The software company supporting the U.S. Forest Service’s online tree mapping software has featured on its blog the work of Amos Almy 2013 on the Ursinus campus tree inventory. The work highlights interesting environmental mapping projects using the company’s software. Inspired by an article on tree mapping in Central Park, New York, Amos wanted to map the trees on Ursinus College’s wooded campus. With the support of Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Patrick Hurley, he turned his idea into an independent research project.
Associate Professor of Politics Jonathan Marks continues his series of essays on topics related to liberal education in Inside Higher Ed. “To Professors of Asian American Studies” published May 16, questions the reaction to an Association for Asian American Studies resolution to boycott Israeli academic organizations, and argues in favor of public conversations.
Rising junior Jack Meyer, who is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, has written a review of the movie The Great Gatsby. The main problem with Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is that it hovers in a gray area between outrageous spectacle and melodrama. Read what else he writes here.
Professor of Theater Domenick Scudera wrote an article called “Teaching While Gay,” published in the May 13 Chronicle of Higher Education. He writes about the difficulty, as a gay professor, leading open classroom discussions in which students express opinions on homosexuality. The article can be found at http://chronicle.com/article/Teaching-While-Gay/139097/ .
The Atlantic mentions Ursinus Visiting Assistant Professor of English Donald Zolidis (with playwright Christopher Durang) in an article about humorist David Sedaris. Zolidis is mentioned as a playwright whose monologues are done frequently in high schools because the characters showcase acting skills.
The public interest journalism site Pro Publica has noted Ursinus in an article about Admissions. The Admissions Arms Race: Six Ways Colleges Game their Numbers, outlines ways that other colleges try to pump up admission numbers, but states that Ursinus College has dropped a fast-track application and added an essay requirement, resisting the pressure to join these other colleges.
In light of a new book about Bruce Springsteen by Peter Carlin, the Allentown, Pa. newspaper notes that before he was named a rock sensation by Time Magazine in 1975, he played Helferrich Hall. The Perkiomen Valley patch picks up the story, and throwback photos: http://perkiomenvalley.patch.com/articles/bruce-springsteen-at-ursinus-college#photo-14046735
Associate Professor of Politics Jonathan Marks continues his series of essays on topics related to liberal education in Inside Higher Ed. A column published April 18 discusses the relationship between civic engagement and liberal education and how these two pursuits can support each other at liberal arts colleges.
Ursinus Environmental Studies is in the news this week. the Education Life section of the New York Times featured online a photograph by student Sarah Huang 2014.
Also this week Ursinus is mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer sustainability column for recycling clothing as part of Move-Out. The column states: “From the University of Pennsylvania to Drexel University to Ursinus College and beyond, officials and students are setting up collections and, in some cases, sales with proceeds benefiting charity.”
Professor Matt Strassler blogged about his recent visit to Ursinus College’s Center for Science and the Common Good. He reveals how — and why — he tailored his typical Higgs boson lecture for the Center for Science and the Common Good crowd. He calls the Center “an impressive little program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.”