Center for Water and Society
Water, a most vital element...

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


Monday, October 25, 2010
V. Rao Kotamarthi
Environmental Science Division
Argonne National Lab
Regional Climate Change in Illinois and the Great Lakes Regions
Remote Sensing Seminar Series (EPSSI)
M&M Room U113 4:00 pm

Monday, October 25, 2010
Engineering with Extreme Constraints
A structured panel session from return peace corps masters' students on their two-year work in the peace corp including projects, research project, challenges, joys and advice
Returned Peace Corps Master Candidates: Matt Kucharski, Lindsey Brown, Nick Schreiner, Cara Shonsey, Gwynneth Smith
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Ted M. Champagne, CEE
Erosion Reduction By Air Entrainment Downstream Of A Stilling Basin
Civil Engineering Seminar
DOW 642 4:00 pm

Friday, October 15, 2010
PhD Defense: Cory McDonald, Environmental Engineering
Noel Urban, Advisor
Improving the Reliability of Aquatic Biogeochemical Models: Integrating Information and Optimizing Complexity
DOW 875 9:00 am

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Dr. Galen McKinley (UW-Madison)
Spatio-Temporal Variability in the Carbon Cycle of Lake Superior
DOW 875 3:00 pm

Monday, October 11, 2010
Dr. Dale M. Roberston, Research Hydrologist
U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center
Allocation of Nutrient Inputs to the Great Lakes by Source and River Basin Using SPARROW models
Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar
DOW 642 3:00-4:00 pm

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Integrated Study of Water Valuation in the Great Lakes
Seminar presented by four graduate students engaged in the work will examine modeling and analyzing the use, efficiency, value and governance of water in the Great Lakes Basin
Rabi Gyawali: Grad Student, Environmental Engineering
Katelyn Watson: Grad Student, Geological Engineering
Meredith Ballard: Grad Student, Environmental Engineering
Ali Mirchi: Grad Student, Civil Engineering
DOW 642 3:00-4:00 pm

Monday, October 4, 2010
Dave Schwab
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Numerical Models of Water Motion in the Great Lakes
UN 4000 Remote Sensing Seminar Series

Friday, June 4, 2010
MS Defense: Ryu Suzuki, Environmental Engineering
James R Mihelcic, Advisor
Post-Project Assessment and Follow-Up Support for Community Managed Rural Water Systems in Republic of Panama
DOW 873 9:00 am

Friday, May 14, 2010
MS Defense: Joshua Richardson, Geophysics
Gregory Waite, Advisor
Characteristics of Seismic and Acoustic Signals Produced by Calving, Bering Glacier, Alaska
DOW 610 10:00 am

Thursday, April 29, 2010
PhD Defense: Lauren Fry, Environmental Engineering
James Mihelcic & David Watkins, Advisors
Water Resources, Health, and Sustainability of Interventions to Achieve the Water and Sanitation Targets of the Millennium Development Goals in a Changing World
DOW 875 10:00 am

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
MS Defense: Jarron Hewitt, Environmental Engineering
Martin Auer, Advisor
Development of a Restoration Plan for Crystal Lake, Iron Mountain, Michigan
DOW 875 10:00 am

Monday, April 26, 2010
MS Defense: Jennifer Mwangi, Environmental Engineering
Noel Urban & Judith Perlinger, Advisors
Determination of CO2 Fluxes and Concentrations above Lake Superior
DOW 873 1:00 pm

Friday, April 23, 2010
Amy Marcarelli, Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Seminar Series
Complex ecosystem responses to interacting stressors: a collaborative study of human effects on the Portneuf River, Idaho
Chem Sci 101 2:00 pm

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dr. T. Allan Comp
AMD & Art (Acid Mine Draining & Art)
Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Department of the Interior
The Use of Sustainability through Combining Arts and Sciences in Professional Practice and Environmental Reclamation
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Community-driven design in Environmental Reclamation
MUB Alumni Lounge B 6:30 pm

Abstract and Biography
Contact Jacob Midkiff ( to arrange meetings with Dr. Comp on Monday and Tuesday
Co-sponsored by the Center for Water and Society

March 22, 2010 - CWS World Water Day Posters
Original Research Awards

1st - Jennifer Mwangi - $250

2nd - Andrew Kozich - $150

3rd - Christa Luokkala - $100

Coursework/Informational Awards
1st - Rita Koch - $250
Group poster presented by Rita Koch, prepared by Heather Erickson, Danielle Haak, Rita Koch, Darcy Mundahl, Michael Nagel, Elizabeth Turos, and Alexandria Winters

2nd - Michelle Foy - $150
Group poster presented by Michelle Foy, prepared by the Aqua Terra Tech Enterprise Team

3rd - Andrew Kozich - $100

2010 World Water Day Events - Monday, March 22, 2010

2010 CWS World Water Day Poster Competition
Rozsa Center Lobby 4:00 - 8:00

Social Hour - 4:30
Dinner - 5:30
Poster Award Announcements - 6:00
Faculty Research Showcase - 6:30

Call for Posters, Guidelines and Registration Form

Monday, March 22, 2010
Jacob Midkiff & Jarod Maggio, S-STEM Scholars, CEE
Life Cycle Assessment of Indigenous and Modern Cooking Fuels in Sub-Saharan Africa
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
DOW 6th FLOOR ATRIUM 3:00 pm

Friday, March 19, 2010
MS Defense: Sigridur Bjarnadottir, Civil Engineering
Yue Li, Advisor
An Evaluation of the Impacts of Climate Change on Hurricane Damage Risks and Adaptation Strategies
DOW 873 4:00pm

Monday, March 15, 2010
Dr. Eric Seagen, CEE
Transport and Capture of Pathogenic Indicator Bacteria from Urban Stormwater Runoff using Bioretention
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Monday, March 1, 2010
Dr. William Breffle, School of Business and Economics
Assessing the Carrying Capacity of the Great Lakes Environment: A Lake Michigan Pilot Study
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Friday, February 19, 2010
Amy Marcarelli, Biological Sciences
"Cross-boundary Effects on Energy and Nutrient Flow in Mountain Streams"
Chem Sci 101 3:00 p.m.

Monday, February 15, 2010
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Jarron Hewitt, CEE
Phosphorous and Inland Lakes: A Tale of Two Cities
Lauren Fry, CEE
Quantification of potential health benefits resulting from rainwater harvesting in West Africa
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Monday, January 25, 2010
Brent Lofgren, GLERL
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Climate Change Effects on the Great Lakes: What We Know, What We Thought We Knew, and What We Need to Find Out
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Monday, January 18, 2010
MS Defense: Brandon Ellefson, Environmental Engineering
Marty Auer, Advisor
Characterizing the Effects of Turbulence on Sediment Oxygen and Sediment Nitrate Demand Using Flow-Through Reactors
DOW 875 9:00 am

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Timothy Scheibe, Ph.D., 2010 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer
Beyond the Black Box: Integrating Advanced Characterization of Microbial Processes with Subsurface Reactive Transport Models
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Public Great Lakes RFP Webinar
10:00 - 12:00 CST / 11:00 - 1:00 EST

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
PhD Defense: Valerie Fuchs, Environmental Engineering
John S Gierke & James R Mihelcic, Advisors
Nitrogen Removal and Sustainability of Vertical Flow Wetlands for Small-Scale Wastewater Treatment
DOW 875 3:00 pm

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Dr. Chris Fairall, NOAA Earth System Research Lab, Boulder, CO
Air-sea fluxes - light winds to hurricanes
EPSSI bonus seminar
Fisher 138 2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
PhD Defense: Mark Rowe, Environmental Engineering
Judith Perlinger, Advisor
Development of Measurement and Modeling Techniques to Quantify Atmospheric Deposition of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals in the Great Lakes
DOW 875 9:00 am

Monday, December 7, 2009
Brandon Ellefson S-STEM Scholar
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Dow 642 3:00 pm

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Film: Liquid Assets
Fisher Hall, Room 129 7:00 pm
Flyer to View and Post
Liquid Assets, a ninety-minute documentary, tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems — some in the ground for more than 100 years — provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation’s history.

Monday, November 16, 2009
William Cooper, Professor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and
Director of Urban Water Resources Center
University of California, Irvine
Free Radical Chemistry of Chloropicrin: Linking Chemistry, Kinetic Modeling And Possible Health Effects
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Dow 642 3:00 pm
View Abstract

Monday, November 9, 2009
Mark Rouleau, Social Sciences
Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
Dow 642 3:00 pm

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
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
CWS 2009-2010 Water Film Series
Forestry G002 7:00 pm
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, or at

Monday, October 5, 2009
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
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

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:
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
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

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