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02/09/14 by Juanita Teschner

Dr. Marisa Weiss: ‘You can take steps to lower your risk of breast cancer’

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will host a presentation Tuesday, April 22, by Dr. Marisa Weiss. A breast oncologist at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa., she serves as director of Breast Radiation Oncology as well as director of Breast Health Outreach. She is also the president and founder of the nonprofit organization Breastcancer.org, an online breast health and breast cancer resource. The presentation, “Think Pink, Live Green: Reducing the Environmental Risks of Breast Cancer,” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Center building on the Catawba campus. Juanita Teschner, director of communications at the Center for the Environment, talked with Weiss recently about her upcoming presentation. This is an edited version of that transcript.

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01/31/14 by Juanita Teschner

Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests

Dr. Patrick Angel, senior forester and soil scientist for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in London, Ky., will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation, “Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests,” is free and open to the public, but registration is required: 704.637.4727.

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01/07/14 by Juanita Teschner

Center for Environment Now Accepting Applications for 2014 National Environmental Summit

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is now accepting applications for its fourth annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students, scheduled for July 8-12. The summit, “Redesigning Our Future,” is open to students from across the country who will be 14-17 years old by the time of the 2014 summit. Those who complete the application process before April 1 will receive a discount of $90 from the student portion of the tuition cost. A limited amount of financial aid is also available. 

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01/07/14 by Juanita Teschner

When the American Dream Leaves You Empty: How to Have a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life

Nancy Sleeth, author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life, will lead a workshop called “A Simple Plan that Simply Works” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. Co-sponsored by the college’s Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, the workshop is part of the Center’s ongoing Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship series.

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11/21/13 by Rebecca Rider

GMOs and You

Nearly 125 people learned about the relationship between illness and genetically modified organisms – GMOs – November 19 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. The Center partnered with Bread Riot to host a screening of the documentary “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives” followed by a panel discussion. Bread Riot offered a food tasting from local farms before the film.

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11/21/13 by Rebecca Rider

Business Leaders Learn about Sustainability at Catawba's Center for the Environment

Nearly 70 business leaders came to the Catawba College campus November 14 for the first “Business Lunch and Learn.” Held at the Center for the Environment facility, the luncheon featured a panel discussion on sustainable business strategies which local leaders could implement.

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11/13/13 by Rebecca Rider

Unraveling the Science behind the Climate Change Debate

Dr. Francis Koster unraveled the science behind the current climate change debate November 12 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

Koster, author of Discovering the New America: Where Local Communities are Solving National Problems, began his presentation by putting the climate change debate into historical context. The controversy it has given birth to is difficult to understand without first looking at how society has dealt with similar paradigm shifts in the past. Koster explained that many new scientific theories, like the discovery that the earth revolves around the sun or the research which showed that germs cause disease, shared similar struggles.

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10/29/13 by Rebecca Rider

Dr. Magryta: Diet and Environment Impact Microflora in Gut

Dr. Christopher Magryta explored the effects of diet and the environment on microflora in the gut October 24 at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. He told the group that it could have a drastic impact on health.

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10/04/13 by Rebecca Rider

What’s at Stake with the Farm Bill?

Farmers, visitors from the LandTrust for Central North Carolina and members of the community gathered Thursday evening to hear about “The Farm Bill, Healthy Food and the Environment: What's at Stake?”

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09/22/13 by Rebecca Rider

What's wrong with the American diet?

“The American diet trades convenience for chronic illness.”

Those are the words of Dr. Chris Nagy, chief medical officer and director of Your Personal Wellness Center. He spoke to an audience of about 175 people Thursday evening at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. Nagy's presentation was entitled, “The Standard American Diet: History, Health, and Disease.”

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