Virtual Solutions for Real World Problems

By Morgan Spehar Imagine standing on a boat, the waves moving you back and forth and up and down with just enough force that it is almost impossible to concentrate on anything but the movement. In people with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, or MdDS, this sensation can last for months or years at a time on dry land, and the longer the sensation persists, the … Continue reading Virtual Solutions for Real World Problems

Professor Speaks on the Plight of Lizards at Science Cafe

By Morgan Spehar Don Miles described standing in front of the coffee-drinking crowd at Front Room as, “a little like being a Costco salesperson,” because of the tiny microphone hooked around his ear that allowed him to speak up over the sounds of beans being ground and drinks being poured. But he wasn’t there to talk about the $1.50 hotdog. Miles, a biology professor at … Continue reading Professor Speaks on the Plight of Lizards at Science Cafe

OU Students Give Back at Peabody Wildlife Opening

By Morgan Spehar On Nov. 16, a group of 10 students from Ohio University – most of whom were members of the Ohio University Sierra Student Coalition (OUSSC) – joined two Forest Service employees to volunteer at the Peabody Wildlife Opening. They did all kinds of work, everything from cleaning out bird boxes to cutting down Autumn olive (an invasive shrub) to gathering grasses for … Continue reading OU Students Give Back at Peabody Wildlife Opening

Forecasting the Future

by Morgan Spehar Adam Brokaw has known he wanted to be a meteorologist since he was 9 years old, when he used to watch the Weather Channel for fun. Now a fifth-year senior at Ohio University, Brokaw is set to graduate in December with a degree in meteorology. “It was very math and physics heavy,” he said. “But that made me more interested in meteorology … Continue reading Forecasting the Future

Athens Came Together for Global Climate Strike

By Morgan Spehar Global Climate Strike As millions of people across the world skipped school and walked out of work to protest climate change and demand an end to fossil fuel use Friday, the Athens community did their part.  The international protest was part of the Fridays for Future campaign, a movement that encourages young people to walk out of school on Fridays to draw … Continue reading Athens Came Together for Global Climate Strike

Vernal Pools at Ohio University

by Morgan Spehar A short hike away from the observatory, down a trail so overgrown it is hard to see where the path begins, lie two basins of receding water, surrounded by rings of cracked mud with lush plant life growing throughout. At first glance, they look like naturally occurring ponds, but upon further inspection there seem to be less natural looking hills and troughs … Continue reading Vernal Pools at Ohio University