(June 30, 2011)--The UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute invites the public to attend "Water for Life: Adapting to a Warming, Water-stressed World," a free public lecture featuring water expert Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project. The lecture will be 4-5 p.m., Thursday, July 7 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. (View a campus map.)
Postel is one of the world's most highly regarded experts on international freshwater issues. She is the founder of the Global Water Policy Project and is the lead water expert for the National Geographic Society's freshwater initiative. In 2002, she was named one of the Scientific American 50 for her contributions to water policy.
In 2010, Postel was named the first female Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. She holds a bachelor's degree in geology and political science from Ohio-based Wittenberg University, a master's in environmental management with an emphasis in resource economics and policy from Duke University, and two honorary doctorates.
In addition to lecturing and promoting water policy internationally, Postel is a prolific writer. Among others, she is the author of the acclaimed books "Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity," which has been translated into eight languages and inspired a PBS documentary in 1997, and "Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature," which she co-authored with Brian Richter.
Postel has written more than 125 articles for a variety of publications including scholarly journals such as Science and Natural History, popular magazines such as Scientific American and top newspapers such as the New York Timesand the Washington Post. She also has provided commentary for programs on CNN, CBS, ABC, NPR and the BBC.
"The global water challenge is how to meet the needs of our growing human population while at the same time protecting the ecosystems that support life on the planet," said Postel. "A highly engaged and water-literate public is crucial to meeting this challenge."
Reservations are not required to attend Sandra Postel's July 7 lecture at UTSA, however seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will begin promptly at 4 p.m.
Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
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At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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