Writer Barbara Kingsolver charmed an audience of more than 600 people in Murchison Lane Auditorium Thursday night with the same grace and humor she uses to hook readers. Kingsolver presented Sweet Briar College’s 2013 Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum, an annual lecture series focusing on environmental concerns.
Sweet Briar research biologist Lincoln Brower’s most recent trip to observe overwintering monarch butterflies in central Mexico included rewarding highs and distressing lows.
It’s the people — classmates and lifelong friends, professors and staff — who keep Katherine Powell Heller ’78 connected to Sweet Briar. But lately the mother of two grown daughters says her thoughts are drawn to her college days for reasons she never expected.
As author Barbara Kingsolver promotes her latest best-seller in interviews around the country, she mentions the help she received from Sweet Briar research professor of biology Lincoln Brower and his wife, Duberg Professor of Ecology Linda Fink.
Alexandra Gold DiFeleceantonio ’08 is the lead author behind a recent study that explains why we can’t stop eating chocolate — among other things. The study, undertaken by scientists from the University of Michigan, was published in the journal Current Biology and is featured in an article in the Smithsonian’s online magazine and at scientificamerican.com.
Soon, cownose rays will be arriving at their summer breeding ground in the Chesapeake Bay. They swarm into the Bay, by some estimates in the millions, setting up an inevitable clash between man and fish that seems to escalate with each migration. The rays — big mollusk-eating predators — are blamed for harming commercial [...]