2017-2018 MSEC Science Seminar Series

The Mathematics and Science Education Center's Science Seminar series returns for 2017-2018.

This year's theme is: Ecoliteracy and a Sustainable Future: A Seminar Series Aimed at Increasing Knowledge of the Ecosystem and Exploring Ways to Protect and Preserve It.

Please join us for seven seminars related to the above topic.

  • All seminars are FREE and open to the public. 
  • 0.2 CEUs per seminar for teachers. 
  • Refreshments provided from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

Questions? Please contact Leah McManus (mcmanusld@appstate.edu or 828.262.3185) with any questions.

"Tipping Point: from Carbon Storage to Carbon Emissions in Wetlands" with Suzanna Brauer (Biology)

Discussion of the important role of wetlands in storing carbon, and how they also emit carbon. Cold temperatures and saturation are required to store carbon. As wetlands warm, the balance is predicted to tip and they will likely emit more carbon than they store.

Date: September 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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"Ecophilic Design: A Solution during Troubled Times" with Lee Ball (University Sustainability)

Ecophilic design uses ecological systems as model and inspiration for sustainability innovation within the built environment and beyond.

Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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"Can't Take the Heat? Water Resources in Warming Cold Regions" with Sarah Evans (Geology)

The effects of atmospheric warming on groundwater and surface water flow in the Arctic.

Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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"How Glaciers Respond to Climate Change" with William Armstrong (Geology)

Different glaciers respond differently to climate change due to their shapes and settings. I explore the physical mechanisms that underlie these differences and examine their effects on the health of glaciers in a changing global climate.

Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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"The Future of Human Civilization: Climate Change, Population Growth and the Prospects for Sustainability" with Howie Neufeld (Biology)

Population growth, which drives most, if not all of our environmental problems, wasn't even discussed at the recent Paris Climate Agreement, presumably because it is politically too sensitive. Continued population growth will make it harder, if not impossible, to meet global climate goals and we have to admit that an ever-growing population is in no way sustainable in the long-term.

Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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"Eco Aspects of Mitigating Light Pollution" with Dan Caton (Physics and Astronomy)

Preserving the night sky and reducing the use of electricity.

Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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"GMO: Get More Organics?" with Marty Root (Nutrition and Health Care Management)

Misconceptions of GMOs and organics and the role they can or cannot play in the sustainability of the world food supply.

Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: RCOE 124C

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Published: Sep 11, 2017 11:28am

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