Winter in Wooster: Answering the Hypotheticals No One’s Ever Asked

Caroline Ward, S&E Editor What’s the biggest snowman you could make before the snow collapsed in on itself? Let’s start with a hypothetical. Say you are an undergraduate college student at a generic liberal arts college in the Midwest. And say you are starting to feel a little lonely – it’s okay, we all do.Continue reading “Winter in Wooster: Answering the Hypotheticals No One’s Ever Asked”

An Interview with Wooster’s New Science Librarian, Ian McCullough

Zoë Jurkowski, S&E Editor Ten days ago, Ian McCullough was officially named the College of Wooster’s new science librarian. McCullough’s time at Wooster started in August of 2021, but his expertise spans well beyond his current occupation. Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to interview him about his goals for his new position, advice forContinue reading “An Interview with Wooster’s New Science Librarian, Ian McCullough”

Retrofitted Wooster waste-water facility generates renewable energy

Caroline Ward, S&E editor In 2013, the City of Wooster partnered with quasar energy group, a Cleveland-based waste-to-energy company, with the goal of retrofitting its pre-existing water-waste facility into a virtual water resource recovery facility. Construction finished in 2014, transforming the waste-water plant into a fully energy-self- sufficient operation capable of generating an annual 5,256Continue reading Retrofitted Wooster waste-water facility generates renewable energy

A quick guide to the emerging, political solarpunk genre

Jonathan Logan, S&E editor Solarpunk: a genre at the crossroads of it all Science fiction is not just about science. While most of its famous works hinge on one or more advanced technology(ies), the genre is not so much about science as it is about speculating about our current reality and how it might beContinue reading “A quick guide to the emerging, political solarpunk genre”

Retrojournalism: the Science & Environment section’s first article

Jonathan Logan, S&E Editor Pierre-Simon Laplace, the French scholar and mathematician, engaged in a thought experiment nearly 220 years ago. In this particular thought experiment, he imagined the Earth’s atmosphere as a film of fluid enveloping the planet. You might picture this idea with a phenomenon from a well-known video game: Super Mario Galaxy. InContinue reading “Retrojournalism: the Science & Environment section’s first article”

Reimagining American political organization through watersheds

Jonathan Logan, S&E Editor Perhaps one of the great tragedies of our time is a lack of imagination in how we politically organize ourselves. Modern nation-states are delineated by hard and fast borders, lines in the sand. The current world map, and this is true at local levels as well, is drawn based on compassContinue reading “Reimagining American political organization through watersheds”

A Fall-themed Q&A with Wooster’s Science Editor

Caroline Ward, Science & Environment Editor Why do leaves change colors? During the spring and summer, leaves serve as food-making factories, creating energy for the growth of their host tree through the process of photosynthesis. Leaf cells contain chlorophyll (the chemical that gives them their green hue), which extracts energy from absorbed sunlight. This energyContinue reading “A Fall-themed Q&A with Wooster’s Science Editor”

Grounding Climate Futures in Wooster’s Meteorological Past

Jonathan Logan, Science and Environment Editor The Fourth of July 1969. A line of thunderstorms sporadically appear over Lake Erie in the late afternoon before coalescing and shooting toward Wayne County. The fast-moving system is characterized by straight-line wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour and torrential rainfall. Meteorologists call these types ofContinue reading “Grounding Climate Futures in Wooster’s Meteorological Past”

Bats head indoors as Ohio climate turns cold and hibernation begins

Caroline Ward, Science Editor At this point, most College of Wooster students have heard about, seen or perhaps even been bitten by a bat living in the bathroom or stairwell of their residence hall. The average student may wonder how and why these airborne mammals are finding their way in–after all, who would ever willinglyContinue reading “Bats head indoors as Ohio climate turns cold and hibernation begins”

William J. Robertson Nature Preserve connects locals to the outdoors

Jonathan Logan, Science Editor Mayor William Robertson, Jim Trogdon of Rittman, Ohio, and I, Jonathan Davis Logan, drive up to the water’s edge in a new electric golf cart. We stand on the shore of one of 13 ponds that cover the roughly 200-acre area now known as the William J. Robertson Nature Preserve. JustContinue reading “William J. Robertson Nature Preserve connects locals to the outdoors”