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January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Humans have been altering Earth’s surface since we first began domesticating animals and plants, but our ability to change the environment has increased dramatically with the advent of technology. One of the most important technological advances was the creation of plastic as a lightweight, versatile and strong material. Yet plastic now affects the global environment in a myriad of ways; understanding its origin, use, and distribution is important in clarifying its current environmental impact.
Dr. Carol de Wet, Professor of Geoscience, Department of Earth and Environment, at Franklin & Marshall College
Carol received her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College with a double major in Geology and English Literature, her Masters of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in Geology, and her PhD from the University of Cambridge, England.
After a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Kentucky, Carol and her husband were appointed at Franklin & Marshall College where they have both taught for the past 29 years. She is a full professor, holding an endowed chair in Geoscience.
She has served the College in a number of roles: as Associate Dean of the Faculty, Department Chair, Special Assistant to the President and Provost on Women and Family Issues, Special Assistant to the President for Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Issues, and Associate Director of the Faculty Center.
In addition, Carol started a collaborative program in the School District of Lancaster whereby F&M science majors teach hands-on, inquiry-based science in a number of local elementary schools. This program has been running continuously for 19 years, bringing F&M students’ enthusiasm for science to thousands of diverse students in the School District of Lancaster.
She has published numerous scientific articles based on her research, as well as articles relating to women and retention in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).