ORU American Scientific Affiliation hosts environmental expert

By Ashley Powell ('13) 

Fred VanDykeEnvironmentalist expert Fred Van Dyke will be speaking on March 8-9 at Oral Roberts University. The events are hosted by the ORU chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation.

The ORU chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation is a fellowship of men and women of science and science-related disciplines who share a common fidelity to the Word of God and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science.

Van Dyke, professor and chair of the Department of Biology and director of the Environmental Studies Program at Wheaton College, will be presenting "What is Land for?" at 7 p.m. March 8 in Zoppelt Auditorium. The free seminar is open to the public. In this lecture, Van Dyke will incorporate Christianity into his environmental awareness views.

"'What is Land For' will help students receive a much better, biblically-based understanding of the intrinsic value of all of God's magnificent creation," says John Korstad, professor of Biology and director of the ORU Honors program.

Van Dyke is also executive director of the Au Sable Environmental Institute and will be in the GC1A07 (Ecology Lab) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 to meet with students interested in taking courses at Au Sable. The Au Sable Environmental Institute, based in Mancelona, Mich., hosts environmental science programs in various parts of the world and teaches environmental sustainability through a Christian perspective.

Van Dyke will also be visiting several classes on Friday, as well. He graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife-fishery resources from the University of Idaho, and received his master's degree in wildlife ecology in 1979 from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1983, Van Dyke earned a doctorate in environmental and forest biology in 1983 from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York-Syracuse. He has been a Professor of Biology at Wheaton since 2001.