Springfield College Hosts 2015 Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture



The Springfield College Department of Biology and Chemistry presented the 18th annual Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture featuring Cathy Middlecamp on Wednesday, April 1, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Flynn Campus Union. Middlecamp’s presentation, “Learning Science by Making Connections: Energy, Food, and Trash” encouraged individuals to analyze how their actions affect local, regional, and global communities. Admission was free and open to the campus community. 

Middlecamp is a professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Integrated Liberal Studies (University of Wisconsin-Madison). She also is the editor-in-chief of the undergraduate textbook Chemistry in Context. The textbook engages students in learning chemistry in the context of real-world issues. Working on the project since 1996, she has served as the lead author for chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, polymers, food, nuclear energy, and sustainability.

Middlecamp also serves as a senior scholar for Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities and she hosts a scholarship program focused on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to real-world societal issues.

The Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture has been in existence at Springfield College since 1997 and honors longtime professor of biology at the College, Britton C. McCabe, and his spouse, Lucille McCabe.  The lecture series brings noted professionals in the health, biological, and physical sciences to Springfield College to discuss timely topics and discoveries.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.