FDI Conference, Earth Day join forces
BLOOMSBURG — “Consumption” is the theme of two upcoming events at Bloomsburg University — the Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference and the annual Earth Day observance.
Mark Spalding, chair and president of The Ocean Foundation, will talk about the effects of humans on the world's oceans as keynote speaker for the Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference. Spalding will discuss "What the Oceans Are Telling Us and Why It Matters" at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the KUB Ballroom. The lecture, open to the public free of charge, is the final event in a day of student presentations focused on the topic, "consumption."
Also open free to the public is an Earth Day presentation by Justin Hall-Tipping, chief executive officer of Nanoholdings, on Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m., also in KUB Ballroom.
Earth Day keynote speaker Justin Hall-Tipping is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He founded Nanoholdings to help address the energy crisis, working closely with universities and labs that are studying new forms of nano-scale energy in four sectors: generation, transmission, storage and conservation. Nanotechnology is defined as the science of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale, especially to build microscopic devices.
Hall-Tipping, a graduate of the City University, London, and the Harvard Business School’s MBA program, also will speak to physics classes while visiting BU.
As part of Earth Day activities, the Climate Reality Project will present former vice president Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” with audience interaction via Skype. The updated presentation will encourage questions and comments between the audience and a presenter from Gore’s headquarters, according to Tim Pelton, BU’s civic engagement coordinator.
Also planned are tours of the Bloomsburg Recycling Center and a local landfill and return of the on-campus farmers market. Displays of environmentally friendly “green” products, vegan food and attractions provided by Help Our Planet Earth (HOPE) will be featured on the Academic Quad.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.