Category: Citizen Science
The foragers shall inherit the earth
I never looked at the world around me in the same way again. My garden became an “Edible Weed of the Year” club, with a new surprise each spring (this year, it’s producing an overabundance of mugwort). I developed the ethos of a hyena. I contemplate things and ask myself, “I wonder if I can eat that?”
EMU weather balloon project teaches engineering students life lessons
What goes up must come down. That old axiom recently proved to be true for six Eastern Mennonite University engineering students. Only the results weren’t quite what they expected.
Two superweeds arrive in Rockingham County
Press releases from Virginia Cooperative Extension aren’t typically a place to find dramatic language, but then again, the two new plants that showed up in several fields this summer aren’t your typical weeds.
First-of-its-kind lab teaches students to fight hackers and cyber chaos
Three rows of computers — each with two monitors — sit in one of Massanutten Technical Center’s labs. A few pop-culture posters and education award pennants gussy up the otherwise charcoal gray walls. Otherwise the only splashes of color come from zip-tied coils of wires that connect the machines that make up the heart of the Educational Security Operations Center.
Long-polluted Blacks Run is making a comeback. Ducks and fish love it. Now a new program can spur residents to help
Earlier this year, Wes Runion, Harrisonburg’s environmental specialist, was taking a sample of water from Blacks Run off of Pleasant Valley Road when he had a surprise encounter.
From exploring Medieval chain mail to detecting illicit vaping, local high school students showcase their research and hard work
The projects cover a wide swath of topics: a patent-pending tool to analyze DNA, a device aimed at addressing a modern twist on “smoking in the boys’ room,” and a comparison of the strength of historic patterns of chain mail.
First signs of spring
Story and photos by Holly Marcus, contributor For insects, animals and humans, it’s the first sign of changing seasons––spring flowers bursting through winter’s drab landscape. Maybe you have noticed the bright yellow daffodils dotting flowerbeds downtown or the little clumps of purple crocus popping up seemingly overnight? Jan Sievers Mahon, the director of JMU’s Edith …
June 7, 2019
Harrisonburg’s draft Environmental Action Plan goes public – minus a focus on renewable energy
On Wednesday evening, several dozen gathered downtown to get into the weeds of the city’s latest push to go green. It’s an effort that will be guided by an Environmental Action Plan (EAP), a sustainability roadmap being developed by city staff along with the city’s appointed Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee (EPSAC).