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Ongoing events

An informal group of students and faculty meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month for guided discussion of environmental topics. Discussions can include faculty or students talking about their research or recent relevant articles, guests from outside the College talking about local environmental concerns, or other topics of interest. All are welcome to bring their lunch (if they want) and join the discussion.

Fall semester events

October 9: Dr. Alberto Burquez Montijo: “The Organ Pipe Cactus – Pitayo-Aaqui – Tree of Life of the Desert.”  Mateer Auditorium, 7:30 pm

October 22: John Kantner, Vice President of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM, will present "Chaco Canyon: From the Outside Looking In." Kantner's illustrated lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 105 of Scovel Hall on the College of Wooster campus. Dr. Kantner is an expert on the archaeology of the American Southwest and a very engaging speaker. Below is a brief description of his talk.

The ancient ruins of Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico stir our imagination with questions about their origins, purpose, and demise. Historically, research has concentrated on the stunning architecture and what transpired within the canyon walls. In the past few decades, however, archaeologists have turned to a consideration of Chaco's tremendous impact across the American Southwest, especially in distant villages that lived in the shadow of Chaco Canyon. In this illustrated lecture, Southwest archaeologist John Kantner describes how new interdisciplinary research is answering critical questions about the ancient Chacoan world that reached its cultural apex over a thousand years ago.

The talk is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. All are invited to attend.

October 30: The College of Wooster will host a workshop on “Incorporating Sustainability Into the Curriculum”. A panel of Wooster presenters will describe current or planned sustainability initiatives in information technology, dining services, and campus grounds at 4:30. This will be followed by informal discussion of ways to involve students and make these initiatives educationally as well as environmentally significant. We will be joined by representatives from Kenyon College and Denison University. All are welcome to attend the panel and the discussion, beginning at 4:30 in Morgan 116.

Visiting scholar

Each year the program sponsors a scholar-in-residence who will stay on campus for a few days, giving public lectures, visiting classes, and meeting informally with students and faculty. This year’s visitor will be David Burney, the Director of Conservation at the National Tropical Biological Garden in Hawai'i, who will be on campus in April.

Dr. Burney's past research has focused on endangered species, paleoenvironmental studies, and causes of extinction. He has over 30 years of practical experience in conservation, including serving as a technical consultant for Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, BBC Natural History Unit, National Museums of Kenya, United Nations Development Program, USDA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and other organizations.

Dr. Burney is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawai`i-M?noa and the Université d'Antananarivo (Madagascar). Prior to moving to Kaua`i he was a Professor at Fordham University in New York. He received an M.Sc. in conservation biology from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a Ph.D. in Zoology with a minor in Botany from Duke University. He is author of over 100 scientific articles and monographs, many concerning the processes of extinction and environmental change. In 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to write a book on his work at Makauwahi Cave on Kaua`i. His research has been featured on National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Hawai`i Public Television, NOVA, and National Public Radio.

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