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Taking a break from my usual work related posts to add a few vacation pics. As an undergrad I majored in geography and have always wanted to see the Andes so Janice and I signed-up for a Field Guides trip that included Machu Picchu and birding up and over the Abra Malaga Pass. The mountains […]

The shadows cast by sexual assault and harassment loom long after the behavior itself stops. That message has echoed across the #MeToo movement, and it has resounded with particular clarity in academe. Women who have experienced harassment have described its often-invisible professional repercussions — skipped conferences, spurned research opportunities, fractured personal networks. The Chronicle spoke with three women about […]

 How do you turn a shopping mall into a 21st-century classroom? For Austin Community College, in Texas, the answer includes lots of open space, a large computer lab, and a commitment to individual attention. In the college’s ACCelerator, which opened in 2014, instructors work with small groups of students, at their own pace, to […]

Over the past few years I have gotten to know several amazing “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children illegally by their parents. Sadhana Singh is one whose dignity and charisma makes an impression with all those she meets. I have known Sadhana for a couple years through interviewing students with Deferred Action […]

The latest Chronicle of Higher Education report is out, this one on adult students is by Goldie Blumenstyk.

Anxiety eclipses depression among college students, and the number who say it’s overwhelming them is on the rise. Campus counseling centers confront many challenges in trying to serve students, not the least of which is that mental health still has a stigma on campuses. Here are the voices of five students explaining how they cope, […]

Trying to leverage sympathetic democratic senators, DACA recipients and their supports staged days of sit-ins and peaceful protests hoping to get a clean vote on the Dream Act. Here is a link to the photo essay from one day on Capitol Hill.

When the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center opened this fall at the University of Maryland at College Park, students were not the only ones learning.

It’s hard to separate a college from the college town – or in this case the University of Virginia from Charlottesville. Here even the mayor is an adjunct professor. So as the town braces for what could be a significant gathering of the alt-right on August 12th residents talked about how they got to where […]

I’d been thinking about school choice and how to possible explore the issue. K-12 isn’t usually part of our mission since we focus on higher education, but when the U. Rochester mentioned this program in a pitch to interview their president, I had to find out more. There continue to be significant challenges for this […]

There was more than one set of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker at the March for Science and that made the event even more wonderful. Second in size only to the Women’s March, this celebration of the importance of research and facts was well attended, despite a steady rain. Here is the picture […]

This year I attended the March for Life  for our sister publication, The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The story was on groups that oppose abortion see opportunity under Trump.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. Below the sea of pink, connections to academe were easily found below the surface.  Here is a photo essay from the day.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of […]

DeVos Takes Center Stage: Highlights From Her Confirmation Hearing

I read and watched a lot of stories out of West Virginia out of the election and all were focusing on red vs. blue politics. I wanted to put a face on the story and hear firsthand what is going on in rural Appalachia. Ikie Brooks took me on a tour of his town and […]

Inside SisterMentors, a nonprofit group that mentors girls from low-income families and helps women complete their dissertations. Shireen K. Lewis is dedicated to increasing the number of minority women who have earned Ph.D.s. As founder of the nonprofit SisterMentors, Ms. Lewis takes a holistic approach, helping minority girls realize and develop their talents. The organization […]

Immigrant students share what college means to them, and their fears as they wait for Donald J. Trump and his administration to take office. One of the women came to the United States on her own when she was 15; others came as children, brought to this country by their parents. They are known as […]

                                I had great plans for photographing spring migration, but I had more rain-outs than I can count. It was always worth the adventure – just to be out. Seeing firsthand the relationship between the migrating Red Knots and the spawning […]

Now that graduations are in full swing and summer is upon us, I have a couple minutes to catch-up and reflect on my work form the past five months. First it was an amazing honor to have ‘Ask Me’ be a finalist for a Webby Award. As you can see were were in good company. […]

Janice Lloyd wrote a nice Q & A off of our Cuba Trip. From what i have read it sounds like we beat the rush! Cuba is well worth the adventure. Let’s just hope they keep seeing preserving their natural resources as a priority.  

Our trip to Cuba was not to take photographs, it was to help with the Christmas Bird Count, but Cuba is a photographers dream. I had to take a few snaps. In our free time Janice and I did as much wandering as we could. Our routine went something like this – gather at 6:00 […]

I was the most excited about heading two hours west of Havana to the rural are of Viñales, known for limestone hills called Mogotes. The Hotel Jasmine did not disappoint with its spectacular views of the valley. Birding in this region included navigating many pigs who were always more curious than threatening. Birds in this […]

The second region we travelled to was Playa Larga, using the Hotel Playa Larga as our base – one of the hotel’s cinderblock chalets is pictured below.   We saw the smallest bird in the world – the Bee Hummingbird while birding at Bermeja. On a sunset dash out to find Cuban Parakeets, I got some […]