Jet'aime "Jet" Lewis is not one to shy away from an opportunity for involvement. She listed her current activities at ESF: chief communications officer in the Undergraduate Student Association, officer in the pre-vet club, resident adviser (RA) in Centennial Hall, researcher in Dr. Christopher Whipps' wildlife studies lab and assistant in the sustainability office.
Americans are spending their lives farther from forests than they did at the end of the 20th century and, contrary to popular wisdom, the change is more pronounced in rural areas than in urban settings.
A study published today (Feb. 22) in the journal PLOS ONE says that between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent - or about a third of a mile. And while the distance isn't insurmountable for humans in search of a nature fix, it can present challenges for wildlife and have broad effects on ecosystems.
Shewa Shwani has always wanted to help people. Throughout her youth, she spent time volunteering in soup kitchens and helping refugee families acclimate to life in the United States. When she arrived at ESF, she brought her giving spirit with her and found an abundance of ways to reach out to the community.