Tucson, Arizona is beloved by snowbirds, but best avoided late spring to early fall: It’s just too hot. Located in the Sonoran desert (though it rains a bit too much here—an average of about 12 inches—for it to fit the official international definition—10 or less inches a year—of a desert), Tucson has always had warm summers. With Tucson between 2500 (most of the city) and 3700 (the densest part of the foothills that surround the city core) feet of altitude, however, and with frequent “monsoons” (thunderstorms), summers once were largely tolerable. With warming global temperatures from Climate Change, however, that is no longer true. Tucson summers have gotten noticeably hotter in the last two decades or so, and have become “sizzling”.
By Rebecca Lawton, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Alberta, 2014-2015, and recipient of a Fulbright RBC Eco-Leadership Program Grant 2017.
In Victoria, B.C., red-and-white Maple Leaf flags snap in the February wind. I’m happy to return to the place where I conducted my Fulbright research two years ago, when I first visited the Royal B.C. Museum (RBCM) and B.C. Archives. I’m back to join Chris O’Connor and Kim Gough, Learning Program Developers at RBCM, for a climate communication and eco-writing workshop for two Victoria schools, Reynolds Secondary and Pacific School for Innovation and Inquiry.
I let the culture in, let it challenge and change me. And in that changing, I became someone better, I think. Oh, the Yukon knew how to woo me: picking cranberries on your belly in the forest; racing across a frozen lake holding on to a dogsled; canoeing the Yukon River from the city centre to the center of peace and eagles; going to the Available Light Film Festival at the Arts Centre even on a -30 day with friends; CD and book launches packed to the rafters with friends; walking home through the city on a summer night in full sunlight; hot-tubbing outside when it’s -25C, your hair freezing, talking with your gang and watching the aurora dance above you.
By Caitlin Salvino, 2016-2017 Killam Fellow from Carleton University to American University
Canada is America’s greatest ally and trading partner. This is something I have had the honour to witness and participate in through my experience as a Killam Fellow and interning at the Canadian Embassy. Being named Carleton’s Killam Fellow for 2016-2017 provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain cross-cultural experience studying at American University in Washington D.C. In the past two and a half months on my exchange I have been able to grow as an individual, academic and professional through my involvement on campus and in the D.C. community.
By Victoria Chraïbi, Fulbright Student 2009-2010, from Hanover College to McGill University
The sun is shining, the buds are blooming, the insects are emerging. It’s the season for gardening!
Gardens are hot spots of beauty and, with increasing necessity, biodiversity. Pollinators, especially bees, are declining in North America. Pollinator gardens are popping up in urban areas to provide much-needed sanctuaries. The plant selection for original pollinator gardens were designed for areas with substantial water resources, and did not translate well to drought-stressed regions.
“The opportunity to spend a semester there as a Fulbright scholar has changed the way I look at military education, the private sector, and America’s global role.”
By Dr. David Last, 2015-2016 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Peace and War Studies at Norwich University
The road from Montpelier to Northfield, Vermont, winds through a narrow valley flanked by the Dog River and the Vermont Yankee Railway. Arriving in Northfield in January I was puzzled by the house numbers—1824, 1848, 1853—until I realized that these were the dates they were built. Norwich University is the oldest private military academy in America, established in 1819 and moved to Northfield after a fire in 1866. It was the birthplace of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1916, and plays an important role in developing new models for citizen soldier education.