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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series to Present ‘Sea Level Rise in South Florida: What Does It Mean for You and Your Community?’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 14, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present a lecture by Leonard Berry, Ph.D., as part of the 2013 Frontiers in Science public lecture series, titled “Sea Level Rise in South Florida: What Does It Mean for You and Your Community?” The lecture will take place on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“The sea level has already risen enough in Florida to cause problems for low lying areas, especially in Miami-Dade County,” said Berry. “This lecture will explore what changes science predicts for the next few decades and the potential impacts for people as well as our natural and man-made systems in the region.”

Berry is a distinguished professor of geosciences and director for the Climate Change Initiative at FAU, and founder and director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies. He has more than 30 years of expertise studying global climate change, with the past 12 years of study focused on Florida. Berry has developed environmental research and development training programs for organizations including the United Nations and World Bank. He recently testified before a full committee of the United States Senate on Natural Resources and Energy regarding the impact of sea level rise in Florida.

The lecture is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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