Spencer S. Stober

Proposal accepted for a paper presentation entitled “Global Sustainability: An Inquiry Approach to Nature-centered Decision Making” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability to be held in Copenhagen, January 2015

Proposal accepted for a co-authored paper presentation entitled “Ecological Visionaries Evaluated as Nature-Centered Leaders: Rachael Carson, Chico Mendes, and James Lovelock” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, to be held at the University of Split in Croatia, January 22-24, 2014

Faculty Speaker, Alvernia College Honors Convocation: “Nature-Centered Leadership,” April 21, 2013

Presenter, Alvernia University Seniors College, “Nature-Centered Leadership: Protecting the Environment for the Future,” April 8, 2013

Co-Presentation, “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now,” Twenty-second annual meeting of The Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), San Antonio, TX, February 28 – March 3, 2013

Presentation, “Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning,” Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, January 23-25, 2013

Co-Presentation, “Minding Darwin for Animal Ethics,” international Minding Animals conference in The Netherlands, July 3-6, 2012

Presentation, “Mother Nature’s Utopia,” Environmental Issues of Latin America (EVS/LAS/IDS-260), Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2012

Panelist (Religion and leadership discussion), “Mission-Centered Leadership: Challenging Assumptions,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of The American Academy of Religion (AAR), New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 15, 2012

Co-Presentation, “Biology, Theology, and Academic Freedom: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Teaching at a Catholic University”, Legatus organization, March 7, 2012

Presentation, “Community Land Use: Practice and Tensions,” Leadership for Sustainability (LAS-508), Alvernia University, February 20, 2012

Co-Presentation, “Universities and Community Engagement for a Sustainable Community,” International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vancouver, Canada, January, 2012

Co-Presentation, “Interdisciplinary Teaching: Confessions of a ‘Biologian,’” International Conference on Science in Society, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, August 2011

Presentation, God, Genes, and Spirituality,” Spirit on Tap – Reading, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading, PA, May 24, 2011

Keynote speaker, “Insight through Inspiration, Imagination and Intellect,” 12th Annual Undergraduate Conference, sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC), and hosted by Alvernia University, April 9, 2011

Co-Presenter, “Brave New World? Religious and Social Implications of Emerging Biotechnologies,” Alvernia University, Batdorf Lecture (forthcoming, February 23, 2011)

Presenter, Alvernia University Seniors College, “What are Environmental Memes? Investigating New Reasons for Optimism,” February 14, 2011

Panelist, “Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research,” Alvernia University Faculty Workshop, January, 14, 2011

Plenary session speaker, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Waikato, New Zealand, “Environmental Memes: Form, Function, and Reasons for Optimism,” January 7, 2011

Co-Presenter, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” Alvernia University, Honors Program, November 17, 2010

Panelist, “Science Education and Ethics,” Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT) Conference, Alvernia University, November 6, 2010

Co-Presenter, “State of the Planet, 2010: What is Your Environmental Ethic?” Alvernia University Seniors College, October 6 and 13, 2010

Moderator, panel discussion, “The Importance of Civil Discourse: The Mosque in Manhattan, Alvernia University, September 20, 2010

Presentation, Albright College, Reading, PA, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia,” April 20, 2010.

Co-Presenter, Lunch with an Author session, God, Science, and Designer Genes, National Association for Practical and Professional Ethics meeting, March 5, 2010

Co-Presenter, “God, Science, and Designer Genes: A Model for Integrating Teaching and Scholarship,” National Association for Practical and Professional Ethics meeting, March 5, 2010

Presentation, Alvernia Seniors College, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia,” February 8, 2010

Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Ecuador, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia,” January 5–7, 2010

Co-Presentation, “What Makes Us So Doggone Special? Darwin’s Challenge to Human Superiority,” Darwin Symposium, San Diego State University, November 20–22, 2009)

Co-Presentation, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” Alvernia University Literary Festival, October 28, 2009

Co-Presentation, “Biology and Theology in Dialogue: Social Justice Issues in Genetic Science,” Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Baltimore, MD, March 26, 2009

Co-Presentation, “Theology, Biology, and the Natural World,” Theology on Tap program, Reading, PA, February 26, 2009

Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Mauritius, “Mother Nature and Her Discontents: Gaia as a Metaphor for Environmental Sustainability,” January 5, 2009

Co-Presentation, The Center for the Study of Film History, Biennial Conference, “Bioethics and Film” Section, Chicago, Illinois, “Here Comes Frankenstein Again: The Depiction of Genetics Science in Recent Films,” October 30 – November 2, 2008

Co-Presentation, AFCU 2008 Franciscan Symposium, Alvernia College, sponsored by Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, “Social Justice: Teaching on Ethical Issues in Genetic Science,” June 6, 2008.

Presentation, Alvernia Seniors College, “Big Science and Social Responsibility,” April 7, 2008

Co-Presentation, Theology on Tap, sponsored by the Lancaster Theological Seminary, “God. Science, and Designer Genes, Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub, Lancaster, PA, April 7, 2008

Co-Presentation, Spring Lecture Series sponsored by The Centers for Excellence at Alvernia College, “Candidates and Their Faith: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” March 25, 2008

Presentation, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), San Antonio, Texas, “Mother Nature and Her Discontents: Gaia as a Metaphor for Environmental Sustainability,” February 21 – 14, 2008

Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Malaysia, “Academic Service Abroad: Confronting Our Limitations,” January 4 – 7, 2008

Co-Presentation, Challenging Assumptions: Religious Faith, Genetic Science, Human Dignity conference sponsored by Pacific Institute of Ethics and Social Policy (Portland, OR) and National Institutes of Health, (paper accepted) “Teaching Genetic Science and Policy within Communities of Faith: The Unique Challenges at a Catholic College,” October 13, 2007

Presentation, Making Our World More Sustainable, conference sponsored by Alvernia College: Catholic Education Connection, March 13, 2007

Co-Presentation, national Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Cincinnati Ohio, “Making Explicit the Implicit: Pedagogical Considerations in Interdisciplinary Teaching,” February 24, 2007

Co-Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, India, “Sustaining Gaia through Learning Communities: A Case Study in Higher Education,” January 4 – 7, 2007

Co-Presentation, ELSI (ethical, legal and social implications of the Human Genome Project) reunion conference, Dartmouth College, “God Science, and Designer Genes: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy,” August 12, 2006

Co-Presentation with Joshua J. Rusbuldt, “One World, Our Community, Our Environment,” as part of the “Gorillas in Our Midst” presentation by Jodi Kissinger for President Flynn’s Inauguration, April, 3, 2006

Faculty Speaker, Alvernia College Honors Convocation, Lindback Award Lecture: “Challenges for a More Sustainable World,” March 26, 2006

Co-Presentation, national Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, “God, Science, and Designer Genes: Biology and Theology in Dialogue,” March 4, 2006

Co-Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, South Vietnam, “Close Encounters of the Natural Kind: Eco-Composition, Citizen Science and Academe,” January 9 – 13, 2006

Co-Presentation, Alvernia College Seniors College, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” September 27, October 4 and 11, 2006

Presentation and panel member, Alvernia College Academic Forum, “Impacting the Environment: Competing Goods,” October 20, 2004

Co-Presentation, Adult Forum Class: “Evolutionary Theory and Faith,” The First Presbyterian Church, Pottstown, PA, September 26, 2004

Presentation, Alvernia College Seniors College, 8 sessions, “Great Decisions 2003,” sponsored by Foreign Policy Association and Berks County World Affairs Association, Spring 2003

Presentation, Diocese of Allentown Education 2003 Convention, “A Tool-kit for Students of Science,” October 13, 2003

Forum Leader: “Catholic Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities,” Alvernia College, October 17, 1997

Presentation, Temple Education Research Association, “Statements of Institutional Purpose: An Analysis of Content and Clarity,” April 30, 1996

Presentation, Reading Area Community College environmental science class, “A case study: Techniques used to mitigate the impact of construction activities on the endangered species, the bog turtle,” October 19, 1995

Presentation, Temple University graduate seminar, “Vivisection: A Classroom Physiologist’s Dilemma,” March 3, 1993

Presentation, Temple University graduate seminar, “Concept Mapping to Enhance Meaningful Learning While Integrating Scientific Disciplines,” August 10, 1992

Presentation, Pennsylvania Academy of Science (1975),  “Chromosomal Studies of Physalis virginiana var. subglabrata and Physalis heterophylla.”  Proceedings PA Academy of Science, 49(1), 1975 Dialog File 255, BIOSIS, #76082155

Contact Information

 

Dr. Spencer S. Stober,
Professor of Biology

   Upland Center, Room 223
   Phone: 610.796.8249
   spencer.stober@alvernia.edu
  




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