February 17, 2018

SAC Meeting, Chili Cook Off Set

February SAC Meeting – The first SAC meeting of the new year will take place on Thursday February 15th at 1PM in the Colonnade Room (315) of the University Center.  Our Guest Speakers will be Dr. Eric Bonds, Associate Professor Sociology & Anthropology and Faculty Co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) and Taryn Lemmon, Student Co-chair of the PCS.  Formed in 2009, the President’s Council on Sustainability (PCS) consists of faculty, staff and students and plays a critical role in shaping administrative goals and objectives relating to university sustainability.  Eric and Taryn will give an overview of the council and touch upon some of its prior accomplishments as well as its goals for the future.  You do NOT have to be a member of SAC to attend monthly meetings.

4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off!  SAVE THE DATE!  The 4th Annual Willy Nilly Chili Cook Off will take place on Tuesday March 6th from 11:30am – 1PM in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center.

Do you have a great chili recipe or delicious cornbread you think everyone would love to try? Do you want to try winning one of the 3 prizes for having the best chili or cornbread? Sign up HERE to bring your best recipes and compete in the chili cook-off!  If you don’t want to compete and you just enjoy sampling chili, come with your friends and colleagues to taste chili and cornbread with SAC members! The chili goes fast so make sure you come early!

Don’t Forget!  Show your colleagues some appreciation!  With the Excellent Eagle Employee Program, you can nominate your co-workers, supervisor or employees for the Excellent Eagle Employee award. It’s easy! Just complete the Excellent Eagle Employee nomination form on our website. Take some time to nominate someone today! Winners get reserved parking on campus for the month.  Additionally, there is the #1 F.A.N. (Fantastic Action Noticed) program.  Did you experience exceptional customer service or awesome collaboration? If so, nominate the person or people involved in that experience. Complete the #1 F.A.N. form on the HR website, and your colleague will be able to choose a UMW spirit item as a token of appreciation.

Bonds Publishes Article on Sociology and the Iraq War

Associate professor of sociology Eric Bonds recently published an article in the journal Sociology Compass titled “U.S. Sociology and the Iraq War.” The article is based on a review of the Iraq-War related articles published in the discipline’s major journals. Bonds concludes that, while sociologists have made important contributions to our collective understanding of American aspects of this war, much more research is needed to understand how the invasion and occupation impacted Iraqi society and individual Iraqis.

Bonds Publishes Article on Think Tanks and Climate Change

Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds recently published an article in the journal Sociology Compass on elite think tank approaches to climate change.  While sociologists have paid a great deal of attention to think-tank driven climate denialism — or efforts to mislead the American public about the realities and costs associated with global warming — Bonds shows that most top think tanks acknowledge the scientific consensus on this issue.  Bonds offers a typology of think tank responses to climate change, moving beyond denialism to include climate mitigation, adaptation and opportunism.

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Bonds Publishes Article on Planning for a Changing Arctic

Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds recently published an article in the journal Environmental Sociology, which is based on his analysis of think tank and national security strategy documents for transformations in the Arctic region linked with global warming.  The article, titled “Losing the Arctic: The Corporate Community, the National Security State, and Climate Change,” can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23251042.2015.1131600 

Talk Nation Radio: Eric Bonds on War and the Environment (Before Its News.com)

Bonds’ Research Spurs Interest in Iraq and Afghanistan War Pollution

Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds’ research has spurred public discussions of U.S. military pollution in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in various media sources.  Bonds was invited to discuss his research on the Nov. 15 radio show of “Middle East in Focus.”  This research was also covered in separate articles run by Environmental Health News and Common Dreams Media.

Bonds Publishes Article on Iraq and Afghanistan War Pollution

Assistant Professor of sociology Eric Bonds recently published an article in the journal Environmental Politics on the U.S. military’s practice of burning its solid waste in open-air pits or trenches during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  While there is growing recognition that emissions from this waste have negatively impacted U.S. service members, Bonds used Google satellite images to show that civilians must have been negatively impacted as well.  Bonds also conducted a content analysis of newspaper coverage of the burn-pit controversy, which shows that potential civilian impacts have been largely ignored in the mainstream news.

 

Bonds Publishes Essay on Climate and Security

Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds recently published an essay in the journal Peace Review, entitled “Challenging Climate Change’s New Security Threat Status.” Bonds argues that while the impacts of unmitigated climate change will be profoundly disruptive, viewing this crisis through a national security lens will not necessarily help. In fact, it may limit our collective ability to address the problem.