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Ramapo College Celebrates 50th Anniversary of “Silent Spring”

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 30, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” by holding Saving the Natural World: 50th Anniversary Symposium on Sunday, December 2 at 1 p.m. in ASB 135. The event is free and open to the public. Keynote Speaker Isaac Wirgin, associate professor of Environmental Medicine at NYU School of Medicine will present about the rapid evolutionary changes in fishes from chemically contaminated environments. Additional presentations will be made by Ramapo College professors and students. The event is co-sponsored by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and the School of Social Science and Human Services.

The event will begin with a history of Carson’s renowned career as a scientist and writer. The event will then discuss the impacts, followed by policy and the future and will end with the keynote presentation.

Wirgin received his Ph.D. in Biology from City University of New York. His research focuses on characterizing genetic population structure in aquatic organisms as a tool to aid in their management, and examining the molecular and early life-stage effects of contaminants on the fitness of natural populations of fishes. His research was published in the journal “Science.”

For additional information please contact Professor Ximena Valderrama at


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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