Azusa Pacific University kicks off a three-part series on issues in the world of science with “Lifelines for Our Future,” a conversation addressing stewardship and sustainability of the Earth and its resources on Fri., Oct. 23.

The event begins with a panel presentation and discussion led by four prominent leaders in the field: 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, and Jon Prange of the Zoological Society of San Diego. After a networking reception, James A. Kelly, senior vice president at Southern California Edison will deliver the keynote address.

“The Segerstrom Symposia is an opportunity for APU and the community to dialogue with world-class scholars and professionals on scientific and technical concerns of interest to all,” said David Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at APU. “We look forward to engaging experts on issues from a variety of perspectives.”

The panel discussion takes place from 2:30–4 p.m., followed by a reception and Kelly’s keynote address, “Smart About Green” from 6:30–7:30 p.m. The presentations take place in the Perry Lecture Hall at APU’s new Segerstrom Science Center.

“The term sustainability is about the alignment of social impact, environmental impact, and economic impact,” said panelist KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz of Sustainable Life Media. “What we’re promoting is that there is an opportunity and not necessarily a conflict in a company’s pursuit of having positive environmental and social impact, at the same time as being able to produce good economic results.”

The experts will also interact with APU students throughout the day in both formal and informal settings in the classroom and across campus. This is the first of three symposia scheduled for the academic year. The next symposium takes place January 14, 2010 featuring Nobel Prize in medicine recipient David Baltimore, Ph.D., and the topic of medical updates, with the final symposium on March 19 with a focus on bioethics.

Media representatives interested in attending may contact Allison Oster at (626) 815-4518.

Meet the Presenters:

Keynote speaker James A. Kelly is senior vice president for Transmission and Distribution Business Unit (TDBU) of Southern California Edision. He will speak about the challenges and opportunities around renewable sources in California and across the nation and will address "What is the Smart Grid, and why do we need it?" along with "How do electric vehicles play into this vision?" Kelly is responsible for the operation and maintenance of an electrical grid comprised of over 12,000 circuit miles of transmission and subtransmission lines and about 86,000 circuit miles of distribution lines spread across a 50,000 square-mile service area. He joined SCE in 1973 as a summer college intern, and has since held management positions in several SCE organizations. Prior to his current role, Kelly was the vice president of Engineering and Technical Services in TDBU, responsible for planning, engineering, and designing SCE’s electrical grid, as well as for safety, training, and research and development.

KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz is founder and president of Sustainable Life Media, created in 2004 as a vehicle for contributing her community building and media experience to the emerging field of sustainable living and sustainable business. Since 2003, SKrzyniarz has devoted her full attention to the emerging field of sustainability, helping various media entrepreneurs and NGO’s such as Sierra Club and establish their own paths to effectiveness and economic sustainability. Skrzyniarz is an APU alumna.

Steven F. Zornetzer, Ph.D., is the associate center director of NASA Ames Research Center, and an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience and revolutionary, information technology-based applications to aerospace and space exploration missions. His expertise ranges from basic research in cognitive, perceptual, and neural sciences to applied research in integrative biology, biological information processing, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and biomedical science. NASA Ames Research Center, located in Mountain View, Calif., recently broke ground on what is the greenest building ever built by the federal government. The building will be used to test everything from efficient windows to light bulb designs and is expected to open by early spring 2011.

Leonard E. Robinson is the Federal Liaison for the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control. As Federal Liaison, Robinson’s primary responsibility is to maximize California's share of Federal environmental protection resources through recognition of, and leveraging, California's position as a global economy, as well as to be a leader in environmental initiatives, policy, and technology. Robinson championed the “California Take It Back! Partnership,” a consortium of state and local government offices, retail stores, nonprofit agencies, and utilities that provide free, local, and convenient locations for California residents to recycle their household universal wastes.

Jon Prange is the venture business manager for the Zoological Society of San Diego. Under his direction, the Venture Business Office supports the vision of connecting people to wildlife and conservation. Their vision for biomimicry is to connect people's design challenges to nature's solutions. By doing so, they feel that human inventions inspired by nature can further steps to sustainability. The San Diego Zoo has partnered with the City of San Diego to become the world's first biomimicry hub.