Visualize This!

Visualize This! by Amy Stewart We are constantly surrounded by data, whether on the news, in our offices or even in the classroom. Today, big data, both structured and unstructured, is predominately affecting how policies are being made and is used to reveal important associations of human behaviors.  However, as the wide use of data advances, we must continue to analyze patterns, trends and associations. … Continue reading Visualize This!

“What is an Indicator Fellow? Actually what even is an indicator?”

“What is an Indicator Fellow? Actually what even is an indicator?” By: Rob Cain When people ask what I am doing this summer at the Shi Center, I naturally respond that I am the Indicator Fellow. Almost without fail, I am subsequently asked two questions “What is an indicator fellow? Actually, what even is an indicator?”. It took me until the end of the first week … Continue reading “What is an Indicator Fellow? Actually what even is an indicator?”

Ingredients at your fingertips

My entrance into the world of permaculture and hyperlocal farm to table cuisine began a few months ago on a small organic farm tucked away behind a little white house atop a hill on Poinsett Highway. Here on this farm I met a dedicated crew all motivated by the vision of a restaurant changing the way food is grown, prepared and consumed. Three months later, … Continue reading Ingredients at your fingertips

Do You Have a Moment to Talk about Ira Glass?

It’s basically impossible to talk about your college major without indulging in clichés, so I’ll just get right into it: I’ve always loved stories. That doesn’t make me unique, of course. We all have the same natural inclination towards storytelling, probably because it’s the oldest thing we’ve been doing for entertainment. Top three, at the very least. We amuse ourselves with narratives; we impose narratives … Continue reading Do You Have a Moment to Talk about Ira Glass?

Is Healthcare a Basic Right?

By: Halie Ziobron Last fall, I spent the semester in Brussels, Belgium. Though there’s so much I could say about the multicultural city, the delicious fries, kebabs, and waffles, one thing stuck me about living in this city: the healthcare system.   As a Public Health major, I have always been fascinated with examining different state health systems. Unlike European countries, many American health systems … Continue reading Is Healthcare a Basic Right?

Teaching and Practicing Healthy Eating and Active Living. By: Anna Stewart

When looking over the descriptions for the Shi Center Fellowships the one that stood out to me the most was the LiveWell Greenville Fellowship. I hoped to work at LiveWell, because I wanted to explore my passion for fighting to combat the rising obesity problem. LiveWell’s main focus is to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and promote change through system, policy, and environmental … Continue reading Teaching and Practicing Healthy Eating and Active Living. By: Anna Stewart

Threats to Your Land and Water

Threats to Your Land and Water By: Chambers English, Upstate Forever Conservation Lands Stewardship Fellow Globally and even here in South Carolina, multiple trends threaten biodiversity and the forested habitats which harbor a multitude of flora and fauna. Over the next twenty years, the urban footprint of the Upstate is predicted to double as development sprawls into surrounding agricultural areas and woodlands from Greenville and Spartanburg1. … Continue reading Threats to Your Land and Water

A Summer on the Furman Farm

As a freshman, I remember frequently hearing about the alleged “Furman farm”. Naturally, when picturing this farm, I would visualize vast fields being plowed by tractors and roamed by cows. Then I would occasionally walk past the Shi Center and observe the large flourishing garden out back—surely, I thought, this couldn’t be the entire Furman farm, there must be more somewhere. I didn’t believe that … Continue reading A Summer on the Furman Farm

The Horror of Our Climate Crisis

I am a fan of a good horror movie, but one of the most infuriating things about horror movies are the choices that some of the characters make. I guess because we, as the audience, are hyper-aware of the fact that we are watching a horror movie, we are given a perspective and the information that the characters in the movie do not have. For … Continue reading The Horror of Our Climate Crisis