The University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories lunchtime speaker series for fall 2016 will begin on Monday, Sept. 12, and continue each week through Nov. 21. The free series, titled “New Connections: Creating Interdisciplinary Knowledge Through Community Engagement,” features diverse topics involving UD faculty, staff and experts throughout the tri-state area. The series is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories and UD’s Community Engagement Initiative.

The sessions will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. each Monday (except for Thanksgiving week) in Room 410 of the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory. Each session highlights projects presented in a TED-style talk and ending with a discussion session.

For more information visit ISLL’s website.

Sept. 12: Philip Barnes, postdoctoral researcher with the Institute for Public Administration, “The Politics of Climate Change,” and Michelle Bennett, UD sustainability manager, “Sustainability Performance at the University of Delaware.”

Sept. 19: Michael Chajes, professor of civil and environmental engineering, “Sustainability: Bringing a Core UD Value to the Classroom,” and Beth Chajes, communications manager for the Delaware Environmental Institute at UD and group leader for the Wilmington-Newark chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, “Action Beats Despair or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Lobby.”

Sept. 26: Ashley Pigford, associate professor of art and design, “The Art of Collaborative Design Practice,” and Carrie W. Gray, managing director of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, “Wilmington’s Creative District – Creative Placemaking in Action.”

Oct. 3: Jennifer R. Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, “Overcoming Communication Challenges Between Auditors and Valuation Experts,” and Maisha Thoms, tax campaign director for Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation, a Wilmington-based nonprofit organization that provides access to financial education and services for low-to-moderate income individuals.

Oct. 10: Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and professor of humanities, “Laying Out a Case: Library Exhibitions and Public Education,” and Judith Guston, curator and director of collections at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, “Considering the Exhibition Audience for Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Monster Within.”

Oct. 17: Jennifer Fuqua, instructor in organizational and community leadership, School of Public Policy and Administration, “Community-Engaged Campuses: Partnerships for Change,” and Raye Jones Avery, executive director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center, “Christina Cultural Arts Center: Rock in a Weary Land.”

Oct. 24: Kim Bothi, associate director for science and engineering at UD’s Institute for Global Studies, “Globally Minded and Locally Engaged: Bringing International Development into Teaching, Research and Service,” and Sarah Hartman and Lia Dawson, Honors undergraduate engineering students, “Engineers Without Borders: Growth Through Sustainable Development.”

Oct. 31: Heather Doty, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and UD ADVANCE faculty associate to the provost, “Women in Engineering at the University of Delaware,” and Sophia Sotilleo, assistant professor and librarian at Lincoln University and president of the American Association of University Women’s Newark, Delaware, branch, “Getting Involved: Advocating and Educating for Change.”

Nov. 7: Anna Wik, assistant professor of landscape design, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, “Regional Urban Ag: Community Food Systems and Landscape Architecture,” and Carrie Murphy, extension educator in horticulture, Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Program coordinator and program leader for lawn and garden for UD Cooperative Extension, “Regional Urban Ag: Community Food Systems and Landscape Architecture.”

Nov. 14: Greg Shriver, associate professor of wildlife ecology, “Sea-Level Rise and the Fate of Tidal Marsh Birds,” and Andrea Howey-Newcomb, clinic director for Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, “Introduction to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Inc.”

Nov. 28: Barret Michalec, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice, “Students’ Perceptions of Health Profession Groups: Revisiting the Contact Hypothesis,” and Kathy Boyer, injury prevention coordinator at Christiana Care, “ThinkFirst program at Christiana Care.”

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