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Nature draws alumna to the Northwest

Nature draws alumna to the Northwest

| March 14, 2014

Since graduating in 2009, Sarah Doyle has been busy saving the environment, one tree — or salmon — at a time.

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Fox says ‘Ban fracking’

Fox says ‘Ban fracking’

| February 5, 2014

Josh Fox, the documentary filmmaker who gained international notoriety after the release of “Gasland” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, delivered a 10-point case against fracking for natural gas at Sweet Briar’s 2014 Waxter Environmental Forum last night.

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Maker of ‘Gasland’ to present Waxter Forum

Maker of ‘Gasland’ to present Waxter Forum

| January 17, 2014

Sweet Briar College will host Josh Fox, maker of the documentary films “Gasland” and “Gasland Part II,” as the 2014 Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum speaker.

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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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Hunting for data

Hunting for data

| September 26, 2012

It’s not uncommon for the work of Sweet Briar researchers to impact audiences far from home. Rob Alexander, professor of economics and environmental studies, hopes folks in South Africa are paying attention to his latest research.

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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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Lunatic Farmer: ‘Folks, This Ain’t Normal’

Lunatic Farmer: ‘Folks, This Ain’t Normal’

| January 20, 2012

 Alternative farmer Joel Salatin, whose Polyface Farm and “beyond-organic” agricultural methods have achieved fame in books and movies, will speak at Sweet Briar College on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Salatin, a prolific writer and notoriously entertaining speaker, doesn’t like to use the word “lecture,” preferring instead “performance.” Accordingly, he will perform “Folks, This Ain’t Normal,” at [...]

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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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