Karel Rogers returns for special EARTH Week talk


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Overweight, in the red, and an ever-changing climate -- all legitimate concerns of the human population, these subjects and more will be addressed by the Adams State College EARTH Week keynote speaker, Dr. Karel Rogers. A former Adams State biology professor, Roger's talk, "Thinking Green: A Biologist's View of Current Economic, Social, and Environmental Issues" begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Porter Hall room 130.

Humans and all their activities are a part of the natural world but we've been ignoring nature's rules and how nature functions, which has led to our current problems like global warming, budget deficits, unending war, the obesity epidemic, the economic meltdown, and global biodiversity loss. Individual choice is central to writing an alternate history of freedom and prosperity for ourselves that will allow humans to persist for geologic time scales rather than to become another failed experiment in intelligence.

Rogers, a Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich., emeritus professor of biology, held teaching and administrative positions in four colleges and universities including 18 years at Adams State, including serving as chair, while publishing more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and nearly 30 published abstracts and presentations.

Her research has been funded by a series of grants from the National Geographic Society as well as the National Science Foundation. Since retirement in 2007, Rogers published her first trade book, which is based on her broad academic background as well as her years in service to environmental concerns at the international, national, state, and local levels.