Westminster College Hosts Environmental Symposium

Monday, March 11, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College chemistry students Tyler Umstead and Lance Jubic will present research during the Environmental Programs Lunch Seminar March 12 at 12:45 p.m. in the Hoyt Science Research Center, room 291.

"Creation of a Website as a Means of Enhancing Collaboration of Volunteers for Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM)" will review how the two chemistry majors, who had no web design background, taught themselves how to build a web site that relates to hydraulic fracturing and water quality in our region. They will demonstrate the unique features of their website, such as interactive maps of fracking sites and water quality measurements in our region, and discuss an iPhone application created by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Jeffrey Boerner that interfaces with their website. The overall goal of the website is to enhance collaboration of ALLARM volunteers in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

Umstead and Jubic were awarded Best Oral Presentation for this presentation at the Student Symposium in December. The event was hosted by Westminster Environmental Programs and co-sponsored by the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition with support from the Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.  Oral and poster presentations were given by students from Westminster College, Slippery Rock University, Allegheny College, Butler Community College, Geneva College, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, and Youngstown State University

Jubic, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, is a son of Gregory and Mary Jubic of Leechburg and a graduate of Kiski Area High School.

Umstead, a junior chemistry major, is a son of Daniel Umstead of Butler and a graduate of Slippery Rock Area High School.

Contact Leslie Watson, Environmental Programs Secretary, at (724) 946-6279 or visit www.westminster.edu/environment for additional information.

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.