Faculty and Students Present at National Conference

Ursinus College will be well-represented at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2011 Conference, “Confronting Complexity,” at the University of Vermont June 23 to 26. Ursinus Environmental Studies faculty Leah Joseph, Patrick Hurley, Jonathan Clark and Richard Wallace are presenting papers and two recent graduates and a current student are presenting posters that were accepted through a competitive selection process. Wallace is the program chair of the conference, which will host 400 academics, students, and other professionals from the US and Canada, and many other countries.

Faculty presenter Patrick Hurley notes that students have the opportunity to meet “prominent environmental scholars from around the world. It’s a great arena in which to discuss a wide range of issues, including the newest thinking on key environmental challenges and innovative ways of  teaching, and to learn from a knowledgeable group,” he said.

From topics ranging from campus farms to land management, Ursinus May graduates presenting posters are:

Martina Dzuna: Suburban NTFP Gathering in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area: Practices and Perspectives of Land Managers in Public Parks and Private Natural Areas;
Vinnie Dombay: Analysis of Suburban Forest Species Composition in Land-use Policies in Montgomery County, Pa.;

The Ursinus rising senior presenting a poster is:
Julia Bull: The Importance of Campus Farming.

Ursinus faculty and their presentations include:
Richard L. Wallace, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies: Teaching Interdisciplinary Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies: Lessons from Carson and Leopold;

Patrick Hurley, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies: Engaging Urban Greening: The Role of Student-Led Oral History in Assessing the Success of Urban Tree Connection in the Haddington Neighborhood of West Philadelphia; and Navigating Transitions: An Early Career Perspective on Academia;

Leah Joseph, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies: Pass It On: Empowering Students to Educate Others on Climate Science Basics;

Jonathan Clark, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology: The Political Ecology of the (Nonhuman) Body;

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) serves the faculty, students and staff of the more than 1,000 interdisciplinary environmental programs in North America and around the world, seeking to strengthen teaching, research and service in environmental studies and sciences, and improving the communication across academic disciplines. The association works to support the professional development of Association members not just as individuals but also to advance Environmental Studies and Sciences as a whole.

Dr. Wallace helped to establish the national organization, and is a member of the editorial board of its professional journal. More information is available at www.aess.info.