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Duquesne's Bayer School to Host National Environmental Studies Conference on Campus

Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will co-host the 2013 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference, Linking Rural and Urban Societies and Ecologies, June 19-22, in partnership with Chatham University's School of Sustainability and the Environment.

"The conference bridges the two sides of environmental considerations," said Dr. Stanley J. Kabala, associate director of Duquesne's Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE). "It looks at the biology and ecology, as well as the technical and policy aspects, such as pollution issues."

Approximately 300 participants from across the country are expected on campus for the event, which includes workshops, plenary presentations, research poster sessions and field trips.

"We are especially pleased to both co-host and co-sponsor this year's AESS conference and to welcome our colleagues to Pittsburgh," said Dr. David Seybert, dean of the Bayer School. "Fostering this kind of interdisciplinary discussion and focus is an essential element of our mission."

Duquesne representatives will be involved in several conference events. Three graduate students from CERE will present their research during the poster session. Also, the University will engage attendees in two field trips: a tour of the on-campus cogeneration plant and a visit to Wingfield Pines in Upper St. Clair to observe the site of the abandoned mine drainage remediation project on which CERE students conduct research directed by Ed Schroth, adjunct professor of environmental science.

"Pittsburgh is the perfect location for exploring the conference's theme surrounding the relationship between urban areas and the environment," Kabala said. "The field trips will showcase the theme in a very real way."

The conference will serve as the final event of CERE's 20th anniversary celebration, which kicked off in September 2012.

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