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Expert on greenhouse effect, rising seas to speak March 4

Posted on Feb 27, 2004

Orrin Pilkey

Orrin Pilkey, an expert on
shorelines, rising seas and the greenhouse effect, will speak on “Rising Seas and Shifting Shores: The Mix of Politics and Science at the
Shoreline” on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, which is free and open
to the public, is sponsored by the College's Environmental Studies Program, the
Environmental Awareness Club and the Minerva Committee.

It is the second in a three-part lecture
series titled “Environmental Science and Public Policy.” Environmental advocate
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. opened the series on Feb. 18. Richard Bopp,
a specialist in contaminant issues from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will
speak on April 22. (see details below).

Pilkey, the James B. Duke
Professor Emeritus at Duke University's
Nicholas School
of the Environment and Earth Sciences, has devoted much of his career to the
study of coastal geology, focusing primarily on the
science and policy issues of rising sea levels on barrier coasts caused by the greenhouse

As director of Duke's Program for
the Study of Developed Shorelines, he has studied beach replenishment and other
forms of shoreline stabilization, mitigation of hurricane damage on barriers
and principles of barrier island evolution in Colombia,
South America. He also works with the Department of
Marine Science at the University of Puerto Rico and with the U.S. Geological
Survey in Woods Hole, Mass. He has more than 150 technical publications to his

Pilkey has received numerous
awards for his professional contributions, including the Francis Shepard Medal
for Excellence in Marine Geology and the N.C. Wildlife Federation Conservation
Educator of the Year award. He also has won the George V. Cohee
Public Service Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Pilkey is an honorary member of the Society for the Study of Sediments and has
been featured in The New York Times
Magazine, Esquire, Smithsonian
, Chronicle
of Higher Education
and National

Richard Bopp

On April 22, Richard Bopp, associate professor of earth and environmental
sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will speak on “Mercury Deposition in New York and New Jersey:
From Geochemistry to Policy.”

studied chemistry as an undergraduate at MIT, and has a Ph.D. in geology from Columbia
University. For the past 20 years
he has conducted research on various aspects of contaminant geochemistry in the
Hudson River, its tributaries, and other natural waters
of the Hudson Basin.

His research group at RPI uses
analysis of dated sediment cores to study the sources and distribution of PCBs,
pesticides, dioxins, PAHs, and trace metals. They
also study atmospheric deposition of contaminants, and in situ dechlorination of PCBs.

Bopp has
been involved in several major contaminant issues including the PCB problem in
the Hudson, dioxins in Newark
Bay, and disposal of contaminated
dredge spoils.

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John Kelly III ’76 to get MIKE award for promoting tech push

Posted on Feb 27, 2004

John E. Kelly III '76

IBM executive John E. Kelly III
'76, a leader in promoting technology initiatives at the College and in the
region, is to receive the MIKE award at the 2004 Summit
in Tech Valley.

The MIKE, which recognizes “mentoring,
inspiration, knowledge and entrepreneurship,” is given in recognition of his
“vision and leadership in elevating Tech Valley's standing in the global
high-tech community,” according to the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of

Kelly, senior vice president and
group executive, Technology, Systems and Technology Group at IBM, will receive
the award at a luncheon on Thursday, May 6. The fourth annual Summit
in Tech Valley
will be held May 5 and 6 at the Empire
State Plaza Convention
Center in Albany.

“Much of the high-tech growth in Tech
Valley can be tied directly to the
support of Dr. Kelly and IBM,” said Ann Wendth, senior vice president of the
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and lead organizer of the Summit
in a press release. “We are fortunate to have him working on our behalf,”

Kelly also recently was named to “Tech
Valley's Hot 10” list by the
chamber. The list recognized 10 people who have been very influential in the
region's increased focus as a high-tech center.

Kelly, a member of Union's
Board of Trustees, has been a leader in a collaboration in which IBM is
assisting the College with its Converging Technologies initiative. Kelly
received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Union
in 1976. For more about Kelly's involvement with Union,
read the press release about his joining the Board of Trustees: http://www.union.edu/N/DS/s.php?s=3455

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Posted on Feb 27, 2004

Through March 14
Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial
“Method & Metaphor,” selected works from the Seena and Arnold
Davis' Old Master Collection.

Through March 18
Arts Atrium Gallery
Digital photography exhibition including works by Skip Dickstein, Donna Fitzgerald,
Gary Gold, Tim Killips, Michael Mosall II, Marie Triller, Prof. Martin
Benjamin and a selection of works by Union students. Artists'
reception is Thursday, March 4, from 4:30
to 6 p.m.

Through April 16
Humanities Lounge Gallery
Exhibition of  photographs by Peter
Blankman, director of communications and publications, whose works over three
decades have captured everyday life, uncommon events and the beauty of the

Through end of term
Social Sciences gallery
Exhibition of quilts by local artists.

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Posted on Feb 27, 2004

Thursday, Feb. 26
11:30 a.m.
Memorial Chapel –
Founders Day speaker, award-winning novelist/poet Julia Alvarez. Her topic will
be, “In Celebration of Founders Day.”
7 p.m.
– F.W. Olin Center Auditorium – 12 Windows film series
continues. The Revolution Will Not Be
, a documentary about the recent failed coup in Venezuela. Presented by Prof. Daniel Mosquera.
7 p.m. – Humanities Lounge – Philosophical
Café. The topic will be “Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage.”

Friday, Feb. 27
7 p.m.
– Messa Rink at the Achilles Center – Women's hockey vs. Cornell (ECAC
Division/League game).

Friday, Feb. 27 through Monday, March 1
8 &
10:30 p.m. – Reamer Campus Center Auditorium – Movie: Mystic

Saturday, Feb. 28
2 p.m.
– Nott Memorial –
Thruway Concert, reception to follow
4 p.m.
– Messa Rink at the Achilles Center – Women's hockey vs. Cornell
(ECAC Division/League game).
5 p.m. – Memorial Chapel – Heavenly Voices
Gospel Ensemble in concert, reception to follow.

Monday, March 1
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. – Reamer Campus Center 410 – Latin American & Caribbean
Studies will host a pizza luncheon/discussion on the topic of illegal
immigration in the United States. Some students and colleagues would like
to discuss some of the ideas printed in the Feb. 5 issue of the Concordiensis. For information, contact
Prof. William Garcia.

Noon – Reamer Campus Center 205 – Kelsey Rice, young adult intern for the National Network of
Presbyterian College Women of Lexington, Ky., will lead a discussion titled
“Sisters in Spirit: Reconciling Faith and Women's Issues.” Sponsored by Campus
Protestant Ministry.

Tuesday, March 2 through Saturday March 6
8 p.m
. – Yulman Theater – Tartuffe by Moliere, directed by Lloyd Waiwaiole. Admission $7; $5
with Union ID. Information 388-6545. (Closing matinee Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 3
10 p.m.

Old Chapel – Comic Joe Chasnoff.

Thursday, March 4
4:30 p.m.

Humanities 213 – Philosophy Talk with guest speaker Carole Rovane of Columbia University. Her topic will be, “Personal Identity: Ethical
Not Metaphysical.”

7 p.m. — Nott Memorial — Orrin Pilkey, an expert on shorelines, rising seas and the greenhouse effect, will speak on “Rising Seas and Shifting Shores: The Mix of Politics and Science at the Shoreline.” Second in three-part series on “Environmental Science and Public Policy” sponsored by Environmental Studies.
7 p.m. – Reamer Campus Center Auditorium – 12 Windows film series, Buena Vista Social Club, Wim Wender's
music-filled documentary about aging Cuban music greats. Discussion led by
Prof. Tim

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Daffodil sale to benefit ACS

Posted on Feb 27, 2004

A campus group is joining the
American Cancer Society's “Daffodil Days” to raise funds to support the fight
against cancer.

A bunch of flowers is $7; a blue
vase is $8; and two bunches, greens and vase is $20. Participants can also make
a $20 donation as a “Gift of Hope” to a cancer patient.

Orders are due by Friday, Feb. 27.
Flowers will be delivered the week of March 29.

For more information, contact
Gretchel Tyson (ext. 6609), Kelly Lussier (ext. 6104), or Chris Glover (ext.

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