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Spring 2010

February 8: Jason Hanna, NIU Professor of Philosophy
Moral Responsibility and Global Climate Change
309 Davis Hall, 4:30p

February 25: David Goldblum, NIU Professor of Geography
The Deciduous-Boreal Forest Ecotone in Central Ontario, Canada: Vegetation Dynamics and the Likely Impact of Climate Change
443 Montgomery Hall, 3:30p
Biological Sciences Colloquium

March 18: Eric V. Schaeffer, Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) Director
Topic: NGOs and Environmental Law Enforcement
188 Swen Parson, 4:00p
**Eric V. Schaeffer has served as director of the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) since its establishment in March of 2002, after resigning from the US Environmental Protection Agency to protest White House political interference with efforts to enforce the Clean Air Act. Before joining EIP, Eric had served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement, where he received a Presidential Rank Award recognizing his outstanding achievement as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He also received the prestigious John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric's career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1987, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1976.

March 22: Yaffa Grossman, Beloit College
Environmental Studies and Sustainability Beloit College
309 Davis Hall, 4:30p
**Yaffa Grossman is a professor in the Beloit College Biology Department and the Environmental Studies program.  She is a physiological plant ecologist with research interests in plant carbon allocation, growth analysis and modeling, and sustainability. She is also beginning to explore restoration ecology in the urban context. She has strong interests in interdisciplinary education, has chaired the Environmental Studies program at Beloit, and is co-PI on a Keck/Project Kaleidoscope Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning grant.  She teaches Botany, Biometrics, Environmental Biology, and Ecology, and topics courses in physiological plant ecology, conservation biology, environmental sustainability, and environment and society.  She enjoys working with students in the classroom and on research projects.  She received the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, awarded by Alliant Corporation, April 2005.

April 5: Kris Zadlo, Invenergy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Transmission
Regulatory & Structural Impediments for Wind Development
309 Davis Hall, 4:30p
**Mr. Zadlo has nearly 20 years of experience in the electric power industry and oversees Invenergy’s national and regional commercial activities pertaining to transmission and regulatory affairs. He is responsible for managing technical assessments, market design initiatives, tariff filings, ISO/RTO market integration and developing near- and long-term regulatory and transmission strategies for Invenergy. Prior to joining Invenergy, Mr. Zadlo was employed with Calpine Corporation for eight years as Vice President of Transmission. He also worked for Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago as Technical Studies Director. At ComEd, he worked with General Electric to develop and install the world’s first commercially viable trailer mounted turbine generator. He held various management positions in strategic analysis, transmission planning, generation planning and operations during his 10 year career with ComEd. Education: MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University; BS in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute, cum laude; Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

April 8: Tim Donohue, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Microbes and the Energy Grid
443 Mongomery Hall, 3:30p
Biological Sciences Colloquium

April 26: Barry Solomon, Michigan Technological University
The Coming Sustainable Energy Transition: Background, Strategies, and Prospects
309 Davis Hall, 4:30p