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Professor joins national environmental lecture tour

Carnegie Mellon Professor David Dzombak has been chosen to give a series of lectures focusing on environmental issues for the members of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Education and Research and faculty director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. He is a leader in research in a variety of fields, incluing aquatic chemistry, water-quality engineering, environmental restoration, and the environment and energy.

The tour is scheduled to visit 18 environmental engineering programs across the country through April 1, 2011. Dzombak will alternate between giving two different lectures specific to his fields of study. The two lectures are titled “Need and Challenge of Alternative Water Sources For Use in Electric Power Production” and “Geologic Sequestration of CO2: Evaluating and Monitoring Seal Rock Integrity.”

“The lecture tour has been very popular because the topics our themed speaker is presenting are so very current and critical to ongoing national debates about energy and water use,” said Sarina Ergas, head of the AEESP lecture series committee and an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Florida, in a Carnegie Mellon press release.

Alumna’s 1940s student art portfolio to be displayed

Eleanor Wilson Stoltz, a 1945 Carnegie Tech alumna who has since become a professional artist and educator, plans to share her student portfolio created almost 70 years ago. The exhibition is titled “After Pearl Harbor,” and it will be hosted in Carnegie Mellon’s Ellis Gallery on the third floor of the CFA building Thursday to Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Stoltz’s art centers on the World War II time period, when campus life dramatically changed as men enlisted and women dominated the art studios. Artwork from her professional career and some personal artifacts will also be included in the exhibition showcasing the epoch.

A charcoal series from life-drawing classes dated from 1941 to 1943, along with some oil-on-paper portraits, pencil drawings, and other class assignments, comprise her impressive student portfolio.

Additionally, a collection of metal crafts, tools, photographs, framed artworks, personal objects, and archives on loan from the family will add a historical element to the exhibit.

Her hand-sewn Carnegie Tech plaid dress will be on display along with a self-portrait. Using selected transcripts of her memories of teachers and their methods, the exhibit will show a personal perspective of history.