Water expert Deborah Swackhamer to deliver U of M's Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Lecture Nov. 4 (From Press Release)
Nationally recognized freshwater expert and environmental chemist Deborah Swackhamer will deliver the University of Minnesota's annual Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Swackhamer's lecture, "Drop by Drop: Everyday Solutions to Toxic Water," will address the threats facing our freshwater resources and the achievements we've made in turning the tide toward sustainability.
From the loss of natural buffers and filters such as wetlands, to the introduction of endocrines and industry and consumer-induced toxins, the planet's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater reserves are under increasing stress. The good news is that concern for our finite water supply is beginning to take center stage in town halls and legislative chambers. Swackhamer will also offer an update on Minnesota's own groundbreaking 25-year plan for a sustainable water future.
Swackhamer is an environmental chemistry professor in the university's School of Public Health and holder of the Humphrey Institute's Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. In her role as co-director of the university's Water Resources Center, Swackhamer oversees the center's research and educational programs, including the Water Resources Research Institute grants program for the U.S. Geological Survey, and develops research and educational opportunities for the center.
The Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture and Award was established by the university's Women's Center to honor the scholarly accomplishments and leadership of distinguished women faculty at the university. It's named after Ada Louise Comstock, a university professor and education pioneer who became the first president of Radcliffe College in 1923.
The Women's Center is a unit of the university's Office of Equity and Diversity and supports the academic community in its efforts to create a healthy climate in which women reach their full potential. For information, visit www.umn.edu/women.