Panels explore gender in science

A two-part panel series on Nov. 6 and 13 will examine the experience of female scientists, especially those working in environmental science, at Colorado State University. The "Exploring the Influence of Gender in Science and the Environment" panels will be held at Avogadro's Number, 605 S Mason St., Fort Collins.  The first in the series, Nov. 6, 5-6:30 p.m., is “Gender in professional arenas: Striking a balance for success in scientific careers.” Panelists Gillian Bowser, a researcher in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab at CSU; Paula Cushing of the Bioagriculatural Sciences and Pest Management Department;  Emily Fischer, assistant professor of atmospheric science; and Sara Rathburn, associate professor of geosciences will discuss their experiences as women in scientific fields. The panel will be moderated by Ellen Wohl, CSU professor of geosciences. On Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m., the topic will be “Gender in global water issues: The nexus of women, water, and environmental governance.” Panelists Ruth Alexander, CSU professor of history; Suzanne Kent, instructor of anthropology; Michele Koons from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; and Ellen Wohl, professor of geosciences, will share their insight on women in global environmental issues. This panel will be moderated by Kate Wilkins, doctoral candidate in ecology. The panel series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), the Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research (CWSGR), the Ripple Effect, CSU’s Women's Initiative, and the Global Women Scholars Network. The newly established Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Northern Colorado Chapter and Gillian Bowser helped the sponsors put together these remarkable panels. More details.

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Energy topic of next President’s lecture

Whether it is reducing pollution from engines, growing algae, rethinking building design, or redesigning cookstoves for the developing world, Bryan Willson has worked to push boundaries and implement energy solutions on a global scale. Willson will present on these and other future energy solutions during the next installment of the Colorado State University’s President’s Community Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Powerhouse Energy Campus, 430 N. College Ave.  His talk is entitled “Adventures in Global Energy Innovation.” Live streaming video of lecture // Willson's lecture has reached capacity. To be added to the waiting list, please call the Office of CSU Events at (970) 491-4601. To watch the live stream, press "play" beginning at 6:15 p.m. A powerhouse of energy research Willson, a professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of the CSU Energy Institute, founded the University’s renowned Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and has helped build CSU into a powerhouse of energy research. He has worked for more than 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs. Willson is on assignment at the U.S. Department of Energy where he is serving as program director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). CSU launched the lecture series earlier this year as a gift from the university to Fort Collins to celebrate the city’s 150th birthday. Previous speakers in the series have been Lori Peek, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis; and University Distinguished Professors Diana Wall, world-renowned soil ecologist and director of the School for Global Environmental Sustainability, and Dr. Stephen Withrow, veterinarian and founder of the Flint Animal Cancer Center.

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Student health insurance open forum

The CSU Health Network is hosting an open forum regarding the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 12 in Lory Student Center Rooms 304-306. Insurance Consultant Paul Mayo will present an overview of the plan including plan benefits, enrollment details and how health insurance works. If you are currently enrolled in the plan, are looking for a health insurance option for the spring semester, or are interested in learning more about health insurance, please plan to attend. For more information, contact the CSU Student Health Insurance Office at (970) 491-5118.

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