CEC Welcomes Stacy Giang as Communications Technology Intern

Stacy Giang is a Junior at the University of Houston, studying Computer Science with a minor in Energy and Sustainability.

This is her third year as the Secretary and Historian for the Billiards League at UH. Over the summer, Stacy drafted the club’s Officer Handbook and assisted in directing a billiards charity event, Christmas in July. In her free time, Stacy enjoys bullet-journaling, taking roadtrips, and playing volleyball.

At CEC, Stacy will help manage the CEC’s comprehensive environmental calendar for greater Houston while implementing CEC’s Salesforce CRM. She is excited to broaden her knowledge in both the technological and environmental fields and to become a more well-rounded individual.

Stacy can be reached at [email protected]

Tiffany Nguyen: Communications & Policy Intern

Tiffany is a Senior Bioenvironmental Science Major at Texas A&M University, currently working towards her final credit for graduation in August 2017.

She has been very active in the Vietnamese Student Association, serving as an officer for two years and heading up major local events like Big Event and WorldFest in College Station.

Tiffany is from Alief in the Houston area. She has traveled extensively, with trips to Canada, Vietnam, and a handful of states in the U.S. Last summer, Tiffany studied abroad in Daejeon, Korea, where she took a Korean language and Agricultural Biotechnology course, which often times felt more like fun than school.

Tiffany’s interests range from general ecology to fungi, but ultimately she is pursuing a career in environmental sampling and monitoring. She would welcome introductions from anyone involved in environmental sampling, monitoring, and consulting.

Although a green future is facing some obstacles right now, Tiffany is hopeful that the path we’re traveling on can be paved by more students like her and organizations like the CEC.

CEC Welcomes Claire Gottsegen as Environmental Policy Intern

Born and raised in Houston, Claire is senior at Yale University majoring in Environmental Studies. She focuses on issues of biodiversity conservation.

During her time at Yale, she has studied and performed molecular analyses in evolutionary biology research labs. Past projects include the Galapagos Tortoise Conservation Genetics project in The Caccone Lab, in which selective breeding aims to rescue two lineages from extinction, and phylogenetics work on the evolutionary history of the Stripetail Darter fish in The Near Lab.

Her current project with Professor Thomas Near addresses the evolutionary history of the Snail Darter made famous by the landmark conservation case TVA vs. Hill in the 1970’s. Along with executing genetic analysis in the lab, Claire is investigating policy and advocacy of endangered species. In particular: how do environmental advocacy groups incorporate scientific discovery and descriptions of biodiversity into their campaigns?

Outside of academics, Claire sings in the Yale Women’s Slavic Choir, volunteers at New Haven Reads, and experiments with bread baking.

Claire is excited to work with CEC over the summer and looks forward to meeting with local environmental advocacy groups.