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Iowa’s Cool – Except When It’s Hot

The run-up to the Iowa caucuses is when all the presidential candidates remind us how cool they think Iowa is. (At least they say Iowa is cool, but we can’t be sure that the latter signifies the former.) Bernie Sanders said so four or five times on Thursday at a rally in Central Park in Grinnell. To justify the title of this essay, let me note that he also commented on the heat (it was 90 F) in the context of advocating for universal health care, suspecting that some of his audience were going to suffer heat strokes.

We can create blogs!

I'm very excited to announce that we can now create blogs on the website! These blogs aren't for individuals necessarily, but rather those who wish to blog under the institutional umbrella. For instance, the Center for Prairie Studies has a Director's Corner and the Faulconer Gallery has a Director's Blog called "Art Worlds Every Day," both of which were on the retro site and can now be supported on the new site.

Environmental Studies in Woods Hole & at Sea (SEA Semester)

Why choose SEA Semester?

  • Explore the largest unexplored area on Earth, the global ocean, on the leading undergraduate program in marine environmental studies.
  • Interdisciplinary shipboard learning community
  • Gain authentic research experience in different subject areas.
  • Develop teamwork, problem-solving and skills while learning seamanship.
  • Program options serving a variety of different interests in the European, Caribbean, Polynesian or New Zealand regions.

Semester in Environmental Science

  • The Semester in Environmental Science Program (SES) is offered by the Ecosystems Center, the ecological research arm of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international institution for research and education in biology founded in 1888. In addition to MBL's permanent scientific staff of over 100, the Ecosystems Center is staffed by 13 senior scientific personnel who collaborate on more than 30 federally funded research projects.