This week: May 21, 2021 - Linda Berg-Cross - Big Data and Child Health: How Can We Protect Child Development?

May 21: Linda Berg-Cross - Big Data and Child Health: How Can We Protect Child Development?
May 28: Pamela Luckett - Community Action Board: Poverty in Montgomery County

Jane Meyers – Lubuto Library Partners

April 16th
Jane Meyers

Jane’s experience in library development and implementation spans four decades. She has organized libraries for USAID’s Office of Women in Development, Sahel Development Program, Asia Bureau and other offices to coordinate them with the USAID Library. At the World Bank, in the early 1980s, she established and marketed library and information services in the Bank’s central agricultural advisory department. 

In the mid- to late-1980s, under a World Bankfinanced project in Malawi, Jane managed the establishment of the government’s network of agricultural research libraries and was cited in Science magazine for her innovation in bringing the first CD-ROM to Africa. From the early 1990s through 2001, she served as a consultant to the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, the FAO, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the USIA’s MLK Jr. Library and Information resource Center in Zambia, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs. She has given invited presentations at conferences of the ALA, SLA, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Library Associations, library schools at the University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Simmons College, the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Library of Congress.

Keith Peterman – Climate Change Seen Through Costa Rica

April 9th
Keith Peterman

Keith Peterman served as a Professor of Chemistry at York College of Pennsylvania for more than four decades, retiring in May 2020. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and in Russia, a National Academy of Sciences Scholar in Poland, a Research
Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in DC, and as a visiting professor in China and New Zealand. He is a member of the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement. He takes a student group to Costa Rica each year to
investigate climate change issues linked to impacts, adaptation, and mitigation. He participates in the annual United Nations climate conferences as an accredited member of the press. His current research and writing focus on issues related to climate change and sustainability. His book with co-author Matt Cordes—The Overstory of Climate Change in the Anthropocene—is scheduled for release in Spring 2021. He is a recipient of the 2020 ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemical Education.

Katie Frohardt – Protecting Wildlife and Habitats

April 2nd
Katie Frohardt, Executive Director, Wild Earth Allies

With over 25 years’ experience, Katie is a recognized non-profit leader, field practitioner, and international conservationist. At the helm of Wild Earth Allies since 2003, and leading our re-branding in 2016, Katie focuses on delivering the Wild Earth Allies mission to protect vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife,
habitats and people by inspiring collaborative action. Her grounded leadership style draws from years spent living in Rwanda as director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program and as program technical director for the African Wildlife Foundation. Her earlier career included grant-making with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, private sector natural resource management consulting, and land use planning.

Katie serves as an Environmental Liaison with Rachel’s Network, a notable community of women philanthropists, and was recently selected as an inaugural member of Charity Navigator’s Consultative Council of Nonprofit Leaders.

She holds a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she combined study of landscape ecology with coursework at the Yale School of Management on applied economics and nonprofit management. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia with a major in environmental studies.