Scientists and educators discuss the work done in environmental sciences by the University of Wisconsin during an alumni forum next week.

The forum focuses on past work and future needs of the region and direction for the university.

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The panel will include LaTisha Coffin, 2009, project coordinator and book editor with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission; Matthew Jahnke, 2011, botanist with the University of Minnesota Duluth; Dr. Michelle Gutsch, 2010, lecturer in the Natural Sciences Department at UW-Superior; and Christine Polkinghorne, 1994, researcher with the Lake Superior Research Institute.

The event is the first of several alumni forums planned for the university's 125th anniversary. It starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Erlenbach Lecture Hall in Swenson Hall, 1610 Weeks Ave.

The event, sponsored by the UW-Superior Foundation, is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

The next forum takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and focuses on creative life in the north.