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UIS to host events in observance of Earth Day

April 7, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will host two events in observance of Earth Day 2005. On Wednesday, April 20, Dr. Michele Morrone from Ohio University will deliver the keynote address, “Is Science Anti-Environmental?” at 7 p.m. in conference room F of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.  An exhibit area highlighting local resources and environmental groups will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

Dr. Michele Morrone

On Thursday, April 21, guided tours of the campus nature trail and restored prairie area will be available, weather permitting. Tour groups will leave at 1 p.m. from outside Brookens Library.

Both events are sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies and Students Allied for a Greener Earth. Both are free and open to the public.

Dr. Morrone is associate professor of Environmental Health Science and Industrial Hygiene in the School of Health Sciences at Ohio University. Before joining the OU faculty, she was chief of the Office of Environmental Education at the Ohio EPA and director of the Ohio Comparative Risk Project. As director of the Risk Project she was responsible for writing Ohio’s first State of the Environment Report, a 500-page publication detailing human health, ecosystem, and quality of life risks in the state. She has served as an expert panelist in discussions of risk issues for the U.S. EPA and the American Chemical Council and is currently chair of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Ohio Academy of Science, and was chair of EEOhio, which established the state’s first virtual environmental education center. She received her Ph.D. in environmental planning from The Ohio State University, where her research focused on public perception of environmental risk.

Earth Day is April 22. It has been an annual event since it was founded by Gaylord Nelson and organized by Dennis Hayes in 1970 as a chance for people around the world to celebrate the planet and our responsibility toward it. Currently thousands of groups participate in the Earthday Network, actively promoting environmental causes at the community, regional, and global levels.

For more information about the activities at UIS, contact Tih-Fen Ting, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, at 206-7876 or SAGE president Billy Howland at whowl2@uis.edu. For more information about Earth Day, go to www.earthday.org/.



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.