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Center News and Notes

This roundup of journalism about the West’s environment and health usually offers a variety of sources about a variety of subjects from a variety of places. In this midsummer month, we focus on the same subject that many news outlets are covering – the heat and the fires.
Scientists map groundwater at stake after a court decision that bolsters Native American rights to a precious resource across an increasingly arid West.
“Each week,” says Galatée Films researcher Callan Showers, “I tackle a new research question related to the American West in the 1800s.”
“I love seeing glimpses of the park from the past, with some photos dating to the late 19th century,” says Yosemite Archives intern Emily Wilson. “Unfortunately,” she says, “I have also seen Yosemite in the age of a warming climate” – as she fled the Ferguson fire to safety.
Jul 31 2018 | Center News
The Swiss-born artist will work on a new photographic archive of California in the 21st century and contribute to the Center’s ArtsWest Initiative.
Jul 31 2018 | Out West student blog
Nineveh O'Connell has been “scouring through records of all the structures that have stood on Alcatraz over the last 150 years,” she says, “in order to recreate past stages of the island as 3D digital models.”
Jul 30 2018 | Out West student blog
At the California Energy Commission, the intern Michelle Solomon says that “our office oversees the effort to transition to zero-emission vehicles, including both hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.”

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