It’s great when students can truly participate in experiential learning outside of the traditional classroom. Students in Lyndon’s Physical Climatology and Physical Hydrology courses recently did just that when they visited local businesses. They learned about farming and sugaring (and enjoyed homemade blueberry muffins!) at Chandler Pond Farm, brewing at Rock Art Brewery, and ice cream making at the Ben and Jerry’s factory. For the Physical Climatology course, students will use this information to inform a final project about potential climate change impacts on the production of local goods. They will present their results to the campus community and the public during final exam week.
Dr. Janel Hanrahan was the keynote speaker for the Bridge/Work Conference at Valparaiso University in Indiana over the weekend. This year’s conference theme was Preserve and Prosper – Method and Morality in Facing Environmental Challenges. For this event, which is designed to connect theory and practice, Dr. Hanrahan gave the opening talk titled Starting the Climate Change Conversation: What we know and why we must act. She provided an overview of climate change science, discussed observed impacts, and explained how our climate system is likely to change in the near future. In addition, she shared the work of Lyndon’s Climate Change Communication Group and encouraged participants to educate others about climate change. Dr. Hanrahan’s talk was followed by student research presentations and expert panel discussions.