Jill Schneiderman

Jill S. Schneiderman is Professor of Earth Science at Vassar College and a 2009 recipient of a Contemplative Practice Fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is editor of and contributor to For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design (University of California Press, 2009) and The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet (Westview Press, 2003). She also blogs on her own website, www.earthdharma.org.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 11:17am
Predictably Unpredictable Earthquakes Require Compassion, Not Conviction
Like many scientists, I am aghast at an Italian court's conviction of geoscientists on criminal charges for their judgements made about seismic risks prior to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that descimated the L'Auqila, capital of the Abruzzo region, and killed more than 300 people in 2009.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 6:15am
Barry Commoner: A Feminist Environmentalist
When, as a 21-year-old geology major I chose scientist and activist Barry Commoner as my presidential candidate, I was lambasted by some of my lesbian sisters at Yale for wasting my vote. But upon reading his obituary in the New York Times , I feel proud of the choice I made back then.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:06am
The Japan Earthquake: Healing after Trauma
I just returned from a weeklong spring break field trip in West Texas with my geology students to news of the 8.9 (now upgraded to 9.0) magnitude earthquake, and related 30-foot tsunami, nuclear reactor explosion and meltdowns, and oil refinery fire in Japan. In the El Paso airport on March 12, I picked up a copy of The Wall Street Journal to find out more about the events.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 1:40pm
Breathing with Dolphins
During August, for my Institute for Jewish Spirituality Meditation Teacher Training program, we were to focus on breathing. During the first week of the month our teachers directed us to get back to basics-to use the breath actively as a concentration practice, experimenting with techniques such as labeling, counting, and paying attention to specifics such as beginning, middle and end; long, short, rough, and smooth.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 12:12pm
Bringing a “Whole New Mind” to the BP Oil Catastrophe
I picked up and couldn't stop reading, author Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainer's Will Rule the Future , because I reside with three of his so-called "R(ight brain)-directed" thinkers, and as a scientist I've lived most of my professional life in a "L(eft brain)-directed" world.
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Friday, June 4, 2010 - 9:52am
Slow Violence in the Gulf of Mexico: A Buddhist Response
The U.S. government and reporters have gone from calling the BP/Transocean calamity an accident to referring to it as an environmental crime . In my opinion, that’s an improvement in verbal accuracy but it misses an even larger and vastly important point. We are now witnessing in the Gulf of Mexico slow violence.
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Friday, May 14, 2010 - 8:15am
Pandora’s Oil Well
Technical jargon conceals by confusion. The immense scale of the problem surrounding the sinking of the Transocean drilling rig, "Deepwater Horizon," requires that the public stay alert when confronted with slick lingo. So, I'd like to help readers understand from a geologist's viewpoint the sad absurdity of the Gulf of Mexico situation-one that is much more than yet another "oil spill."
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Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 10:32am
Awaken, Eaarthlings! (An Earth Day Missive)
In his recent book, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology (2008), the great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh asserts that Buddhism, as a robust type of humanism, allows people to learn how to live on our planet not only responsibly, but with compassion and lovingkindness. Every Buddhist practitioner, he says, should have the capacity to “protect” the environment and determine the destiny of the Earth.
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Thursday, December 7, 2000 - 11:07am
Act Now to Curb Global Warming
DURING THE last two weeks of November, negotiators from many nations-lobbied heavily by representatives of private environmental groups-labored to craft rules for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a significant draft treaty intended to counter global warming. The treaty will require about 40 industrialized countries collectively to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, which trap heat, by 2012 to at least 5 percent below 1990 emissions levels.
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