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Seminars to Address Hot Topics in Watershed Science and Education

355 264 Stroud Water Research Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2012

CONTACT:

Diane Huskinson, Stroud™ Water Research Center
717-383-1179 or dhuskinson@stroudcenter.org

Stroud™ Seminar Series to Address Hot Topics in Watershed Science and Education

Avondale, Pa. – Why isn’t the U.S. leading the global effort in science education?

Susan Gill, Ph.D., Stroud Water Research Center’s director of education, and Nanette Dietrich, Ph.D., associate professor of science education at Millersville University, will explore that question on the evening of June 13, 2012.

Their lecture will kick off the monthly Stroud Seminar Series, hosted by the Center, and designed to address global, national, and local issues related to water.

Everyone needs water: businesses, communities, agriculture. Competing needs lead to questions about how to conserve and preserve our watersheds while meeting the demand for clean fresh water.

Gill says, “Given the importance of water, we need to broaden the base of people who understand and are engaged in these issues; we need knowledgeable citizens as well as scientific leaders,” and she adds, “ We do that through science education that’s more inclusive and holistic.”

This lecture series provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the issues that matter to them. It also gives the public access to some of the world’s leading freshwater scientists and educators and the chance to learn how watershed science and education are tackling water-related challenges.

More upcoming lectures include:

  • “Are environmental laws protecting our streams and rivers?” Led by Entomologist John K. Jackson, Ph.D. on Wed., July 18.
  • “How emerging tools and approaches enable scientists to confront major environmental challenges that threaten our world.” Led by the Center’s Organic Geochemist Anthony K. Aufdenkampe, Ph.D. on Wed., August 29.
  • “Connecting with nature in a Digital Age.” Led by Patricia Zaradic, Ph.D., director of the Red Rock Institute on Wed., September 19.
  • “The science behind your livable landscape.” Led by the Center’s Biogeochemist Louis A. Kaplan, Ph.D. on Wed., October 24.
  • “Why do we need wetlands, and does the Clean Water Act protect them?” Led by the Center’s Assistant Director/Vice President and Research Scientist Dave B. Arscott, Ph.D. on Wed., November 7.

All lectures are open to the public, are appropriate for ages 12 and older, and will be held in the Stroud Meetinghouse. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for tours; lectures start promptly at 7 p.m.

Sponsors include Susquehanna Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, and Northern Trust.