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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Patricia DeMarco discusses 'Pathway to Our Sustainable Future'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Patricia DeMarco, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and former director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, will deliver a lecture titled "Pathway to Our Sustainable Future" whens she visits Slippery Rock University Sept. 23.

The free 7 p.m. lecture is in the Spotts Auditorium.

The Carson Institute, part of the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University, works toward sustaining earth's life support system, clean air, pure water and fertile soil through education, research and outreach.

Carson, writer, scientist and ecologist, grew up in the rural river town of Springdale, Pa., and is best known for her book "Silent Spring" that is credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson is a Chatham graduate.

DeMarco, a Pittsburgh native, formerly served as executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association. She earned her bachelor of science and doctorate in biology at the University of Pittsburgh before pursing a career in biochemical genetics research at Yale University and Boston University School of Medicine. Her focus was on mutation mechanisms.

She later turned her attention to energy and environmental policy, serving as Connecticut's executive director of the Power Facilities Evaluation Council and as staff to the governor of Connecticut on such issues as nuclear power plant safety, energy conservation, clean fuels technology and as liaison to the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

She represented the governor on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Task Force, which succeeded in designating the west branch of the Farmington River. She worked as the manager of resource development for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Co-operative and as a loaned executive to start up a technology development firm to commercialize declassified defense technology.

After moving to Alaska in 1998 to become president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., she served as a commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, with jurisdiction over all electric, gas, water, refuse utilities, and oil and gas pipelines. From 2002 to 2005, she served as associate dean for the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

SRU's department of philosophy, the SRU Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator and the SRU Office for Sustainability are sponsoring the visit.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.