|U of M Will Host First Urban Ecology Colloquium June 14
For release: June 8, 2007
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The Ecological Research Center at the University of Memphis will hold its first Urban Ecology Colloquium June 14, with a focus on funding environmental education. The morning session, set for 9 a.m.-noon in Dunn Hall, Room 129, will feature invited speakers Alice Chastain of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Grants Program, Tamara Coleman of the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Mary Helen Butler of the Tennessee Environmental Education Association. An afternoon workshop on environmental education grant-writing and funding will be held from 1-3 p.m. in Ellington Hall, Room 109.
The colloquium is open to anyone interested in learning about environmental education in Tennessee, including science educators. There is no charge to attend, and advance registration is not required.
The program will introduce the Center’s concept of coupling “institutionalizing ecological literacy” with development of an urban biodiversity database for Memphis and the Mid-South.
The Center will work with middle school science teachers to incorporate a biodiversity module into their curriculum that requires students to go into the environment, investigate it, characterize it, and hopefully become invested in its maintenance and improvement.
For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl A. Goudie at 901/678-2594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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