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Water Infrastructure and Rebounding Cities

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Oct. 31, 2014

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240


Keynote Address

David L. Sedlak, Ph.D.,  the Malozemoff Professor in Mineral Engineering, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center, and director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering at University of California, Berkeley; nationally renowned expert on the reinvention and management of urban water systems. 

This symposium showcases leading-edge research and innovative practices on water issues including the ecology of water, water policy, green design and urban infrastructure and stormwater management.

Kent State has considerable strength in a broad range of the aquatic sciences and related disciplines including, ecology, hydrology and urban studies, with 30+ faculty researchers across multiple colleges and departments.


Free and open to the public

For more information please contact Sheila Pratt, Research and Sponsored Programs, , 330-672-0701.


Please register no later than Oct. 24. Register here


Poster Session

A poster session and reception will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Abstract submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2014Submit an abstract


Tentative Schedule

8 a.m.                                        Registration

8:30 a.m.                                   Greetings and Overview

Session 1:                                The Ecology of Water and the Great Lakes

8:45 a.m.                                   Joseph D. Ortiz, Ph.D., Kent State University

9:15 a.m.                                   Jim Elser, Ph.D., Arizona State University

9:45 a.m.                                   Break

Session 2:                                Water Policy

10 a.m.                                      John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., Kent State University

10:30 a.m.                                 Maria Carmen Lemos, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Session 3:                                Green Design and Urban Infrastructure

11 a.m.                                      Terry Schwarz, Kent State University

11:30 a.m.                                  Kellie Rotunno, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Noon – 1:15 pm                         Lunch Break

Session 4:                                Stormwater Management Issues

1:15 p.m.                                   David Costello, Ph.D., Kent State University

1:45 p.m.                                   Bill Shuster, Environmental Protection Agency

Keynote, Panel and Poster Sessions

2:15 p.m.                                   Keynote Address: David L. Sedlak, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

3:15 p.m.                                   Panel Discussion

4 p.m.                                        Final Comments – Alison Smith, Ph.D., Kent State University, Symposium Chair

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                Reception and Poster Session