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Environmental Science and Studies

About the Program

The McLain Program for Environmental Studies is devoted to enhancing the commitment of the College to programs of scientific importance in the multidisciplinary study of the environment. Over the years, the program has played a leading role in exploring the ways by which environmental programs can be integrated into curricular and extracurricular activities at Washington College.

Under the direction of Emeritus McLain Professor, Dr. Don Munson, the program has supported students and faculty in environmental research and education, augmented library holdings and classroom materials relevant to the study and understanding of the environment, and supported students in environment-related summer internships.

The program is perhaps best known for the Joseph H. McLain ’37 Lecture Series. The series was established to bring to campus, nationally and internationally recognized scientists, policy makers, artists and experts to deliver public lectures on matters of environmental interest, particularly relating to the Chesapeake Bay. 

Dr. Karl Kehm,  the McLain Associate Professor of Physics and Environmental Science and Studies, currently serves as director of the McLain Program. 

For more information on past lectures and history click here.