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Malamud meets Kesey…and Guggenheim Professor Steve Stern a born storyteller
Twining upward
Skidmore is a new ivy
Creature research
Studying microbes, ants, rats
Science appreciation Teenagers go from mud to microscopes
Lean, mean research machine Student wins federal grant for diabetes research
Hearts of fire Determined donors fund firefighter-safety research
Trailblazers North Woods stewards serve as guardians
Commonalities Finishing touch on Northwoods Village
Books Faculty and alumni authors
Professoriat What the faculty are up to
Sportswrap Summer sports highlights


Trailblazers

North Woods stewards Brad Nesbitt ’09 and Alex Kasprak ’08 serve as guardians, naturalists, land managers—and pilots of a sort. Hired for the summer
to manage Skidmore’s woodland, they started on caretaking activities that they hope may be carried forward by a permanent steward.

In less than three months geosciences major Nesbitt
and environmental-studies major Kasprak prepared educational handouts, marked trails with painted tin-can lids, charted and dug up invasive non-native plants, used wood from two old climbing walls to build boardwalks over muddy paths, and installed water bars to sluice runoff away from erosion-prone trails.

They also fully joined the web of nature: Along with relishing the company of tiny bright-red efts and magnificent pileated woodpeckers, they say they fed hundreds of hungry mosquitoes. —SR