On Campus, Glendale Community College 4/27/16

 

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RESEARCH METHODS STUDENT POSTER SESSION

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. SU-100B (by coffee bar)

Student researchers in the Research Methods in Psychology classes will present the results of their experiments at this poster session. Students worked all semester long to design and conduct their projects, and they hope you join us to learn about their findings and implications. Both animal-model (LongEvans rats) and human-model research will be presented.

 

FAFSA WORKSHOP

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 12 – 2 p.m. B-104

Assisting student with FAFSA applications online.

 

TEST TAKING SKILLS

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1 – 2 p.m. B-207

 

 

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Earth Day 1-Mile Sustainability Walk

sustwaEarth Day 1-Mile Sustainability Walk

10AM-2PM

There no better day than Earth Day to take a 15-20 minute break and enjoy the 1-Mile Sustainability Walk (see attached map).  This is a great opportunity to see our beautiful campus and learn about sustainability initiatives.

Desert Landscaping: Going Native for Tucson’s Rivers

tucson_santacruz_flood_ca1903On Sustainable Living Tucson, an interesting article was brought to my attention and I ‘d like for those of you who are interested in desert landscape, groundwater, preserving nature, read this!

Here is a taste:

There are some things that just drive me crazy! Like…why are there still patches of lawn in the Tucson desert? And those little rocks that get caught in your sandals – gravel!  I understand why people put gravel in their yards.  I don’t want to spend all weekend weeding either. But if you look at the sun cracked, gravel covered plastic we use to tame it, there are signs of life (weeds) breaking through. When some people think of the desert, they think of dirt. But our dirt is brimming with untamed life.

When I first came to Tucson, I was amazed by all the green in our desert: our famous saguaros, prickly pears towering over roof tops, agaves with stalks resembling giant asparagus, and cholla cactuses lining the horizon like furry puppies glowing in the afternoon sun.  (Don’t try petting them though!) Twisted and gnarled Mesquite and Palo Verde trees grow amok. This time of year wild flowers speckle the ground. The desert hums with bees pollinating brilliant cactus blooms. Our tough desert plants are adept at storing water for the long dry spells.

There are seasons when our desert has an overabundance of water. In the spring, icy water bounds down the Catalina Mountains into rushing rivers and streams. During Monsoon season, our washes rage and overflow. Not enough of this water sinks into our aquifer, because the caliche ground has turned hard from inconsistent rain. Instead our precious rain water is collected in city streets to be polluted with automobile oil then left to evaporate on its way out of town. Lack of foresight and understanding have left us with no infrastructure to retain the water for our daily use. Miles and miles of cement aqueducts bring us water from the Colorado River. But we are beginning to see how vulnerable that supply is as poisonous tailings from long abandoned mines leak into Colorado’s rivers reaching as far as our own Lake Powell.

Finish Reading here.

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Can a Bottle Made From Algae End the World’s Plastic Addiction?

algae-water-bottle_0(Photo: Ragna M. Gudmundsdottir)

 

The all-natural container is biodegradable.

…..To create the form of the bottle, Jónsson combined the water and the agar, heated the mixture, poured it into a mold, and cooled it down quickly. The H2O binds and thickens the agar when it cools down, so it keeps the shape of the water bottle, explained Jónsson.

The real magic happens when the bottle is emptied. “It becomes rotten…. It will go bad like other foods,” said Jónsson.

When the bottle is left sitting in open air, it takes about a week for it to shrink down. It can sustainably decompose in soil, but Jónsson has not yet determined how long that process would take. A plastic water bottle, on the other hand, takes more than 1,000 years to biodegrade, and in the U.S. more than 2 million tons of the containers are wasting away in landfills…..

Read more at the link provided: Can a Bottle Made From Algae End the World’s Plastic Addiction?

50 Years from Selma, Jetsonorama, and Equality in Brooklyn

brookChip Thomas does murals all over the world! He has done numerous collaborations and this is just one of the many.  Jetsonorama created this piece in Brooklyn, New York, this a collaboration with Dan Budnik. Budnik is an American photographer noted for his photos of artists, photos of the Civil Rights Movement, and Native American life.

And Chip Thomas is coming to GCC!! MARCH 25th!!

Provided is the link to the original article.

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2015/06/27/50-years-from-selma-jetsonorama-and-equality-in-brooklyn/#.VvFzlE32bcs