Chatham University

Chatham News

Category Archives: Falk School of Sustainability

Chatham Professor, Ryan Utz, Publishes New Research on “Freshwater Salinization Syndrome”

With winter seemingly here to stay, one of the most common sounds we hear is the familiar “beep beep beep” of salt trucks on our streets and highways.

But what is all that salt doing to our environment?

Scientists have long recognized that road salts can contribute to chemical changes in rivers and streams. But research by Chatham University assistant professor of water resources Ryan Utz, Ph.D. and his colleagues has determined that long-term salinization is occurring throughout most of North America and may be linked to chemical changes beyond salts, including chemicals that lead water to become more alkaline.

Continue reading

Renowned Authors, Frances Moore Lappe & Julie Guthman, to Speak at Food and Climate Change Conference on October 14, 2017

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host the Food and Climate Change Conference on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Esther Barazzone Center of Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA.

The conference will explore the intersection between food and climate change, and feature a locally sourced breakfast and lunch, student research demonstrations, breakout sessions and keynote talks from renowned authors Frances Moore Lappé and Julie Guthman.

The conference is free and open to the public. Additional information and registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-climate-change-conference-chatham-university-tickets-36247273571

Funding for the conference is generously provided by The Eden Hall Foundation.

Continue reading

Peace Corps and Chatham University Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

PITTSBURGH: The Peace Corps and Chatham University today announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program housed in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. The program offers up to five graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who have been accepted into the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, or dual-degree MSUS+MBA and MAFS+MBA programs. Returned Peace Corps volunteers selected as Coverdell Fellows will receive 25 percent off tuition cost and mandatory fees.

All program Fellows will complete internships in underserved American communities while they pursue their studies, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers. Through their internships, Coverdell Fellows apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional setting while gaining valuable, hands-on experience and  furthering the Peace Corps mission.

Since 1961, Chatham University has had 57 Peace Corps volunteers.

Continue reading

Sierra Magazine Ranks Chatham as one of America’s “Greenest Colleges”

PITTSBURGH:  Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked Chatham University as the country’s 14th greenest university in its annual ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.” This is the fifth year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 25 honor, and is the highest ranking the University has achieved to date. The rankings, published in the magazine’s latest issue, salute the higher education institutions across the United States that are weaving sustainability into their culture and upholding high environmental standards.

Continue reading