak on A Bestiary for the Anthropocene

mendietaThe Anthropocene names a new geological epoch, one in which humans are no longer at the mercy of nature, but rather one in which nature is now at the mercy of human recklessness and incontinence. On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bernat Special Events Room on the Le Moyne College campus, Eduardo Mendieta, Ph.D. will aim to think through the Anthropocene from the perspective of animal life in an age of megaurbanization and the “end of the wild.”

This lecture is part of the McDevitt Center’s new initiative devoted to Sustaining Earth which is motivated by our conviction that a full understanding of these threats and effective responses to them must draw upon both scientific and broadly religious insights and perspectives. It is co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

Eduardo Mendieta received his doctorate in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. He is currently a professor of philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University where he teaches courses on ethics and temporality, moral reasoning, politics and society, and Homer’s Iliad.

For additional information on Dr. Mendieta we suggest beginning with this series of interviews with theologian Claudio Carvalhaes, Ph.D.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu or (315) 445-6200.

An Advent Awakening: God’s Children Made of Stardust

CoyneThe universe is 13.7 billion years old. It contains approximately 100 billion galaxies, each of which contains, on the average, 200 billion stars of an immense variety. As these stars live and die they provide the chemicals necessary for the evolution of life.  On Saturday, December 5th at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and noon at St. Ann’s Parish in Manlius, New York, Rev. George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, will celebrate mass and discuss how important it is to respect the richness of both religious faith and of scientific research as we consider the origins of the universe.

COP21 UN Climate Change Conference to Begin in Paris

We are two degrees from a vastly different world; a world of catastrophic droughts, mass extinctions, extreme rise in sea level, and more.  Overwhelming scientific consensus agrees that this will be our reality within a few decades if we do not curb our carbon emissions.  But how can this be done on a global scale?

At the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris, France held November 30 to December 11, 2015, 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement.  Their aim is to build a “Paris Climate Alliance”, capable of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and adapt our societies to existing disruption.

To follow the conference and keep up with the latest news coming out of COP21 visit: United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

To learn more about what the COP21 conference can achieve we suggest reading this article entitled Yes, the Paris Climate Change Conference Can Save the Planet.

To continue the dialogue locally, the McDevitt Center’s initiative on Sustaining Earth will continue this spring with a lecture by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ph.D. (MetaIntegral, Inc.) on March 17th and John Hart, Ph.D. (Boston University School of Theology) on April 7th.  Both lectures will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus.

Middleton and Martial Participate in Arctic Council Session

Last week, Steven Middleton ’16 and Jonathan Martial ’17, the McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems, were invited to the Fall meeting of the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board/Marine Board in Washington, DC. The Board ran a focus session on Arctic Emergency Response that was led by ADM Robert Papp, USCG (retired), the US Special Arctic Representative and Chair of the Arctic Council, and RADM Charles Michel, USCG, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

RADM Mark Guadagnini, Head of Shell’s Emergency Response Operations; Mark Myers, the Commissioner of Natural Resources for the State of Alaska; and Todd Busch, Senior VP of Crowley, Inc., whose ships run through the Arctic, were also on the dais.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental policy group supported by the State Department and linked to the UN that develops through consensus among its 8 nation members and 23 observer nations (including India, China, Singapore many European nations and indigenous groups) Arctic policies, plans and regulations. Also in attendance at the meeting last Thursday were the Russian representatives to the Arctic Council.

Steven and Jon captured notes and provided support to the Marine Board during the focus session. Their research topics center on challenges in Arctic search and rescue, so the focus session and the opportunity to interview, have lunch with, and converse with senior US officials with international responsibilities for Arctic programs was a unique opportunity for undergraduate research fellows.

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Jonathan Martial ’17, Todd Ripley (Maritime Administration), and Steven Middleton ’16 at the Arctic Council Session in Washington, DC.

Grabowski Appointed to National Academies/National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board/Marine Board

Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems, was appointed to the National Academies/National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board/Marine Board. Grabowski is returning to the Board that she previously chaired. The National Research Council is the operating division of the National Academies, and is a private, non-profit institution. Under a Congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences, the NRC provides scientific and technical advice to the government, the public and the scientific and engineering communities.

The Fall meeting of the Marine Board will convene November 10-13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Two McDevitt Undergraduate Research in IS Fellows, Jonathan Martial ’17 and Steven Middleton ’16, will attend the Board meeting and assist in the Arctic search and rescue focus session, which ADM Bob Papp, USCG (retired), the US representative to the Arctic Council, and VADM Michel, USCG, Deputy Commandant of the Coast Guard, will lead.

Dr. Grabowski just returned from participating in Arctic Zephyr, a multinational Arctic search and rescue exercise in Anchorage, Alaska, hosted by the US Coast Guard, that exercised an 8-nation SAR response to a 2000-passenger vessel casualty in Arctic waters with air, marine, ground and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) resources. 60 representatives from all Arctic nations except Russia participated in the exercise.  The Anchorage exercise is a precursor to the live exercise of this vessel rescue scenario that is planned off the west coast of Greenland in May/June 2016.