The Evolving Role of the School of Environment and Natural Resources: Addressing Environmental Change

The Evolving Role of the School of Environment and Natural Resources:  Addressing Environmental Change

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

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Symposium Purpose

The overarching purpose of this symposium is to engage the diversity of School of Environment and Natural Resources stakeholders and broader communities in an in-depth discussion regarding the role of the School in addressing (through teaching, research, and outreach) and providing effective leadership in response to the growing list of 21st Century environmental and natural resource challenges.
The theme emerges from the recognition that in the 21st century, the challenge of maintaining environmental quality and sustainably managing the planet’s natural resources has grown to the point where many disciplines, departments, courses, majors, funding agencies, businesses, employers, workers, etc. beyond the historic scope of Schools of Environment and Natural Resources are increasingly involved in addressing environmental and natural resources issues.  The question we seek to address during this symposium is what role do Schools of Environment and Natural Resources play in this increasingly university wide undertaking and how does SENR best serve the expanding community of clients (both as employers of SENR graduates and consumers of SENR knowledge)?

Program Highlights  

Welcome and SENR Highlights and Achievements

Dr. Ron Hendrick, Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Keynote address:  The Evolving Role of Schools of Environment and Natural Resources

Dr. Bill Chameides,  Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University 

Panel Discussion 1:  Conversation and Reactions to Keynote and Symposium Theme

Kate Bartter, Associate Director, OSU Office of Energy and Environment
Keith Dimoff, Executive Director, Ohio Environmental Council
Scott Zody, Chief, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife 

Panel Discussion 2:  Preparing Students and Lifelong Learners for Environment and Natural Resources Careers

Neil Drobny, Program Director, OSU's Environment, Economics, Development & Sustainability (EEDS)
Laura Factor, Assistant Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Brent Macolley, Environmental Scientist, MAD Scientists Associates
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Registration/Payment - Registration is CLOSED.


The School of Environment and Natural Resources creates science-based knowledge and fosters environmental sustainability through teaching, research and outreach. By integrating the natural and social sciences, we promote discovery and leadership through a comprehensive approach to better understand and address environmental and natural resource challenges locally, regionally and globally.

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