February 9, 2022

Weekly Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars Show Breadth of Faculty Expertise

Each semester, WCU’s Office of Sustainability (OoS) organizes a number of events that promote environmental awareness and climate consciousness; encourage commuting alternatives; promote reduced consumption of resources as well as reuse and recycling; and other “green” subjects. Among these are weekly Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars that feature WCU experts in various fields as well as some non-WCU guest speakers.

Sustainability Seminars at West Chester 2022Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars take place every Wednesday at noon (except spring break week, 3/16/22) via Zoom or in person in Sykes 255 A/B, except the March 30 seminar, which will be in Sykes 252. At 50 minutes each, they introduce an array of topics related to sustainability in easily digestible segments. They are free and open to both campus and community. All programs are recorded and posted on the OoS Sustainability Education tab. Scroll down for the Zoom link.

Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha, psychology professor, launched the 2022 spring series on February 2, discussing her research into “Coping with Grief and Loneliness: The Healing Power of Green Spaces.” Noting that “We are wired to interact with nature, water, plants, animals, and other people,” she pointed out that people spending just two hours a week outdoors report improved psychological well-being. Her students Georgina Hanna, Katherine Ford, Carolyn Cusmano, and Nicole Lyman also presented their research in the emerging field of eco-therapy.

This week, on February 9, Megan Fork, assistant professor of biology, talks about her research on microplastic aquatic pollutants in “Invisible Trash: Emerging Contaminants in Streams and Rivers.”

Below is the complete spring 2022 Sustainability Research and Practice Seminars series.

Zoom link: https://wcupa.zoom.us/j/93758729168?pwd=S2haNG8rVmRxenQ2ekkwSEZVb3lxdz09

Meeting ID: 937 5872 9168

Passcode: 432173


February 16

Christina Rosan, Temple University Department of Geography and Urban Studies, and Professor Megan Heckert, Geography & Planning: Planning for Resilience and Equity through Accessible Community Technology: A Research Agenda


February 23

Tonya Thames-Taylor, History: Removing Confederate Statues, Now What? Sustainability and Reimagining Space


March 2

Heather Wholey, Anthropology and Sociology: Climate Crisis Impacts to Cultural Heritage Resources: Think Globally, Act Locally


March 9

Tabassum Ruby, Women’s and Gender Studies, with students Madeline Mulcahey and Christine Recchi: Considering Sustainability from the Perspective of Accountability: Rethinking Consumerism and the Environment


March 23

Alex Cohen, Marketing: How Inaccessible Retailer Websites Affect Blind and Low-Vision Consumers: Their Perceptions and Responses


March 30 (location change: Sykes 252)

Jason A. Bartles, Languages and Cultures: Climate Fiction and Solarpunk: Imagining Pathways toward Brighter Futures


April 6

Seth Jacobson, Director, WCU Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact: Student Basic Needs Insecurity at West Chester University


April 13

Michelle O’Connor Kensey, Nursing: Incorporating Global Sustainable Healthcare Practices of Skin-to-Skin Care after Childbirth into a Small Suburban U.S. Hospital


April 20

Lauri Hyers, Psychology, with students Shannon Hoffman, Hannah Brown, Alyssa Caporellie, Lindsay Corkery, and Katherine Nuzhny: Effects of Environmental Volunteerism on Well-being and Climate Change Efficacy


April 27

Rodney Mader, English: Local Botany and the Posthuman


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