Washington University, located at the Environmental Center in St. Louis, will launch a new program next month as a key initiative of the university’s “Here and Next” strategic plan, which aims to encourage the entire campus community to become more familiar with WashU’s work. It will host a series of kickoff events over the week. To advance environmental research.
“From the beginning, we envisioned this center to be a catalyst to enrich WashU’s environmental research ecosystem,” said Walter E. Brown, professor of environmental engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering and the center’s first director. said Daniel Janmer. “Everyone at WashU can find their place in this incredibly important work.”
This week’s programming begins Feb. 12 with an Assembly Series lecture by Elizabeth Colbert, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national bestselling author and journalist focused on environmental issues, concerns, and solutions. Her speech, “The Fate of the Earth,” will be held at 4 p.m. in Her Graham Chapel and is open to all. Colbert’s remarks will also be livestreamed.
The rest of this week’s events include a wide range of topics, from science communication and storytelling to the current state of plastics in consumer products and updates on the Living Earth Collaborative’s ongoing research in Madagascar. These services reflect the main purpose of the Environmental Center. It will serve as a cross-disciplinary collaboration hub, encouraging community partners, faculty, and students to advance research projects in areas such as biodiversity, climate change, earth systems, environmental justice, environmental solutions, and the planet. is. health.
“While this center is a research facilitator that addresses environmental issues, it is important that the entire campus community know what we are doing and the ‘why’ of it,” Professor Jeanmar said. “Here at WashU, from our home in St. Louis, we have the potential to advance effective treatments nationally and globally. We want them to learn about our efforts and engage in unique ways to address the threats of a changing environment.”
For more information about Kickoff Week and to register for the event, please visit the “Here and Next” website.