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Environmental Speakers on UMFK Campus

August 9, 2007

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The Academic Outreach office and the Environmental Studies program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will host four speakers during the fall semester for its Environmental Speakers Series.      

All events run from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and are held in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.  The general public is encouraged to attend all events.  Refreshments are provided and the events are free. The series runs throughout the academic year.  

Beginning on Friday, September 21, the series will kick off with Matt Holden, from the University of Maine System Office.  Holden will discuss recent energy conservation efforts at the Fort Kent campus and other system facilities. 

On Tuesday, October 2, Dr. Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Orono campus will discuss global climate change.  Dr. Mayewski has presented around the world from Beijing, China to Boston, Massachusetts.  He has also appeared on the television show 60 Minutes and the PBS science program NOVA. 

Carole Cifrino, from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, will present on Friday, November 16. Cifrino will present Achieving Environmental Protection through Product Stewardship, and talk about the various programs DEP has to reduce and recycle wastes. 

The final speaker for the fall semester is Sean Lizotte, an alumus of UMFK (1991) and a registered Maine guide.  Lizotte, who lives in Allagash, will speak on his guiding experiences and what he views as the trends in habitat and wildlife management for the state of Maine. Lizotte’s presentation will be held on Tuesday, December 11. 

“Once a month we try to bring to campus people who are involved in current environmental issues, or who have taken part in interesting research,” said Donald Eno, coordinator of academic outreach.

Additional speakers will be scheduled for the spring semester. For more information contact Don Eno or visit: http://www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/outreach/ (link no longer available).