Students crowded into a conference room on campus last Thursday to listen to a talk given by geologist-turned-congressional candidate Jess Phoenix.
The talk focused on her work as a scientist and founder of Blueprint Earth, a non-profit organization that brings minority college students to the Mojave Desert to study the ecosystems of the desert.
The students who planned the event hoped that it would raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and the environment.
Phoenix also relayed personal stories about her field work and encouraged students studying science to pursue their interests and look for research opportunities.
While the event was supposed to be apolitical, questions from students revealed the increasing encroachment of political concerns into matters of science.
Phoenix passionately defended scientific funding and received a round of applause when she labeled climate change as a significant threat to national security.