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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES NEWS

FLI Summer Sustainability Interns

Mary McLoughlin '15 and Cameron Benoit '16 are spending the summer working as sustainability interns for the Finger Lakes Institute. Each is focusing on a different area of sustainability at the Colleges, from preparing the Eco Representatives to change student habits for a lifetime to working to curb greenhouse gases institutionally. Their internships are funded by the Office of Sustainability ...  More >>

Magee on China’s Neighbor Relations

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, a geographer with expertise in water and energy in China, was recently quoted in an article about the threat to regional stability posed by China's complex dam system and, particularly, its lack of clear and effective communication about them. "Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis," appeared in Financial Times magazine. The article de...  More >>

ESSYI 2014 Kicks Off

This week, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI) welcomed talented high school students from all over the world to campus for two weeks of immersive education in environmental studies. Led by HWS faculty, students took core samples from Seneca Lake aboard the William Scandling, studied one of the largest active landfills in the country at Seneca M...  More >>

Knopka ‘14 Protecting Endangered Birds

Spending his summer on the beaches of Cape Cod, Sam Knopka '14 was thrilled to recently be hired by the Trustees of Reservations as a shorebird technician. He is working to help protect the dwindling population of Piping Plovers, an endangered bird species that nests on the shores of Cape Cod, Mass. The Trustees of Reservations is a non-profit organization that owns land throughout Massachusetts ...  More >>

Weather and Wine

When Daniel Budmen'15 studied environmental meteorology with Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird, he had no idea that setting up a weather station at a vineyard would lead him to want to pursue a career in grape growing - nor that by his last summer at HWS he'd be working in seven vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif. Currently an intern with Constellation Brands, Budmen is based out of the R...  More >>

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PROFILES

Anna Dorman
Anna Dorman '13
International Relations & Environmental Studies Double Major
Economics and Middle Eastern Studies Double Minor
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Amman, Jordan
I chose to study abroad in Jordan because it brought together all of the components that I had been studying at the Colleges perfectly. I took intensive Arabic courses, as well as courses in modernization and social change in Jordan. The most incredible part of my experience was the opportunity to live with a Jordanian family - they truly made me feel welcome. Going abroad was one of the best academic and personal decisions I’ve ever made.
Extracurricular
I’m currently the president of the HWS Debate Team and of the Americans for Informed Democracy club. I am a civic leader though CCESL and an outreach coordinator for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I’m also an environmental representative through the Office of Sustainability, a member of Campus Greens, and a member of the William Smith Congress.
Research
I’m currently doing summer research with Professor Beth Kinne on hydrofracking in New York and Pennsylvania. I also completed an independent study with Professor John Halfman on changes in the Seneca Lake watershed in the past decade, and I completed an independent study while I was in Jordan on food security in Jordan.
Middle Eastern Studies
The course “Comparative Politics of the Middle East” with Professor Stacey Philbrick Yadav was my introduction to Middle Eastern politics, and I found it absolutely fascinating. Prior to this class, I never would have imagined that I would study abroad in Jordan!