Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Major in Geoscience Technology & Management

A gap currently exists in the geoscience industry:  geologists who know little about the business aspects of their profession and people in the business arena who have limited understanding of geology.  An interdisciplinary major in Geoscience Technology and Management will produce matriculates who can enter the geoscience industry as geologists and/or managers. Moreover, majors will be sufficiently prepared for entry into advanced educational programs.  Housed in the Department of Chemistry/Geology/Physics, this major was developed in close consultation with the College of Business and Economics as well as several professionals in the geosciences industry (environmental consulting, oil, and natural gas).  The major includes courses in geology, chemistry, math, business, economics, and environmental ethics as well as an internship or work experience.  Several geology courses were newly developed or revised:  Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Economic Geology, Petroleum Geology, and Environmental Geochemistry.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Environmental Lecture Series Focusing on Latin America Begins Oct.3

This year is the 22nd annual Environmental Lecture Series. The theme this year is Environmental and Human Health in Latin America.  This regional focus complements the on-going College of Arts and Sciences Symposium (Engaging Latin America and the Caribbean), while provide perspectives from experts in human ecology, environmental and resource management policy, and scientific study related to specific environmental issues.

Village view of Tawahka village, Honduras (photo credit: Kendra McSweeney)
Our first speaker is Dr. Kendra McSweeney from Ohio State University.  Dr. McSweeney is a geographer and political ecologist specializing in the relationship between people and forests.  Her presentation on Drug-Trafficking and Deforestation in Latin America is based on 20+ years of research experience in Honduras.  For more details and photos, see CAS Symposium Blog.

Dr. McSweeney's presentation will be Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm in the Ronk Lecture Hall, COE. All Environmental Lectures are free and open to the public.  Information and updates on other presentations in this year's series can be found here.

  • Nov. 7/ Dr. Geoff Dabelko--Environment, Peace, and Security: Lessons from Latin America
  • Feb. 20/ Dr. Matt Venesky--Emerging infectious diseases of wildlife and their conservation challenges in the Neotropics
  • Apr.3/ Dr. Amanda Rodewald--The intersection of coffee, communities, and conservation in Latin America

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ohio Medical Education Day Scheduled for Oct 5

The Ohio Medical Schools and the Ohio Advisors for the Health Professions will be hosting the first Ohio Medical Education Day (OMED) this fall on Saturday, October 5, 2013, on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  
This event is for undergraduate pre-med students who are either Ohio residents or attending an Ohio college or university.  Former students also are welcome; however, anyone who is currently in the 2013-2014 application cycle is not eligible to register.  The $15 registration fee covers a continental breakfast and lunch.  Registration forms are available from Dr. Rebecca Corbin, and registration must be completed by September 25th. 
The following topics will be presented by medical school representatives and Ohio advisors:
Application Process
Case Studies
Metrics:  MCAT / Coursework
Letters of Evaluation
Medical Student Panel
Are You on the Right Path?
Personal Statement
Financing Medical School
Gap Year Options
MD and DO

Wednesday, September 11, 2013