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Science, technology and sustainability speakers at SUNY-ESF
Upcoming lectures in the Women in Scientific and Environmental Professions Lecture Series will address science, technology, water, agriculture and sustainability.
On March 22, Deborah Delmer will discuss “Harnessing the new sciences in support of agriculture in the developing world”, 4 p.m., in 5 Illick Hall, in a joint presentation with the Adaptive Peaks Seminar Series.
Renowned biochemist Delmer’s left the lab for policy and grants, in the role biotechnology can play in advancing the improvement of crops for the developing world. In 2009, she rolled out the NSF/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new BREAD program in support of innovative research addressing small-holder farmers. She now consults to foundations, industry and governments on biofuels and developing world agriculture, and is a member of the board of governors of the International Center for Research on the Semi-Arid Tropics. This lecture is cosponsored by ESF, Departments of Chemistry and Environmental and Forest Biology, and the ESF Women’s Caucus.
On April 17, Lilian Na’ia Alessa will discuss “Water, Technology and Sustainability: Are we Engineering Vulnerability?”, 4 p.m., Alumni (Nifkin) Lounge, in a joint presentation with the Cross-Disciplinary Seminar in Hydrological and Biogeochemical Processes.
Alessa is professor of biology and director, Resilience and Adaptive Management Group, University of Alaska Anchorage. Alessa holds a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of British Columbia and has extensive training in cognitive psychology. Her studies of cellular organization greatly inform her current approaches to social ecological complexity and research on human adaptation to climate change. She holds affiliate appointments at the University of Alaska’s Water and Environmental Research Center and Arizona State University’s Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and has served on the board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States. Sponsored by the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, Graduate Student Association, ESF Women’s Caucus
Both lectures are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the Irving Avenue Garage.
Contact Person: Heather Engelman
ESF Women’s Caucus