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GLOBAL HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT – VIRTUAL
September 15, 17, 22, 24 (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
NO VIRTUAL SINGLE-SESSION OPTION AVAILABLE
Tuesday, September 15
Reduce and Recycle: Using Photovoice With Children to Understand Sustainability
As K-12 schools enhance their sustainable ‘greening efforts’ on their campuses, how much of these efforts are impacting student understanding of sustainability? Using photovoice, a project was conducted with a local elementary school where students used photography to convey their perspectives on an important environmental issue. This presentation will involve a background in sustainability, discussion of project outcomes and a display of the photographs taken by the student photographers.
Alicia Wodika, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Department, Health Promotion and Education Program, ISU
Jackie Lanier, Associate Professor, Health Sciences Department, Health Promotion and Education Program, Program Director, ISU
Thursday, September 17
Bioenergy Solutions For a Sustainable Future
Learn how the burning of fossil fuels is rapidly causing climate change. Moreover, discover the basics of how plants efficiently remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and how plants and microbes are being used and developed to generate biofuels, thereby mitigating climate change.
John Sedbrook, Professor of Genetics, School of Biological Sciences, ISU
Tuesday, September 22
Saving Our Water: Is There Hope?
What is the quality of your water? Water is the most essential resource we have and finding sustainable methods to protect its quantity and quality is critical. A collaborative group of researchers in McLean County has been exploring sustainable methods, which has revealed successes and failures. Learn about these approaches and future challenges and how they will be met.
Bill Perry, Professor of Biology, School of Biological Sciences, ISU
Thursday, September 24
What Kills the Buzz in the Meadow? Understanding Bee Pollinator Health and Declines
In recent decades there has been a worrying decline of many insect pollinators, which provide critical services to natural and agricultural ecosystems. Focusing on bees, this talk will highlight the importance of not only managed bees but also the over 4,000 native bee species of North America. The proposed threats to bee pollinator health, and hence the services they provide, will then be discussed.
Ben Sadd, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, ISU