Dr. Susan Rees to speak at Rimes Lecture on Nov. 16

Tue, 01/30/2007 (All day)

Nov 02, 2006

MOBILE — The Spring Hill College Physics Department will host the annual Rimes Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Byrne Memorial Hall on the college campus. Dr. Susan Rees will present “Restoring the Gulf Coast: Balancing Our Knowledge of Coastal Risk with the Desire to Maintain Community Heritage and Uniqueness”

Rees is in charge of the recovery effort of the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. She serves as program manager for the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program and the Coastal Environment team leader for the Mobile District, Planning and Environmental Division. As program manager, she oversees a $10 million congressionally authorized study to recommend projects in coastal Mississippi to provide hurricane and storm damage reduction, fish and wildlife preservation, prevention of shoreline erosion, restoration of freshwater flows and prevention of salt water intrusion, and any other water resource related projects. As Coastal Environment team leader, her major responsibilities include overseeing environmental compliance and environmental restoration for civil works activities in the panhandle of Florida, coastal Alabama and coastal Mississippi; for military activities within the 50 states and Central and South America; and for Support for Others activities in the district area of responsibility. 

The Rimes Lecture was created to honor the Rev. William J. Rimes, S.J., who dedicated more than 30 years to Spring Hill College as a student, professor and college president. The biology building, Yancey Hall, and the chemistry building, Diegnan Hall, were constructed while Rimes was president. 

To RSVP for the lecture or for more information or directions, call the Spring Hill College Division of Sciences at (251) 380-3070.