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Its presence and quality defines the success of every individual, community, and society.

“Water systems...can act as a powerfully unifying resource, so it is ironic to the point of absurdity that water education, management, and discourse are so fragmented. To truly assess water resources in their most holistic sense, one needs to include the many aspects of the hydrologic cycle, from meteorology to surface hydrology to soil sciences to groundwater to limnology to aquatic ecosystems. And that is just the physical system. One should also have an integral sense of the human dimensions, from economics to law to ethics to aesthetics to sociology and anthropology. Universities and management institutions are simply not organized along these lines; often they are fragmented to the point where even surface water and groundwater, quality and quantity, are separated out as if they were not inextricably inter-related.”

Aaron Wolf, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University

Events-



Friday, October 30, 2009
Robert Shuchman, codirector of MTRI
"Remote Sensing Based Water Quality Measurement Tools: Theory, Results and Current Research Thrusts"
Dow 642 2:00 p.m.
View Abstract

Friday, October 30, 2009
Assistant Professor Rose Cory, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
"Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter Cycling Reveals Dynamic Catchment Interactions in Lake Superior"
Chem Sci 101 3:00 p.m.
View Abstract

Monday, October 26, 2009
Ann Maclean, SFRES
Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) Fall Seminar Series
Utilizing the National Hydrologic Data Set in a GIS Based Model to Delineate Riparian Zones: An Intelligent Approach
Website: http://forest.mtu.edu/faculty/maclean/
M&M building, U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 26, 2009
Audrey L. Mayer, Social Sciences
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Achieving Sustainable Urban Watersheds Through Incentive-Based, Decentralized Stormwater Mitigation
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Troy Zorn – MDNR Fisheries Biologist
Sediment Traps
General Membership Meeting of Trout Unlimited
Portage Lake District Library, Houghton 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 15, 2009
FLOW
CWS 2009-2010 Water Film Series
Forestry G002 7:00 pm
http://www.flowthefilm.com
FLOW - Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the
most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
View and Display the flyer

Friday, October 9, 2009
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Ann Arbor
Poster Session: current projects, collaborations with MTU departments, and areas of research
Dow 6th Floor Atrium 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For additional information, contact Lisa Phillips at lisa.phillips@mtu.edu, or at http://www.mtri.org


Monday, October 5, 2009
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Michael J. Falkowski, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Supporting Sustainable Forest Management with Applied Spatial Information Systems: Applications Across Multiple Scales
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Friday, October 2, 2009
Peter Nowak, University of Wisconsin
Disproportionality: An Interdisciplinary Bridge to Analyzing Environmental Degradation
M&M U113 12:00 pm
Sponsored by: Center for Water & Society, CEE -Environmental Engineering, and SS – Environmental Policy
Flyer and Abstract: 2009-10_PeteNowak_Flyer.pdf


Friday, October 2, 2009
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Bill Breffle, School of Business and Economics
"Assessing the Carrying Capacity of the Great Lakes Natural Environment of Western Michigan."
Academic Office Building 101 3:00 pm

Monday, September 28, 2009
Richard Donovan, Sustainable Futures Institute
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
The Computed Answer May Be Wrong
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Alex Mayer, Director of Center for Water and Society
Poster Design Workshop
Poster design ideas for student poster competitions, such as the SFI Poster Session on October 16th, and the CWS World Water Day Poster Session in March 2010
J. R. Van Pelt Library, 242 4:00 pm
NOTE: please pre-register with Denise Heikinen at dmheikin@mtu.edu

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ken Vrana and Brian Abbott, The Isle Royale Institute National Marine Group International
2009 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
Underwater Archaeology at the Isle Royale Institute: Baseline Documentation of the Underwater Components of Coastal Archaeological Sites using High-Resolution Sector Scanning Sonar
View Abstract at: http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/pdf/2009_abstract_IRIflyer-1.pdf
Academic Offices Building, 201 12:00-1:00 pm

Monday, September 21, 2009
Blair Orr, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Research in the Forestry Peace Corps Master’s International Program
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Wednesday September 9, 2009
WATERLIFE
The Center for Water and Society is sponsoring a showing of the film, WATERLIFE, a feature length documentary which follows the water of the Great Lakes on its beautiful and tragic journey to the sea.
Dow Building, Room 641 at 7:00 pm
Flyer to Distribute


Thursday, August 20, 2009
Center for Water & Society Film Library Listing

Thursday, August 20, 2009
MS Defense: Kathryn Marlor, Forest Ecology & Management
Rodney Chimner, Advisor
Determining the Role of Environmental Factors and Disturbance in the Distribution of Reed Canary Grass within Wetlands
Forestry G002 10am

Thursday, August 6, 2009
MS Defense: Jonathan Mellor, Environmental Engineering
David Watkins, Advisor
Water and Sanitation Accessibility and the Health of Rural Ugandans
DOW 875 9:00 am

Friday, July 17, 2009
Keep It In The U.P.
Dick Storm’s interview with Dave Reed, Charles Kerfoot, and Alex Mayer about the Great Lakes Research Lab in honor of Lake Superior Day – July 19, 2009
On WGLI, 98.7 FM 10:00 am

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
MS Defense: Elizabeth Boisvert, Applied Ecology
Thomas Pypker, Advisor
“Initiation and Development of Three Lake Superior Coastal Peatlands”
Forestry G002 10:00 am

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Miriam Rios –Sanchez, PhD Candidate, Geological Engineering
“A Remote Sensing Approach to Characterize the Hydrogeology of Mountainous Areas: Application to the Quito Aquifer System (QAS), Ecuador”
Dow 611 3:00 pm.

Friday, June 19, 2009
MS Defense: Brandon Braithwaite, Civil Engineering
David Watkins, Advisor
Training Water Committees in Bocas del Toro, Panama: A Case Study of Peace Corps Volunteers' Initiative to Improve Rural Water System Management
DOW 875 1:00 pm

CWS World Water Day Posters are now online in PDF format at: http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/2009CWS_Posters.html

Abstracts of IAGLR '09 Presentations by MTU and MTRI Researchers
http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/pdf/2009-05_mtu_mtri_iaglr09.pdf

Thursday, May 14, 2009
MS Defense: Gregory Albert Galicinao, Environmental Engineering
Martin Auer, Advisor
“Determination of Methyl Mercury Flux from Onondaga Lake Sediments using Flow-Through Reactors”
DOW 875 8:30am

Friday, May 8, 2009
MS Defense: Ryan Schweitzer, Environmental Engineering
James Mihelcic, Advisor
Community Managed Rural Water Supply Systems in the Dominican Republic: Assessment of Sustainability of Systems Built by the National Institute of Potable Water and Peace Corps, Dominican Republic
DOW 875 10:00 am

Friday, May 1, 2009
MS Defense: Jennifer Heglund, Environmental Engineering
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
Effects of Climate Change Induced Heavy Precipitation Events on Sediment Transport in Lower Michigan Rivers
Dillman 202 11:00 am

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
MS Defense: Cara Shonsey, Civil Engineering
John Gierke, Advisor
Quantifying Available Water at the Village Level: A Case Study of Horongo, Mali, West Africa
DOW 875 2:00 pm

Friday, April 24, 2009
MS Defense: Daniel Haskell, Applied Ecology
David J Flaspohler, Advisor
Quantifying the Ecological Benefits of Lake Shore Restoration in Northern Wisconsin”
Forestry G002 8:00 am

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (Earth Day)
”Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in the Balance”
Fisher Hall Room 135 7:00 pm
Following the showing of the film, there will be a question and answer session with several of the activists and scientists featured in the film. More information about the film is available at the National Wildlife Federation Website: http://online.nwf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=glnrc_lakesuperior

Friday, April 17, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Adaptation, water supply systems
Paper: Meuleman et al., 2007, When climate change is a fact! Adaptive strategies for drinking water production in a changing natural environment
Dow Atrium on 8th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
PBS FRONTLINE will broadcast POISONED WATERS,
*a two-hour investigation and report card on two iconic American waterways, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.
9 to 11 pm ET,
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/

Monday, April 20, 2009
Josh Johnson and Ryan Biehl, MTU S-STEM Program
Ground Truthing Sustainable Development Colloquim IV: "Encouraging policies and investments that reflect the value of water in the developing world."
6th Floor Atrium DOW Bldg 3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
MS Defense: Ashwini Kashelikar, Environmental Engineering
Veronica Griffis, Advisor
“Identification of Teleconnections and Improved Flood Risk Forecasts using Bulletin 17B”
DOW 875 3:00 pm

Monday, April 13, 2009
Dr. David Hand, CEE
“NASA Space Station Water Treatment System”
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Monday, April 13, 2009
MS Defense: Susan Balint, Environmental Policy
Kathy Halvorsen, Advisor
“The Influence of Federal and State Policy on Woody Biomass Utilization”
Academic Offices 201 1:00 pm

Friday, April 10, 2009
MS Defense: Genevieve Borg, Environmental Policy
Carol MacLennan, Advisor
"EPA's Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling: A Case Study of Science Policy Implementation"
Academic Offices 201 10:00 am

Friday, April 10, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Impacts and adaptation, Arctic
Paper: Alessa et al., 2008, Perception of change in freshwater in remote resource-dependent Arctic communities
Dow Atrium on 6th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Thursday, April 9, 2009
MS Defense: Nelson Alger, Civil Engineering
David Hand, Advisor
"A Case Study in Modeling and Testing of a Rural, Gravity-Fed Water Distribution Network in Panama Using GPS and EPANET 2.0 to Help Chlorinate Water"
Dillman 301 8:00 am

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
PBS Frontline will host a live Web cast
of a special symposium at the National Press Club keynoted by Lisa Jackson, President Obama's EPA Administrator and Bill Ruckelshaus, who headed the EPA in the 1970s
1:00 to 2:30 pm ET
http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=56406

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
MS Defense: John Hribljan, Biological Sciences
Janice Glime, Advisor
Bryophagy in a Northern Temperate Forest by the Terrestrial Invertebrate Porcellio scaber in Relation to Moss and Litter Chemical Traits”
ROTC Blue Room 9:00 am

Monday, April 6, 2009
Dr. Donna Rizzo, University of Vermont
Missing the Forest for the Trees: Identifying Model Structure and Scale Dependencies in Complex Systems
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Friday, April 3, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Adaptation, California, water supply systems
Paper: Tanaka et al., 2006, Climate warming and water management adaptation for California
Dow Atrium on 8th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Postdoctoral associate Christopher A. Binckley, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University,
"Behavioral Assembly of Aquatic Metacommunities"
Chem Sci 101 10:00 am

Monday, March 30, 2009
"Popcorn and Policy"
Panelists" - Dave Dempsey, Alex Mayer, Tom Pypker, and Lauren Fry
Water Scarcity Issues    (See Flyer ...)
EERC 100 7:30 pm
FREE POPCORN!

Monday, March 30, 2009
Dr. Chris Wojick, CEE
“MTU Green Campus Enterprise”
Dow 642 3:00 pm

March 25, 2009
Postdoc in Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling
University of Michigan
School of Natural Resources and Environment
View Announcement...

Friday, March 27, 2009
Mark Rowe, MS Environmental Engineering
Judith Perlinger, Advisor
Modeling Contaminant Behavior in Lake Superior: A Comparison of PCBs, PBDEs, and Mercury”
DOW 633 2:00 pm

Friday, March 27, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Sandra Postel’s World Water Day Lecture
Dow Atrium on 6th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend


2009 World Water Day Events - Monday, March 23, 2009

2009 CWS World Water Day Poster Competition
Call for Posters, Details and Registration Form

Guest Speaker: Sandra Postel
Environmental Engineering Seminar
Dow 642, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Great Events Series Lecture by Sandra Postel
"World Water"
Rosza Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm

more about...
Sandra Postel and the Global Water Policy Project

Sandra Postel's visit is sponored by:
Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment
Center for Water and Society
Student Entertainment Board
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Department of Social Sciences Environmental Policy Program
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series

 


Friday, March 20, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Impacts, Great Lakes
Paper: Patz et al., 2008, Climate change and waterborne disease risk in the great lakes region of the U.S.

Dow Atrium on 8th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Monday, March 16, 2009
Mark Rowe and Jennifer Mwangi
Development of a gas-phase cleanup method for thermal desorption analysis of atmospheric semivolatile organic pollutants”
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Friday, March 6, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Impacts, ecological systems
Paper: Wullschleger and Hanson, 2005, Sensitivity of canopy transpiration to altered precipitation in an upland oak forest: Evidence from a long-term field manipulation study
Dow Atrium on 6th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Monday, March 2, 2009
Colin Casey and Matt Seib
Ground Truthing Sustainable Development, Colloquium III
Dow 6th Floor Atrium 3:00 pm

Friday, February 27, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Impacts, ecological systems
Paper: Weltzin et al., 2000, Response of bog and fen plant communities to warming and water-table manipulations
Dow Atrium on 8th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Ed Hall, of the Department of Freshwater Ecology at the University of Vienna
"Linking the Ultimate and the Proximate: How Controls on Microbial Physiology Constrain Key Biogeochemical Pathways in Aquatic Ecosystems."
EERC 316, 10:00 am

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Poster Preparation Workshop
Alex Mayer
DOW 610 7:00 pm
Required:
(1) bring your own laptop
(2) RSVP to Carol Asiala (cjasiala@mtu.edu) if you plan to attend. You will
receive an email with a poster template to start the session with.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Film Showing
"Flow: For the Love of Water"
an award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Dow 642 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Dr. Amy Marcarelli, Stream Ecology Center, Idaho State
Department of Biological Sciences Seminar
Placing food webs in ecosystems: organisms, energy and nutrient flow in freshwaters
EERC 100 1:00-2:00 pm

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, PhD Environmental Engineering
Alex Mayer, Advisor
Integrated Hydrologic-Economic-Institutional Water Model for the Rio Yaqui Basin, Sonora, Mexico
DOW 610 2:00 pm

Monday, February 23, 2009
Megan Abbott, Mark Rowe, Kathy Marlor
Ground Truthing Sustainable Development, Colloquium II
Dow 7th Floor Atrium 3:00 pm

Friday, February 20, 2009
Center for Water & Society Colloquium, UN5990
Topic: Impacts, mid-Atlantic US (coastal regions)
Paper: Najjar et al., 2000, The potential impacts of climate change on the mid-Atlantic coastal region
Dow Atrium on 6th Floor 4:00 pm
All are welcome to attend

Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Peter Gleick, President, Pacific Institute
Launch of "The World's Water 2008-2009"
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_summary&event_id=497575
This webcast can be viewed at the above link. Alex Mayer has also reserved Dow 875 for anyone interested in watching this webcast.
Dow 875, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 9, 2009
Dr. Maria Val Martin, Harvard University
Joint Seminar with MTU RSI on Atmospheric Sciences
M&M Room U113 4:00 pm

Monday, January 26, 2009
Professor Robert McKay, Bowling Green State University
"The Nitrifying of Lake Superior"
Chem Sci 101 2:00 pm

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Mike Reid, COO of L'Anse Warden Electric Co.
“Campus Bioenergy: Greening Michigan Tech Infrastructure”
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Friday, December 5, 2008
National Wildlife Federation presents…
“Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in the Balance”
A documentary film about the push for a sulfide mine in Marquette County
Jamrich Hall, Room 103 7:00 pm
Northern Michigan University

Thursday, December 11, 2008
John Griebel, MS Industrial Archaeology
Pat Martin, Advisor
"A Cultural Landscape Report of the Nonesuch Mine, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park"
Academic Offices 201 11:30 am

Friday, December 10, 2008
Timothy Wilson, MS Biological Sciences
Nancy Auer, Advisor
"Understanding Optimal Conditions for Hatch and Growth of Young Lake Sturgeon"
ROTC Blue Room 2:00 pm

Friday, November 21, 2008
Dr. Sue Eggert, Research Aquatic Ecologist
Center for Research on Ecosystem Change
Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

“The stream and its valley: small streams as integrators of the landscape”
DOW 642 2:00 pm
Sponsored by CWS, Biological Sciences, and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series

Monday, December 1, 2008
Albert Galicinao, Phil DePetro, Brandon Ellefson , CEE
“Engineering Approaches to Remediation of Mercury Pollution in Onondaga Lake, New York”
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Friday, November 21, 2008
Emily Owens, MS Environmental Engineering
James Mihelcic, Advisor
“Material Flow Analysis for Kayangel State, Republic of Palau: Solid Waste Management on a Small Pacific Island”
DOW 875 9:00 am

Friday, November 14, 2008
Anna Colvin, MS Geology
Bill Rose, Advisor
Crater Lake Evolution During Volcanic Unrest: Case Study of the 2005 Phreatic Eruption at Santa Ana Volcano, El Salvador”
EERC B011 10:00 am

Monday, November 17, 2008
Joshua Cowden, PhD Environmental Engineering
David Watkins, Advisor
“The Impacts of Global Change on West Africa and Potential Planning and Adaptation Measures for Urban Slum Communities”
DOW 875 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
J
essie Vital, MS Forest Ecology & Management
Ann Maclean, Advisor
“Land Use/Cover Change Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems: Pic Macaya National Park, Haiti”
Forestry 146 11:00 am

Monday, November 3, 2008
Larry Deaton, Director of Operations & Hydro Data Management
South Florida Water Management District, Florida
"Current Research Activities and Opportunities in Water Resource Management"
ME-EM 208 10:00 am

Monday, October 20, 2008

Will Steger, Polar Explorer
"The Longest Summer Tour"
Rozsa Center 7:30 p.m.
His talk is free and open to the public

Video or Audio Presentation of Dave Dempsey's talk given on Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes Policy Advisor for Clean Water Action *
"Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons?
The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"
video...
audio...


Monday, October 6, 2008
Judith Perlinger, CEE Department Professor
"S-STEM Program: Graduate Student Scholarships to Advance a Global Outlook of Economic and Social Prosperity that Protects the Environment"
Dow Building Room 642 3:00 pm


Governance and Valuation of Great Lakes Water for the 21st Century

A Symposium sponsored by
The Center for Water & Society and the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series

*Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative supported by Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative with funding from
Great Lakes Fisheries Trust and Wege Foundation.

Symposium Schedule (pdf)...

Friday, September 26, 2008
John Austin, Executive Director
The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI)
"Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem"
DOW 642 3:00-4:00 pm
Abstract...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes Policy Advisor for Clean Water Action *
"Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons?
The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"

M&M U113 12:00-1:00 pm
Abstract...
Dave's additional activities at MTU...

Pat Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU
Saichon Seedang, post-doc, MSU Institute of Water Research
"Institutional Context for Water Use Decisions and Policy Innovations in Michigan"
DOW 610 3:00-4:00 pm
Abstract...

Thursday, October 2, 2008
John F. Raffensperger, Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand
"Generalized Smart Markets for Water Resources"
DOW 642 3:00-4:00 pm
Abstract...


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