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Lecture series, professional development course offered at Western Washington University Center at OC Poulsbo

POULSBO — Western Washington University will offer a lecture series and professional development opportunities this fall at the new Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

The fall Western Lecture Series will explore topics surrounding environmentalism, drawing on the expertise of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, which has a longstanding history on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.

The series will offer two free fall events open to the community:

  • “Wood to Wing: Envisioning an Aviation Biofuels Industry” on Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Room 221 at the Olympic College Poulsbo campus. Steve Hollenhorst, professor and dean of Huxley College of the Environment, will discuss the promise and challenges of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable biofuels, with a particular focus on commercial and military aviation needs.
  • “Health of the Salish Sea: Toxic Contaminants in the Food Web” on Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. in Room 221 at the Olympic College Poulsbo campus. Jennifer Lanksbury, a marine ecotoxicologist at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program, will discuss how organisms are exposed to contaminants, which species are monitored for toxins, and the health effects of toxic exposure. Lanksbury will also examine data on emerging contaminants and methods used in monitoring new species.

In addition to the lecture series, Western will also offer a professional development opportunity. Dan Purdy, instructor for the Western College of Business and Economics, will lead a three-session course on Real Simple Project Management. The course is designed to help professionals employ lean project management principles in their everyday work. The Real Simple Project Management course will consist of hands-on workshops with exercises and discussions. Participants will identify, design and execute a project over the two-week period. The first session is scheduled for Nov. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. in Room 212 at the Olympic College Poulsbo campus.

Both the lectures and professional development offerings are the first in an annual series, with community events scheduled for fall, winter and spring quarters.

Olympic College President David Mitchell and WWU President Bruce Shepard formally announced the schools’ expanded partnership in July and the creation of the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo. This expansion is part of a joint vision to serve the community and businesses on the peninsulas.

For more information on the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo, visit www.wwu.edu/poulsbo.

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