Environmental issues the theme of MC's annual Alumni Science Symposium

Oct. 21, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

Maryville College alumnae Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan and Dr. Elaine Dorward-King will be presenters at the College’s annual Alumni Science Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, during the College’s Homecoming weekend. The presentations will be held in Sutton Science Center (Room 233) on the College campus.

Both presenters are 1970s-era graduates of Maryville College whose professional interests lie in the field of natural resources management. Area students and educators in the sciences are particularly encouraged to attend the presentations, which center on the ways in which scientists are called upon to help in developing environmental policies and the possible careers open to science majors in environmental research.

Buchanan, who earned a degree in biology from the College in 1974, will give a presentation entitled “The Urban Forest – A Biogenic Public Utility.” Buchanan received her doctorate from Kent State University. She is currently employed by Davey Resource Group, a consulting firm specializing in environmental planning and natural resources management.

“ The Urban Forest” will focus on forest management and the ways in which scientists are working toward a better understanding of how natural resources should be managed. Additionally, Buchanan’s presentation aims to encourage students interested in the sciences to pursue careers in these fields.

Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, a graduate of the College in chemistry and an executive at a large mining firm, will also be on hand to present on “The Challenge of Delivering Sustainable Development: A Metals and Minerals Industry Case Study.”

Dorward-King, who earned her doctorate from Colorado State University, will discuss the challenges that scientists and others face in making decisions and solving problems in the “real world” of resources management. Likewise, the presentation intends to make students, educators and community members aware of the unique opportunities available in scientific fields.

The presentations, which begin a 9 a.m., are free and open to the public.

A complete schedule of Maryville College’s Homecoming is available at www.maryvillecollege.edu.