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SMU News & Media Relations
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September 7, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Global environmental change, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and biodiversity will be among the topics discussed at a series of fall lectures sponsored by the Environmental Science Program at Southern Methodist University.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Each lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. Free parking is available under the museum.

Lecture dates and speakers are as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 12 - Allen Solomon, global research ecologist for the Environmental Protection Agency. Title: “Scientific Constraints and Policy Implications of Global Environmental Change.”

Friday, Sept. 28 - Naresh Kumar, president, Growth Oil and Gas, Inc. Title: “Exploring For Oil and Gas in The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on the North Slope of Alaska: Shoring Up Domestic Supply or Defiling the Environment?”

Friday, Nov. 9 - Peter Pritchard, director of the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, Fla. Title: “Soft-shelled Turtles of Vietnam: The Importance of One Species to Global Biodiversity.”

The Environmental Science Program offered through SMU’s Dedman College is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers in medicine, law, public policy, enforcement, site remediation or conservation biology. For more information on the program, visit its Web site at