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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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Lecture Focuses on Preservation’s Green Side

| March 25, 2011

Jean Carroon, author of “Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings” and a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based design and planning firm, will present a lecture on sustainable preservation at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the 1948 Theater in the Fitness and Athletics Center at Sweet Briar College. Carroon will talk about the need to [...]

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Professor Remembered Through Living Memorial

Professor Remembered Through Living Memorial

| March 17, 2011

Professor Dave Orvos arrived at Sweet Briar in 2000 to help establish the College’s environmental studies department. A biologist and toxicologist with experience in industry and teaching, he created a major in environmental science and helped develop the newly expanded environmental studies major while building the department as its first chair. David Robert Orvos died [...]

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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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