College of DuPage Global Education Program launches new video series highlighting travel experiences around the globe

The Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad and Global Education program at College of DuPage recently launched “Going Places,” a new video series highlighting travelers in locations throughout the world.

Maren McKellin, Manager of Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad and Global Education at the College, said “Going Places” came about as a contrast to the program’s Global Chats series, which features COD experts addressing COVID-19’s impact. She said the new series provides a way for the program to stay connected to students and faculty.



“Not being able to travel has given us the chance to reflect on what we have done in the program in the past and what we’re looking forward to doing again as soon as possible,” she said. “Reflection and a shift in perspective are huge parts of experiential education and this pandemic has allowed time for a lot of reflection, both for us as well as our

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Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe

Among the other findings, Dr. Larson said he found it particularly intriguing that once dogs had become domesticated, and even while they were sometimes breeding with wolves, no new wolf DNA entered their genomes.

By contrast, pigs, for example, were brought to Europe by farmers from Anatolia. But the genes of those first domesticated pigs have been completely lost, replaced by the genes of wild European boars, even though the pigs stayed domesticated animals.

While dogs do interbreed, no new wolf genes survive over the years. One possibility, Dr. Larson said, is that “wolfiness” just doesn’t fit with an animal as close to people as a dog. Pigs can be a little wild but “if you’re a dog and you’ve got a little bit of wolf in you, that’s not a good thing and those things get knocked on the head very quickly or run away or disappear but they

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Researchers outline how marine reserves can benefit fisheries across the globe

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Society will require more food in the coming years to feed a growing population, and seafood will likely make up a significant portion of it. At the same time, we need to conserve natural habitats to ensure the health of our oceans. It seems like a conflict is inevitable.

“Marine protected areas are tools commonly used to conserve marine biodiversity by closing parts of the ocean to fishing,” said Reniel Cabral, an assistant researcher at UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Market Solutions Lab. “This creates a potential dilemma when closures cause fishers to lose access to fishing grounds.”

A new study indicates that this need not be the case. The paper outlines where the benefits of fishing restrictions could enable a fishery to become more productive, even with the closures. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lays the groundwork for

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Satellites picture methane across the globe

Want to understand what methane is doing in our atmosphere?

Take a look at the new interactive global map produced by Montreal firm GHGSat.

Its Pulse tool allows you to move around the world to see how concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas vary in space and time.

From the highs above oil and gas fields in the southwestern United States, to the naturally elevated levels in permafrost regions during summer.

The map shows monthly averages which, GHGSat says it will update weekly.

Pulse combines the focussed data from the company’s two small methane-detecting spacecraft with the wide-field observations from the EU and European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5P Tropomi mission.

The Canadian pair are used to “tune up” the European detections so the map can display concentrations on a 2km by 2km grid scale.

Centre the map over southern China, and you can see the effect the country’s fleet of coal-fired

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