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September 15, 2003

Coming to Campus

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

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Ayurvedic Physician to Give Talk
Dr. Robert Svoboda, the first Westerner to graduate with a physician's degree from India's Ayurvedic University of Poona, will give a lecture at the Health Center September 19.

Svoboda will speak on "Body-Mind-Spirit Medicine: Transmuting the Ego to Cultivate Kundalini," as part of a continuing educational series on complementary and alternative supportive care. The talk will take place at 5 p.m., in the Patterson Auditorium at the Health Center in Farmington.

The lecture is appropriate for health care professionals, students and residents, and the general public. Registration for the lecture is $15; $10 for International Society for Ayurveda and Health members. Continuing Medical Education credits are available.

Registration is by check only. Make checks payable to CASC-UCHC and send to: Dr. Amala Guha, MC 1628, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030.

For more information and to register, call 860.679.4190 or send e-mail to:

2003-04 Teale lecture Series Brings
Environmental Leaders to Campus

This year's Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment features an OBIE-winning playwright, an esthetic environmentalist, a campus ecology pioneer, a former member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and other internationa lly recognized leaders in the environmental field. Presentations will take place in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. For information, call: 860.486.4500.

On September 23 at 4 p.m., Julian Keniry will speak on "Greening the Campus: How Universities are Improving Environmental Performance and Sustainability." Keniry spearheads the National Wildlife Federation's campus ecology program to increase conservation in energy, transportation, purchasing, recycling, and landscaping at colleges across America.

On October 9 at 4 p.m., Diana Wall will speak on "Belowground Biodiversity of Hot and Cold Deserts." Wall is professor and director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Wall, who has spent 13 seasons in Antarctic dry valleys, chairs the Global Litter Invertebrate Decomposition Experiment and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

On November 20 at 4 p.m., Gordon Orians will give a presentation on "Environmental Esthetics: Beauty and the Evolutionary Mind of the Beholder." Orians, professor emeritus of zoology at the University of Washington, was a pioneer in the study of the evolution of vertebrate social systems. He is a director of the World Wildlife Fund/U.S. and past-president of the Ecological Society of America.

On Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Kaiulani Lee will perform "A Sense of Wonder," a one-woman play she wrote about Rachel Carson, who in 1962 mobilized the environmental movement with her book Silent Spring.

On April 8 at 4 p.m., P. Dee Boersma will give a talk on "Penguins, People, Pollution, and Politics: When Science is Not Enough." Boersma, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, is a former president of the Society for Conservation Biology. Since 1983, as part of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Magellanic Penguin Project, she has banded, tracked and analyzed the impact of environmental changes on more than 50,000 penguins.

On April 29 at 4 p.m., Jay Shogren will speak on "Economic Incentives for Spatial Habitat Design to Protect Endangered Species." Shogren, an environmental and experimental economist and a former member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, uses computer experiments to test determinants of consumer behavior.

"The series promotes interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and trans-national thinking," says Gregory Anderson, professor and head of the ecology and evolutionary biology department and co-chair of the Teale Series Committee. "Environmental problems are complex and multifaceted and cannot be solved by a single disciplinary approach. This series brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplines to promote an understanding of the problems and solutions, and to increase public awareness of fundamental issues."

Co-sponsors of the Teale Lecture Series include UConn's Office of Environmental Policy, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School, the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, the Dodd Center, the Museum of Natural History, and the offices of the President and Provost.

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