CPS Prof Mike Bryson Writes about Fracking in IL in “City Creatures”

Mike BrysonCollege of Professional Studies professor Mike Bryson, who also directs RU’s program in Sustainability Studies, is a contributor to the urban nature book and blog project, “City Creatures,” one of many endeavors by the Center for Humans and Nature here in Chicago. The project integrates scientific, literary, and artistic perspectives in the analysis and critical engagement of human-wildlife encounters in Chicago and its suburbs.

In his City Creatures blog essay this week, Bryson takes two seemingly disparate topics — biodiversity here in the City of Chicago, and the impending threat of fracking for oil and natural gas in southern Illinois — and explores their many connections: political, ecological, and social. He notes that “even as I remember the pleasure of seeing a black-crowned night heron skim the waters of the Chicago River’s North Branch, I simultaneously consider the impacts of climate change upon the present and future biota of our city parks and neighborhoods; the role of fossil fuel production and combustion in accelerating climate change locally, regionally, and globally; and the contested political processes by which oil, gas, and mining companies create opportunities to extract raw materials from our state lands in order to profit themselves, in the process further driving the warming of our planet.”

For more information on the fossil fuel extraction process called fracking and how this environmental controversy is playing out here in the State of Illinois, visit this page on the Sustainability Studies at RU blog.


Roosevelt University Hosts University Partners Day

Roosevelt University will host University Partners Day for high school and community college counselors on Friday, Dec. 6 in Chicago. From 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., you can learn more about Roosevelt, talk with faculty and students, take a tour, and enjoy lunch on us.

This is an excellent time for our partners in the community to learn more about our programs as department and program chairs will be available to discuss ways we can help your students succeed.

Learn more about University Partners Day and register to attend.


Professor Shares Research from Fulbright Experience

Professor Julian Kerbis Peterhans spent last year in Uganda after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, where he trained African students in biodiversity survey techniques. During that time, four new mammal species were discovered, with three of them from a single unexplored ‘montane island forest’ in central Africa.


A collaborative international effort by Dr. Julian Kerbis Peterhans of the College of Professional Studies at Roosevelt University (Chicago), the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York), the Centre de Recherché des Sciences Naturelles (Lwiro, Dr Congo), and the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) has documented multiple unique species in a remote forest overlooking the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The forest, known as the Misotshi-Kabogo Highlands, is located within an African biodiversity hotspot known as the Albertine Rift.