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Trent University Experts Discuss Latest Risks to World’s Water with Toronto Audience


Experts Discuss “Our Water; Our Future” at Inside Trent: Breakfast with the Experts Event at RBC Plaza

Thursday, February 12, 2009, Toronto

Earlier today, over 60 people gathered at RBC Plaza to learn about the new realities facing our world’s most precious resource – water – from leading Trent University faculty and graduate students.

At the Inside Trent: Breakfast with the Experts event, three experts from Trent discussed the topic of “Our Water; Our Future”. The experts were: Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos, an associate professor in the Biology Department at Trent and a recognized expert in global change biology; Dr. Derek Mueller, a renowned polar scientist and the inaugural Roberta Bondar Postdoctoral Fellow in Northern and Polar Studies at Trent; and Mark Dzurko, a Ph.D. candidate in the Trent-Queen’s graduate program in Chemistry, studying trace metal biogeochemistry.

“Our water resources are increasingly under stress. Pollution and climate change are impacting the quality and quantity of water, and this has profound implications for everyone,” said Dr. Mueller. “Events like this one are important because we need to discuss the issues, be mindful of our impacts and take the required action to preserve our environment for the future.”

Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio’s Canadian writing program, The Next Chapter, emceed the event, which was sponsored by RBC and the Trent University Legacy Society.

“To attend this event, Trent invited interested alumni as well as advocates and non-governmental organizations whose mission is to protect the environment to come and learn more about what Trent is doing in this critical area of study,” said Dianne Lister, vice president of External Relations and Advancement at Trent. “It is our hope that these groups and individuals will feel they can take action based on Trent's groundbreaking research.”

The Inside Trent: Lunch with the Experts series was launched in Peterborough in 2007 as a community outreach event, designed to bring Trent’s experts to the community to facilitate a sharing of knowledge on topical subjects. The event is held on an annual basis in various communities. This is the first time the event has been hosted in Toronto. Future presentations will take place Oshawa and Ottawa.


For speaker bios and to download copies of the presentations, visit the Inside Trent website at www.trentu.ca/insidetrentu

For more information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer (Media Specialist), Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6185