World in View: Climate Change and Sustainability in Latin America

  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM
  • Zoom link will be provided

This discussion led by Dr. Julio Urbina (Penn State) and Dr. Juan Martin Rodríguez Rodríguez (National University of Engineering, Peru) will be in English and Spanish. Students from Peru will be joining us. We will have breakout rooms in English and Spanish.

In the last century, public policy around the globe was mainly focused on economic growth leaving out of this perspective, social concerns, and the environmental detriment that this merely economic approach was causing. It was until the last quarter of the 20th century that people started to be aware of the growing poverty and of the jeopardy of the planet as a result of human being activities. In consequence, the concept of sustainable development emerged in the United Nations as a call to all countries to integrate economic growth with social needs and environmental protection, in such a way that our activities as earth inhabitants stopped compromising the quality of life and needs satisfaction of future generations. The embracement of these goals implies the design and execution of strategies that pursue poverty elimination by also addressing social needs and environmental protection. This talk describes a pathway forward to implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through Drawdown solutions. In this sense, the development of cleaner technologies and more effective sanitation systems is imperative and this has motivated the assessment of new technologies, many of them based on photochemical and electrochemical phenomena. We will engage in a live discussion on these topics and how these solutions can be implemented in South America.

Dr. Julio Urbina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Penn State. Dr. Juan Martin Rodríguez Rodríguez is the current Executive Director of the Science and Technology Funding Agency from Peru. He is a Physics Professor at the National University of Engineering (UNI). He is also the Director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at UNI. His research focuses on the development and characterization of advanced nanotechnological materials that are fabricated with different physicochemical methods to use these devices to purify water by using either solar radiation or artificial light. He has developed and constructed many prototypes for the disinfection and removal of contaminants from water in rural areas.

Please note: Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. For this reason, each event is limited to 25 students and early registration is strongly encouraged. Scholar attendees will receive a complimentary electronic gift card.

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Sarah Lyall-Combs
Schreyer Scholar Alison Roby

The Schreyer Integrated Undergraduate Graduate program allowed me to pursue a master’s degree while finishing my bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Extending my commitment to research allowed me to confirm my desire for a career as a physician scientist.

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