PITTSBURGH, PA (March 22, 2016) … The restoration of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park
reduced elk overpopulation, increased tree canopy cover and provided an overall
increase in the biodiversity of the region. By now, most people are familiar
with how introducing or removing a species can have overwhelming impact on an
ecosystem, but what about changes to the trillions of microorganisms living in and
around our bodies?
The University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for
Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) will present microbiome expert Jessica Green as
the 2016 Heinz Distinguished Lecturer on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm in
the William Pitt Union Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Avenue in Oakland. Green will
discuss the beneficial and harmful microbes that inhabit our indoor
environments and bodies, and her research into the potential for using “bioinformed
design” to prevent the spread of disease, improve our overall health and
cultivate positive relationships with the environment directly around us.
“The Heinz Distinguished Lectures are open and
understandable to a broad group of people to help the community understand
sustainability,” said Gena Kovalcik, co-director of administration and external
relations for the MCSI. “These talks tie into our mission of having an impact
on our region and community. We want people throughout the region to be able to
understand sustainability and engage with it.”
For more information and to register visit www.engineering.pitt.edu/heinzlecture
by March 25. Any questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free parking will be provided directly across from the William Pitt Union in
the Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage, 4215 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Simply bring
your parking ticket to the registration desk for validation.
Jessica Green is an engineer and ecologist
specializing in microbial systems. She is the founding director of the Biology
and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon, which combines the
disciplines of biology and architecture to develop site-specific design
solutions that minimize the spread of infectious disease and maximize building
energy efficiency. Green is also the chief technology officer of Phylagen, a
company that uses DNA sequencing to improve business performance.
Green’s research in microbiome science and
technology has appeared in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences and in business publications such as the Wall Street
Journal, Forbes and NPR.
The Heinz Distinguished
Lectureship is supported by a gift from the Heinz Endowments for the
establishment of a Green Construction and Sustainable Development Program in
the Pitt Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering. The program is co-sponsored by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable
Innovation. The lectureship is open to the community and aims to bring to the
University innovative, thought provoking, and forward-looking concepts
appropriate for sustainable infrastructure development.
Contact: Paul Kovach