Panel of Lycoming College experts to discuss the future of energy

Six Lycoming College professors will discuss the future of energy during a panel discussion on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. Admission to the event is free; light refreshments will be served.

The discussion, titled “The Future of Energy? An Interdisciplinary Approach,” will showcase the range of issues and challenges surrounding the production and use of energy and their implications locally, nationally and globally. Faculty will discuss how specific fields like biology, physics, political science or history address subjects connected to energy in their classrooms and in their research. They also will identify how complex energy issues intersect across academic disciplines and how our understanding of these energy issues from one field influences the questions studied by other fields.

The panel will consist of faculty who will be teaching courses for the College’s new minors in energy studies and energy science, available starting in the fall:

  • Bob Smith, Ph.D., department of biology
  • Michael Kurtz, Ph.D., department of economics
  • Ryan Adams, Ph.D., department of sociology and anthropology
  • Laura Seddelmeyer, Ph.D., department of history
  • Charles Mahler, Ph.D., department of chemistry
  • Charles Doersam, M.S., department of physics

The panel will be moderated by Jonathan Williamson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Energy and the Future and associate professor of political science.

The panel discussion is part of the College’s semester-long colloquium on “Our Energy Future” and is sponsored by the Center for Energy and the Future, which will begin full operations next fall.

Lycoming College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) brings the College’s interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of the complex and interconnected questions surrounding our energy future. CEF engages students, faculty, researchers, business and political leaders, and the general public in an ongoing and fair-minded conversation about energy systems of all types and their impacts at a local, national and global level.

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