Free Bat Symposium Offered at LHU Clearfield

CLEARFIELED – Lock Haven University Clearfield invites the public to campus to learn about White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in bats, and how it can affect us.

It will be held from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. March 6 at LHU Clearfield, Founders’ Hall.

Dr. Barrie Overton, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Lock Haven University, will discuss White Nose Syndrome, an emergent disease of hibernating bats that has spread from the northeastern to the central United States at an alarming rate.

Since the winter of 2007-2008, millions of insect-eating bats in 25 states and five Canadian provinces have died from this devastating disease. The effects on the human race could be devastating.

Overton earned a Ph.D. from Penn State in mycology/plant pathology, a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in botany (mycology), and a Bachelor’s degree from Alma College (Alma Michigan) in biology/chemistry. Overton regularly teaches Principles of Biology, Basic Biology, Mycology, and Biological Evolution.

Although there is no charge for this seminar, reservations are required, as space is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Judy Hughes by calling 814-768-3401 or e-mailing

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