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Inside USD: Undergraduate Research Showcases Creativity

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Inside USD -- Passersby couldn’t take their eyes off Alison Dressel, even if they wanted to do so. She wouldn’t let them walk by, either, without getting involved — and educated.

Dressed in a shiny green top, black stockings and colorful face make-up, the University of San Diego senior student pranced around the Hahn University Center alcove as an “unidentified sea creature.” There she mimicked what would happen when there’s oil or trash to pollute the sea or she was “caught” in a discarded fish net. She’d wait for someone to release her from the net. Once they did, she’d talk to them about their sustainability awareness and present them with a “seed of change” note tied to some recycled glass or other sustainable memento.

“You have received a seed of change. How that seed will grow depends on the actions you take now. Plant the seed. Change the world. Together we can cultivate a healthy planet,” said the handwritten note by Dressel, a double major in Marine Sciences and Theatre Arts. (Full Story)

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