In interesting news, scientists studying climate change have discovered that it appears that trees and other land-based plants slowed the growth of atmospheric carbon dioxide by absorbing 60 percent (rather than almost 50) of carbon dioxide produced between 2002-2014. In the article "Recent pause in the growth rate of atmospheric CO2 due to enhanced terrestrial carbon uptake," lead article scientist Trevor Keenan discusses some of the reasons this may be happening, from more plant growth in thawing Arctic regions, to changes in nutrient deposition in the soil, light quality, and ozone concentrations.
Working hard to complete your first research paper, presentation, or poster? You're not alone!
Not only does research itself involve learning (Just how unhealthy is my desire to eat bacon each morning?), but doing good research requires learning a lot about the research process (How do I know that the website I looked at has good data? If I need current statistics, where should I look first?)
Here are three COD students talking about what they learned about research in their first year.
Not sure what to do about some aspect of your research project, whether its getting started, finding data, or figuring out what counts as a scholarly source? Don't worry! Book a Research Appointment here or by using the button on the right side of the library home page and feel some of those nerves start to slip away.
Struggling to find information for your current paper/presentation/poster and want to make sure that you have a dedicated time to come in and talk? Book a Research Appointment here or by using the button on the right side of the library home page and feel some of those nerves start to slip away.
But citizens can do more for science than just collect data (as important as data collection is). By educating themselves in the research and infusing urgency into the process, citizen scientists can get involved in decisions about what gets researched, how research is conducted, and how results should be used. This pushes the bounds of citizen science in new and contentious ways.
Citizen participation in science-related decision-making can mean advocating for testing, as residents in Flint, Michigan, did when they realized that, despite their state Department of Environmental Quality’s claims, their water was contaminated with lead. It can mean loudly encouraging new research priorities, like AIDS activists did in the 1980s and some cancer patient advocates do today. Or it can mean funding the development of better air-quality samplers for use by communities near petrochemical facilities.
As we all have a role to play in public policy decisions, from what to do about vaccination rates among children to whether or not to support alternative energy projects, it's helpful for students to have experience with collecting and analyzing data in a meaningful way.
The article also includes some interesting citizen science projects for students, from earth science through biology to astronomy. Interested in finding more options? Zooniverse is still providing examples of projects that could use volunteers, or contact me to find more potential projects.
Want to know what library spaces our students liked the most? We asked, and heard surprisingly different responses from our students. Listen to our students as they explain what space they like best and why.
It’s the time of year when we notice the trees – the leaves changing color and the piles that need raking. Do you ever wonder “What kind of tree IS that?”
There are books, websites, databases, and even apps, which can assist in tree identification. By using observations and following a step-by-step process, most trees can be quickly identified. Check out a book from the COD Library. Here’s a list of items on display on the Lower Level of the Library.
Next time you are outside, look around and enjoy the changes of Autumn. Identify the trees in your yard so when you have to rake the leaves, you can call them by name.
Come by the Media Lab this Thursday between 9:30 and 4 to learn about our free digital media production tools. You can use the Media Lab to create video, design graphics, record music, learn to code, and much more. If you stop by, we'll also help you create a Lynda.com account that will give you free access to 1,000's of high-quality online technology tutorials. Rumor has it there will also be free candy (while supplies last)!
Here at College of DuPage, our first homecoming weekend was October 25 - 26, 1968 – just one year after the inception of the school. Since there was no official campus at that point, the festivities were rather spread out: a pep-rally mixer at the DuPage County Fairgrounds where the homecoming queen and her court were crowned, the football game at the West Chicago High School field, and a dinner dance at the Arlington Carousel in Arlington Heights.
By the mid-1970s, a number of factors coalesced to cause interest in homecoming to decline. College of DuPage was, and continues to be, a commuter college. Also, at this time the physical campus was still very much in the “interim” state, home games were played in Naperville since there was no football field. Enrollment was over 12,000 and the average age of the students was 25 – an age when many were married with children. In 1974, a discussion about the relevancy of homecoming can be seen in editorials in the Courier. The last homecoming took place in fall 1975.
For those first eight years, homecoming consisted of pep-rallies, homecoming courts, parades, bonfires, dinner dances, marching bands, cheerleaders, and of course the big game. Fast forward nearly 40 years to 2014, and the tradition of homecoming has been recreated for the College as it is today. Traditional elements have been updated and new opportunities added to provide students, alumni, faculty, and staff a chance to connect and celebrate our College.