CRASR NewsSustainability in the Swamp Teacher Workshop
The Sustainability in the Swamp Teacher Workshop will be held February 21-22 (Friday-Saturday) 2014 at the Lake Waco Wetlands. Deadline for applications will be December 15, 2013. Pls see link for further information and application.
Ruth Patrick, 105, a Pioneer in Science and Pollution Control Efforts, Is Dead
Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, died on Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Article by William Dickie, The New York Times.
Whales record major life events in their earwax
Now, for the first time researchers have used the earwax to study a whale's exposure to ocean contaminants from birth to death. "This has opened the floodgates for doing some great analysis," says Sascha Usenko of Baylor University, Waco, Texas. "Now we can look at the impact of ocean contaminants on these organisms historically, which has always been very hard to address." Please see article by Alyssa A Botelho for full details.
Baylor Environmental Science Professor Earns Prestigious Fulbright Award
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research during the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Please see article by Tonya B. Lewis for full details.
PPCP workshop for educators held in Corpus Christi
On June 14th, 10 educators attended a workshop in Corpus Christi, TX to learn about PPCP's in the environment. The educators were a mix of both formal classroom teachers from area school districts and informal educators from the Texas Master Naturalist Program. Complete report by Melissa Mullins, Baylor University Environmental Educator, in Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant & University of Illinois Extension.
Toxic Driveways? Cities Ban Coal Tar Sealants
Studies suggest a common sealant using coal tar contains hazardous chemicals that elevate lifetime cancer risk. So some cities and states are banning its use. The product gradually wears off and breaks down into particles that are washed off by rain into streams, blown by wind or tracked into homes on the soles of shoes. Complete report by Wendy Koch, Sci-Tech Today