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SUNY Plattsburgh Professor Joel Parker Kicks off forums with first talk Monday, February 1, 2016

30City and The Champlain Wine Company are collaborating with local experts from SUNY Plattsburgh and the community to facilitate discussions on topics relevant to the residents of the region. These public discussions will begin Monday, Feb., 1 at 5:30 p.m. and will occur on the first and third Monday of each month at 30 City Hall Place.
Topics are designed to be accessible, interesting, enjoyable, and relevant to the public. Each forum begins with a half-hour long presentation by a local expert, and concludes with a public discussion. Science at 30City covers a broad range of contemporary science and technology topics that impact our community and everyday lives.

The first of the series will kick off with SUNY Plattsburgh associate professor of Biology Joel Parker discussing “Darwin and Death - Why evolution does not save us from aging.” At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 , Parker will examine several important issues related to aging. Despite over 50 years of intense research, science has failed to bring to market even one drug that can slow aging.

Why has aging proven impossible to treat despite so much effort? The answer lies in understanding how lifespans evolve over evolutionary time. Parker will explore how evolution has complicated the quest to find a pharmacological treatment for aging. The recent evidence against antioxidants and drugs that imitate caloric restriction as aging treatments will also be presented.

On Monday, Feb. 15, Dr. Colin Read, professor of Economics and Finance, will examine the physics and economics of fossil fuels, followed on March 7 with a presentation by Dr. Danielle Garneau, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Science, on the growing problem of micro plastics and the health of Lake Champlain.

30City is a community space located at 30 City Hall Place and the home of the Plattsburgh Downtown Association and the Downtown Visitor’s Center. It acts as a space for community-oriented groups to meet and foment discussion. The Champlain Wine Company makes the space available to 30City for free to promote the mission of community participation into our regional quality of life. For more information, please call 518-564-0064.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Public Service at SUNY Plattsburgh is to support and promote the college’s myriad service and civic engagement activities by providing an administrative structure to coordinate these efforts.
The four key programs that comprise the center are: The Center for Student Volunteerism, The Center for Excellence in Teaching, The Institute for Ethics in Public Life, and the Partnership for Economic and Cultural Development. The center is staffed by Co-Directors and reports directly to the Provost. 

Ethics in Action Practicum

The Philosophy Department is offering a spring “Ethics in Action” practicum to acquaint students in any discipline with a variety of ethical issues that may emerge from the practice of community or professional service. This practicum offers students the opportunity to read, reflect, and discuss the ethical dimensions of community or professional service activities. Contact Dr. Beth Dixon for more information., or call (518) 564-2831.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about the Center for Public Service, please contact:

E. Thomas Moran, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Public Service
Director, Institute For Ethics/Public Life
Office: Hawkins Hall 233
Phone: (518) 564-2154

Becky Kasper, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Public Service
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Office: Feinberg 301
Phone: (518) 564-2154