Student Voices

It is Hard to Eliminate Fake News, but We Will Still Try to Fight Against It

by |October 26th, 2017

It is difficult to estimate how detrimental fake news has been to the world, but it is almost undeniable that it is playing an influential role. Fake news is not a fresh invention, but the internet has made it more prevalent and accessible than ever before. Controversial issues like climate change are frequently the battleground for the truth.

Welcome to the Jungle – We’ve Got Fun and Rain

by |August 24th, 2017

Five weeks prior to the storm, I arrived at our field site in the remote northern corridor of the Guatemalan jungle, excited to embark on a journey of piecing together the story of ancient Mayan life. Full of energy and excitement, I unloaded box after box of scientific equipment from our helicopter and stumbled down the muddy, root-strewn trail to the site’s wooden-framed laboratory. Tasked with studying the ancient climate at the site, our team began a six-week process of excavating noteworthy archaeological areas and drilling sediment cores for soil analyses.

Meet Mr. Madden, Mr. Julian and Their Oscillation

by |August 18th, 2017

It is crucial for the general public to understand that climate science is not a distant and mysterious subject, but something that directly impacts their lives.

When Mapping and Modesty Don’t Mix: A Lesson in Self-Promotion

by |August 16th, 2017

When I tell friends, family, or strangers about the work I’ve been doing, the reactions all tend to be something along the lines of, “wow, GIS! Sounds interesting…what is it?” I always respond with a speech that, after having recited it dozens of times, is very well rehearsed.

Increasing Women’s Representation in Cannabis Will Help the Industry – and It May Save Lives

by |August 14th, 2017

How do you regulate workers’ rights in an illegal office? How do you enforce bodily autonomy, safety, and well-being when you’re not sure where a company operates or how many people they employ? How do you report crime in the workplace when there’s no HR department, and every police department within 100 miles is turning a blind eye?

Building a Resilient New York City Begins At The Water’s Edge

by |August 13th, 2017

Any New York City history buff can tell you how closely the city’s fortunes are intertwined with the rivers and estuaries that snake around the five boroughs. Manhattan alone has 32 miles of coastline, but public access to that waterfront has fallen under the shadow of expressways on both the east and west sides of the island.

In 2017, New York’s waterways are a shadow of what they once were, and that could spell disaster.

Can We Design an AlphaGo to Forecast Floods?

by |August 8th, 2017

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are some of the hottest topics in the past few decades. They have caught wide attention because their applications as diverse as data mining, self-driving cars, fingerprint identification, financial services and other fields.

As the U.S. Withdraws from the Paris Agreement, the World Turns to California to Fight Climate Change. But Should It?

by |August 7th, 2017

“SACRAMENTO – The Governor has left the state” – Governor’s Press Office.

That was the message in the inbox of all office staff one weekend in early June, to notify that Governor Jerry Brown was headed to Beijing to discuss climate change and diplomacy with Chinese officials. The event was rare. Governors rarely travel abroad for international diplomacy.

How I Stopped Trying to Reduce Disaster in my Internship

by |August 1st, 2017

Transitioning from one career path to going back to graduate school and then trying to re-establish myself in another industry was terrifying. I felt enormous pressure to make the most of my internship.

The Social Side of Climate Adaptation

by |July 29th, 2017

Although the Atlantic Forest covers 463,000 square miles of Brazil’s eastern coast and supports around 60 percent of the country’s threatened animal species, it is not as celebrated as the Amazon Rainforest. Like the Amazon, it is one of the most biologically diverse and productive ecosystems in the world.