For some Yale students, searching for edible fungi is a fun (and tasty) activity. It’s also dangerous ­— many mushrooms are poisonous.

Fungi hunting in New Haven

September 5, 2011
A giant puffball, resting in the grass like a massive white pearl, shone in the springtime light of Edgewood Park. Matt Decker FES ’12 and an assortment of other Yale Law School, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and undergraduate students looked on it with possibility. Decker could have prepared it simply — sleek with »

Yalies talk energy on Capitol Hill

April 19, 2011
Climate change presents the biggest human rights issue of our generation, said 18 Yale students who traveled to the nation’s capital this past weekend to listen, present and protest at a conference. Rick Herron ’13 led the group of 16 Yale undergraduates and two graduate students to Powershift 2011, a conference of 10,000 young people »

Creative law to save the Earth

April 7, 2011
Consider the strawberry. That was the task keynote speaker and Associate Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy Lisa Heinzerling assigned to 200 students, faculty and professionals last Friday at the New Directions in Environmental Law conference held at the Yale Law School. The conference, organized by a committee of 15 law students, »
Joint Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim collaborated on the film.

The universe in one hour

March 28, 2011
Two Yale professors would like to rename the Big Bang. “The Great Flaring Forth,” would be more apt, joint School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Divinity School professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim argued in their film “Journey of the Universe,” which premiered Friday night in Kroon Hall. The husband and wife team »

International forestry students win money to go home

March 4, 2011
Beginning this fall, six Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies international students will receive funding to work in developing countries. The new Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellowship will provide $20,000 for tuition to second-year masters students in an effort to attract high-caliber international students to the school. If, within two years of graduation, the »

Connecticut forests hit by economic crisis

February 17, 2011
A couple of years ago, Hamden resident Walt Harris watched developers buy forest land from his cousins that had belonged to his family for generations. While Harris and his sister have managed to preserve their more than 25 acres of woods located across from Hamden’s Sleeping Giant State Park, he said their property represents the »

Food disposal under review

February 7, 2011
Refuse and food waste composting practices at Yale may do more harm than good to the environment. Six times a week since March 2010, Yale Dining drives its organic waste from dining halls to New Milford Farms, a composting facility about an hour and forty-five minutes away from Yale’s campus in New Milford, Conn. Although »

Building new societies in Kroon Hall

January 28, 2011
Students and researchers from around the country are envisioning a new age of sustainable technology in the tropics as part of the 17th annual International Society of Tropical Foresters conference. Hosted by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the conference kicked off Thursday night with a keynote address delivered by Harvard Professor Dr. »
Some creative Yalies have taken to brewing their own beer while on campus; according to one campus brewer, the process takes about a month.

Yalies brew own beer

January 13, 2011
Many Yalies are fans of beer, but some take that love to a higher level. Whether in residential college suites or off-campus housing, a small but connected group of Yalies are brewing gallons of beer to trade and compare. Brewing in college dorms has become dramatically more popular over the last decade, due in part »

Miller ’12 awaits DADT decision

December 3, 2010
For the third time in three years, Katie Miller ’12 is preparing a college application. With Tuesday’s release of a Pentagon report on how repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” — a policy that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces — might affect the military, Miller said she may return »

HIV in the Ivory Tower

December 1, 2010
HIV/AIDS is a problem, even at Yale. Although Chief of Student Health James Perlotto said he was not able to release exact numbers due to privacy and confidentiality policies, he estimated that around 20 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled are HIV-positive, and as many as fifty in recent years. Yale HEALTH currently provides care »

Human race survives methane plume, for now.

November 10, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon explosion caused an environmental crisis much larger than just an oil spill. A massive underwater methane plume flowed out of the open well and researchers at Yale and Texas A&M University have been collaborating to track the potent greenhouse gas’ dispersal throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The gas is a significant contributor »