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Environmental Studies and Sciences News & Events

  •  Allison McNamara wins Johnson Leadership Stipend

    Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

    Allison McNamara, a double major in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, has been awarded a Johnson Leadership Experience Stipend to study capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica.

    As part of her proposed work, Allison will spend summer 2013 at La Suerte Biological Research Station in northeastern Costa Rica. While there, she will collect behavioral data on both juvenile and adult white-faced capuchin monkeys and record information on activity budget and positional behavior in order to determine differences in tail use and limb use during different developmental stages of the monkeys and how this affects their activity budget.

    Senior Kristie Kurtz will be working with Allison to collect data in the field. Dr. Michelle Bezanson of the Dept of Anthropology helped Allison to develop the project and will be working with her on publications after data collection is completed.

    Congratulations, Allison, and have fun in Costa Rica!


  •  Stephanie Hughes named 2012-2013 Sustainability Champion

    Saturday, Jun. 8, 2013

    The Sustainability Champion Awards are selected by the Office of Sustainability to recognize individuals and groups at SCU who go out of their way to develop a culture of sustainability. The award celebrates their hard work and honors their achievements. More information.

    Stephanie Hughes was selected to receive a Sustainability Champion Award for 2012-3013 based on her commitment to using the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability. Her classes almost always include some component of campus-based sustainability work. Her Joy Of Garbage students have helped tremendously with longitudinal data collection about waste at SCU. They also created new waste diversion signage, which we implemented at Leavey Events Center based on their test and follow-up analysis of the effectiveness of the different signs. They also did Malley Center's full waste characterization which has contributed to Campus Recreation's Zero Waste goals. Her ENVS 23 students are analyzing campus recycled water to support Facilities continued use on campus landscaping. She is a joy to work with and eager to collaborate with Facilities, University Operations, and the Office of Sustainability to help the University meet its commitments to justice and sustainability.

    Stephanie's training in chemical and environmental engineering combined with her professional experience in the areas of water and air quality, pollution control, chemical fate and transport, and regulatory compliance,make Stephanie uniquely qualified to offer a wide and exciting range of courses here at SCU. Her courses include Solar Revolution, Joy of Garbage, Environmental Technology, and Energy and the Environment. In addition to teaching these rigorous and highly popular courses, Stephanie continues to work as an environmental consultant in the area of water quality. Her real-world experience continually informs her teaching and allows Stephanie to connect students to local environmental organizations and internships.

    Congratulations, Stephanie!