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Faculty Member Joins Panel on Teaching About Marcellus Shale

Debra A. BuckmanDebra A. Buckman, assistant professor of chemistry and environmental science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, participated on a panel discussion on the role of educators in teaching about Marcellus Shale.

The discussion was part of the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators. The panel also included Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University; Todd Garcia-Bish, director of environmental education at Camp Lutherlyn; and Kenneth Klemow, associate director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research for Northeastern Pennsylvania at Wilkes University.

The panel, interacting with about 100 environmental educators, discussed how the various aspects of the Marcellus Shale activities could be handled in the classroom and at nature centers.

A Penn College faculty member since 1995, Buckman serves on the board of PAEE as its northcentral regional director.

She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry (with a minor in biology) from Mansfield University in 1972, obtained her secondary teaching certificate in chemistry and biology there the following year, and earned a master’s degree in education with a chemistry emphasis from Arcadia University in 1977.

Prior to her arrival at Penn College, she was a high school biology/chemistry/physics teacher in Philadelphia, a chemist and environmental-compliance officer for Litton Electron Devices, and an environmental engineer at Textron Lycoming.

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