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.
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” [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. The team investigated the albedo effect, a phenomenon [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]