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The HWS Update

A conference in April showcased students’ scientific research on salamanders, leaf litter and lake levels, including fieldwork conducted in the Colleges’ backyard. Under the guidance of Professor of Biology Meghan Brown, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Kristen Brubaker and Associate Professor of Biology Brad Cosentino, three seniors presented the results of their biology and environmental

Seniors showcase their lake research at New York State Federation of Lake Associations Conference in April. Under the guidance of Professor of Environmental Studies John Halfman, four HWS seniors presented their research at the New York State Federation of Lake Associations conference in April at Lake George, N.Y. The students presented on independent study or

Alex Dwyer ’23 has been selected for the Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Environmental studies and geoscience double-major Alex Dwyer ’23 is among a select group of undergraduates chosen for the 2022-23 Goldwater Scholars program. One of only 417 recipients from across the nation, Dwyer was selected

William Kline ’23, Brendon Bennett ’23 and Moritz Marchart ’22 are the winners of The Todd Feldman ’89 and Family Pitch Contest for their biomaterials company Fibrworks.“We have to get rid of materials that harm our planet,” William Kline ’23 said during the 11th annual Todd Feldman ’89 and Family Contest. With his partners Brendon

The First Year Seminar Symposium caps students’ first semester at the Colleges.  The First Year Seminar is designed to build a foundation for skills in critical thinking and communication at the Colleges. At the First Year Seminar Symposium, students showcased their academic growth by presenting the projects that have catapulted them into the world of

Blocker Fellow David Pessin ’23 examines sustainability practices in Freiburg, Germany. David Pessin ’23 is a 2021 recipient of the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Fellowship, which enables students to study abroad in Germany while researching a cultural studies project of their interest. A geoscience major with a concentration in atmospheric sciences, Pessin says sustainability offered

Jamey Mulligan ’07 has been selected as a judge for the $100 million XPRIZE for carbon removal, a global competition designed to fight climate change by rebalancing the Earth’s carbon cycle. A senior scientist at Amazon, Jamey Mulligan ’07 is serving on a panel of 12 judges for the four-year XPRIZE competition for carbon removal,

A new minor in aquatic sciences capitalizes on the campus’ long history of limnologic research and leverages the Colleges’ location on Seneca Lake. Combining courses from the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, Hobart and William Smith recently approved an aquatic sciences minor. The interdisciplinary minor, to be first offered in spring 2022, will draw

The Great Lakes Protection Fund recognized Rob Collier ’73 for the trailblazing environmental program network he created, which has inspired similar programs across the country. Rob Collier ’73, the retired former president and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, was awarded the 2021 Great Lakes Leadership Award in honor of his efforts to protect

An environmental literacy grant from NOAA enables HWS and regional partners to engage young people in rural areas on climate change solutions. In the Finger Lakes region and throughout New York State, rural youth will have the opportunity to strengthen their communities’ readiness for climate-related challenges thanks to a $449,278 grant from the National Oceanic