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Looking at Clouds

My sabbatical is long over, alas, but like any good project it has reverberations and influences that last well beyond the submission date.  So I am going to keep this blog going, as a place to air thoughts as I … Continue reading

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My Alaskan Case Study is Published!

Last year, in the spring of 2014, I took my first sabbatical.  I had just won a program award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities to complete an interdisciplinary case study on a real-world issue as a part … Continue reading

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At the Edge of the World: Barrow

En route to Barrow, the Alaska Airlines flight stopped briefly at Deadhorse Junction.  With my nose pressed to the window as the plane came gently down, I caught a glimpse of a vast, flat, white expanse of ice, with what … Continue reading

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Making it Real: My Sojourn in Fairbanks

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks is on a high ridge overlooking the city. My cheerful host, a young researcher at the Geophysical Institute, told me about Fairbanks smog. Inefficient wood-burning stoves, diesel trucks and oil and gas industry exhalations … Continue reading

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Pondering the “Bull of Winter” — in Flight*

Reporting from the small plane flying from Boston to Chicago, first leg of the journey to Fairbanks, Alaska: I’ve nearly finished reading a paper called “Gone the Bull of Winter?” by anthropologist Susan Crate (Current Anthropology, Vol. 49, Number 4, … Continue reading

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India and Climate Change: A Summary of Four, Perhaps Six Blog Posts, Ending with a Profound Question

One day I will finish consolidating my notes and bring you details of my climate change explorations in India. Apart from visiting family, in the cramped two weeks I had there, I spoke to (and in two cases attended seminars … Continue reading

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Interlude: Where I am, What I’m doing

Alas, time has become a frenemy, as my students might put it.  One the one hand, I have been having a marvelous time, rich with learning and enhanced by travels and conversations with a number of people.  On the other, … Continue reading

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