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Spring seminars address overeating, ocean dead zones, corporate social responsibility


VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver presents the Spring 2009 Chancellor’s Seminar Series, campus lunchtime presentations, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Ticket price for each seminar is $25 per person, including lunch and parking, or $60 for all three seminars with registration by Feb. 6. For more information on each seminar, and to register, see, or call 360-694-2588.

Feb. 13, “Gut Feelings: How The Gut Tries To Tell The Brain To Stop,” by Bob Ritter of WSU Pullman.

 The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than 30 percent of American adults – over 60 million people – are obese. The efforts of Ritter’s research are focused on determining how the gastrointestinal tract communicates with the brain to produce satiation, a process that terminates food intake. Presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.


March 13, “Coastal Nutrient Over-Enrichment: A Pressing 21st Century Problem,” by John Harrison of WSU Vancouver.

Humans have greatly altered global nutrient cycles, increasing the rates at which biologically active compounds are added to surface freshwaters and coastal environments. This increased nutrient loading has been associated with a number of adverse environmental consequences, including the increased frequency and severity of low-oxygen zones known as “dead zones,” increased frequency and severity of toxic and nuisance algae blooms, and the loss of biodiversity, among others.

April 10, “Moving Beyond a Shareholder Focus: Using Corporate Social Responsibility to Create Long-Term Competitive Advantage,” by Joseph Cote of WSU Vancouver.

Critics have argued that the traditional shareholder focus is insufficient to guide strategy development and implementation. They suggest that companies need to act in a socially responsible way to be successful. But in practice, the value of corporate social responsibility appears mixed.


The official media sponsor of these seminars is The Columbian; the official print sponsor is Alphagraphics.

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