Westminster College Science Professors to Present Sustainability at Faculty Forum

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Sustainability at Westminster College's Field Station will be the focus of the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Dr. Ann Throckmorton, Westminster College professor of biology; Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry; and Dr. Doug Armstead, assistant professor of physics, will review how the Field Station supports the mission of the College and how it has evolved into a site for interdisciplinary academic activity. The professors will emphasize the collaborative research on alternative solar and wind energy currently taking place. Additionally, they will touch on the uses of the Field Station and invite faculty and students to consider using this space.

Throckmorton, who joined the faculty in 1990, earned undergraduate degrees from Hastings College, master's degree from Fort Hays State University, and Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Boylan, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2001, earned a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Armstead, who joined the faculty in 2007, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (College Park).

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Podcasts of the forums are available here.

Contact Throckmorton at (724) 946-7209 or email for additional information.

Contact Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or view http://www.westminster.edu/acad/faculty_dev/faires_faculty_forum.cfm.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Ann Throckmorton, professor of biology


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Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry


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Dr. Doug Armstead, assistant professor of physics