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Aug 18 2017 | Out West student blog
“Now more than just a hobby,” writes Miranda Vogt, “Ebird’s users have turned birdwatching into a citizen science goldmine – the gold being data that places like the San Francisco Estuary institute use to understand our environment and how we might help it.”
Aug 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“I've gotten into a habit of stopping at bookstores on my daily walk home,” writes the summer intern Juliana Chang, “and looking around to see what books I can find with the small acorn dotted Heyday logo on the back cover.”
Aug 15 2017 | Out West student blog
“Some consider Alcatraz to be one of the most haunted places in America,” writes Julia Anderson. “In the weeks I’ve been here, however, “I’ve never seen a ghost.”
Gavin Jones, professor of English, calls for students and scholars to take a more serious look at writer John Steinbeck and his diverse interests.
Aug 14 2017 | Out West student blog
Yiyuan Zhang joined a group of Department of Water Resources interns to visit Oroville Dam, the largest earthen dam in the country and the site of a near-disaster in February, when the dam's spillway gave way under heavy outflows.
Aug 11 2017 | Out West student blog
”Navigating this complex tension” between archeology and enjoyment, writes Sandro Hall, “and finding innovative ways to couple preservation with outreach is one of the joys of working at Yellowstone.”
“I have witnessed throughout my internship,” writes Ignacio Mendez, “the determination of the state of California to go beyond the stance of the federal government and remain committed to the fight against climate change.”

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Jul 20 2018 | Out West student blog
“Wielding acronyms in conversation makes it easy to speak quickly,” says Maggie Wood, an intern at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but it’s “nearly impossible for outsiders to enter the conversation.” Fortunately, she got up to speed ASAP.
Jul 20 2018 | Center News
Summer is almost always a time of transition at Stanford. With commencement behind us, we’d like to take stock of some significant comings and goings in the Bill Lane Center for the American West community.
Jul 19 2018 | Out West student blog
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