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The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges hosted an annual Science Fair for middle and high school students from Romulus and Geneseo School Districts. Sponsored by the Genesee Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA), the event brought 40 students to campus to present their independent research in topics ranging

A recent gift to Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute kicks off a challenge to establish an endowed summer student research position in partnership with Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA), a citizen-led watershed protection group. Based on the rich history and ongoing engagement between SLPWA and the FLI, the goal of the

This academic year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will take a deep dive into the intersecting issues and interests around water in the Finger Lakes, through a series of programs and events under the theme “Year of Water.” Organized by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne and the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) staff, the interdisciplinary series

The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host the sixth annual Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium on Wednesday, July, 31, in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event’s keynote speaker Maya van Rossum serves as the Delaware Riverkeeper and

In June, Hobart and William Smith Colleges were named the recipient of a $100,000 grant to study and monitor the impacts of starry stonewort on New York State ecosystems. The grant, which will be completed by the Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), is the largest in the region. Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) is an invasive macroalgae native

After collecting water samples on Honeoye Lake during a research internship last summer, Rylee Wernoch ’21 is assembling a rich context for her data, creating a traveling display to educate the regional community about the lake, its significance throughout history and the challenges of its conservation. “The lake is a huge reason many students choose HWS,

A public talk on the importance of pollinators, specifically honey bees, to our food supply will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hydrant Hose Bingo Hall, 79 Geneva St., Geneva. Sarah Meyer, Fribolin Farm program manager at Hobart and William Smith College, will discuss the vital impact of pollinators on

Professor of Environmental Studies John Halfman was featured on a segment on WROC-TV News 8 on May 3 as a part of a Weather Week segment, discussing how climate change is a leading contributor to the increase of toxic algae in the Finger Lakes. For the past 25 years, Halfman has been measuring water temperatures

Villages, towns and cities around Seneca Lake now have a fulltime advocate for the management of their water supply’s health and longevity. As the Seneca Watershed Steward, Ian Smith will be coordinating regional efforts to preserve Seneca Lake as a clean source of water. Hired in early 2019, Smith reports to the executive committee of

Farm-grown, locally raised beef, pork and chicken were in the spotlight at The Farmer and Chef Fair: Cut, Prep, Pair, held in the My Kitchen demonstration and cooking space at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on March 9. The informal event hosted by HWS’ Finger Lakes Institute brought together home cooks, chefs, restauranteurs, food trucks