Anush is a senior student pursuing her BA in English & Communications, in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia (AUA). She worked at the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment through the University’s work-study program. Her responsibilities included assisting with the Center’s Natural Environment and school outreach program, and the Edible Schoolyard project. She also helped with translation of materials and articles related to the project, documenting the ongoing process of the project through photos and videos.
Arpine is a junior BA student in Business at AUA. While working at the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment through a work-study program, she was tasked with completing the geodatabase and maps of the Red Book of Armenia (the Red Book of Plants and the Red Book of Animals). At the end of her internship, Arpine presented her work including the methodology with which she worked to the entire team at the AUA Acopian Center.
Camille Pinson is an Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) volunteer. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Politics and Sustainable Development from the Institut Catholique de Paris, France. Camille joined the team of the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment in late June and will be interning until mid-October. Her responsibilities include mapping international conventions and treaties to which Armenia is a signatory, and highlight Armenia’s key responsibilities. She also is creating a bibliography of international research on forests, with particular focus on regions with climatic conditions similar to those in Armenia.
Celine Francq is an Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) volunteer. She holds her Master’s Degree in Economy and Sustainable Development from the University of Nantes, France. She joined the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment team in mid-June and will work at the Center until December 2016. She is working on the Center’s Whitley Project on White Storks and Wetlands of Ararat Plain. The project will implement a marketing campaign on eco-labeling of stork friendly agro-food (fruits and vegetables). Celine’s responsibilities include designing of the label and packaging, as well as organization and implementation of an eco-friendly production conference.
Ethan Mckown is an Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) volunteer. Ethan is pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Politics at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. During his internship at AUA Acopian Center his responsibilities included developing activities for the undergraduate course on water (ENV 230) offered by the AUA Acopian Center. The aim of the activities is to deepen students’ acquired knowledge and analytical skills. Ethan also did journalistic writing and editing for the AUA Acopian Center and taught English classes at the AUA Extension Office.
Julieta is a 2016 alumna of the AUA Political Science and International Affairs Program. She worked in the frameworks of a work-study program at the AUA Center for responsible Mining. She conducted mining-related thematic research and analysis of existing legislation, regulations and court decisions. She was also tasked with gathering statistics, data, and information relevant to legislative review and reforms.
Lara is a freshman student in the Health Sciences program of the University of Ottawa, Canada. During her internship at the AUA Center for Responsible Mining, she assisted the AUA Center for Responsible Mining Lab Technician preparation and quantitative analysis of soil and water samples on presence and concentration of heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, chromium, copper, and zinc, while adhering to protocols and methodologies specified for the work. She also helped with instrument calibration.
The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE) is a research center of the American University of Armenia. AUA ACE promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. AUA ACE’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.