6th Annual Kent State Environmental Science & Design Research Symposium | Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative | Kent State University

Complexity of Environmental Legacies

Symposium overview

The Environmental Science and Design Symposium, formerly the Land and Water Symposium, is a multidisciplinary forum that promotes the exchange of ideas related to the resiliency of natural and built systems. This year’s theme, “Complexity of Environmental Legacies”, reflects the challenges of developing sustainable systems in landscapes transformed by decades of modification and contamination. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines (fashion, geology, geography, architecture, and ecology) will address topics related to urban, sustainability, restoration, and the integration of design with biological systems.

This year's symposium is being made possible through generous support from the Cleveland Water Alliance (Opening Reception Sponsor), Deborah Gillaspie and Frederick Sturm (Morning Session and Book Signing Sponsors); and from partners across Kent State University including the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability, the Department of Geology, the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Registration is free and open to the public.  We hope you will support the symposium, attend, submit abstracts for poster presentations, and encourage other students and colleagues to attend!

Contact Information

More information will be forthcoming, but please feel free to contact Symposium Chair, Dr. Joseph D. Ortiz with any questions or comments or to offer your support for the event.

Itinerary March 20-21, 2019

All Events in KIVA, Except Coffee Break and Poster Session
Kent Student Center (On Campus), Kent, OH 44242

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Evening Program

Time Description
6-7 p.m. Keynote Address
Beth Boyer, Associate Professor of Water Resources, Penn State; Director, Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center; Assistant Director, Institutes of Energy & the Environment

(KIVA) Reception immediately following the address, sponsored by the Cleveland Water Alliance, in the Westfield Insurance Room (204 Kent Student Center) located above the KIVA.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Morning Program

Time Description
9-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15-9:45 a.m. Jennifer Grieser, Senior Natural Resources Area Manager — Urban Watersheds, Cleveland Metroparks
9:45-10:15 a.m. Chris Winslow, Ohio State (Stone Laboratory); Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program
10:15-10:45 a.m. Elizabeth Herndon, Assistant Professor of Geology, Kent State
10:45-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break in Kent Student Center Ballroom
11:15-11:45 a.m. Rui Liu, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Associate Professor of Fashion Design & Merchandising, Kent State University
12:15-12:45 p.m. Bess Krietenmeyer, Assistant Professor in Architecture and founder of the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL) at Syracuse University
12:45-2:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Program

Time Description
2:15-3:15 p.m. Keynote Address
J Henry Fair, Environmentalist & Fine Art Photographer
3:15-4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion with Keynote and Symposium Speakers, moderated by
Joseph D. Ortiz, Professor of Geology, Kent State University
4:15-6:30 p.m. Poster Session, Exhibits, Recruiting; with light refreshments


sponsored by

Cleveland Water Alliance
Deborah Gillaspie and Frederick Sturm 
Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability Logo
Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability

Previous Symposia

Visit the Fifth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Visit the Fourth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Visit the Third Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium