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Undergraduate scholars gather at MARCUS

Undergraduate scholars gather at MARCUS

| October 15, 2013

Sweet Briar College’s Honors Program hosted its 15th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship, known as MARCUS, on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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Grant to allow study of famous blue haze

Grant to allow study of famous blue haze

| July 1, 2013

Tom O’Halloran has received a grant from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust to conduct research on the iconic haze that gives the Blue Ridge Mountains their name.

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Waxter speaker lures readers to science with fiction

Waxter speaker lures readers to science with fiction

| March 22, 2013

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.

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Environmental forum benefactor dies

Environmental forum benefactor dies

| February 22, 2013

William D. Waxter III, husband of the late Julia Baldwin Waxter ’49, died Feb. 11, about seven months after his wife passed away last summer.

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Environmental Forum Features ‘Wildlands, Woodlands and Farmlands’

Environmental Forum Features ‘Wildlands, Woodlands and Farmlands’

| April 4, 2012

Brian Donahue will present his talk “Wildlands, Woodlands and Farmlands: Visions of Landscape-scale Conservation” at Sweet Briar College’s Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Wailes Lounge at the Elston Inn Conference Center.  Donahue, who teaches American environmental studies at Brandeis University, will focus on the “Wildlands and Woodlands” [...]

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Would You, Could You, Eat ‘Green’ Eggs?

Would You, Could You, Eat ‘Green’ Eggs?

| February 3, 2012

Buttery smoke rolls out of the E.B. Room kitchen, where alternative farmer and local food advocate Joel Salatin is making good on his promise to whip up an omelet every 60 seconds. He works two pans, a queue forming behind him. Into the sizzling butter goes half a cup of beaten eggs — plucked that [...]

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Research has Implications for Forecasting Climate Change

Research has Implications for Forecasting Climate Change

| October 21, 2011

Assistant Professor Tom O’Halloran is co-author of a paper just published in a highly regarded environmental science professional journal, Global Change Biology. O’Halloran, who joined Sweet Briar’s environmental studies department this year, was part of a team at Oregon State University, where he was a postdoctoral researcher.

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Weather Station Forecast is Excellent

| September 27, 2011

Real-time weather data from the campus of Sweet Briar College will soon be available online, providing a precise picture of weather conditions in the moment. Under gray skies Thursday afternoon, seniors in Tom O’Halloran’s advanced environmental science lab hoisted a roughly 10-foot weather station tower and began installing an array of meteorological instruments. The station [...]

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Smithsonian Postdoc Leads Field Demonstration

Smithsonian Postdoc Leads Field Demonstration

| September 20, 2011

Being the tallest in the class, Alexis Rukenbrod ’12 was elected to collect a sample to demonstrate what the LI-6400 can do. Hopping onto a concrete bench in front of Guion Science Center, she stretched to pluck a leaf from as far up the redbud’s canopy as she could reach. The leaf had to be [...]

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Virginia Master Naturalists Rally at Sweet Briar

Virginia Master Naturalists Rally at Sweet Briar

| May 10, 2011

Sweet Briar College, in collaboration with the Central Virginia chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, will host a Virginia Master Naturalist Advanced Training Rally June 3-5 at the College’s Elston Inn conference center. The rally, the third at Sweet Briar since 2008, provides educational workshops and activities that enhance the knowledge base and support the [...]

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