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Panels explore how major metropolitan areas pose serious environmental woes

Panels explore how major metropolitan areas pose serious environmental woes
March 8, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Presidential Golf Outing Kickoff 11-7-10 128Lisle, Illinois ~ Hong Kong. Mexico City. Stuttgart. Istanbul, Varanassi, India – major metropolitan areas that pose major environmental problems. As more and more people are drawn to megalopoles around the world, city governments are confronted with challenging moral, ethical and scientific problems. 

The Years for the Environment initiative and the Faith and Reason Symposium series at Benedictine University will examine the issues of climate change and the environmental pressures facing major metropolitan areas during a daylong forum featuring Gregory A. Petsko, D.Phil. and a panel of distinguished faculty from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1 in Birck Hall, Room 112.

Petsko, who earned a Ph.D. from Oxford University, is an internationally known biochemist and chemist and past president of the 12,000-member American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Benedictine faculty addressing the global cities issue from 9:00-11:00 a.m. include: Rita George-Trtkovic, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology; Christine Isom-Verhaaren, Ph.D., instructor of History; Ovid Wong, Ph.D., associate professor of Education; and Margarete Roth, Ph.D., professor emeritus of International Business and Economics.

Petsko will speak during lunch from 12:00-1:15 p.m., followed by a climate change panel from 1:30-3:30 p.m. featuring Al Martin, Ph.D., professor, department of Biology; Tim Marin, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry; Philip Hardy, Ph.D., instructor, Department of Political Science; and Ralph Feeney, M.S., M.B.A. of Environmental Resources Management.

The climate change panel discussion is the capstone event for students participating in the Climate Change semester.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tonia Rucker at (630) 829-6250.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.