Jake Brenner (ENVS) and Van Butsic (UC Berkeley) led a team of eight undergraduates (including Kent Bueche and Neal Anderson, recent ENVS graduates) in the first-ever systematic mapping of cannabis farms in northern California. The study took place in Humboldt County in the so-called “Emerald Triangle,” producer of 70-85% of the marijuana consumed in the US.
In January, a team comprised of Xanthe Matychak, lecturer for the Environmental Studies Department, and the owners of Wicked Device Electronics Co and makers of Air Quality Egg, Dirk Swart and Vic Aprea, won an Infosys Maker Award to develop lights that visualize air quality data.
Students from Xanthe Matychak’s Make Better Stuff lab at Ithaca College hosted a public laser-cutter demo at Ithaca Generator for November’s First Friday in Ithaca. The Make Better Stuff Lab is a course Xanthe developed for IC freshmen where they learn about sustainable design principles and then design and manufacture a product that uses those principles. During the First Friday Demo, the class fielded several great questions from observers. Here are some examples:
Professor Susan Allen-Gil's Rainforests, Reefs and Ruins course spent three weeks over winter break experiencing culture, economics, biodiversity, and history of Belize. This course was highlighted in Ithaca College's Fuse Magazine in March, 2011.
Here is a link to the Fuse Magazine Article to learn more!
The course Natural Resources and Ecology: Farming the Forest taught by Professor Jason Hamilton has gotten press in the Ithacan on March 23, 2011. This course offers students the chance to not only produce their own maple syrup but also produce, market and sell mushrooms and honey. Taught by Jason Hamilton, associate professor of environmental studies and science, the course has only been...