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Faculty Members Rick Oches and David Szymanski and Senior Gregory Bucci Present at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

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Faculty Members Rick Oches and David Szymanski and Senior Gregory Bucci Present at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

Bentley faculty members Rick Oches and David Szymanski and senior Gregory Bucci are presenters at the 2011 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 9 to 12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Approximately 6,000 scientists are expected to attend.

Rick Oches, associate professor of natural and applied sciences, will present “Preparing the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Confront Environmental Challenges,” a paper co-written with Bentley colleagues David Szymanski, assistant professor of natural and applied sciences, and P. Thompson (Thom) Davis, professor of natural and applied sciences. The research explores the need for scientific literacy among non-science students who will influence the direction of science and technology and provide support for innovation-based companies through roles in business, industry, nonprofits, government agencies and NGOs. It also provides an overview of Bentley’s core Earth and Environmental Sciences education goals for students, including a series of multidisciplinary summer workshops for faculty.

 

 

David Szymanski, assistant professor of natural and applied sciences, will present “Teaching Water Quality Through Technology-Enhanced Laboratory Modules in Undergraduate Business Education,” a paper co-written with Elva Wohlers, senior lecturer in natural and applied sciences at Bentley. The research explores the need to provide business students with the opportunity to integrate a scientific understanding of environmental issues into a business curriculum. It specifically highlights faculty collaborations at Bentley to develop laboratory-based modules that use advanced technology to apply basic science to real-world issues such as water quality.

 

 

 

Bentley senior Gregory Bucci will present “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Energy Policy Through Service-Learning,” a paper co-written with David Szymanski, assistant professor of natural and applied sciences, and fellow students Victoria Adams, Daniel Green and William Markow (Class of 2013). The research highlights the role of service-learning as a tool for non-science majors to identify connections among energy, the environment and the economy.  It showcases a fourth-credit service-learning option for a course taught by Szymanski in which Bucci and student researchers teamed up with nonprofit Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) in Washington, D.C., to survey the attitudes of New England small business owners on issues of energy use and efficiency. Findings were presented to federal policymakers.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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