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Jul 25 2017 | Out West student blog
“While I may have just started in Yosemite less than 3 weeks ago,” writes Tish Johnston, who is conserving Miwok and Paiute baskets, “My time here feels precious.”
Jul 21 2017 | Out West student blog
“Long after we left the archive, my fingers still felt tingly,” writes summer intern Miranda Vogt, “I couldn’t stop thinking about how much history I had leafed through.”
Jul 20 2017 | Out West student blog
"I can’t believe I’m saying this," says Santa Lucia Preserve intern Catie Mong, "but I think I’m starting to become a birder…"
Jul 14 2017 | Out West student blog
Juliana Chang is interning at Heyday, a non-profit publishing house based in Berkeley that specializes in books on California. This means books ranging from nonfiction recountings of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to a field guide to edible plants in the Bay Area to a collection of Native American folktales.
Jul 13 2017 | Out West student blog
The summer intern Yiyuan Zhang sets out to analyze the State Water Project’s future water delivery and power operations to optimize state-wide benefits and reduce costs.
Jul 11 2017 | Out West student blog
Julia Anderson, ‘17, has been tasked with writing a “historical structure report” on Alcatraz Island’s electric shop, which dates back to the 1860s. But first she has to navigate past a very territorial mother seagull.
Jun 27 2017 | Out West student blog
Meet the Center’s summer interns, who are heading out to begin adventures across the West.
May 15 2017 | Out West student blog
At first glance, solar might seem like the perfect form of clean energy for this sunny state, but we can’t yet store solar power effectively enough to meet all our needs.
May 10 2017 | Out West student blog
Why does California rely on natural gas as its highest contributor to energy production, and why might this number grow?
Renewable energy options, including wind, are now cheaper to produce than many nonrenewable ones. Therefore, the market alone will favor the growth the wind industry regardless of any measures taken by anti-environmentalist political powers.

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