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

What It Takes To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

By Elle Dickerman A typical summer morning on the Athens campus of Ohio University consists of warm sunshine, a few students making their way to class and the occasional runner enjoying the riverside bike path. But on June 23, 2015, a group of protestors gathered outside the Lausche Heating Plant west of campus with signs and passionate voices. The construction of a pipeline, which would … Continue reading What It Takes To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

The Uncertain Future of One of Athens’s Last Untouched Streams

By Sean Hollowell The forest is quiet around County Road 68 near Glouster, Ohio. The leaves have fallen from the trees, and there isn’t a car running for miles around. Every little sound carries through the woods. A woodpecker taps a tree once, twice, and then decides to search for a new place to eat.  Every once in a while something, a squirrel probably, rustles … Continue reading The Uncertain Future of One of Athens’s Last Untouched Streams

A Silent Academic Killer: Test Anxiety

By Anna Birk Finals week: a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of college students everywhere..  what makes this week so feared? Why do students dread taking tests, rather than embracing their knowledge?  For freshman student, Austin Wilson, taking a test is concurrent with a ride at an amusement park.  “It’s kind of like a rollercoaster and your brain doesn’t process what is happening. … Continue reading A Silent Academic Killer: Test Anxiety

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

Conservation Biology Takes Flight at Dr. Joseph Johnson’s “BatLab”

By Katelyn Rousch While the BatLab at Ohio University might not be the hideout for a certain iconic Gotham vigilante, it is home to a group of passionate conservation superheroes. Dr. Joseph Johnson and his grad students are all about studying and supporting the group that makes up nearly 25 percent of all mammal species: bats. To everyone besides mammalogists, this figure might be a … Continue reading Conservation Biology Takes Flight at Dr. Joseph Johnson’s “BatLab”

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

Locking Up the Innocent

by Jayne Yerrick Raymond Towler is not a criminal. But he spent 29 years of his life behind bars.  Wrongfully convicted for the rape and kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl, Towler was given a life sentence in 1981. Unfortunately, stories like Towler’s are far too common.  The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization with the mission to free wrongfully convicted people from prison, conservatively estimates that … Continue reading Locking Up the Innocent