Taylor University Science Seminar Series Begins Monday

Published: Sep 14, 2012

Euler Science Complex

The 48th Annual Natural Sciences Seminar, a series of Monday afternoon lectures and presentations, begins Monday, September 17. The meetings will be held at 4:00 p.m., each Monday in Room 109 in Taylor University’s Euler Science Complex.

The series theme is Sustainability and Stewardship: Science and Society. “Sustainability has risen in recent years as a recognized concept integral to current development and the future of society,” said Dr. Michael Guebert, chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Taylor. “Even so, definitions of sustainability remain varied and somewhat unclear. In the broadest sense, sustainability refers to our efforts to use all resources in a manner that meets our current needs, without limiting future generations to meet their own needs. How we achieve this is aptly referred to our stewardship of these resources, especially as Christians who are given the task of caring for creation.

“This Science Seminar Series is built around the theme of Sustainability and Stewardship; Science and Society,” Guebert continued. “That is, how can we use natural sciences to be good stewards within the context of society and to adequately sustain our resources while providing a sufficient life for our children? The presentations in the series start very locally at Taylor, and reach out to broader aspects and examples of sustainability and stewardship in corporate settings and to the far reaches of international sustainable development.”

The series is open to the public. There is no admission charge.


September 17

Sustainable Community, Discovery, Economics, and Energy Use – Euler Science Complex and Beyond – Bill Toll, Ph.D. ’71, Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences, Taylor University


September 24

Campus Sustainability: What We Have Done, What We Can do TU-gether – Kevin Crosby ’09, MES ’10, Coordinator of Stewardship and Sustainability, Taylor University


September 29 (One-day conference sponsored by the Honors Guild)

Simplicity & Sustainability: Flourishing in an Age of Excess 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Keynote – Presence in the Age of Absence: The Christian's Calling in the Digital Age - Dr. Read Schuchardt, Wheaton College

11:30 a.m.  and 2:00 p.m.      Breakout sessions:

  • Sustainable Neighborhoods, Local Congregations, and the Common Good – Brent Aldrich, Herron School of Art and Englewood Community Development Corporation, Indianapolis
  • Feasting and Fasting: Disciplines of Simplicity and Sustainability – Ragan Sutterfield, Writer and Agrarian in Arkansas
  • Sustainability and Stewardship: Cultural Cliché or Christian Calling? – Dr. Michael Guebert, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Taylor
  • Panel: Simplicity and Sustainability: Practical Solutions for Everyday Life – Jane Cramer, Karen Crandall, Megan Miller, Amy Peterson, & Michelle Welker 

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Keynote – Kathleen Norris, Award-winning poet and writer. Author of The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Amazing Grace: A vocabulary of Faith, and The Virgin of Bennington


October 1

Sustainability for All: People, Planet and Profit – Leslie Gottschalk ’13 (MES Candidate) Environmental Science, Taylor University and Agriculture Coach, Victory Acres, Upland, Ind.


October 8

Caring for Creation and Loving Our Neighbors: Sustainable Agriculture and Holistic Development – Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability Semester in Residence and Associate Professor, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Ind.


October 15

Sustainable Technology for Sustainable Communities: What We Make and Why It Matters – Scott Deerwester, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Wildcat Center, Rossville, Ind.


October 22

Seeking Ecosystem and Economic Sustainability: Managing Natural Resources in Exotic Pine Forests of Ecuador Gustavo  Chacón Vintimilla, Ph.D., Director del Departamento de Postgrados, Universidad del Azuay, Cuenca, Ecuador

October 29

Sustaining Human Health & Safety: Impacts on Employees, Family and Community – Trent Mays ’89, MS, CHP, H&S Consultant, Global Health, Safety and the Environment, Eli Lilly & Co, Indianapolis, Ind.


November 5

A New Technology for a Sustainable Energy Future? The Biochemistry of Natural Gas and Renewable Energy – Jay M. Short ’80, Ph.D., CEO, Ciris Energy, Centennial, Colo.


November 12

The Science of Learning: Educational Design that Promotes Environmental Responsibility – Robin Randall, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Professor of Architecture, Judson University and President, Educational Design Laboratory Inc., Elgin, Ill.


November 19

Communicating Sustainability: Engaging the Workforce in Engaged Behavior – Laurie Counsel, Global Environmental Engagement Director, Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.


November 26

Follow that Bird: How “Citizen Scientists” Improve Our Understanding of Global Change and Promote Sustainability – Jason Courter ’02, Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Taylor University


December 3

Sustainable Water Resources for Improving Human Health: The Blood: Water Mission – Barak Bruerd ’99, MS, Africa Programs Director, Blood: Water Mission, Nashville, Tenn.