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Featured Alumna Profile Story - Laura Suppes ’07
Laura Suppes ’07, a UW-Eau Claire environmental public health graduate, has returned to campus as an assistant professor of environmental public health. “I am very excited to be back at UW-Eau Claire continuing the tradition of excellence and passing on my passion for the environmental public health field,” Suppes said. Suppes holds a master of > Full story.
Professor, two students conduct research in India
This winter break, two UW-Eau Claire students had the opportunity to travel along with a professor on a research trip to India. Junior Heather Spray and senior Greg Nelson accompanied Dr. David Soll, an environmental historian and in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, on a roughly three week trip overseas to India. The trio divided their time between two cities, spending two weeks in Bangalore and five days in Dehli. While abroad, they spent their time researching, networking and exploring India. Read more.....
Honors Program students conduct on-campus sustainability projects
Students in Dr. Karen Mumford's Honors Program course in campus ecology are taking their passion for sustainability out of the classroom and into the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus community through hands-on projects with on-campus clients.
"Students want hands-on experiences in sustainability and our university is a great learning laboratory for them to work in," said Mumford, an assistant professor in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. "We have many sustainability examples on campus, such as the Davies Center that supports a green roof, efficient energy and lighting features, and water conserving technologies in the bathrooms. Students can walk around campus and see what sustainability looks like." Read more......
Comparing Climate Change Public Opinion of Adults and College Students in the United States and China
This project is designed to elicit a better understanding of climate change public opinion. What do people think about climate change and maybe even a little about why they think as they do. In particular, we are interested in comparing climate change public opinion across the diverse populations in the two largest carbon emitting countries in the world; China and the United States.
If there is to be meaningful global action taken to address climate change through international cooperation, it will be essential for both China and the United States to be involved. Thus far, this does not seem to be close to happening. Despite the very different social and political cultures in these two countries public opinion on this issue will undoubtedly play a role in how climate change policy and action unfolds in both countries and internationally. Thus, a better understanding of how the United States and Chinese publics view climate change is of great interest.
This study builds on earlier work we have done examining climate change public opinion among college students in China and the United States based on surveys conducted in 2011. We have just published a paper from this work titled, Comparing Climate Change Awareness, Perceptions and Beliefs of College Students in the United States and China in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
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Helping Bluebird Restoration Efforts
A bluebird perches on a thin branch, balanced perfectly. With quick and snappy movements of his head, he observes his surroundings. He looks at the sky, showing off his brick red breast and white belly that complements the deep blue feathers covering his head, back, and wings. With nimble hops, he moves between branches before fanning out blue wings and diving away from the tree. The bluebird cuts through the air with grace, and lands on top of a sturdy, wooden birdhouse he calls home. Read More...
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The DNA pattern in bees changes when they find a new job in the hive.
VolumeOne Chippewa Valley Sustainable Future Festival: Enough For All Forever
Check out VolumeOne's story on the Sustainable Future Festival August 11th!