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Previous Programs


Fall 2016

Humanity’s Global Impact and the Adirondacks

Seth Major, Faculty-in-Residence
Professor of Physics
315-859-4919
smajor@hamilton.edu

College 370: Intensive Seminar

Has climate change affected you? The Adirondacks? Could and should we do anything about it? This course will introduce physical ideas such as energy and thermodynamics and apply them to climate change.

The developed world’s impact on the earth’s environment has moved from purely local effects shared with many species to potentially transformational effects on a global scale. The seminar starts with an introduction, with readings, discussion and critical analysis to the physical basis of energy, thermodynamics, and climate change. Through measurement and simple model building, the seminar will develop methods to study impacts of human activity from a global perspective. Introducing tools to assess environmental impact, including life cycle assessment and carbon and ecological footprint analysis, will allow us to use global considerations to inform local projects. The focus of the semester is to apply global thinking to local solutions through foundational principles.

Students have the opportunity to complete a capstone project studying specific aspects of the above questions and issues. For example, does it make sense (economically and for the climate) to install residential solar panels in the Adirondacks?  SYLLABUS

Fall 2016 Participants

Participant Internships Independent Capstone project
Jack Anderson ’18
Environmental Studies
Essex Farm,
Rivermede Farm & Market
“The Rebirth of the Adirondack Small Farm: Rivermede”
Sarah Magee ’18
Environmental Studies
Point Positive, Inc.,
The W!LD Center
“Chasing Sunbeams: A Case Study of Rural Solar”
Niyati (Nanu) Mehta ’18
Neuroscience
Mountain Tomboy Baking,
North Country SPCA
“The Impact of Wilderness and Nature on Happiness”
Anna Mowat ’18
Physics and Environmental Studies
Adirondack Research, Richert Environmental, LLC “Energy Efficiency Rating and Suggstions for Residential Structures”
John Pikus ’17
Physics
Adirondack Research,
Keene Central School
“Statistical Mechanics of Black Holes”
 
Natalie Poremba ’18
Environmental Studies
Adirondack Research,
Essex Farm
“Sustainable Recreation in the Adirondack Park”
Alexa Rosella ’18
Biology
Adirondack Research,
Fledging Crow Vegetables
“Effects of soil microbial diversity on radish and clover biomass”

Fall 2015

Wilderness, Culture, Science: Reading the Adirondacks

Onno Oerlemans, Faculty-in-Residence
Professor of English and Creative Writing
315-859-4378
ooerlema@hamilton.edu

College 370: Intensive Seminar

The place we know as the “Adirondacks” is produced by a process of reading and inscribing across multiple disciplines and perspectives, past and present — a process that is as much intellectual as it is experiential. Actual legal texts such as the New York State Constitution and the APA Act have defined what the Adirondack Park is and how it is regulated. Texts by 19th-century writers such as Emerson, Cooper and Colvin helped frame understandings of a vast local wilderness that could yield spiritual, cultural and material rewards. The writings of contemporary scientists and naturalists such as Jerry Jenkins, Curt Stager and Ed Kanze deepen and complicate our sense of wilderness and place. Likewise, the works of contemporary authors such as Russell Banks and E. L. Doctorow have used the Adirondacks as a setting that reflects both intensely local and deeply national themes.

In this Intensive Seminar, students will examine a collection of these social, political, scientific and literary texts in situ for their ability to transform the Adirondack landscape both conceptually and physically. Students will also produce their own critical and creative writing to explore how their visions can help define and further transform this complex resource.  SYLLABUS

Fall 2015 Participants

Participant Internships
Isabelle Bradford ’16
Art
Asgaard Farm & Dairy
Mace Chasm Farm
North Country Creamery
Amelia Denney ’17
Neuroscience and
Hispanic Studies
Adirondack Health
Fledging Crow Vegetables
Mountain Tomboy Baking
The Nature Conservancy
Wildlands Network
Kianee De Jesus ’17
Literature and Creative Writing
Fledging Crow Vegetables
North Country SPCA
Annie Emanuels ’16
Biology
Adirondack Mountain Club
The Nature Conservancy
Julia Ferguson ’16
Comparative Literature
North Country Public Radio
Ianthe Lekometros ’16
Environmental Studies
 
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Asgaard Farm & Dairy
Essex Farm
Sugar House Creamery
Alexa Merriam ’17
Literature and Creative Writing
 
Adirondack Council
Taryn Ruf ’17
Women's Studies and
Literature and Creative Writing
Keene Valley Library
Mace Chasm Farm
North Country Creamery
Rachael Wilkin ’16
Anthropology
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Essex Farm

Contact Information


Dr. Janelle A. Schwartz

General Director
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