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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
Environmental Resources Center: Connecting with the Community through a Center of Excellence (90 mins)

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The Environmental Resources Center, or ERC, is one of the Centers of Excellence at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The mission of the ERC is to promote the understanding and conservation of the natural resources of the region through scientific research, educational opportunities, and outreach. The Center provides a platform for enhancing the visibility of the university in the community; a tangible resource for the public on topics of ecology, the environment and sustainability; and increased opportunities for collaboration among faculty and students from different disciplines within the university. The ERC has had many successes and also challenges, and in my presentation I will explore both in the context of community engagement. Opportunities and challenges can be intertwined. The bulk of support for ERC activity comes from contracts and awards for applied research and technical services. Consequently, staff time and resources are largely dedicated to completing projects, and thus discretionary funds and time are limited. Growth and expansion into new areas requires resources and risk, and there may be delays in tangible benefits to the university, so administration must decide how to apply limited resources to such enterprises. Staffing in the form student internships and graduate student projects builds team size and provides wonderful opportunities for the students, but students are not yet polished in their professions, particularly in realms of political interaction, and so need more time to accomplish tasks and possibly close supervision to avoid stepping on toes. Reaching collaboratively across academic silos continues to be challenging.

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Bruce Kingsbury

Associate Dean, Indiana - Purdue University Fort Wayne
As relates to my presentation, I direct our Environmental Resources Center, promoting the understanding and conservation of our natural resources. This endeavor emerged from my active research program focusing on wildlife ecology and conservation, particularly snakes (!). In my... Read More →

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms

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