November 15, 2000

Middlebury College Environmental Studies Students to Share Projects with the Public


MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Middlebury College students enrolled in the environmental studies course "Natural Science and the Environment" will present the results of a semester-long literature review of specific environmental issues, both regional and global, at a poster session open house on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Informal Learning Space on the 6th floor of Bicentennial Hall on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). It is free and open to the public.

Called a poster session because students construct posters outlining their findings and display them at the session, the event will allow students to guide observers through their research step-by-step. Students will display 26 posters on topics that include coral bleaching, Eurasian milfoil, agricultural issues ranging from local water quality to the potential impact of global warming, technological possibilities for the future such as electric cars and photovoltaic power, and pfiesteria―a toxic organism that is responsible for some red tides in estuaries along the eastern seaboard.

The "Natural Science and the Environment" course is taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lori Del Negro and Assistant-in-Instruction for Environmental Science Mary Gaudette.

"This is an informal event and we encourage members of the public to come explore their interests with us. It’s a chance to ask questions on these topics and to share expertise with the students," said Del Negro.

For more information, contact Lori Del Negro, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, at 443-3426.

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