New environmental center hosts three director candidates in March

Planet EarthThis week, SMU announces both a new research center and lectures by three scientists who are candidates to lead it.

The SMU Center for the Environment is the result of “a recognized need for a University-wide environmental organization,” says Provost Paul Ludden. “Its mission is to meet the challenges of sustainability and maintenance of a healthy environment through education and interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and to inform and educate the public about environmental issues through events and outreach.”

Activities supported by the new center will focus on water, energy and borderlands. The center’s goals are to provide credible analyses upon which to base decisions, to inform and educate current and future decision makers, and to collaborate with public and private organizations, Ludden adds.

On-campus lectures by the three director candidates are scheduled as follows:

David E. Rhode, research professor of paleoecology and archaeology in the Division of Earth and Ecosystems Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, will discuss “Paleoenvironmental Lessons for Sustainable Land Use at Lake Qinghai, Western China” at 4 p.m. March 18 in Room 110, Dedman Life Sciences Building.

Claire Williams, Distinguished Scholar of the Forest History Society at Duke University in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will discuss “Integrative Plant Biology and its Relevance to Climate Change” at 4 p.m. March 30 in Room 110, Dedman Life Sciences Building.

James R. May, H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law and Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, will discuss “Vindicating Constitutionally Entrenched Environmental Rights Worldwide” at 4 p.m. March 31 in Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn, Carr Collins Hall.

Learn more about the SMU Center for the Environment online