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Urban Coast Institute Marine & Environment Speaker Series

Money, Mandate, and Water Management


Professor Keith Rizzardi, St. Thomas University School of Law


Professor Keith Rizzardi from St. Thomas University School of Law will speak about climate change, rising sea levels, and professional ethics. Discussions will also include insights into how the historic commitment to water management in South Florida has dramatically decreased and considerations on how water managers can best prepare before the next disaster strikes in the future.

For more information, contact Doris Meyer, Urban Coast Institute, at 732-263-5662 or

Our Ocean and Beaches: A Record of Success and New Challenges to Face

Please Note: This event if free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Event Schedule

Registration & Coffee: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Program: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Program Participants

  • Moderator: Joseph M. Kyrillos,  State Senator (Ret.) and Monmouth University Public Servant-in-Residence 2018-19


  • Chris Daggett, Former Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action
  • Tony MacDonald, Director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute


Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium

The “new normal” of increased storm events, flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion from climate change presents daunting adaptation challenges for New Jersey in the years ahead. This symposium features leading experts in climate change adaptation law and science to discuss lessons learned from other states and countries to assist New Jersey in navigating these challenges.

Topics will include:

  • S. and Australian case studies in coastal adaptation;
  • Public health dimensions of coastal adaptation;
  • Human rights impacts to vulnerable coastal communities;
  • Climate change impacts to “voiceless” communities (future generations, wildlife, and natural resources);
  • Strategies to combat climate change-induced and other anthropogenic factors in eutrophication of coastal marine ecosystems, and the impacts to ecosystem services and the communities who depend on them.

Visit the symposium web site for a full list of speakers and more event details. Admission is free for Monmouth employees and students (registration required), $35 for the general public, and $25 for Monmouth alumni and non-Monmouth students. (Cost covers Wednesday evening reception and Thursday breakfast, lunch and refreshments.)

For more information, contact Professor Randall S. Abate at 732-571-3641 or


5th Annual School of Science Dean’s Seminar

The 2014 speaker will be Ann Reid, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Ann graduated from Simon’s Rock Early College with a B.A. in Environmental Science and received a M.A. in Advanced International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Ann became the executive director of NCSE in 2014. For fifteen years she worked as a research biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where she was responsible for sequencing the 1918 influenza virus. She then served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council’s Board on Life Sciences for five years and then, most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. In both roles she oversaw major efforts aimed at communicating science to the public.

The NCSE is a not-for-profit membership organization that defends the teaching of evolution and climate science in the public schools. The NCSE provides information, resources, and advice to schools, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens defending science education. The NCSE educates the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of these issues at local, state, and national levels. Its 5000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and
political affiliations.

The seminar is free and open to the public but seating is limited. If you plan to attend, please register for the seminar here.

Seminar details will be updated on the website and, as available, further information about the event will be circulated to registrants via e-mail.

The Hour of Code: Free Workshops for Parents and Children

Free workshops in December for Parents and Children for Computer Science Education Week

Monmouth University’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Department is encouraging schools and parents to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code. Several campus sessions have been scheduled where parents and children can complete an Hour of Code activity together. University students and faculty will be available to answer questions as participants complete the self-guided coding experience.

Workshops will be held on campus on Thursday, December 11, 6 to 7 p.m. and Friday, December 12, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Seats are limited for these campus sessions and reservations are required by calling 732-571-7501. For more information, contact Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Jamie Kretsch at 732-571-7501 or send e-mail to

For more information about Hour of Code, visit