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Kean University Institute for Urban Ecosystem Studies Invites the Public to Three Lectures

UNION, N.J. – The Institute of Urban Ecosystem Studies (IUES) of Kean University invites the public to attend a series of seminars in March and April, as part of Kean President Dawood Farahi’s Quality First Initiative grant.

IUES host a book signing and seminar on Monday, March 24 with Dr. Leslie Day, the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City. The event will take place in the Center for Academic Success, Room 106. The book signing will be held from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the seminar goes from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The book will be available for $24.95.

Spring weather brings everyone outdoors. On Friday, April 4, Michael Utley, the founder of will present a Lightning Research and Safety Workshop. The event will take place in Hennings Hall, Room 113, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Utley was struck by lightning in May 2000 on a Cape Cod golf course and, since his recovery, he has traveled the country speaking about the dangers of lightning, lightning safety and the latest research.

As part of the Earth Day Events, on Wednesday, April 23, IUES will be hosting Dr. Mary Hayden from the University of Colorado Trauma, Health and Hazards Center in Hennings Hall, Room 113. Hayden will discuss Weather, Global Climate Warming and the Need to Control Vector-born Diseases such as Dengue fever, which is carried by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

The mission of the IUES is to provide a setting conducive to interdisciplinary discourse that leads to investigations of both the basic and applied aspects of urban ecology. By encouraging community-based land stewardship and environmental education and engaging in research in the natural, applied and health sciences, IUES aims to further understand and foster the biodiversity of urban environmental systems.

Please reserve seating by sending an e-mail to Kean University is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Directions can be found at