Citizens' School

The Citizens' School is a partnership of the NanoCenter and Benedict College that offers programs on nanotechnology, the environment, and fuel cell and hydrogen technology. These programs give South Carolinians a chance to interact with leading scientists and policy makers in a casual environment.

The Citizens’ Schools feature discussions with researchers, presentations, readings, and lab tours. Scientific expertise is not necessary to participate; the schools are for anybody who is curious about these topics and wants to explore both the science and its impact on society.

Fall 2009:  Citizens' School for the Environment

The Fall 2009 Citizens' School for the Environment will begin on September 15.  Participants will be given access to readings, and will meet with experts to learn about and discuss topics such as water management, climate change, renewable energy policy, and environmental ethics.  This program is open to the public.

The schedule of speakers and topics is below.  Meeting are 6:30pm-8:00pm, on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Sept 15
    Venkat Lakshimi (USC, Department of Geological Sciences), "Water, Environment, and Global Change" (Article 1, Article 2, Presentation)
Sept 22
    Greg Carbone (USC, Department of Geography), "Questions about Global Climate Change" (Article 1)
Sept 29
    James Morris (Baruch Institute for Marine Science), "Nature's Web: Six Degrees from Algae" (Article 1, Article 2, Article 3)
Oct 6
    Brian Helmuth (USC, Department of Biological Sciences), "Triaging the Train Wreck of Climate Change" (Article 1, Article 2)
Oct 13
    Erika Myers (South Carolina Energy Office), "Renewable Energy in South Carolina" (Article 1, Article 2)
Oct 20
    Kevin Elliott (USC, Department of Philosophy), "Environmental Ethics" (Article 1, Article 2)
Oct 27
    Roundtable Discussion with the Speakers

The cost for this program is $30.  The number of participants is limited.  If you are interested, please register to reserve your spot.  To register, please fill out the form below and bring it or mail it to the address on the form.  For more information, please email Holly Groover ( or call our office at 777-2210.

Click here to obtain the registration form (opens a new window).