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ASU hosts 2008 National Environmental Studies and
Sciences Summit May 22-24
May 19, 2008 --
University will be hosting the 2008 National Environmental Studies and
Sciences Summit Thursday-Saturday, May 22-24, in the Reng Student
Services Center/Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. This
summit will gather more than 70 academics and professionals from dozens
of universities and colleges around the world. Attendees of the summit
will be discussing numerous issues concerning teaching and research in
different areas of environmental studies and sciences. The two previous
summits were convened at the University of California at Santa Barbara
and Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor,
ASU-Jonesboro, will deliver the summit's opening remarks.
This summit is sponsored by the U.S. Council of Environmental Deans and
Directors (CEDD) and the National Council for Science and the
Environment (NCSE). The summit is also sponsored by several academic
units at ASU, including the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, the
Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and
Physics, and the Office of Academic Affairs and Research.
Among the topics to be discussed during this meeting are how
to train students in environmental issues for the challenges of the
twenty-first century, how to encourage minority students to participate
in environmental sciences programs, and how to promote and sustain
Other sessions will deal with interdisciplinary teaching, community
programs, and lab and field studies. The summit provides a great
opportunity for faculty engaged in environmental research and pedagogy
to exchange experiences.
The summit is also a great opportunity for ASU to showcase its
Environmental Sciences program and its plans for the program’s future
development. Faculty from ASU’s Environmental Sciences program for quite
some time have been involved with National Academy Summits and National
Science Foundation-sponsored workshops geared towards the development of
research-based undergraduate courses that cross the many and varied
disciplines of the Environmental Sciences.
The lines between various academic disciplines are becoming more and
more blurred, and thus students must be able to work across these
disciplines, especially those students choosing to work in the
environmental sciences. At ASU, our faculty and students are leaders in
the integration of the sciences and humanities to provide training and
research opportunities that address real-world environmental issues.
With ASU’s location in the Mississippi Delta and the unique environs of
the region, faculty and students in the program are excited about the
opportunities presented by the summit.
university ASU will be placed on the map of the great U.S. institutions
of higher education that have solid environmental academic programs.
This not only enhances the reputation of the institution, but also
attracts more support and more students to the university.
That is particularly true this year when the Association for
Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is being created and has
chosen the ASU-hosted meeting for its launch.
For more information about the summit, its participants, and its
In order to
communicate its research to the public, ASU’s Department of Biological
Sciences has produced a series of articles about various aspects of
science, including research and opinions.
This article (#151 in the series), written by Dr.
Aldemaro Romero, Dr. Alan Christian, and Dr. Robyn Hannigan, professors
at Arkansas State University, announces
ASU’s hosting of the 2008 National Environmental Studies and Sciences
Summit in May.
Dr. Romero is chair and professor of biology in the
Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University, Dr.
Christian is associate professor of zoology in the Department of
Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University, and Dr. Hannigan,
professor of analytical geochemistry, is the director of the graduate
program in Environmental Sciences. She is also holder of the Judd Hill
Chair of Environmental Sciences at Arkansas State University as well as
serving as a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics.
Department of Biological Sciences shares faculty with the Arkansas
Biosciences Institute (ABI) at ASU. Contact the department by telephone
at (870) 972-3082, by e-mail at email@example.com, or see
for more information.