Coffee Conversation – Dr. Erin Koterba – Why is keeping our distance so hard?

On October 20th, Dr. Erin Koterba led a Coffee Conversation exploring how challenging it is to physically distant during a pandemic. She noted that most people in the US expect to have conversations at about a 4 foot distance. The new guidelines to be physically distant at 6 feet or to generally avoid social contactContinue reading “Coffee Conversation – Dr. Erin Koterba – Why is keeping our distance so hard?”


Dr. Kristian Taylor, a Professor of Instruction in Biology at UT whose research focuses on marine invertebrates, led the latest coffee conversation on the pros and cons of ecotourism. Students discussed the efficacy of environmental activism, whether it’s conducted through ecotourism, raising awareness on social media, or via monetary donations. Coffee conversations are relaxed, inclusiveContinue reading “COFFEE CONVERSATION: PROS & CONS OF ECOTOURISM”

Coffee Conversation – Tasha Belfiore

Dr. Tasha Belfiore, Assistant Professor of Biology at UT, led a Coffee Conversation on the question, “What should be done about climate change in the US and who should do it?” The conversation led students to think about the roles of consumers, corporations, and government in addressing climate change. Students raised a number of issuesContinue reading “Coffee Conversation – Tasha Belfiore”