The Finger Lakes Institute is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public.
The Finger Lakes Institute will be celebrating its Dedication Week Oct. 18-22. In honor of the successful completion of the FLI facility and the start of programming, the Finger Lakes Institute will host a series of educational lectures pertaining to the scientific study of the eleven Finger Lakes. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Guest speakers include Finger Lakes Institute staff members and faculty and students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Participants will learn about the 21st century environmental and scientific challenges facing the Finger Lakes region. All are invited to learn why research on the Finger Lakes is so critical and how Hobart and William Smith Colleges are on the cutting edge of water-related and environmental studies. All lectures will be conducted in the Finger Lakes Institute building at 601 S. Main Street, Geneva.
Lectures are scheduled as follows:
Monday, Oct. 18
• 11:30 a.m.: Marion Balyszak, FLI interim director, “Introducing the Finger Lakes Institute to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Communities of the Finger Lakes region”
• 5 p.m.: Sarah Meyer, FLI community outreach coordinator, “Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach and Public Service Programs”
Tuesday, Oct. 19
• Noon: Anne Wibiralski, professor of geoscience, “Ecology of the Finger Lakes Course Planning and Other Happenings in the Geoscience Dept.”
• 3 p.m.: John Halfman, professor of geoscience, “Hydrogeochemical and Ecological Consequences of Zebra and Quagga Mussels for Seneca Lake”
Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Noon: Marion Balyszak, FLI interim director, “21st Century Challenges: Reasons to Protect the Finger Lakes”
• 5:30 p.m.: Sarah Meyer, FLI community outreach coordinator, “The Finger Lakes Institute as a Green Facility”
Thursday, Oct. 21
• 9 a.m.: Neil Laird, professor of geoscience, “Understanding Lake-Effect Snow Storms in the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes Regions”
• 10:30 a.m.: Eric Primrose, FLI educational outreach coordinator, “Geology of the Finger Lakes”
• 1 p.m.: John Halfman, professor of geoscience, “Hog Farms, Salt and other Impacts on the Finger Lakes”
Friday, Oct. 22
• 11:30 a.m.: Members of Campus Greens, “Student Efforts Made to Make HWS Campus Greener”
• 1 p.m.: Eric Primrose, FLI educational outreach coordinator, “Finger Lakes Institute Science on Seneca and Educational Outreach Programs”
• 4 p.m.: Jim Ryan, professor of biology, “The Future of Water Quality in the Finger Lakes”
Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Meyer at (315) 781-4382 or e-mail email@example.com.