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Alumni Back To Class Speaker Series - Apr. 11

Apr 11 2014 - 10:15am to 3:15pm
Environment Hall 2102 and LSRC A158

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Alumni Back to Class: Duke LEAF Award/Environment Hall Opening Weekend

Free, but registration is required and is open to alumni only. Registration for this event is now closed.

"Back to Class," the Nicholas School's series of opportunities for alumni to learn and have a conversation with Nicholas School faculty, staff, other alums and guest speakers about the latest environmental research, policy, trends and tools, continues in Spring 2014 with a special afternoon preceding a weekend full of NSOE activities, including the Duke LEAF Award, Environment Hall Grand Opening, and the Pinecone Pacer.

Land and Sea: Perspectives on Changing Forests and Oceans

Fri., April 11, 2014
12:30 - 3:15 PM EST
Triangle Nic Alumni Network happy hour at Durham's The Pit to follow afterward

This year, the Nicholas School will be bidding farewell to two highly esteemed members of the Duke community: Judd Edeburn, Duke Forest Resource Manger, and Mike Orbach, Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy and former director of the Duke Marine Lab.

In honor of Judd and Mike, join us for two sessions with faculty experts who will address the current and impending challenges of forest and ocean management, respectively. We will also be offering a special alumni session with this year's Duke LEAF Awardee, Chasing Ice photographer James Balog.

10:15 – 10:30 am: Check in I, Environment Hall 2102

10:30 - 11:30 am: "Perspectives on Our Changing Environment Through the (Photographic) Lens," with James Balog 

Join 2014 LEAF Award winner James Balog, National Geographic photographer and subject of the documentary, Chasing Ice, for a small group session about art and the environment. Balog will share some of his work and experiences with how photography can impact and communicate environmental issues. Can one use art to shed light on and bring about real change to these issues - and, if so, how?

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch break

Explore the new Environment Hall and grab a bite to eat at your favorite Duke Eatery. 

12:15 – 12:30 pm: Check In II, LSRC A158

12:30 – 1:45 pm: "Perspectives on Our Changing Forests," a panel discussion with:

Dan Richter, Professor, Applied Ecosystem and Soil Sciences
Jeff Vincent, Korstian Professor in Forest Economics and Management
Jim Clark, Hugo L. Blomquist Professor of Biology, Statistics and Decision Science
Sara Childs (MEM '08), Program Director, Duke Forest

Join four forest research and management heavyweights for an active discussion on the current state of forest systems and modern challenges that arise at the human/forests interface. In an ideal future, what must be done to maintain, improve and properly manage our relationships with forests, and what will be the key issues facing forests and forest management in the next several decades?

Dr. Richter will bring a perspective on soil biogeochemistry for forest health; Dr. Vincent on the economics of natural resource management and policy, particularly in developing countries; Dr. Clark on the consequences of climate, CO2, and disturbance on dynamics of forests; and Sara Childs on the challenges specific to overseeing a forest managed for research and resources as well as for recreation.

Please follow the links above to further explore the work and research of each of our panelists.

1:45 – 2:15 pm: Light hors d'oeuvres and networking

2:20 – 3:20 pm: "Perspectives on Our Changing Oceans"

Mike Orbach, Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy and former director of the Duke Marine Lab Alumni, don't miss this chance to hear from and bid farewell to Mike! Sharing personal insights and lessons learned from many years as an expert on social science and policy in coastal and marine environments, Mike will address modern challenges at the human/ocean interface:

How has our relationship with marine environments changed throughout his career? In an ideal future, what must be done to maintain, improve and properly manage our relationships with the oceans, and what will be the key issues facing oceans (and the people living near and working with them) in the next few decades?

6 pm - onward: Nicholas School Triangle Alumni Happy Hour

The Nicholas School NC Triangle Regional Alumni Network will be hosting an early evening happy hour for local and visiting alums. Tentative location is the new downtown Durham location of Raleigh's famous BBQ restaurant, "The Pit." Stay tuned for more details from group coordinator Greg Andeck, MEM '05!