Freelance (various outlets)
Scientists Scour Sewage for Coronavirus Clues
Wastewater’s gone mainstream. Epidemiologists and public health officials are using Chicago’s labyrinth of century-old sewer lines to track and even predict COVID-19 pandemic trends.
The prince, the mayor, and the U.S. fish that ate Japan
An innocent gift from Chicago to Prince Akihito in 1960 caused a decades-long ecological crisis that Japanese scientists are now close to solving.
When Rewilding Confronts Common Perceptions of Nature
Inside the Illinois park where prairie restoration efforts sparked outrage
No battery? That’s no problem for the future Internet of Things
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Healthcare Workers “Pop Up” to Help Vaccinate in IL Communities
CDC Public Health Matters
US farming: Lessons in sustainability from the Meskwaki Nation
Among the vast monocrop fields in central Iowa, the Indigenous community practices regenerative agriculture. Could it provide inspiration for farmers battling climate change?
Medill Reports (Northwestern University)
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When Nature Invades: Resident Perceptions of the Austerity-Driven “Re-Wilding” of an Urban Park in Rock Island, Illinois
Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, Columbia University
In an era of rapid urbanization, a changing climate, and deepening political division, parks represent increasingly important places for urban residents to interact with, and feel connected to, the natural environment and the mental and physical health benefits it provides. Unfortunately, in an age of austerity politics, parks and recreation departments in Midwest Rust Belt cities often lack adequate funding to maintain such public spaces. Recently, the business-minded Rock Island, Illinois Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented a creative cost-saving management solution: “naturalizing” sections of its city parks. Using a mixed-methods approach, this interdisciplinary study aims to discover how the community members near two representative urban parks in Rock Island perceive this economically motivated “re-wilding” of long-manicured and domesticated urban nature. Resident reactions reveal enduring conceptions of a nature-culture divide, as well as the upper class, White ideologies that have historically shaped park construction and use in the United States.