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Fossil Fuels on Trial: Status of Climate Change Lawsuits

Students Nikolai Christoffersen and Jane Tekin with Elena Mihaly At the last Log Lunch, Elena Mihaly, a Staff Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, gave a talk on the realm of environmental law. “In the last decade, the number of climate change lawsuits has skyrocketed,” Elena said. There are… Continue reading »

The Berkshire Bioblitz

On the second Log Lunch of the academic year, Drew Jones of Hopkins Memorial Forest introduced the event that would be happening there the coming weekend: the Berkshire Bioblitz. (from left) Drew Jones, David McGowan, Elizabeth Orenstein, Eric Doucette Eric Doucette of MCLA,  Elizabeth Orenstein of the Berkshire Environmental… Continue reading »

Dr. Noël Bakhtian’s Life as a Science Policy Wonk

Last Friday’s Log Lunch featured Dr. Noël Bakhtian, the Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a research and education consortium bringing together the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory and the four public research universities in Idaho and Wyoming. She shared her educational and professional career road-map with lunchers. Previously, she… Continue reading »

Bill Vitek: A Farmer and a Philosopher Walk into a Field…

Bill Vitek, former Williams visiting professor and current professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, gave a Log Lunch talk on Friday about the intersections of philosophy and the earth. He introduced a concept called the “New Perennials” which sounds similar to the word “millennial.” This is rather intentional, as… Continue reading »

Laura Marx on Forests and Climate Change

Laura Marx of the Nature Conservancy gave a talk at the last Log Lunch on how climate change has implications for forests. Severe weather, increased droughts, storms, and altered temperatures are changes in the environment that trees are used to. “Climate change means more energy is entering the atmosphere on… Continue reading »

Jessica Leibler on the animal-human interface

Jessica Leibler of the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health gave a talk at Log Lunch about her research on animals, humans, and the diseases they carry. She is currently researching three things: zoonotic–animal to human, that is–disease transmission, infectious diseases associated with urban… Continue reading »