Susquehanna University Hosts Pennsylvania Academy of Science Annual Meeting
Published on February 28, 2014
Susquehanna University faculty members Ahmed Lachhab, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Carlos A. Iudica, associate professor of biology, will host the 90th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS) and a special symposium of the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies (SRHCES) March 21–23.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Science is composed of faculty, students and professionals in science disciplines who are dedicated to advancing the pursuit of science and promoting science education within the state. More than 300 faculty and students from Pennsylvania colleges and universities, as well as members of affiliate organizations, will be on campus for the meeting and symposium.
The symposium will focus on watershed issues, especially those relating to the Susquehanna River. Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons and SRHCES chairman H.W. “Skip” Wieder Jr., senior vice president emeritus of Geisinger Health System, will open the symposium and meeting. SRHCES encourages universities, local watershed groups, and state and federal agencies to collaborate on research relevant to the current problems facing the Susquehanna River watershed. Wieder will address the potential connections between his coalition, PAS and local communities.
The symposium will be crowned by a special edition of the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, which will be available at the event. All articles in this edition will examine ongoing studies and research completed on the Susquehanna River and related watersheds.
On Saturday and Sunday, professors and students will share their research through oral and poster presentations. John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will present the keynote address during dinner Saturday night. Susquehanna University students and faculty advisers in a variety of disciplines will be among the presenters discussing their findings. Other highlights of the weekend will include field trips to Penn’s Cave and the Susquehanna River; a lunchtime awards ceremony recognizing student excellence; a dinner with all speakers Saturday evening; and a social Friday featuring a live performance by Susquehanna University music students.