Professors Bill Throop (philosophy and environmental studies) and Meriel Brooks (biology) attended the XXI International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology in Santa Anna, Cal., April 13-15. Bill Throop presented his paper “Human Ecology and Frugality,” which covers a chapter in his book project Flourishing in the Age of Climate Change – Finding the Heart of Sustainability. Meriel Brooks was given a Distinguished Leadership award for contributions and support of the society and its activities.
MSFS (master’s of science in sustainable food systems) student Dayla Ulrich’s capstone project included the launch of a community supported agriculture (CSA) business in Utah. She wrote a business plan for the venture, a literature review, and a website and blog. The blog link, here, provides an overview of her one-year journey with us here at GMC. Dr. Tatiana Abetamarco and Hava Villaverde, JD, MBA (both GMC alumna and both GMC Scholars in Residence) were her capstone advisors. View some videos about the experience in her blog.
Another MSFS student, Colton Cascone, explored permaculture in his capstone. He attended an intensive permaculture training, then applied the lessons that he learned about mushroom growing in the Tirol through Philip’s “Turning Traditions into Markets” course towards a permaculture agroforestry installation, a mushroom business plan (which yields from the agroforest) and this advocacy piece for permaculture.
Debbie Drews, a graduate student in the MSES Program, published an article titled “Like a Fish Out of Water” in Outside Bozeman magazine. Her article explores the negative impacts of this common practice on the health and survival of individual fish, and questions its touted beneficial effects on game fish populations. Until fall, Debbie managed construction projects for two years in Yellowstone National Park. Since then, she has been writing articles and working to complete her master’s thesis, a collection of essays about commonly encountered wildlife in the Yellowstone region, which she hopes to have published.
A new photography collection Look Into My Eyes published by prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) was the subject of a New York Times “Lens” blog last week. Kevin’s book is a photographic documentation of Hispanic New Mexicans (Nuevomexicanos) taken between 1981-1983 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and in several northern New Mexico villages. Other media coverage includes this interview with Gwyneth Doland on the New Mexico PBS program “New Mexico in Focus” and this Albuquerque Journal article.
Allan Coutinho 16’ already has his sights set on graduate school–he was accepted to Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the Teachers College of Columbia University. A native of Brazil, Allan chose Harvard because of the school’s program in international education policy.
“My long-term plan is to return to Brazil to design and evaluate education programs. I want to help the government channel resources into teacher training, or programs that are proven to be effective in increasing student performance,” he said.
At GMC, Allan was one of the head delegates for GMC’s National Model United Nations delegation in 2014–the GMC group was presented with the Distinguished Delegation Award. He worked as a resident assistant, a student ambassador in the admissions office, a member of the GMC cross- country team, and a senator in the Student Assembly. He spent a year studying at the Nagoya University School of Law as part of GMC’s exchange program.
Allan was admitted to GMC as a Make-a-Difference scholar and graduates with a self-designed major in international development in education and governance. He drew widely on faculty expertise; his chief mentors included Rommy Fuller (education), Jennifer Baker (Fine Art and Progressive Program Director), Kenneth Mulder (mathematics), Robin Currey (sustainable agriculture), Sam Edwards (environmental law and animal studies) and Bill Throop (philosophy).
Micah Mills ’18, from Columbia, S.C., will be spending the summer in southern California studying under the tutelage of Dr. Doug Bartlett at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego). Micah’s REU (research opportunity for undergraduate students), funded by the National Science Foundation, provides a stipend in addition to housing, GRE training, access to research seminars and workshops and all program costs.
As a Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Micah will be studying microscopic life in hydrothermal vents in the Mariana trench, the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean.
“Hydrothermal vents are openings on the ocean floor from which geothermally heated water is emitted. These are very high temperature, high-pressure environments; the types of organisms that live there are specialized for survival in what would typically be considered harsh conditions. Some of the species you find there include tube worms, crustacea, and many types of bacteria and archaea.”
The SURF program is highly competitive – only 16 fellowships were awarded from 450 applicants.
It was partly due to Micah’s long-standing interest in oceanography that he decided to declare biology as his major this year. Now he gets a chance to study at one of the foremost oceanographic institutes in the world.
“I’m excited–it will be a great opportunity. And I’ve never been to California before.”