Last Saturday, when the weather was uncharacteristically mild, Dr. Scholes and I led a KC Wildlands workday out at Swope Park. I was was fortuitously paired with the gung-ho Americorps group, members of which were more than willing to scramble up limestone formations to kill invasive honeysuckle trees. They were hard workers, and I think they enjoyed every minute of it. They even offered to come talk to RU Honors students about Americorps, since our students are so predisposed to doing (and loving!) service.
Friday, February 14, 2014
This weekend, three honors students and I were slated to attend the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Honors Conference at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. We were supposed to leave yesterday, have a short layover in D.C., and then head to NY. Unfortunately, the weather on the east coast did not cooperate and Dulles Airport shut down yesterday morning. The airline rescheduled our flight for an arrival in Buffalo tomorrow evening, after the conference! So, needless to say, we are unfortunately unable to make it. It's really disappointing because this is such an amazing experience for our honors students. Next year, at least it'll be held in New Orleans, which should be much easier to successfully get to (I hope!).
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Please be sure to explore the blogs for my Evolution class' service-learning projects (linked below)! They are contributing to grid-computing endeavors that are helping to treat disease and predict global climate change. It's fascinating stuff, so I recommend checking them out!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Wednesday, my snake, Monty, and I went to Monarch Montessori school to talk to the kids (two classes, ages ranging from 2 to 7) about herpetology. They were able to recite the words "herpetology" and "Monty" in unison, and then I got Monty out of my backpack and things got exciting. Nearly all of them wanted to pet him, even many who initially claimed to be afraid of snakes. While half of them lined up to pet Monty or tickle his tummy, the others used my snake tongs to practice picking up (fake) snakes like little herpetologists. Pictured below are three kiddos who came back for second and third pets, and Dr. Salem's daughter, Allison, giving Monty a back scratch.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
On Saturday afternoon, several Kansas City Wildlands volunteers (myself included) braved the frigid temperatures and helped lots of local families chop down their own invasive native cedar Christmas trees. Despite temp's in the single digits, we had a great turnout and were able to raise a respectable amount in donations for Kansas City Wildlands, a non-profit program under Bridging the Gap that works to protect, maintain and restore the wild areas in the KC metro area. These trees are native to the area but they tend to out-compete the rest of the natural vegetation, especially in prairies and grasslands, so they need to be culled out occasionally. And what better time than the Christmas season to chop down cedar trees!
Monday, December 2, 2013
All Souls Universalist Unitarian Church about the evolution of altruism yesterday morning (to be broadcast on KKFI 90.1 at noon next Wednesday). But after that, I went to Arrowhead stadium with some friends and witnessed a heartbreaking Chiefs loss to their Division rivals, the Denver Broncos. At every other game I've been to this season, we've been celebrating and giving high-fives to strangers on our way out to the car. This time, however, we were all hanging our heads. We've got four more games to go, though; so we should end this season at 13-3!