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Lecturer to Speak About The Importance of Global Resilience

Jorg Imorger, the director of the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia, will give a University of Maine Correll Presidential Lecture Series keynote address at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 in Wells Conference Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Imorger’s talk, “Building Resilience: Recognizing There is a Next Generation,” will focus on the importance of and suggestions for building global resilience for our benefit and the benefit of the next generation. Imorger will discuss the way nature evolved over the last five million years and provide an explanation of the 100,000 year periodicity of the interglacial cycle; change in the name of progress in the 1900′s that has led to anthropogenic emission, losses of natural habitat, economic globalization and rise of wealth inequality; and the challenge for the 21st century to harness technology to return mental and physical well being. He will describe some advances in new technologies and show how they could be harnessed to redress the imbalance that has developed in the last 50 years.

UMaine President Paul Ferguson will provide a welcome address and Krish Thiagarajan, the Correll Presidential Chair in Energy in UMaine’s College of Engineering, will introduce Imorger.

Imorger is the Winthrop Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Centre for Water Research, and vice chancellor and distinguished fellow at the University of Western Australia. His research interests include motion and mixing in lakes, estuaries and coastal seas; the dependence of aquatic ecological systems on transport and mixing processes; and the application of this combined knowledge to the sustainable management of river basins.

The lecture is the second in the University of Maine Correll Presidential Lecture Series sponsored by the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Professorships in Education, Engineering and New Media, and the President’s Office at the University of Maine.

Contact: Victoria Blanchette, (207) 581-2204

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