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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017

IPFW's UC2 Holds Panel Discussion on Aquatic Systems in Northeast Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) University Community Conversation (UC2) presents “Caring for Aquatic Systems in Northeast Indiana—A UC2 Panel Discussion” on Thursday, October 19, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library’s main branch, located at 900 Library Plaza.

UC2 is a program in public engagement sponsored by the university’s Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors. The goal of UC2 is to bring together experts from the campus and the community to tackle topics that pertain to northeast Indiana. This year, UC2 will focus events on how we care for the community.

The third of four events scheduled for fall 2017 is focused on issues that affect how our three rivers are connected to an intricate water system and the concept of creating a community that cares for those aquatic systems. Both human and non-human inhabitants rely on these systems, but do we really understand how they work?

“Caring for Aquatic Systems in Northeast Indiana—A UC2 Panel Discussion” will address three issues related to northeast Indiana’s aquatic systems, including what the broader definition is of a body of water and an aquatic system as it relates to different fields of study; what the major threats are to our aquatic systems and the plants, animals, and infrastructures connected to them; and opportunities that come from taking care of our aquatic systems.

Panelist include:

  • Bruce Kingsbury, professor of biology, associate dean of arts and sciences, and director of environmental resources center
  • Mark Jordan, associate professor of biology
  • Bob Gillespie, associate professor of biology, director of Crooked Lake Biological Station
  • Dong Chen, associate professor of civil engineering
  • Rebecca Essig, assistant professor of engineering
  • Anne Marie Smrchek, project engineer, manager of sewer and stormwater engineering for the City of Fort Wayne

This event is free and open to the public. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the presentation.
For additional information, contact Stephen Buttes at 260-481-6630 or uc2@ipfw.edu.

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