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Guest Lecture Series
Title: Bees in Crisis: Colony Collapse, Honey Laundering and Other Problems Bee-Setting American Apiculture
Description: Dr. Berenbaum serves as the Vice-President-Elect of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Berenbaum founded the long-running University of Illinois’ Insect Fear Film Festival 30 years ago and in 2009 the Pollinatarium, which is a science center devoted to pollinators on the Illinois campus. Dr. Berenbaum will discuss the insect world, including health of honey bees and her research on colony collapse disorder. Dr. Berenbaum has written hundreds of technical and popular press articles and books and received numerous teaching and scientific awards, fellowships, and grants, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. She is also the namesake of the fictional character Bambi Berenbaum on The X-Files TV show.
Dr. Stanley Temple (Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at University of Wisconsin and Senior Fellow at Aldo Leopold Foundation)
Title: Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change
Description: Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, was a keen observer of the natural world. Throughout his life he kept daily journals recording observations of seasonal events, especially those occurring at his beloved "shack" on the Leopold farm which was the setting for many essays in A Sand County Almanac. Leopold's meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Analyzing his historical observations of hundreds of natural events as well as recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community.
Dr. Paul K. Strode (Biology Teacher, Boulder, CO)
Title: How Science works and Why You'd Be Miserable Without ItDescription: Dr. Paul Strode discusses how science works and gives important examples of science around us every day, with special emphasis on evolution.
Dr. Tyrone Hayes (Professor in Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley)
Title: Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and MenDescription: Dr. Hayes is known internationally for his research on Atrazine, which is shown to alter reproductive development in frogs. Dr. Hayes' findings on amphibians may have strong implications on human health in southeastern Minnesota, as Atrazine is found in drinking water throughout the region.
Are you curious about how organisms interact with their environments?
Do you want hands-on experience doing science in nature?
The environmental science program is a 60-credit Associate of Science degree program that provides a broad based understanding of basic sciences and important environmental and social issues. The AS program will prepare students with content-based and experiential-based knowledge in the environmental science field, so students can gain access to a career in the interdisciplinary field of environmental science or continue on to a four-year degree in an environmental science field. The research experience intends to equip students with practical experience to integrate the knowledge gained in class to real, applied situations in a setting of their choice (e.g., city, county, park, nature center, school, etc.) where they can put their knowledge to work and learn about an important environmental issue of their choice.
The Environmental Science program also serves as the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Environmental Science option) offered at Winona State University (WSU); there is an articulation agreement to facilitate this transfer.