November 9th 2017
Allegheny College juniors Megan Hazlett and Allyson Wood have been awarded Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The competitive scholarships include two years of tuition support and paid 10-week summer internships to conduct research, resource management or education projects while working with a NOAA mentor. Hazlett and Wood are among 110 students nationwide receiving the scholarship in 2017. (more…)
November 3rd 2017
Richard Bowden, Professor of Environmental Science, coauthored the invited paper “The Detrital Input and Removal Treatment (DIRT) Network,” published in Elsevier’s online peer-reviewed reference database in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. The work describes an international network (DIRT) that assesses how rates and sources of plant litter inputs influence accumulations or losses of organic matter in forest soils. Forest soils contain three-quarters of the organic matter in forest ecosystems, thus exerting important influences in the global carbon budget. Quantifying the carbon budget is critical in anticipating effects of climate change.
October 18th 2017
The building is in some ways like any other of its kind, a cozy box of protection against the elements, a source of warmth and light for the leafy green things that will soon grow within.
But the newly built greenhouse in Allegheny College’s Carr Hall garden is different, too, in one fundamental, game-changing way: It produces more energy than it consumes.
“When you have a greenhouse, you expect to pay a lot in electricity and heating costs,” said Kelly Boulton, Allegheny’s sustainability coordinator. “This is flipping that narrative. It shows how possible it is to have a greenhouse without a large energy budget and with a small carbon footprint.”
The key? Groundbreaking solar panel technology. (more…)
October 6th 2017
Allegheny College is once again featured in The Princeton Review’s annual guide to the most environmentally responsible schools.
The “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” highlights schools with exceptional commitments to sustainability and includes profiles of each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body, as well as detailed “Green Facts” for some schools.
The Princeton Review chose schools for this eighth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from a 2016-17 survey of school administrators that asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.
Allegheny has been included in each of eight editions. (more…)
October 5th 2017
Professor of Environmental Science Richard Bowden presented an invited seminar, “Can forest soils clean carbon out of the atmosphere? Soil carbon in temperate forest ecosystems” in June at Oregon State University. Bowden described work that his colleagues, students in his lab, and he are conducting on the inability of forest soils increase carbon storage as a means to reduce effects of climate change. The seminar summarized work conducted in research forests in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Hungary.
October 5th 2017
More than 250 diners who were lucky enough to get tickets to the 15th Annual DeHart Dinner and Market at Allegheny College on Wednesday, October 4, feasted on dishes like sweet potato and carrot puree, kofta with yogurt sauce, and maple ice cream, all grown naturally and healthfully.
Tickets for the dinner were sold out in a record 90 minutes this year, according to organizers. The culinary event honors Jennifer DeHart, an Environmental Science professor who died in 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer.
The dinner was preceded by a market on campus. The band Salmon Frank provided an enthusiastic soundtrack while vendors set up at tables, selling their produce straight to shoppers. Other activities included a game of cornhole, a stationary bike that generates electricity, and table where Nancy Schultz sells flowers.
To get the dinner started in Schultz Banquet Hall, diners were greeted by three coffee dispensers that read “Decaf,” “Outdoorsy Sumatra,” and “Royal Ethiopian.” Happy Mug Coffee, based in Edinboro, roasts 1,000 pounds of coffee a week and sells it just hours after it’s roasted.
Emmett Barr ’17, an Allegheny alumnus, was one of the employees representing the business at the market. “We roast the coffee the same day it’s bought. We get orders in the morning, and roast to fill those orders so people are getting the freshest possible coffee,” he says. (more…)
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.