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Soil to Plate: Students Present Sustainable Agricultural Research

Where does your food actually come from? First- and second-year environmental science and sustainability (ESS) students at Allegheny College wanted to know. But, even more, they wanted to understand how to make agriculture sustainable for all.  Those students — enrolled in the spring semester in the Soil to Plate: World Food and Agriculture course — [...]

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Senior Comp Challenges Common Misconceptions of Tarantulas

Allegheny College student Megan Collins ’22 is hoping to disprove misconceptions about one of the most widely feared but misunderstood creatures — the tarantula.  As an environmental science & sustainability major and psychology minor, Collins says the goal of her Senior Comp is to create an environmental education program about tarantulas to help people become [...]

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The Dirt on Allegheny College’s DIRT Experiment

Walking through Bousson Experimental Forest reveals towering trees, small streams, occasional glimpses of white-tail deer, and frequent cries of songbirds. Yet we usually give little thought to what lies underfoot. To most, it’s just dirt. But forest soils are critically important in climate change investigations. Forests absorb enormous amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, [...]

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Allegheny College to Host Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference

The 49th annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference (WPUPC) will be held at Allegheny College on Saturday, April 30.  “Allegheny’s Psychology Department is honored and excited to host this year’s WPUPC conference and to welcome students from colleges and universities in Northwest Pennsylvania to showcase their work,” said Lydia Eckstein, Ph.D., associate professor and chair [...]

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Allegheny College to Host Fifth World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

Allegheny College, one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold, will host the Fifth World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2022), June 16–17, 2022. This year’s symposium focuses on “Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future” and will contribute to development of this fast-growing field. [...]

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Allegheny College Student Receives Diversity Travel Award To Present Research

Allegheny College student Fenn Kathman ’23 has been awarded the American Psychology-Law Society’s Broadening Representation, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Global Equity (BRIDGE) Committee Diversity Travel Award for their research.  Kathman’s project, “Effects of Race and Gender on Perception of Exonerees: An Intersectional Approach,” was completed last summer in collaboration with Professors Christopher Normile, Lupita Gonzalez, and [...]

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Senior Investigates the Environmental Effects of Road Salt in Crawford County

Together, Pennsylvania and New York use 1,215,660 tons of road salt each winter to melt snow and ice. Allegheny College student Mary Allen ’22 used her Senior Comprehensive Project to examine the negative impact of road salt on the environment — and to explore more eco-friendly alternatives to help keep travelers safe.  “I am extremely [...]

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Allegheny College Biology Professor Elected 2021 Honorary Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Allegheny College Professor of Biology Ron Mumme has been named a 2021 Honorary Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Mumme is one of five fellows elected from undergraduate institutions out of 141 total fellows in the biological sciences. Honored [...]

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Students-Faculty Research Evaluates Sustainable Impact of International Hydroelectric Project

Dams may provide an inexpensive source of renewable energy, but their construction comes at a cost: disrupting natural habitats, releasing greenhouse gases, and displacing communities. Allegheny College students took an active role in the international community by assessing a hydroelectric dam’s potential impact in the Republic of Georgia.  For over two years, stakeholders in the [...]

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A Refill Revolution

Professor Beth Choate challenged her Allegheny College students to tackle the global issue of plastic waste at a local level. Knowing that 37 million tons of plastic waste are produced annually in the U.S., Choate encouraged students in her Research Methods class to investigate how often — and why — Allegheny students turned to single-use water bottles instead [...]

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