This year's World Cup is being played in Brazil, which spent $14 billion to prepare for the month-long tournament. Meanwhile, the financial and cultural impact of soccer is growing around the Miami Valley.
Soccer is viewed as the “people’s game” outside of United States, according to Steve Dawson, head of men's soccer at Wittenberg University.
Wittenberg geology students and the city of Springfield have paired up to reduce pollution in area rivers and streams. The partnership is expected to save the city money and serve as a learning experience for students.
Buck Creek cuts through the middle of Springfield. Trees line the banks and in the warmer months, kayaking and other activities are common recreation. But there’s a problem. During heavy rains, the sewage system gets overwhelmed.
The City of Springfield has partnered with a Wittenberg professor and her Geology class to tackle an ongoing problem with storm overflow waste going directly into Buck Creek during rainstorms. The new partnership has come up with a plan to help fix the problem.
Springfield has an aging sewer system and when it rains all the stormwater goes into the same pipeline as the city's sanitary waste. The city has increased in size but the pipeline hasn't, and so there's an overflow of raw sewage.
This weekend, Springfield's Wittenberg University will be the site for the fourth annual Conflict and Peace in World History Conference. This is the first time the event has been hosted in Ohio.
The conference is part of the Midwest World History Association's attempt to present lectures and exhibits that shine a light on historic events ranging from the American Revolution to recent conflicts in the Middle East.
The July 2013 installment of SOCHE TALKS features Wittenberg University's Tammy Proctor on the myth of the female spy.
The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.