September 11th 2017
Eric Pallant photographed his share of sheep, rustic stonewalls, and vintage waterwheels during the spring 2017 semester which he spent in the United Kingdom as part of the Fulbright educational exchange program. Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability and chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Allegheny College, also taught students about food, sustainability and green campus initiatives at Lancaster University. And he presented his lecture, “6000 Years of Bread,” at Gresham College in London.
This was Pallant’s second Fulbright experience. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and conduct research at Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.
May 23rd 2017
Allegheny College student Allyson Wood has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom through one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.
The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university.
Beginning in mid-June, Wood will take an intensive four-week course in field biology in Brighton, England. The seaside town, located on the country’s southern coast, offers rich opportunities for research. (more…)
May 9th 2017
Allegheny College senior Melissa Mattwig has received a prestigious Boren Award and will be a part of the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) beginning in the summer of 2017.
As a Boren Scholar, she has been selected to study Swahili in Tanzania for a year and will receive a $20,000 scholarship for her studies. Mattwig is a double major in biology and environmental science, and a double minor in French and Spanish. (more…)
March 2nd 2017
The Fall 2016 edition of “Pennsylvania Rural Health” published by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health has a strong Allegheny College presence. The feature story, “Lead Exposure in Children,” features comments from Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Global Health Studies Caryl Wagget. An ongoing column, “A Medical Student’s Perspective,” chronicles the journey of Ashley Baronner ’13 through medical school.
February 14th 2017
Many environmentalists believe that climate issues are the biggest challenges facing world leaders today, and in particular they see the availability of potable water as a major source of future concern for many nations.
“Water will most likely become the new gold,” says Henry “Bing” Ewalt, a 1962 Allegheny graduate who majored in political science. “Many won’t be able to afford water and others won’t be able to get it no matter how much they might have to spend. While we won’t be here to act on such issues, we do firmly believe that future generations of environmental leaders educated at Allegheny will be prepared to make intelligent decisions, which will address the then-current issues in reasonable ways.”
As a way to help provide incentives to solve environmental problems, Ewalt and his wife, Mary, have created the Allegheny College Environmental Prize with an endowment of $100,000. The endowment also provides support for students pursuing internships, known as Ewalt Environment Scholars.
February 1st 2017
Mark Kirk ’11, Scott Wissinger, Brandon Goeller ’10, and Leslie Rieck ’09 of the Biology and Environmental Science Departments recently published an article titled “Covarying Impacts of Land Use and Non-native Brown Trout on Fish Communities in Small Streams” in the journal Freshwater Biology. The paper is based on research conducted through senior projects funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation. Kirk (lead author) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in fisheries at the University of Wyoming, Goeller is pursuing a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology at the University of Canterbury, NZ, and Rieck is completing her Ph.D. in fisheries at Ohio State University.
February 1st 2017
Campus Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton; Eric Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability; Beth Choate and Ian Carbone, assistant professors of Environmental Science; and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Casey Wilson published an article in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, “Energy challenges: isolating results due to behavior change.”
January 30th 2017
Allegheny College has been awarded a $37,500 grant to power and heat a small-scale greenhouse using energy that would otherwise be wasted.
The E 2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation, an Exelon company, is part of $380,000 the company awarded to 17 projects reaching more than 35,000 students, grade six through college, in 10 states. Grant funds support projects “designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy.”
“The financial and institutional support provided by one of the leading energy companies in the United States will allow the environmental science department to construct a cutting-edge greenhouse at the vital juncture of sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture,” said Eric Pallant, the Christine Scott Nelson Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Allegheny College.
November 29th 2016
The following students and faculty in the Environmental Science and Biology departments presented research talks at the 12th annual Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium, Nov. 2-6, at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park in Erie.
- Erica Moretti and Beth Choate – Wild bee assemblages along a land-use gradient
- Paige Hickman and Beth Choate – Investigating the effect of floral diversity on native bees in Meadville, PA
- Zachary Gribik and Kristen Webb – Developing an eDNA system to detect and monitor the spread of the invasive round goby in the waterways of Northwestern Pennsylvania
- Hannah Eiseman, Allyson Wood, Casey Brashaw-Wilson, Determining presence and effects of round gobies in the French Creek Watershed on native benthic fishes.
- Liana Leja and Scott Wissinger – Separate vs. combined effects of snails, tadpoles, and caddisflies on detritus decomposition in montane kettle ponds.
- Liana Leja was awarded the best student talk at the symposium from among students from Mercyhurst, Gannon, Penn State Behrend, Penn State Main campus, SUNY Fredonia, Slippery Rock, and Grove City.
November 29th 2016
Senior environmental science major Hannah Eisemann and sophomore Allyson Wood presented their summer research conducted with Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Casey Bradshaw-Wilson at the Regional Science Consortium’s Annual Research Symposium on Nov. 3. Their presentation was titled “Determining the Presence and Effects of Round Gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) in the French Creek Watershed on Native Benthic Fishes”