2010-05-07 / Community

Environmental Chemistry Symposium On Green Revolution

The thirteenth annual Frances S. Sterrett Environmental Chemistry Symposium will take place on Thursday, May 20 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. This symposium is dedicated to presenting the public with up-to-date, factual scientific information on environmental topics. This year’s theme is “Sustaining the Green Revolution.”

The keynote speaker will be Ms. Kate Murray, Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, whose topic will be “Green Hempstead: The Role of America’s Largest Township in Green Energy Initiatives, Environmental Education and Promotion of Public Participation in Planet Friendly Practices.” Dr. Patrick Looney, Assistant Laboratory Director for Policy and Strategic Planning at Brookhaven National Laboratory, will speak on “Meeting the Challenge of Reducing Green House Gas Emissions in New York State.”

Dr. Frank Mruk, Associate Dean of NYIT School of Architecture and Design, will speak on “Strategies Redefined: The Evolution of the Green Case Study Home on Long Island.” He will discuss the participation of NYIT students in the International Solar Decathlon Competition to build a net-zero solar house, and the impact on Long Island as the experiences and lessons learned from the competition become embedded in the community.

Two speakers, Dr. Margaret Kerr of Worcester State College and Dr. Martin Walker of SUNY Potsdam, will focus on the incorporation of green chemistry into college and high school curricula. Dr. Kerr’s topic will be “Green Chemistry at Worcester State College: Lab Curriculum Development and Development of an Undergraduate Green Chemistry Research Course.” Dr. Walker will speak on “Green Chemistry in the High School Laboratory.”

This symposium is sponsored by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Ideas Institute of Hofstra University. It will take place in the Business Development Center of Hofstra University, Room 246, from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM.

The registration fee is $25 for members of the ACS or AIChE, $35 for nonmembers and $17 for students. Lunch is included in the registration fee for those who register by May 15th. Efforts are underway to determine eligibility of the symposium for professional development credits for engineers and educators. Advance registration is available

at http://www.newyorkacs.org/

meetings/Sterrett/sterrett.html. For further information,

please contact Dr. Margaret Hunter at 516-463-5556 or

margaret.a.hunter@hofstra.edu.

Elizabeth Bailey, a member of the NY-ACS Environmental Chemistry Committee which organizes the symposium, is a resident of Garden City.

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