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Finger Lakes research conference to address environmental, health issues

The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is set to host the 2024 Finger Lakes Research Conference on January 31. The conference, themed “Science to Action,” aims to explore informed solutions for the environmental and human health challenges in the Finger Lakes region. Scheduled in the Vandervort Conference Room of the Scandling Center, the event will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with a reception and poster session at 4 p.m.

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The conference will feature prominent speakers and panel discussions, commencing with an address by the Institute’s Director Lisa Cleckner. Keynote speakers include Lewis McCaffrey, a DEC Water Division scientist, and Tom Manley, an emeritus geology professor, who will discuss Finger Lakes water quality and Seneca Lake’s bathymetric survey, respectively. Other notable presentations will cover topics like acoustic telemetry in Keuka Lake and microplastic impacts in the Lake Ontario watershed.

The event will culminate with a collaborative session titled “Breaking Boundaries: One Vineyard’s Holistic Management Approach to Protecting Seneca Lake,” showcasing a team effort to safeguard the lake’s ecosystem. Registration for the conference is open with a fee of $100 for general admission and a reduced rate of $35 for students and educators.