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Scientists Gather at Susquehanna for PA Academy of Science Meeting

Published on March 21, 2014

Susquehanna University will host more than 300 faculty and students from 30-plus colleges and universities across the state for 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.PAS

Susquehanna faculty and students will play a key role in the weekend’s events. Most notably, they will present 50 of the oral and poster sessions scheduled for the symposium, which will examine the latest research on the Susquehanna River and explore related watershed issues.

Presentations by Susquehanna University attendees—the majority of which will be delivered by student researchers—include assessments of the main stem Susquehanna River and nearby Middle Creek. They will also present their research on a variety of other topics including the nesting conditions of bald eagles in central Pennsylvania and the microbial ecology of Centralia, Pa., a nearby “ghost town” ravaged by an underground coal mine fire that’s been burning for more than 50 years.

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.

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. 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. John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will present the keynote address.

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. Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition encourages universities, local watershed groups, and state and federal agencies to collaborate on research relevant to the current problems facing the Susquehanna River watershed.

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