Professor staying busy this summer reading, writing and presenting

Marietta College's Dr. Eric J. Fitch, an associate professor of Environmental Science and Leadership, has already had a busy summer from a professional standpoint.

He has just returned from Clemson University in South Carolina where he was a reader for the 2006 AP Environmental Science exam. All across the United States and several foreign countries, high school students complete a full academic year of study and then take AP (Advance Placement) exams. Depending on their scores, these tests can demonstrate proficiency in a field sufficient to taking that course at the college level.

Fitch was one of approximately 200 environmental science high school and college educators invited by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) to spend a week intensively grading the essays of the more than 40,000 AP Environmental Science exams that were taken this year.

Earlier in the summer, he traveled to Houston for the annual editorial board meeting of Water Resources Impact. Fitch is an associate editor of Water Resources Impact, a bimonthly journal of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA). He has in the past edited issues with themes such as "Social Foundations of Water Management," "Coastal Zone Management" and "Homeland Security."

He recruits each issue's authors, writes the lead article in the issue and is beginning to write a regular column for the magazine entitled "What's Up with Water!" Along with the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), Water Resources Impact is one of two journals produced by AWRA. Founded in 1964, AWRA is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of men and women in water resources management, research, and education. He is co-editing with Dr. Laurel Phoenix of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay a special issue coming out in January 2007 on "Energy and Water."

Before the summer is over, Fitch will be presenting two papers at the 12th annual Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment at Kona, Hawaii, and is an invited participant in a seminar taking place at the University of Adelaide in South Australia on the theme of "Internationalizing Environmental Studies."