Symposium Chair's Welcome

Symposium Chair’s Welcome

Joseph Ortiz


Dear Colleagues, 
The start for the 2019 Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative Symposium (ESDRI) is rapidly approaching (March 19-21, 2019). As the Chair of the ad Hoc organizing committee, I want to welcome you and encourage you to attend our event. This will be the 6th annual symposium, which started as the Water Symposium, transformed into the Land and Water Symposium and has now matured into the ESDRI Symposium. This is a fitting progression for the event, which showcases research, scholarship, artistic expression and design that aims to address questions related to the environment, sustainability, and resilience. This year’s theme is the “Complexity of Environmental Legacies,” which will let us explore the multifaceted way that we have and will interact with the environment and how it affects our lives. 
The Symposium will kick off with a Gallery exhibit by environmental keynote speaker J Henry Fair, famed fine art photographer and environmentalist, entitled “The Hidden Costs,” which explores the impact of resource extraction on the landscape using striking aerial photography. A Symposium keynote address follows on the evening of March 20 by Dr. Beth Boyer, Associate Professor of Water Resources, Penn State; Director, Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center; and Assistant Director, Institutes of Energy & the Environment. Her keynote address is entitled “Legacy Nutrient Pollution Impacts on Current and Future Environmental Challenges.”
The Symposium will culminate on March 21 with a full day of speakers giving innovative talks in the KIVA auditorium and an afternoon in the Kent Student Center showcasing a poster session and opportunities to interact with exhibitors and vendors interested in the environment, sustainability, energy and natural resources.
As a reminder AIA Akron is offering CEU credits for the two keynote addresses. Please see the details on the symposium website for more information, and please remember to sign in at each keynote address if you would like to receive CEU credit.
Please check our website for updates. You can find out more about the event there, and get driving, parking, and dining information from these links.
Useful links for navigating the symposium
Symposium website
About the symposium speakers
Driving, parking, and dining details
Please join us at this exciting event and encourage your friends and colleagues to attend.

Best Regards,
Joseph D. Ortiz
Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Geology
Chair, ad Hoc Organizing Committee
221 McGilvrey Hall  
Kent State University                                
Kent OH 44242

phone: 330-672-2225
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