Sunday, March 20, 2011

Updated: "Sustaining Lake Superior" to be World Water Day Lecture Mar. 22 at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON --"Sustaining Lake Superior" is the subject of the 2011 World Water Day Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in M and M, Room U115, on the Michigan Tech campus.

Dr. Nancy Langston, a noted environmental historian, will discuss her work on Lake Superior, in particular the interconnectedness of watershed health, human health and forest health -- all in the context of climate change.

Langston is on the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison, at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, as well as the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

She is the author of three books. Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares (University of Washington Press, 1995) examines the cause of the forest health crisis in the inland west. Where Land and Water Meet (University of Washington Press, 2003) explores watershed change in the arid west. Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disrupters and the Legacy of DES explores why the environment has become saturated with synthetic chemicals that disrupt hormones -- and it asks what can be done to protect human and environmental health.

Langston is a member of the Binational Forum and editor of the journal Environmental History. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Marshall Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Her first book won the 1997 Forest History Society Prize for best book in forest and conservation history; and a recent article won the 2009 Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in Environmental History. More information can be found at www.nancylangston.net.

Langston will also present a seminar on "Toxic Bodies" from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in AOB (Academic Office Building) 201.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Carol MacLennan at 487-2870 or at camac@mtu.edu, or Professor Alex Mayer at 487-3372 or at asmayer@mtu.edu.

Update: Another Michigan Tech activity for World Water Day will be Center for Water and Society reception and poster display from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 22, in the Rosza Center lobby. Click here for more details on the Michigan Tech News.

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