JOHNSON CITY – "Climate Change: Truth and Consequences, a Global Perspective" will be the topic of an upcoming lecture at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The talk will be given by Dr. Audrey M. Depelteau, Director of the ETSU Innovation Lab, where she assists entrepreneurs in the successful establishment and growth of technology-based start-up and spin-off companies.
Last year, Depelteau attended Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps Training led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
As a Climate Change Reality Leader, Depelteau leads teams that initiate novel dialogues in which misperceptions emerge and assumptions are challenged. She asserts that it will take visionaries, unprecedented levels of cooperation, strong leadership and the involvement of a broad coalition of scientific leaders and community members to create the fundamental tipping point that will reduce the impact of this worldwide concern.
Depelteau's talk will discuss climate change as a global phenomenon and how it threatens the environment and ecosystems of the world. There will be a follow-up presentation scheduled for the fall of 2014.
"Climate Change challenges the health and well-being of today's population and of future generations," said Depelteau. "The intent of this talk is to initiate an ongoing dialogue by examining the definition of climate change and what we already do know. We will also explore factors contributing to the acceleration of climate change, the key environmental and societal impacts, and steps we can take to reduce climate change. Yes, we can make a difference!"
Once the biology education coordinator and manager of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant at ETSU and a former teacher of Biology, Forensics and Anatomy and Physiology, she is adept at designing, delivering and assessing interdisciplinary student-centered curriculum. Before coming to ETSU, Depelteau was a business owner, health care provider and consultant in Massachusetts and California for over 26 years.
Depelteau's passion for the environment was ignited when she read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring for an ecology course in 1971. She did her graduate work in Environmental Toxicology at the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Pathology at Albany Medical College and at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Depelteau's "Climate Change: Truth and Consequences, a Global Perspective" presentation is part of the lunchtime lecture series hosted by the museum and is sponsored by the ETSU Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology. Interested persons should visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum for dates and times of future lectures.
The museum is open for winter hours Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, or to arrange special assistance for persons with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223.
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