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Sweet Briar Mourns Professor

| January 4, 2011

The Sweet Briar community was saddened to learn of the death of David Orvos on Tuesday, Dec. 28. He is survived by his wife, Andrea, and son, Michael. Professor Orvos taught environmental science in the environmental studies program, which he helped found when he came to Sweet Briar more than 10 years ago. A beloved [...]

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Waxter Forum Speaker Sees Bright Green Future

| November 7, 2010

Amanda Little told an audience at Sweet Briar College Thursday evening that she began rethinking who is to blame for America’s energy crisis when she looked at her own desk. She took in the furniture, iPhone, computer — even the corn muffin — nearly all of it derived from petrochemicals in some way. The byproducts [...]

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Waxter Forum Speaker Discusses ‘Power Trip’

Waxter Forum Speaker Discusses ‘Power Trip’

| October 27, 2010

Sweet Briar College will present award-winning environmental journalist Amanda Little as its 2010 Waxter Environmental Forum speaker at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. Little will discuss her book, “Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair with Energy,” which explores the nation’s energy crisis by traveling “into the heart [...]

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Green Technology in Head-turning Vehicles

| October 22, 2010

Talk about kicking the tires and looking under the hood. What began as a class demonstration in Professor Dave Orvos’ environmental issues introductory course morphed into a nearly campus-wide test drive of the Chrysler GEM car. GEM stands for Global Electric Motorcars. Michelle Brown ’14 gets behind the wheel of an all-electric GEM truck to [...]

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Environmental Science Major Hosts Meeting in Hometown

| April 10, 2009

Sweet Briar College senior Heather Riggleman will host a town hall meeting, “Focusing on our Energy Future,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Carver-Price Cultural Center, located at 106 Patricia Lane in Appomattox, Va.

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SBC Naturalist-in-Residence Talks about AT Adventures

| April 7, 2009

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, Sweet Briar College’s naturalist-in-residence, Mike Hayslett will present, “Mountaintop Summer: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail.”

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Deer Excluded in Pursuit of Research

| February 27, 2009

Two Odocoileus virginianus cruising the northern base of Monument Hill for tasty shoots poking through the forest floor stop suddenly.”What the heck?” one mutters to the other. “Hal, do you see that?” Before the white-tailed deer is a black mesh fence, nearly invisible in the gloaming light but for the yellow and white plastic flags tied along its length. Inside the roughly 49- by 33-foot enclosure, is nothing different than what is outside the fence — yet.

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Film Highlights the ‘Incredible’ in Butterflies’ Annual Flight

| January 28, 2009

Sweet Briar College biologist Lincoln Brower was a featured researcher in a documentary on monarch butterflies that premiered Jan. 27 on the Public Broadcasting Service science series NOVA. “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” follows the 2,000-mile migration of the monarchs from Canada to their overwintering grounds in the mountains of central Mexico.

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Sweet Briar Biologist’s Research Featured on PBS’s NOVA Series

| January 21, 2009

Sweet Briar College research professor Lincoln Brower’s research on monarch butterflies will be featured on the Public Broadcasting Service science series NOVA at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. The documentary, “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” follows the 2,000-mile migration of the monarchs to their overwintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico.

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Alexander to Speak at Wildlife Rehab Conference Nov. 8

| October 3, 2008

Rob Alexander, associate professor of environmental studies, will speak Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s 13th Annual Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. His talk is titled “The Economics of Wildlife Conservation” and deals with species loss as an economic and not biological problem.

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