Gannon University to Host National Biology Convention
Posted: June 3, 2014
Gannon University's Theta Omega Chapter will host the National
Biennial Convention of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) biology honor
society, June 4-8. More than 150 TriBeta members, students and
faculty advisors from chapters throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico,
are expected to attend.
The convention will begin at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
at Presque Isle State Park with a welcoming dinner and a screening
of the documentary film, "Mysteries of the Great Lakes." Oral
presentations and poster presentations will begin the following day
while field trips for convention participants will take place June
The 16 field trips will include Segway tours of Presque Isle
State Park, sampling aboard Gannon University's 53-foot research
vessel, the Environaut, hiking at Presque Isle, Erie Bluffs State
Park and Panama Rocks, as well as kayaking and biking
The culminating awards banquet will be held on June 7 in the
University's Yehl room with keynote speaker Larry Schweiger, the
outgoing president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.
Schweiger, whose daughter, Lauren, is a Gannon graduate, will
deliver an address entitled "The Nature of Tomorrow: Biodiversity
in a High-Carbon World."
This is the second time that Gannon University has hosted this
convention. The first was in 1996. Gannon's Theta Omega chapter has
won TriBeta's annual Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the outstanding
chapter in the country four times since 1962.
TriBeta's more than 670 chapters have the goals of improving the
understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending
the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
Since the society's founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons
have been accepted into lifetime membership.
More information on the TriBeta convention is available here.