ucsb’s kuris discusses research

Dr. Armand Kuris, speaking at the College of the Environment at Wesleyan University on December 3, 2018. Photo by Laurie Kenney.

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. Continue reading “ucsb’s kuris discusses research”

wes students, physical plant workers collaborate on performance project

ENVS197 & Forklift Danceworks performance (12.3.18)

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.

As an alternative to a final project, the students worked with employees for an hour each week, and collaborated on a live in-class performance for a standing-room-only crowd of onlookers on November 30 at Exley Science Center.

This is the second collaborative project between the COE and Forklift Danceworks. In 2016, Wesleyan students partnered with city water and sewer workers for a performance-based project.