The Power of Belief

by Luvina Cooley College move-in is an exciting time for new freshmen. For many, this is their first time away from home, their first time being exposed to new situations and a time for them to discover themselves. However, the first six to eight weeks of the fall semester are also defined by, “The Red Zone.” This is the time that students, especially freshmen, are … Continue reading The Power of Belief

Wildlife Rehabilitation in an Unlikely Place

by Elizabeth Watkins Discovering the hidden gems in one’s community can help people gain insight into activities and programs that they may have never known existed. Similar to people, local businesses can be much more than they appear at first glance.  This is the case with Silver Serpent Exotic Gifts, a popular exotic gift shop on Court Street. They sell mostly smoking and e-cigarette accessories. … Continue reading Wildlife Rehabilitation in an Unlikely Place

Pollution Prevention Week 2019

by Anna Birk Residents in Athens county had the opportunity to learn more about sustainability through Pollution Prevention Week, September 16 through September 20. Wednesday, September 18, Guy Riefler spoke at the first Science Cafe of the year, held in Front Room Coffeehouse.  Guy Riefler is a professor in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of Civil Engineering at Ohio University. His … Continue reading Pollution Prevention Week 2019

Painting a Better Landscape

by Hailee Sorensen At the first Science Cafe of the 2019 fall semester, Dr. Guy Riefler spoke about the contributions of his group to the water contamination crisis that is taking place just outside of the Athens Ohio University campus. Dr. Riefler has been a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering for OHIO since September 2000 and is currently the chair of this department. … Continue reading Painting a Better Landscape

Athens Is Looking Toward the Future

by Anna Birk The beginning of the academic year not only means an influx of students in Athens, but also a higher output of waste. Water waste and trash waste are two main issues contributing to pollution in the city of Athens. To tackle this issue head-on, the United States Environmental Protection Agency passed the Pollution Prevention Act in 1990. This was intended to combat … Continue reading Athens Is Looking Toward the Future

A Letter From the Editors

Hello, and thanks for joining us! Our names are Morgan Spehar, Jayne Yerrick and Sianna Mills and we are the editors (and founders!) of The Athens Effect, Ohio University’s only student-run science publication. This publication began in 2018, when the three of us were freshmen. We came on to campus with a passion for writing about science, environmentalism, psychology, sociology and research, but noticed there … Continue reading A Letter From the Editors