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2019 ESDRI Symposium Speakers

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Beth Boyer 

Elizabeth W. Boyer

Elizabeth W. Boyer is an Associate Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the Pennsylvania State University.   She serves as Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center, and as Assistant Director of Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment.  Her research explores the status and trends of water quality in response to factors such as air pollution, land management, and climatic variability. 

Keynote Title: Legacy Nutrient Pollution Impacts on Current and Future Environmental Challenges 

Nutrients are among life's essential elements and play a key role in plans for reducing world hunger and poverty.  However, excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment are linked to many environmental concerns.  Nutrient pollution among the world’s most widespread and costly environmental problems, contributing to problems in air, soils, groundwater, rivers, estuaries, and bays.  This duality of nutrients -- important for food production yet linked to environmental degradation -- presents a major challenge for sustainability.  I will present contemporary inputs of reactive nitrogen and phosphorus to regional watersheds and waterways, and describe the multiple sources and drivers of nutrient pollution problems.  I will discuss linkages to the combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels, the production and consumption of food, and associated waste and losses.  Finally, I will discuss future nutrient scenarios within the shared socioeconomic pathway / representative concentration pathway framework, as a tool for informed decision-making and designing nutrient pollution solutions. 

J Henry Fair 

J Henry Fair

J Henry Fair uses pictures to tell stories about people and things that affect people. 
He is based in New York City and Berlin, but travels constantly.  
His recent book, Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption, published by Papadakis of London, sold out the first printing.
His new book “On The Edge: From Combahee To Winyah”, will be published in spring 2019. Speaking about his “Industrial Scars” series, Roberta Smith, chief art critic of The New York Times said “The vivid color photographs of J Henry Fair lead an uneasy double life as potent records of environmental pollution and as ersatz evocations of abstract painting…information and form work together, to devastating effect. 
Born in Charleston in time to witness the race riots there, a sensitivity to injustice has always informed his work. Some of his other projects include the founding of the Wolf Conservation Center, an education and species survival institution, and numerous open-space/habitat preservation initiatives. 
His current project is a portrait of the coastlines of the USA with an eye to climate change and ocean rise preparedness.

Keynote title: Art, Propaganda, and the Discrediting of Science

Dialog and compromise seem to be concepts from a distant past. 
The world becomes increasingly polarized as we each adhere ever more tightly to our beliefs, and narrow the range of alternative voices we entertain. 
We look to the inner glow of our virtual reality machines, and the like minded people to whom it connects us for reassurance of our beliefs. 
Everyone who does not espouse these beliefs becomes a suspicious “them”, fair game for ridicule and dismissal. 
But belief plays no part in science. Nor should it in the establishment of policy. 
Gravity works whether we believe in it or not. 
The discrediting of science in service of industry is a fascinating exercise in public relations propaganda, and it will destroy the world as we know it. 
Art, because it speaks directly to our emotions, has the possibility to leap over those propagandic distortions and open a dialog about facts and truth.

Gallery Title: The Hidden Costs 

The Gallery Opening will occur from 5p-7p on March 19. The exhibition dates are March 18 - April 5, in the Armstrong Gallery on the first floor of the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design on the Kent Campus.

Elizabeth Herndon

Elizabeth Herndon

I am an environmental geochemist interested in the interactions between minerals, water, and biota that shape the Critical Zone – the thin surface of the Earth’s crust from groundwater to canopy that supports life. In particular, my research focuses on human perturbation of the environment through changes in land use, contamination, and climate change. I’m interested in how these perturbations influence the transport of elements through watersheds, e.g. from air into soils, and from soils into vegetation and river systems.
In order to examine biogeochemical processes across multiple scales, my research incorporates a variety of methods such as field sampling, laboratory experiments, analytical techniques (both in-house and at national laboratories), and theoretical modeling. Recent projects include: 1) understanding the influence of warming on iron, carbon, and nutrient cycling in tundra soils, and 2) investigating metal biogeochemistry in coal mine waste and acid mine drainage.

session Title: Legacy impacts of coal mining on water resources

Throughout the Appalachian coal basin, abandoned mine lands pose an ongoing hazard to ecosystem health and water quality. Although billions of dollars have been spent to treat point sources, effective reclamation is challenged by piles of mine waste left on the landscape and complex subsurface flow paths that bypass treatment systems and continue to deliver contaminants into surface water. This project investigates biogeochemical processes that influence acid and metal mobilization from mine waste into surface water and export from the watershed.

Jennifer Grieser 

Jennifer Grieser

Jennifer Grieser is the Senior Natural Resource Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. She oversees land and water management across the Park District. Jenn also serves at the Chair of the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern Advisory Committee. Previously, she worked in the Catskill Mountains for the Stream Management Program of New York City Environmental Protection. Jenn holds an MPA from Indiana University in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management.

Session Title: Real gems of the Emerald Necklace: Reflections on a century of land use and nature's resiliency 

Over the last century, Cleveland Metroparks has patched together almost 24,000 acres of land. We’ve acquired mature forests, high quality wetlands and cold-water streams as well as degraded fields, denuded woods and disturbed soils. As Cleveland expanded, suburbs exploded and industry blossomed, the region's natural resources hung on in spite of added pressure from pollution, stormwater and sprawl. Our burning river now oozes life rather than oil. Our clearcut woods now house creatures of the forest rather than non-native invaders. Our decimated agricultural lands now attract pollinators rather than fertilizers, and our parking lots absorb water rather than shed it. The framework of our forests, streams, wetlands and meadows are the real gems of the Emerald Necklace that provide not only a place to explore, but also a place for nature to exhibit its resiliency.

Bess Krietemeyer

Bess Krietemeyer Headshot

Bess Krietemeyer is an architectural designer, educator, and researcher whose expertise lies at the intersection of advanced building technologies, interactive visualization tools, and human and energy feedback systems in the design of sustainable built environments. Prior to joining the faculty as Assistant Professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, she received her Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Architecture Science and Ecology. Dr. Krietemeyer is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence, where she leads the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL). Her interdisciplinary research focuses on developing simulation software that merges contemporary techniques for energy modeling with new visualization and interactive methods in order to facilitate the integration of user input and energy feedback systems in the design process. Her research has been sponsored through numerous grants, including a recent National Science Foundation grant through the Smart and Connected Communities program. Her work has been published in journals including Architectural Design (AD), Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD), and in the books Architecture in FormationInside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design, and in Architecture and Interaction: Human-Computer-Interaction in Space and Place.

Session Title: An interactive platform for community energy empowerment 

How can visualization tools empower community members to better understand and contribute to building and urban adaptation strategies in the face of climate change? Information visualization has the capacity to interpret complex climate data into applicable knowledge and actionable information. However, in order making environmental data and adaptation measures meaningful the data must be contextualized, visibly accessible, and capable of cultivating citizen engagement. For both emergency management situations and for long-term sustainable behaviors – data visualization that supports open, informed conversation and understanding across stakeholders is key. This research presents an overview of climate visualization tools and the development of a new interactive energy visualization platform that invites the community to collectively shape the types of feedback and design adaptation that is made visible. The platform focuses on three critical capabilities for community energy feedback: 1) interactively visualizing existing and anticipated climate conditions within a geographically-defined community; 2) comparing energy resource and demand in a spatial and temporal way to augment the integration of building-scale renewable energy systems; 3) exploring existing and future scenarios of climate-responsive building and urban design conditions. The City of Syracuse is presented as a model to explore how community stakeholders might offer architects, urban planners, and policy makers new insights on the values and design opportunities for strengthening the adaptive qualities of a mid-sized city. 

Rui Liu

Dr. Rui Liu, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University

Dr. Rui Liu joined the CAED, Kent State University (KSU) as an assistant professor in the fall semester of 2013. His research interests are in the field of resilient and sustainable cities and buildings, especially in the areas of "green" construction materials, innovative structural design, forensic engineering, and intelligent infrastructure management. He is serving ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities as an associate editor. His studies have been published in top-tier engineering journals, and competitive peer-reviewed architecture conferences. At KSU, he is teaching structural systems, architectural form finding, and sustainable building construction.

Session Title: Waste to Value: Beneficial Uses of Dredged Material for Resilient and Sustainable Built Environment

Harbors and ports built along Lake Erie remove millions of cubic yards of dredged material annually. Landfill of the dredged material is costly and occupies valuable land space, while open water placement (which will be banned after July 1, 2020 in the State of Ohio) has the potential to deteriorate water quality. An alternative to disposal is to use the dredged material as a construction material. It has the potential for use in projects for beach nourishment, habitat development, agriculture, construction and industrial use. To beneficially use the dredged material in built environment, several challenges must be addressed: (1) determine the contamination of the dredged material and its suitability to be used in the built environment; (2) evaluate the performance of the dredged material as a construction material; (3) investigate the cost and sustainability issues; and (4) evaluate regulatory issues and public acceptance. Monitored by Ohio EPA, the toxicity risk of the raw dredged material taken from Harbors of Cleveland and Toledo is low through chemical analysis. A pre-planned system to capture marketable sediments is being implemented by the Harbor of Cleveland, and dredged material taken from Harbor of Toledo has been proposed for agriculture purposes. The research team at Kent State is investigating applications of using raw dredged material and its products i.e. LWA to develop habitats by constructing green roofs, walls, rain gardens. The study summarizes these proposed applications of dredged material in the State of Ohio, and discusses the challenges to promote its beneficial uses. 

Joseph D. Ortiz 

Joseph Ortiz

Joseph D. Ortiz is a Professor in the Department of Geology and the Assistant Chair. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and served as the Chair of the ad Hoc Organizing committee for the 2019 ESDRI Symposium. Read his welcome message for the 2019 symposium. His research focuses on climate change on a variety of time scales and the remote sensing of water quality. He is an expert on the use of multivariate analysis of data sets to explore a variety of environmental issues. He will lead a panel discusses that seeks to explore the connection between the topics presented at the meeting to address long term goals of sustainability and resilience.

Panel Discussion

Dr. Ortiz will lead a panel discusses that seeks to explore the connection between the topics presented at the meeting to address long term goals of sustainability and resilience.

Noël Palomo-Lovinski

Fashion School Associate Professor, Noël Palomo-Lovinski

Noël Palomo-Lovinski is an Associate Professor in the Fashion School. She received her B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, M.A. in Visual Culture from New York University, and M.F.A. in Textiles from Kent State University. Noël’s research focus concerns design responsibility and sustainable practice, future needs of fashion design education, and the relationship between culture and design.

Session Title: Closed Loop Fashion

The fashion industry is at a turning point due to the increased unsustainability of current economic, environmental and social practices requiring a new set of best practices throughout the supply and value chains. Retailers and manufacturers seek profit in a consumer market that increasingly expects more product and services for less money at a quicker rate of turnover. Scarcity of resources, from natural materials to affordable labour, will only intensify rather than be ameliorated in the current system. Concurrently, increasing awareness of environmental and social harm will make negotiations between price and availability all the more acute. The consumer expectation of environmentally friendly practices does not necessarily translate into acceptance of higher costs in the marketplace. The fashion industry therefore must reconsider the role of the designer, the use of technology, long-term responsibility for all product sold, how to engage the consumer beyond the confines of the traditional point of sale and have a deeper understanding of where and how they source those resources. Designers, manufacturers and retailers will have to reconfigure the supply chain process and expand the possibilities of experiential retail to accommodate increased consumer demand of getting what they want when they want it all while affording confidence and trust. This talk is about a proposal for design companies to at once be a part of the local community in which they are based but also participate in a symbiotic network of sourcing and sales.

Chris Winslow 

Chris Winslow headshot

Dr. Chris Winslow received his B.S. from Ohio University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.  Since 2004 Chris has been a fixture at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, first as an instructor and research supervisor, but now as the Director of both the Lab and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program.  Prior to joining OSU and Ohio Sea Grant, Chris was an Instructor at BGSU (2002-09) and an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (2009-11).

Session Title: Lake Erie Algal Blooms: An Update and Lessons Learned While Seeking Solutions

A algal bloom primer with a glimpse into the >50 projects currently managed co-managed by Ohio Sea Grant and the University of Toledo.  How is this research (1) improving detection of HABs and our understanding toxin production; (2) assessing the health impacts of algal toxins; (3) informing water treatment methods; and (4) assessing our ability to reduce nutrient inputs.  Additionally, the presentation will highlight the importance of collaboration, the art of communicating science, and the need for academics to consider how their science fits into complex societies and how stakeholders make decisions.