Schistosomiasis (a disease caused by parasitic worms) affects 200 to 300 million people worldwide. On December 3, the COE welcomed evolutionary biologist Dr. Armand Kuris of University of California, Santa Barbara to campus, for a discussion about his research on the disease in Kenya and Senegal. Dr. Kuris’s work has shown that transmission control through predation on snail intermediate hosts may be necessary to achieve elimination of schistosomiasis in Africa.
Six students in Barry Chernoff’s ENVS197 (Introduction to Environmental Studies) course worked side-by-side with members of Wesleyan’s Physical Plant this semester, as part of a collaborative project with Forklift Danceworks, an organization that employs performance to activate communities through a collaborative creative process. The Austin-based organization was founded by choreographer Allison Orr, a former Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar here at the COE, who lead the project, with help from Forlift’s assistant choreographer Gretchen LaMotte ’18.
On October 26, 2018, foundation advisors David and Ford Schumann and foundation trustee Timothy Crowley joined COE Director Barry Chernoff, the Robert F. Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and Antonio Machado-Allison, the Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the COE, on a tour of Wesleyan University’s student-run Long Lane Farm.
On October 13, 2018, Wesleyan U and Middletown communities came together to celebrate the season at Pumpkin Fest, our annual fall festival held at Wesleyan’s student-run Long Lane Farm. More than 400 attendees enjoyed farm tours, produce and baked goods for sale, kid-friendly crafts, local vendors, free veggie burgers and apple cider, a pie-eating contest, musical performances, and more. The annual event is cosponsored by the COE.
Each year, our Where on Earth Are We Going? symposium focuses on a topic of critical environmental importance, bringing to Wesleyan the people who are at the forefronts of these issues. The theme of our 2018 symposium reflected the focus of the COE’s 2018-19 Think Tank: how humans relate to and value the non-human part of the world. This year’s event featured presentations by College of the Environment faculty Justine Quijada, assistant professor, Depart. of Religion (“Is Animism Good to Think With?”), and Fred Cohan, professor, Depart. of Biology (“Motivating Environmentalism through Our Visceral Fears of Infections”).
Welcome to coexist, the blog of the College of the Environment of Wesleyan University. Here you’ll find photos, videos, news, and commentary about our work to create a sustainable future in a peaceful, environmentally just world. Our students, faculty, and staff come from across the university, from the arts to the sciences. Our partners hail from institutions across the globe. And together, we seek integrative, innovative solutions to the compelling environmental issues of our time. Our mission: to help change the world.
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Director, College of the Environment
Robert F. Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies