ASC Monthly Speakers
October 21, 2021 – 7:00 PM
Have you ever wondered why we perceive “nature” differently depending on where it is? Or, about society’s desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, or why we view some animals as “good” and some as “bad”? In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines nature in our lives with all of its ironies and contradictions by seamlessly integrating personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research. Each story delves into an overlooked aspect of our relationship with nature—insects, garbage, backyards, noise, open doors, animals, and language.
Julia Corbett is a Professor Emerita (Department of Communication and Environmental Humanities Graduate Program, University of Utah) who relocated to Corvallis this past summer. She authored three other books: Communicating the Climate Crisis: New Directions for Facing What Lies Ahead (2021), Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West (2013) and Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages (2006). Before receiving her PhD at the University of Minnesota, she was a park naturalist, reporter, and natural resources information officer. She summers in the mountains of western Wyoming.
Currently, our October presentation will be virtual on Zoom. If that changes prior to October 21, it will be listed here. More info
How to Connect to Video Presentations
The ASC Board will decide whether each monthly meeting will be an in-person meeting or a virtual webinar on Zoom. If the meeting will be on Zoom, ASC members who provided their email address with their membership dues will receive an invitation and instructions the day before the webinar. Members can view the presentation on their computers or phones at home. It will begin at 7:00 PM and be followed by the ASC Business Meeting when needed. Meetings are open to the general public but are space limited. If you are not a member, please contact email@example.com for information about accessing the program.
Past Video Presentations
The ASC Board has decided to provide a link to the recorded presentation for the immediate month, but not to continue linking to the previous presentations for the past year. Former ASC Vice President Mark Baldwin has recordings of the 2020/2021 speakers, but we are unable to archive them on our website. Contact for more information.
At the beginning of March 2020, ASC members Mark, Carla, Matt, and Sue embarked on a Kenya safari in March 2020, which was led by Chege Wa Kariuki, owner of Birdwatching East Africa and an expert in the flora and fauna of the region. From the first day of the tour, they were overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity of animals in this East African country, which straddles the equator between Ethiopia and Tanzania. They photographed 44 species of mammals and nearly 300 new species of birds. These included bustards, hornbills, bee-eaters, sunbirds, and weavers, which belong to families unrepresented on this side of the Atlantic. As their tour progressed, the COVID-19 outbreak developed into a pandemic, forcing a premature end to the safari and a harrowing rush to return home before all airports closed.
USGS Biogeochemist Steve Perakis presented a friendly talk about very important, complex processes that work in the soil – hidden from human eyes. His research focuses on cycling of life-sustaining elements (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.) in ecosystems – especially in forests. Natural and human factors, such as fire, disturbance, climate change, affect nutrient availability and soil fertility, and Steve studies how they influence plant growth, ecosystem development, and carbon storage.