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The HWS Update

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

Rylee Wernoch ’21 has secured a position at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. In a position hosted by the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, Rylee Wernoch ’21 has joined a cohort of 30 recent college graduates who are working to conserve the Chesapeake Bay. Wernoch will work at the Smithsonian Environmental Research

Geneva Reads, a community literacy group, hosts a Community Read each March. This year, in collaboration with Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne and the Year of Water, the book selected is “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan. The New York Times 2017 Book Club Pick discusses the past

The Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice hosts the first presentations by this year’s Faculty Fellows on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Robinson Murphy and Visiting Assistant Professor of English Taylor Brorby will address this year’s Fisher Center theme, “The Drowned World,” with their respective talks, “Climate Change and

Two new art exhibitions were recently unveiled at a reception at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. Recurrent: Prints & Artist’s Books by Amanda Maciuba is on display at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House until Friday, Feb. 28. Maciuba’s work is concerned with the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental issues prevalent through the United States.

On the island of San Salvador, 12 HWS students and 7 undergraduates from Winthrop University are conducting field research during the “Geology of the Bahamas” course with Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens and Professor of Geology at Winthrop University Diana Boyer. As one of the easternmost islands of the Bahamas, San Salvador is also

The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (SWIO) are launching a new education and training series to address local water pollution prevention. Funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), the Water Quality Pollution Prevention in the Seneca-Keuka Watershed workshop series will engage municipal leaders to better understand threats to

As part of “Introduction to Social Documentary,” students wrote, filmed, edited and produced an original documentary in conjunction with the Year of Water initiative. Through interviews with community members, “Blooms” tells the story of how sectors of the Geneva community – including nonprofits, government, citizen action groups, businesses and others – have come together to

The Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice continues its 2019-20 exploration of the theme, “The Drowned World: Water, Politics, and the Future,” with speakers and events throughout the spring semester. Aligning with the campus-wide Year of Water theme, “The Drowned World” spotlights water as a conduit for connection, the undercurrent of life. From struggles

Encouraging high school youth to fight climate change is the goal of the Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit, held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Summit is sponsored by HWS, the Finger Lakes Institute, Siemens, Wyckoff Family Foundation and the WILD Center. Fifteen teams from communities across the Finger Lakes,