Friday, January 14, 2011

MAC bugs out with insect exhibit

Opening public reception Friday
The entomology program at WVU will present "Beauty in the Beast: The World of Insects" from Friday, Jan 29 in the Benedum Gallery of Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).
The exhibit will feature various and diverse roles of insects as seen from a human perspective. There will be an opening public reception from 5-8pm Friday. At 6:30pm Vicki Kondo, a research assistant at WVU, will lead a discussion about the importance of insects in our world and will be accompanied by live insect and spider species. She will also be at MAC from noon-2pm Saturday. Topics to be discussed include what makes insects unique, why is it relevant to learn about them and what roles they play in our ecosystem.
Kondo has been a research assistant in entomology at WVU since 1982. During this time she has been a part of WVU entomology research and has been an occasional lecturer/laboratory assistant for graduate and undergraduate entomology courses.
Kondo has been the main participant in out-reach programs and has presented entomological information to hundreds of groups such as schools and other public groups and organizations.
Her research interests have focused on areas such as sampling and identification of local Lepidoptera (moths) and spiders, as well as investigations regarding beneficial insects for biological control. She has been a lifelong insect enthusiast who actually began her career at age 5 when "turning over rocks to see what crawled from beneath" was a major pastime.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sierra Club set to meet Thursday

The Sierra Club will meet at 7pm Thursday, in the Public Safety Building, downtown Morgantown, for the Coopers Rock State Forest Management Controversies. This will be a joint meeting of the Coopers Rock Foundation (CRF) and the Monongahela Group of the Sierra Club.
Join CRF board members as they discuss recreational users' survey results and possible initiatives for forest management.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Watershed meeting set for Wednesday

The fifth meeting of the West Virginia-Pennsylvania Monongahela Area Watersheds Compact will be at 1pm Wednesday at the Morgantown Airport annex. The meeting is open to the public.
Topics to be discussed include: Drinking water with known TDS levels, water quality of the Monongahela River, an update on water, land and air impacts in Pennsylvania, an update for the 2011 West Virginia Legislative session, an update on Marcellus Shale gas development in Wetzel County, water quality and coal ash disposal, the initial watershed assessment of the Monongahela River Basin, and plans for the future.