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Dominican University Hosts Teen Conservation Conference

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dominican University hosted about 300 area teens participating in the Chicago Zoological Society's third annual Teen Conservation Conference on July 30-31. With the theme "Our Time is Now," the conference offered teens the opportunity to learn about animal welfare, sustainability and conservation efforts conducted by local organizations.

Dominican professors presented several workshops, and campus tours were offered during the two-day event. Ellen McManus, English professor, presented a session on bees, discussing how these important pollinators are endangered because of human activities. 

Chris Anderson, associate professor of biology, described the annual March Mammal Madness social media program that he and colleagues have presented for the past six years. The program mimics the NCAA basketball tournament by featuring simulated animal combats that teach participants about the attributes of competitors, including size, weaponry, fight style, temperament and motivation. 

Bob Calin-Jageman, psychology professor, offered a fun session on the nervous system that gave teens an opportunity to design simple neural networks on a computer and use them to control USB robots. 

You can read an article ‚Äčin the Brookfield/Riverside Landmark about the program.