Summer of Fish Kill

Fish kills have jumped to the front pages of newspapers across the country this summer.  And while the harmful algal blooms (or HABs) across the Florida coast have captured the attention of the national media, we are having our own mini-explosion right here in southern California. Our local interest piqued when our colleagues at The Nature Conservancy noticed a fish …

STEMposium

Tech & Teaching Remember back in the day when you would simply dust off last year’s syllabi and recycle them for this year’s courses, changing perhaps the dates and an updated reference or two? Nope, me neither.

Fire Kill

Click Here (or the deer icon below) to report dead wildlife and help us understand the impact of the December 2017 fires!   The Thomas Fire has been burning for 12 days now ultimately burned for 40 days, having moved primarily northwest into the Los Padres National Forest and westward into the front ranges of Santa Barbara County.  While the threats from …

Fire Tracker

  Click HERE for the Community Fire Tracker   I’ll be posting more fire-related perspectives soon, but for now check out our new Community Fire Tracker.  This webpage was created, curated, and implemented in about 36 hours thanks to a great crew of data geeks, coders, conservationists, and all around community-centered peoples across the west coast (we even had a …

So Long Higgins

I have studied Aristotle, Socrates, William Friedrich Hegel, Bertrand Russell. I have toured college campuses debating the virtues of dialectic versus symbolic syllogism. I have written scholarly articles on the need for a new, more dynamic logic. But nothing in my life has prepared me for the workings of the Thomas Magnum mind. – Higgins from the Magnum P.I. episode Rapture …

Green River Float Logistics

  This past July we took our first long-term canoe trip down the Green River in Utah.  Our Troop had an absolute blast despite much of the trip being new to our backpacking crew’s experience.  It occurred to me to make some notes on the logistics of our trip and lessons learned for our next paddle or trip to Canyonlands. …

Sean Solo?

On my recent birthday my son got me a great birthday card. It referenced two key things about me; 1) my love of Wookiees and 2) my follicle-challenged scalp. His card was a wonder of tight editing, succinct verbiage (something my Capstone students are struggling with as I type this very sentence), and…let’s call it ironic humor.  The salutation read:

Political Pinball

Deaf, dumb, and blind boys will never play pinball (mean or otherwise…with apologies to The Who) Today marks the start of my 11th annual Service Learning class trip to New Orleans and southern Louisiana. My friend Paul Sanchez just played a fantastic home show in Hollywood last weekend and my son and I were fortunate enough to catch it in …