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    CSC May Seminar 2017: Dr. John Zak "Gardening"

    CSC May Seminar 2017: Dr. John Zak "Gardening"

    Dr. John Zak is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences, co-director of the Climate Science Center, and a Professor of Biology. Dr. Zak opens up discussing the importance of understanding the landscape of where a person will be gardening and where it fits into the climate. Dr. Zak reads his garden journal entries from February of 1996, May of 2011, August of 2011, and May of 2013 to show the extreme weather Lubbock can experience. From those data entries Zak concludes that winters are getting warmer, initiation of spring is earlier, and the variability of the last freeze is changing.

    This seminar was sponsored by TTU Department of Biological Sciences.

    • 9 min
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    CSC May Seminar 2017: Debbie Zak "Gardening in Lubbock"

    CSC May Seminar 2017: Debbie Zak "Gardening in Lubbock"

    Debbie Zak is the Director of Northridge Zoocrew which is a nonprofit established to provide hands on science lessons at Northridge Elementary. Debbie provided three useful tips to planting a garden in Lubbock. First, use leaves that have fallen to create a mulch by going over with lawnmower and placing the mulch in garden. Second, put plants in sun shade area when plant says needs full sun. In Lubbock's climate it is not good to put a plant directly in the sun. Third, have to find a place to put the plants where they will be protected. Debbie mentioned that Lubbock was named most variable climate. It is important to pay attention to these three tips in Lubbock's climate.

    This seminar was sponsored by TTU Department of Biological Sciences.

    • 5 min
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    CSC May Seminar 2017: Jennifer Smith "Gardening and Plant Adaptation"

    CSC May Seminar 2017: Jennifer Smith "Gardening and Plant Adaptation"

    Jennifer Smith is the Green House Manager in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. Jennifer discusses the research she is working on in seeking adaptation strategies for plants during drought, high heat, and high salinity. She states that drought is the major cause of crop loss throughout the world. She explains the research she is working on to help the plants adapt to these conditions and what they are testing.

    This seminar was sponsored by TTU Department of Biological Sciences.

    • 5 min
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    CSC April Seminar 2017: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe "Spirituality"

    CSC April Seminar 2017: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe "Spirituality"

    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and is the co-director of the Climate Science Center. Dr. Hayhoe discusses the intersection of climate and faith. Dr. Hayhoe discusses that if we continue on this path of burning oil everyone will be affected but the poor and underdeveloped countries will experience the worst impacts. Dr. Hayhoe believes her duty as a christian is to take responsibility for this planet and care for those who are less fortunate. She discusses that science tells us that climate change is real, it is us, the impacts are serious, and there are solutions. She believes that everyone has the values to care about climate change.

    • 7 min
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    CSC April Seminar 2017: Kevin Young "Climate and Spirituality"

    CSC April Seminar 2017: Kevin Young "Climate and Spirituality"

    Kevin Young is the Senior Pastor at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Kevin talked about the relationship between religious faith and science. He discussed that christian faith sees science as a threat and people of faith usually negate or are in denial about climate science. He believes that it is important for christian leaders to speak about climate to people. Kevin concludes with a quote from Larry Rasmussen who was a former Professor at Reinhold Niebuhr teaching social ethics and founder of eco theology. He talks about what climate is doing to the earth.

    • 6 min
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    CSC April Seminar 2017: Dr. Ken Baake "Theological Responses to the Discovery of Oil"

    CSC April Seminar 2017: Dr. Ken Baake "Theological Responses to the Discovery of Oil"

    Dr. Ken Baake is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. Dr. Baake discusses that when people discovered oil in 1860 they viewed it as a gift from God. They discovered oil after the Civil War and believed God gave them this gift to rebuild America. People believed that God kept this resource from them until they absolutely needed it. Dr. Baake concluded by singing a song titled "American Blood." The song talked about people in the oil field and they are invested. Dr. Baake believes it is hard for people to let it go because they view it as a gift and it is part of their identity.

    • 8 min

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