Category Archives: society

Mountaintop removal mining: what it looks like and what it does to Appalachian streams

This semester I’m teaching Environmental Earth Science to a fantastic group of students at Kent State. In tomorrow’s class about fossil fuels, we’ll be talking about coal formation, use, and environmental consequences. A big one I think they should be … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, environment, hydrology, society, teaching

Megaphones, broken records and the problem with institutional amplification of sexism and racism

This week in the science communication world has been a broken record, playing over again a suite of unappealing sounds designed to again remind people of color and women that they are not seen as equal members of the scientific … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, ranting, society

Puerto Rico sends the Caribbean a sobering seismic anniversary present

Four years ago on Sunday, Haiti, and particularly its capital, Port-au-Prince, was devastated by a shallow magnitude 7.0 earthquake, which killed many tens, and possibly hundreds of thousands of people*, and left more than a million people homeless. Even today, … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, focal mechanisms, geohazards, society

Festering Questions from the West Virginia Chemical Spill

The massive impact of last week’s chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia continues to cause hardship for the up to 300,000 people affected by the water ban and to pose tough questions for scientists and authorities involved … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, hydrology, public science, society

No. Whatever it is this time, it really can’t predict earthquakes.

One of the courses I’m teaching each semester here in Kent is called ‘Earth Dynamics': an introductory-level geology course aimed at the broader undergraduate population. With that in mind, I try to identify and highlight areas where the topic at … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, ranting, society, teaching