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Drennen on Home Heating Prices

A recent article about concerns over winter energy prices features commentary by Professor of Economics and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program Thomas Drennen. The article, which appeared in the Daily Messenger newspaper, notes worries about what energy will cost this winter are already high. "Across upstate New York worries about the upcoming winter energy bill ranks high, with 75 percent...  More >>

Pichardo ’15, Helfrich Design a School

Since the spring, Jericsson Pichardo '15 and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joel Helfrich have worked on a project to help the nearby Rochester City School District (RCSD) open a new public school, the Rochester River School. Its curriculum will draw from that being developed by the Institute for Humane Education for schools it plans to open in New York City in two years, as well as...  More >>

HWS Explores Solar Energy

HWS was recently awarded a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for a proposed solar array project. As designed, the proposed project would be one of the largest single solar projects in New York State, comprising 8,000 panels on approximately 10 acres of land at the recently acquired Fribolin farm property on White Springs Lane. An open forum to discu...  More >>

Burgess '15 Interns with NYC DEP

Biology major Morgan Burgess '15 recently completed a 10-week internship with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, working in the Microbiology Department. After demonstrating the skills and knowledge that she has gained as an HWS student, Burgess was given the opportunity to receive training in laboratory techniques for the City of New York - a privilege normally reserved f...  More >>

Ecofeminism, Veganism Discussion

Hoping to broaden the focus of HWS Food Week 2014, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joel Helfrich has organized a discussion titled, "Ecofeminism and Veganism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth." The event, which is open to the public, brings social ecofeminist educators and activists pattrice jones and Lori Gruen to campus to lead a discussion on Friday, Oct. 17...  More >>

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PROFILES

Anna Dorman
Anna Dorman '13
International Relations & Environmental Studies Double Major
Economics and Middle Eastern Studies Double Minor
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Amman, Jordan
I chose to study abroad in Jordan because it brought together all of the components that I had been studying at the Colleges perfectly. I took intensive Arabic courses, as well as courses in modernization and social change in Jordan. The most incredible part of my experience was the opportunity to live with a Jordanian family - they truly made me feel welcome. Going abroad was one of the best academic and personal decisions I’ve ever made.
Extracurricular
I’m currently the president of the HWS Debate Team and of the Americans for Informed Democracy club. I am a civic leader though CCESL and an outreach coordinator for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I’m also an environmental representative through the Office of Sustainability, a member of Campus Greens, and a member of the William Smith Congress.
Research
I’m currently doing summer research with Professor Beth Kinne on hydrofracking in New York and Pennsylvania. I also completed an independent study with Professor John Halfman on changes in the Seneca Lake watershed in the past decade, and I completed an independent study while I was in Jordan on food security in Jordan.
Middle Eastern Studies
The course “Comparative Politics of the Middle East” with Professor Stacey Philbrick Yadav was my introduction to Middle Eastern politics, and I found it absolutely fascinating. Prior to this class, I never would have imagined that I would study abroad in Jordan!