Wednesday, September 9, 2009

AP Point Opportunities: Carter and Carsen

Two upcoming AP Point possibilities:

Go see former president Jimmy Carter give his speech on "The Path to Peace in the Middle East at the JMU Gandhi Center. It costs $5, but should be interesting.

And/Or go to the science department's movie night on Rachel Carson.

From Mr. Jackson:
  • September 17th 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. HHS auditorium showing of A Sense of Wonder
  • the movie is 55 min long followed by expert panel discussion and Q & A regarding today's use of herbicides and pesticides
  • A Sense of Wonder is a unique story & movie with many cross discipline connections:
    • the power of the written world - Carson's book A Silent Spring help change the world.
    • the ability of ONE person to make a difference
    • a great roll model for young women
    • a very unique movie - only one actress
    • science in our world
    • strength of the human spirit - Carson was dying of cancer and taking care of her adopted son as she presented her case to congress and defended herself against accusations from the chemical companies she was blaming.
  • Please consider attending.
  • Please encourage your students to attend
    • all attendees will be provided with a 'coupon of attendance' this coupon needs to be signed by the student. The student can then show you the coupon to verify for you that they attended the event in case you would like to provide optional or extra credit for attending.
A description of the event and details about our guest panel members follows:


Harrisonburg High School's Science Department will be hosting a showing of the documentary style movie "A Sense of Wonder" on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the HHS auditorium. The movie is about Rachel Carson, pioneering environmentalist of the 1960's whose book "A Silent Spring" warned us of the damaging effects the pesticides and herbicides of the era were having on the environment. After the movie a panel will answer audience questions and discuss today's pesticides and herbicides. There is no charge to attend. Doors will open at 6:30 and the event will end at 8:30. There is no cost for the event.

Our panel will consist of Tony Hartshorn, Dave O'Neill, and Jeff Rogers. Tony is an Assistant Professor of Soils in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at JMU. Tony has studied the effects of precontact Hawaiian farmers on soil fertility, and how a million years of gravity and weathering can create incredibly different soils from a single rock type in South Africa. He is looking forward to doing carbon footprint research here in the Shenandoah Valley, basic soils studies in Shenandoah National Park, and studying the effects of prescribed fire in an experimental forest in West Virginia.

Dave and his wife Lee founded Radical Roots Farm in 2000 where they produces high quality, ecologically grown vegetables in Keezletown, Virginia. They use sustainable methods of farming such as cover cropping, crop rotation, attracting beneficial insects and applying compost. They use hand labor and no herbicides or pesticides to maintain healthy soil and produce organic vegetables.

Jeff is a Pesticide Investigator in the Office of Pesticide Services (OPS) for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Office of Pesticide Services is responsible for certifying applicators, registering pesticide products, and issuing pesticide business licenses. OPS permits the safe and effective control of pests that attack our crops, structures and health and that of our domestic animals. Jeff is one of eleven investigators who conduct in-depth investigations to determine whether a pesticide has been misused.

Please come and join us at HHS for this event and feel free to spread the word and bring a friend.

1 comment:

Questions? Comments? Bueller? Bueller?