Lewis, who holds a bachelor's degree from Augustana and master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss what science can offer in understanding global warming, and he will explore the boundaries of what is still unknown about it and its effects.
Chair of Wittenberg's Department of Biology for 11 years, Lewis has served the university since 1990. He teaches courses in ecology, evolution, introductory biology, and the ecology of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and he has taught field ecology courses in northern Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin as well as San Salvador, the United Kingdom and the Bahamas.
Lewis' current research includes spotted turtle ecology, white-tailed deer population dynamics and forest management in small woodlots, and he has received research funding from several sources, including the UnitedStates Forest Service, National Science Foundation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Lewis has published articles and presented lectures to the public as well as scholarly papers to national and international associations of biologists. He received the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993 and Wittenberg's Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2006.
The Global Education Speakers Series is sponsored by the Global Education and Peace Network, and the Clark County Public Library. The theme of this year's series is "Think Globally, Act Locally."
The Global Education and Peace Network organized in response to Study Circles, which discussed reactions and responses to the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. The 12 programs in the 2007-08 series include issues of local and global importance, and give citizens an opportunity to consider their role in a democracy to build a better world.
Wittenberg professors, alumni or administrators have been involved in six presentations in the 2007-08 series. Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies Warren Copeland, also Springfield's mayor, and Richele Shepard, class of 1996, were among four featured speakers in an Oct. 17 program titled "Revitalization: Bringing Springfield Into The Future Together." Stephen Feagins, team physician of Wittenberg's varsity athletics teams, was part of the Nov. 8 program titled "A Fall Symposium About Health Care."
In addition, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature Christine McIntyre gave a presentation on immigration issues in the United States on Jan. 10, Professor of Political Science and Director of East Asian Studies Bin Yu gave a presentation on United States-China relations on Feb. 14, and Wittenberg Dean of the School of Community Education (SCE) Elma Lee Moore and Colleen Walters, SCE class of 2005, gave a presentation titled "Young Women's Education - Around the Globe and Around our Community" on March 13.
For more information about the Global Education Speakers Series, contact Nancy Flinchbaugh with the City of Springfield, Department of Human Relations, Housing and Neighborhood Services at (937) 324-7380 or the Clark County Public Library at (937) 328-6903.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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