02/11/13 | Rhodes To Host Mid-South Farm To Table Conference
On Feb.12, Rhodes will host the third annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference. The conference will bring together farmers, restaurant owners, food writers, students, and others to discuss ideas for developing and sustaining the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South. This is the first year that the event will be held at Rhodes. Click here to read full story.
11/26/12 | Remembering Professor Rosanna Cappellato
It is with great sadness that the college announces the passing of Professor Rosanna Cappellato. Dr. Cappellato died peacefully Thursday morning at 9:00 AM with her mother and a close friend and colleague present after a brief yet rapidly progressive illness. Dr. Cappellato was interred at 1:00 PM Central Time on Monday, November 26, in a private conservation burial at Honey Creek Woodlands, a forested area on the grounds of the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. In accordance with her request, there will be no memorial service in association with the burial. Members of the Rhodes community gathered at the Rose Garden in Frazier-Jelke in tribute to Dr. Cappellato. Those wishing to honor her life may choose, in her own words, to contribute to “causes that further the preservation of wildlife and the natural world.” Click here to read full story.
07/10/12 | Professor Jackson′s Article Appears in The Water Leader
Prof. Jeffrey Jackson′s article "The Power of Community" appeared in the most recent issue of _The Water Leader_, an interdisciplinary global policy publication addressing water management published by the National University of Singapore′s Institute of Water Policy. Essays in the spring 2012 issue examine the growing problem of flooding and how societies and policy makers can cope with rising waters in the context of natural disasters and climate change. Jackson′s piece draws lessons from his work on the 1910 Paris flood as a historical case study which can help think about how to cope with flooding today.
06/21/12 | Global Threats Exist, But Also Many Global Demographic Opportunities for the U.S.
Events like the Arab Spring gave birth to a generation of demographic converts in the national security community. Many are now convinced that demography matters because demographers today can clearly show how youthful population profiles in the developing world could lead to conflicts over the next 20 years -- a major concern for policy makers. Chick here to read full story.
06/20/12 | Think Globally, Act Locally
The Environmental Sciences (B.S.) and Environmental Studies (B.A.) programs, which debuted as minors in 2009-10, emerged as full-blown majors in 2011-12, providing a framework for students to specialize in Rhodes’ abundance of environmentally themed class and field experiences. Students in Environmental Studies focus more on humanities and social sciences—History, International Studies and Anthropology. On the Environmental Sciences side students zoom in on Biology, Chemistry and physical aspects of the environment, yet each is informed by courses common to both tracks. The idea is to keep the program as interdisciplinary and universally applicable as possible regardless of which track a student pursues. Click here to read full story.
04/27/12 | Adam Alsamadisi receives Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Studies and Sciences
Adam Alsamadisi ′12 is this year’s recipient of the Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Studies and Sciences. An International Studies major and double minor in Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences, Adam has been a crucial presence in the program, especially as a Rhodes Student Associate in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab and as a GIS tutor. He collaborated with Prof. Sarah Boyle of the biology department on a Green GIS project at the Memphis Zoo which was recognized by the zoo’s President and CEO. He has worked with numerous students and faculty facilitating GIS projects, and he assisted in the Arboretum recertification project. Adam has also presented his research at several GIS conferences. For his service to the campus and for his desire to reach across interdisciplinary boundaries in the study of environmental issues, the Environmental Studies and Sciences program is pleased to honor Adam with this award.
04/02/12 | Professor Collins Shares Birding Enthusiasm with Students
Dr. Michael Collins of the Rhodes Department of Biology can point with certainty to the day he first became interested in birds. Click here to read full story.
03/02/12 | Rhodes Junior Studies Snow Leopards
Rhodes College junior biology major Kimber Jones, an intern in the conservation research lab at the Memphis Zoo, has been studying the behavior of two snow leopards, Ateri and Darhan. Jones′ research lies in observing how the two are getting along with each other and their new exhibit and how they spend most of their time. Click here to read full story.
02/27/12 | Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on "The Future of Plants"
The Rhodes College chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society will host a free public lecture on "The Future of Plants: Diversity, Conservation, and Sustainability" by world-renowned botanist Sir Peter Crane on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium.
Dr. Crane is a distinguished evolutionary biologist, with a focus on the diversity of plant life. He is the former director of the Field Museum of Natural History and The Royal Botanic Gardens, where he helped establish the Millennium Seed Bank. Dr. Crane currently heads the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Crane′s lecture will explore the current status of plant diversity and consider some of the challenges in conserving and managing plants in sustainable ways for human benefit.
The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar′s lecture is co-sponsored by the Rhodes Biology Department, Environmental Studies & Sciences, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, and the University of Memphis Department of Biological Sciences.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation′s oldest and most prestigious honor society; Rhodes has been home to a chapter since 1949.
11/21/11 | Environmental and Biology Students Present at GIS Conference
Six Rhodes students (five are environmental minors or majors; two are biology majors) participated in the Mid-South′s GIS Conference last week. The Rhodes students were the only undergraduates to give an oral presentation or poster at the conference. Rhodes students also won 2nd and 3rd place in the poster competition. Other student participants were graduate students at University of Memphis and UT Health Science Center.
Adam Alsamadisi, Josh McKinley-Smith, and Chris Gignoux teamed up and gave a 30-minute presentation "Using GIS as a Theoretical Framework for the 2007 Election Violence in Kenya."
Posters: Becky Vandewalle (2nd place): Historic places at risk; Allie Dillon (3rd place): The historical city planning of New Orleans, elevation & Hurricane Katrina; and Sarah Tchang: Memphis restaurants reduce waste in landfills with the help of Project Green Fork
10/21/11 | Green fellowship focuses on improving food system
Plans for a "local chef takeover" of the Rhodes College dining hall to celebrate Food Day on Oct. 24. Click here to read the full story.
09/06/11 | Sciubba Authors Article, "Family planning can help in Afghanistan"
Most experts agree that the mark of long-term success in Afghanistan will be stable governance that allows the economy, democracy, and the people to flourish. Many factors will determine that, but a major one that seems to be left out of most high-level conversations is population. Click here to read the full article.
09/01/11 | Hardy Book Review Appears in Conflict Trends
Environmental Studies major ,Maxwell Hardy ′12, wrote a book review on Climate Change in Africa by Camilla Toulmin that appears in Conflict Trends. Click here to read the review.
08/25/11 | Summer Intern Visits Foushee Cave
Alix Matthews ′14 supplements her biology and environmental science studies at Foushee Cave conservation site in Independence County, Arkansas. Click here to read full story.
08/24/11 | Environmental Studies & Sciences Majors Begin: New Faculty Add to Program
Fall 2011 marks the official beginning of the newly created majors in Environmental Studies & Sciences. Rhodes students may now earn a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with courses focusing on History, International Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy, Economics and English; or a B.S. in Environmental Sciences, with courses from Biology, Chemistry, and Geology. All students take an introductory course, Environment and Society, as well as a course in Geographic Information Systems. Two new faculty join the program in Fall 2011: Professor Kimberly Kasper in the Department of Anthropology/Sociology and Professor Ermanno Affuso in the Department of Economics.
08/18/11 | 2011 Society for Conservation GIS (SGIS) Conference
In July, Adam Alsamadisi ′12 attended the 2011 Society for Conservation GIS (SGIS) conference in Big Bear Lake, California. Adam presented two research posters at the conference. The first research poster, "Human and Elephant Conflicts in Namibia," was coauthored by Blaire O′Neal ′12. The second research poster, "The Environment as an Actor: GIS and International Relations," was coauthored by Camilla Taufic ′13. At the conference Adam networked with conservation biologists from around the world, building a better understanding of technology and natural resource management and protection. Travel was made possible through the Rhodes College Environmental Studies and Science Program, as well as the Rhodes College Student Travel Fund. Adam is a Rhodes Student Associate in the GIS Lab.
05/24/11 | Head of Livable Memphis Wins Top Honor from Public Health Group
The Tennessee Public Health Association has awarded its first Visionary Award in West Tennessee to Sarah Newstok for her work making Memphis a healthier place. Click here to read the full story.
04/29/11 | Lee Bryant wins Early Career Award in Environmental Studies and Sciences
Lee Bryant ′11 received the inaugural Early Career Award from the Rhodes Environmental Studies & Sciences program at the 2011 awards convocation. A double major in Theater and Environmental Studies, Lee created her own program of study for the Environmental Studies major before the official adoption of the major. Lee plans to teach at a school in Houston, TX before pursuing graduate studies in environmental education.
04/26/11 | Rhodes Listed Among Princeton Review’s Green Colleges
Rhodes College is listed in The Princeton Review′s Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council has released the second annual edition of this free guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” Click here to read the full story.
04/21/11 | Earth Day 2011: Green Jobs Steadily Growing
Last summer, Justin Deere ’12 spent many days visiting local Memphis restaurants to make sure that they were keeping up with the sustainable practices they had agreed to adhere to, including maintaining recycling and composting, and using eco-friendly paper and cleaning products. Deere completed around 30 of these friendly audits as part of his summer service fellowship with Project Green Fork, a non-profit that certifies locally owned restaurants as being environmentally sustainable. Deere says that the internship gave him a good look into how a small organization can have a big impact on a city. Click here to read the full story.
01/31/11 | Johnson Presents at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Anna Johnson presented a research poster, “An integrative assessment of snake parasitism across an urban-rural gradient” at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 3-7, 2011. Coauthors included Rhodes students Matt Grisham, Adiha Khan, Kimber Jones, and Matt McCravy, as well as Professors Sarah Boyle, Laura Luque de Johnson and Jon Davis.
01/31/11 | ESS Students Participate in 10th Annual MidSouth GIS Conference
Twelve Rhodes students, six of whom are Environmental Studies or Environmental Science students, participated in the 10th Annual MidSouth GIS Conference, November 18-19, 2010 in Germantown, TN. Rhodes students displayed their research posters at the conference, and won 1st place and 3rd place in the student map competition.
The following six posters were presented (with the names of the Environmental students in bold): “Human-elephant conflict in Namibia” (Adam Alsamadisi ’12 and Blaire O’Neal ’12, first place); “Changes in undeveloped land acreage along the Wolf River” (Lee Bryant ’11 and Jared Swenson ’12, third place); “The effects of headcutting on Wolf River channelization and adjacent wetlands” (David Siu ’12); “Remote sensing of land cover in succession areas” (Brad Hensley ’12); “Effects of land cover on parasite prevalence in snakes” (Adiha Khan ’13, Kimber Jones ’13, Matthew McCravy ’12, Matt Grisham ’13, and Anna Johnson ’11); and “Where in the world are Rhodes College students?” (Rebecca Vandewalle ’12).
01/31/11 | Boyle Co-authors Article in the Journal Biological Conservation
Professor Boyle is a co-author on an international, multi-author article in the journal Biological Conservation. The article, “The fate of Amazonian forest fragments: a 32-year investigation” details the findings of how deforestation impacts local climate, plant and animal ecology, animal behavior, and conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. This article was ranked as “Exceptional” by the Faculty of 1000.
The full citation is: Laurance, W. F., J. L. Camargo, R. C. C. Luizão, S. G. Laurance, S. L. Pimm, E. M. Bruna, P. C. Stouffer, G. B. Williamson, J. Benítez-Malvido, H. L. Vasconcelos, K. S. Van Houtan, C. E. Zartman, S. A. Boyle, R. K. Didham, A. Andrade, and T. E. Lovejoy. 2011. The fate of Amazonian forest fragments: a 32-year investigation. Biological Conservation 144: 56-67.
01/25/11 | Marshall Friskics-Warren Presents His Research
Marshall Friskics-Warren, presented his research at the Southeast/Southwest Combined American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in December 2010. The presentation was on the spatial distribution of lead concentrations of soils collected at Memphis City Schools. The title of his presentation is “Analyses of soil Pb levels at Memphis City Schools using XRF and ICP-OES,” and his co-authors are Erik Campbell, Yuriy Brodskiy, and Jon Russ.
01/18/11 | “Natural and Unnatural Disasters: A Symposium”
Rhodes College Environmental Studies and Sciences Program The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities & The Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis Present “Natural and Unnatural Disasters: A Symposium” on January 27th, 2011 at the University Center Theater, University of Memphis Campus. Free and open to the Public. Click here for more information.
01/05/11 | Jennifer Sciubba Publishes New Book
Jennifer Sciubba has just published a new book, The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security. The book argues that the future of warfare is being undeniably shaped by demographic trends in fertility, mortality, and migration. Breaking down national security into three realms—military, regime, and structural—Prof. Sciubba′s book explores both the direct and indirect links between demography and national security through historical examples and relevant contemporary case studies.
12/09/10 | Bridging the Gap between “Environment and Society”
You wouldn’t expect to find Professors Keller and Cappellato, from the History and Biology Departments respectively, teaching together in the same classroom—but that’s exactly what they are doing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning in Palmer 210. Their class, Environment and Society, one of the few courses anywhere that combines science and humanities, is a unique addition to the Rhodes curriculum. Click the above link to read more on the Dean′s Blog.
12/02/10 | Arboretum Recertification Looks Promising Biology
Professor Rosanna Cappellato recently accompanied a photographer around campus who took photos of more than 40 types of leaves as part of Rhodes being recertified as an arboretum. Over the past year, Cappellato and her team have identified and tagged 90 different species of trees on campus. Upon completion of an accompanying brochure and map of the species, Rhodes will meet all the qualifications to be certified as a Level 3 Arboretum. Click here to read the full story.
11/12/10 | Lead Findings Inspire Research Study of Memphis City School Playgrounds
Last summer, under the supervision of Professor Jon Russ, three Chemistry majors—Erik Campbell, Marshall Friskics and Reed Beazley—sampled for lead on Memphis area school grounds. What did the team find? Click the above link to read more on the Dean′s Blog.
08/30/10 | Hurricane Katrina Stories: Five Years Later
During the month of September, Rhodes College, with community partners, will host a series of events to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Three speakers and a film will explore how Americans have tried to come to terms with the catastrophic events of 2005. Click the link above for more details.
07/22/10 | Environmental Education: Local Colleges Create Environmentally Conscious Curricula
The Memphis Flyer features Rhodes College′s Environmental Studies & Sciences Program in a recent article. Click the above link to read more.
06/29/10 | Environmental History of the Alps Sheds New Light on International Relations
Mellon Environmental Fellow Tait Keller will be one of nine international scholars to present at the Nature and Nation in Europe Since 1860 conference in Trento, Italy in September. According to the conference’s website, “This workshop focuses on both the symbolic and practical uses that European nation-states have made of the environment and of natural resources since the Second Industrial Revolution.” Keller will also present at the Alpinium Forum in Munich and the Austrian Center for Environmental History in Vienna. Click the above link to read more on the Dean′s Blog.
04/22/10 | Environmental Geology Class Helps Keep Contaminated Fish Off the Dinner Table
Professor Houghton’s Environmental Geology class satisfies both the F7 and F11 foundation requirements, making it a double whammy for both education and service in the Memphis Community. Some of the students in Professor Houghton’s class aren’t actually enrolled at Rhodes. In fact, they aren’t even out of high school! In an effort to forge a bond between Rhodes and the world outside the gates, some first-year students at Douglass High School join Rhodes students in collecting data on the nature of subsistence fishing in Memphis. The precious hoard of organized data that charts where people fish will be presented to the Sierra Club at the end of the semester. Read more on the The Dean′s Blog.
04/20/10 | Rhodes Makes The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guidebook
Rhodes College is one of the schools appearing in The Princeton Review′s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), the free guide profiles some of the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses and is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide. The U.S. Green Building Council partnered with The Princeton Review to produce the guide. See the full story on Rhodes College News.
04/22/10 | Environmental Historian Dr. John McNeill to Present Rhodes College’s Earth Day Lecture
Dr. John McNeill, Georgetown University professor of history and a leading environmental historian, will present Rhodes College’s Earth Day Lecture titled “Energy and Empires.” Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2010, in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
This lecture traces the relationship between fossil fuels and power in the international system from the 16th century to the 21st century. Beginning with the importance of peat to the Dutch Golden Age, and considering the British experience with coal and the American experience with oil, McNeill will explore the implications of energy systems for geopolitics in the past and future.
McNeill began his career at the Ecosystems Center and has researched vegetation changes around the world in the last 500 years and their effects on carbon cycling. He has taught at Georgetown University since 1985, and from 2003 until 2006, he held the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environmental and International Affairs, until his appointment as University Professor. He also is President of the American Society for Environmental History.
His latest book on ecological change, epidemics, war and revolution in the plantation economies of the Americas (17th to 20th centuries) is titled Mosquito Empires. A prolific writer and editor, McNeill currently is editing an environmental history of the Cold War.
01/15/10 | Jackson′s New Book Tells the Story of a Parisian Catastrophe
One hundred years ago this month, the city of Paris was under water. A new book by Rhodes College history professor Jeffrey H. Jackson, titled Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 tells the largely forgotten story of how the French capital survived its worst flood in 250 years. A website, www.ParisUnderWater.com accompanies the release of Jackson′s book filled with dozens of dramatic photographs of the city′s suffering.
01/12/10 | Environmental Studies Program Recognizes Daniel Eastlack
The first student travel support from the Environmental Studies program was awarded to Daniel Eastlack, for conference attendance and presentation of research conducted on amphibian disease in urban Memphis.
11/30/09 | Student Workers Meet GIS Professionals
Two Rhodes Student Associates, Andy Foss-Grant ’10 and Becky Vandewalle ’12, recently got some on-the-job training by attending a MAGIC conference. Foss-Grant and Vandewalle accompanied Professor Sarah Boyle to the 9th Annual Mid-South GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Conference on November 17 and 18 in Germantown. Visit the Dean′s Blog to read the complete article.
11/23/09 | Rhodes in Midst of Arboretum Re-Certification
Recently, volunteers from the Memphis Botanic Garden visited Rhodes to flag and identify the major species of trees on campus. In just three hours, the volunteers flagged 52 different species. This identification process is necessary in order to re-certify Rhodes as an arboretum—an area in which an extensive variety of trees are grown for educational and ornamental purposes. Read the full story here.
11/20/09 | Sunday Bike Rides
The Rhodes Environmental Planning Cooperative is sponsoring Sunday afternoon bicycle rides around the Memphis community. The group assembles outside the Rhodes bike shop every Sunday afternoon and travel to locations in the Midtown area. For more information, click the above link to read the entire article.
11/1/09 | Sciubba receives the prestigious Kiley Award for Best Feature Article
Prof. Sciubba received the 2009 Kiley Award from the National Defense University Foundation for her article, "The Defense Implications of Demographic Trends,” which appeared in Joint Force Quarterly.
11/4/09 | "The Upside of Down"
Patrick Harris′ article "The Upside of Down" appeared in the November 4th edition of the Sou′wester. Harris writes on Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon′s recent lecture on "The Upside of Down: Leveraging Catastrophe for Positive Change". Click the above link to read the article in its entirety.
10/16/09 | Mississippi River Adventure with the Quapaw Canoe Company
Students in the Environmental Studies Learning Community, along with Profs. Davis, Houghton, and Keller, spent Fall Break on a journey through some of the wildest & remote islands & forests of the Lower Mississippi. Participants explored great back channels and oxbow lakes, relaxed on sandy beaches, and enjoyed the delicious cuisine provided by John Ruskey and his crew. With no towns or industry nearby, the only evidence of civilization is the tugboats on the river.
10/12/09 | Energy and Security Expert Thomas Homer-Dixon: Leveraging Catastrophe for Positive Change
Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, political scientist and energy/security expert, will present The Upside of Down: Leveraging Catastrophe for Positive Change. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the BCLC Ballroom and will be followed by a book signing. Homer-Dixon calls attention to environmental and societal stresses such as global warming, oil consumption, the 9/11 attacks, and the collapse of economic markets to help audiences understand how events in one place cause effects around the planet. He also shares ways to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-greater complexity. For his lecture at Rhodes, he has been asked to address some of the issues specific to Memphis.
06/11/09 | Sciubba to present at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Prof. Sciubba will present “Population Aging and Power Transition Theory” to the faculty of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, in Garmisch, Germany.
06/04/09 | Sciubba to lecture at Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University
Prof. Sciubba will deliver a series of lectures on Population in Military Planning on June 3-4 at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University in Krakow, Poland.
05/01/09 | Announcement: URCAS Award winners
Best paper in Environmental Studies: Derek Washam, "Eco-Authoritarianism: The Commons and its Need for Technocracy"
Best poster in Environmental Studies: Jacqueline Gentry and Sarah Rogers, "Determining efficient energy usage in Barret Library through cost-benefit research"
04/22/09 | Keller receives prestigious grant to study the Alps
Prof. Keller received a research grant from the Conference Group for Central European History. He plans to explore the environmental history of the Eastern Alps in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by examining national Alpine clubs in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
04/01/09 | Keller publishes in leading environmental history journal
Prof. Keller article, “The Mountains Roar: The Alps during the Great War,” appeared in the April 2009 issue of Environmental History. The article sheds light on the relationship between the environment and war by examining the role the Alps played for Germans and Austrians in the First World War. The Alps shaped perceptions of the war and the Germans and Austrians who fought there. The war transformed in crucial ways how Germans and Austrians conceived of the mountains. As the result of the Great War, the Alps, once the realm of escape and freedom, now also provided a foundation for national fantasies of conquest and victory.
02/12/09 | Darwin Day Celebration
Film: Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World (6:30-8:00, FJ-C)
Join the Anthropology/Sociology Dept.’s Prof. Lusteck for this fascinating film about some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine islands. ANSO will provide food and drinks.
01/27/09 | Keller to speak at the National World War One Memorial Museum
Prof. Keller will deliver a lecture at the National World War One Memorial Museum. The museum’s program theme is “Bodies and Minds.” Keller will speak on “Battling the Mountains of Melancholy: Bodies and Minds on the Alpine Front, 1915-1918.”
12/01/08 | Launch of Rhodes Environmental Footprint Site
Mellon Environmental Fellow and Anthropology professor Rob Lusteck′s students put together a site to help Rhodes students, staff, faculty, and friends determine their environmental footprint. Check it out here
11/11/08 | Environmental Studies Kickoff Celebration
Environmental crusaders and writers Mark London, Thomas E. Lovejoy and Charles C. Mann will be on hand at Rhodes College November 11 for an all-day celebration of the college’s newly expanded Environmental Studies Program. Read more about this event.
10/27/08 | Speaker: Molly Caldwell Crosby
Molly Caldwell Crosby, author of The American Plague and Rhodes alum, spoke with Prof. Sciubba’s Global Ecopolitics class.
10/24/08 | Environmental Studies featured in Rhodes Magazine
The fall 2008 edition of Rhodes includes an in-depth examination of the new Environmental Studies Program, as well as a Web-only extra story about related courses being offered this fall.