Two seniors at Slippery Rock University spent finals week in San Francisco after being accepted to present their research at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) National Conference. The AGU conference is one of the largest natural science conferences in the United States attracting 14,000 scientists from around the world. David Fujii and Matthew Batina, students in the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, presented their research on identifying atmospheric pathways of pollution to Western Pennsylvania, with Dr. Julie Snow and Dr. Jack Livingston. Their research was presented among peers and senior scientists alike and attracted the attention of NASA scientists working on the AURA Earth Observing Mission. A highlight of the trip for both students was the keynote address given by former Vice President Al Gore. He focused his address on the role of science and media in policy making, referencing his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." "Spending finals week in San Francisco and listening to Al Gore was one of the more rewarding opportunities that I have had here at SRU," Batina said. "It opened my mind to many of the opportunities that are available for graduate study and careers." For Fujii, the conference was a great tool in pursuing education at a higher level. "I'm fortunate enough to be in a program that offers students unique opportunities to experience their interests first hand with field trips and conferences," he said. Gore's address was designed to motivate scientists to become more vocal about what they know regarding the changing climate of our planet. After returning from San Francisco Dr. Snow took Gore's advice and presented research about climate change to a standing-room-only audience on January 13 at the Jennings Environmental Center. "It certainly made me think about what little time I spend telling my community about my research results," Snow said. Snow will give the same climate lecture at 12:30 pm, Thursday, February 8 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium. The lecture will be open to the SRU community.
"I'm fortunate enough to be in a program that offers students unique opportunities to experience their interests first hand with field trips and conferences." - David Fujii