Stewardship and Sustainability: Lifelines for Our Future

by Nina Karim '11

On Friday, October 23, Azusa Pacific University kicked off a three-part series on issues in the world of science with a conversation addressing stewardship and sustainability of the Earth and its resources. Starting at 2:30 p.m., the event opened with a panel presentation and discussion led by four industry leaders in the field including KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz of Sustainable Life Media, Steven F. Zornetzer, Ph.D., of the NASA Ames Research Center, Leonard E. Robinson of the California Environmental Protection Agency, Jon Prange of the Zoological Society of San Diego. About 100 faculty, students, and community members gathered in the Perry Lecture Hall of APU’s new Segerstrom Science Center for this afternoon panel presentation.

Following a reception after the panel, keynote speaker Jim Kelly, senior vice president of Southern California Edison, spoke on “Smart about Green,” at 6:30 p.m. He talked about the smart grid, electric cars, and ways we can conserve energy we need for the state and the nation.

“Mr. Kelly gave a very informative presentation during which he thoroughly engaged the audience. Of special interest was his discussion on difficulties electric companies must overcome in order to maintain a constant supply of electricity to large areas. His audience came to appreciate technical problems typically overlooked by the public in discussions about the availability of electric power,” said Don Isaak, Ph.D., associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

One of the highlights of the day was the participation of a group of headmasters and science chairs from leading Christian high schools in California, Colorado, and Washington hosted by David Dufault Hunter, vice president of enrollment at APU. Guests also included a group of 20 high school honors science students from various high schools. They participated in several sessions with APU faculty on faith integration and the preparation of science and math teachers for Christian high schools.

“We took a giant step forward in becoming a learning center noted for serious dialogue about the sciences,” said Andrea McAleenan, special advisor to the president. “Our goal is to enable the university to be known more broadly as an institution of excellence as we develop graduates who will be leaders in medicine, science, education, and mathematics for the future.”

This was the first of three symposia scheduled for the academic year. Remaining events are scheduled for January 14, 2010 on Advances in Medicine featuring Nobel Prize in medicine recipient Dr. David Baltimore, and March 19 with a focus on bioethics.