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Water: Challenges of Extremes

Wednesday Evenings, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
January 8th through April 13th
Spring Semester 2014
West Village F, Room 20

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Date Topic Featured Lecturers
8 Water – What Do We Have and What Do We Need?

Shafiqul (“Shafik”) Islam, Director, Water Diplomacy Initiative; Professor, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Professor, Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

Auroop Ganguly, Associate Professor, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

April Gu, Associate Professor, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

15 The Water-Energy Nexus

Brennan Smith, Group Leader, Energy – Water Ecosystem Engineering Group, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Matthew Eckelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

22 Water Scarcity, Solutions and Trade-offs

Cancelled due to weather

Carly Jerla, Operations Research Analyst, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Lower Colorado Region, US Bureau of Reclamation
Laurens van der Tak, CH2M Hill

29 Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

Katharine Hayhoe, Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, and Director, Clmate Science Center, Texas Tech University

Paul Kirshen, Research Professor, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Director, Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program , University of New Hampshire

Julie Wormser, Executive Director, The Boston Harbor Association

Carl Spector, Director, Climate & Environmental Planning, City of Boston

5 Role of Water in Agriculture and Subsequent Impacts on Human Civilization

Cancelled due to weather

Jennifer Pournelle, Research Assistant Professor, Environmental & Sustainability Program, University of South Carolina

Avi Shaviv, Professor, Dept of Environmental, Water, & Agricultural Engineering; Head, Grand Water Research Institute (GWRI), Technion

12 Fisheries and Aquaculture

Jon Grabowski, Associate Professor, Marine Science Center, Northeastern

Jake Kritzer, Director, Spatial and Ecosystem Initiatives, Environmental Defense Fund

19 Water, Human Rights and Environmental Justice

Sharmila Murthy, Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University

Liza Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

26 Water Quality and Impacts on Human and Environmental Health Mark Hahn, Department Chair, Biology; Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

12 Innovations in Urban Water Management

Kate Bowditch, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association

Tom Brady, Conservation Administrator, Town of Brookline


19 Water Scarcity

Laurens van der Tak, Vice President, Principal Water Resources Engineer, Water Business Group, CH2M Hill

Ken Nowak, Hydraulic Engineer, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region

26 Creative Solutions to Meeting the Needs of Multiple Stakeholders in Water Stressed Regions Eric Danner, Ecologist, Fisheries Ecology Division, NOAA Fisheries Science Center

David Kimbro, Assistant Professor, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University

2 International and National Water Security Issues Anthony Janetos, Director, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University
9 Water Wars, Legal aspects of Water use: Where Do We Go From Here? Peter Gleick, President & Co-Founder, Pacific Intstitute

James Famiglietti, Professor, Earth System Science, School of Physical Sciences, University of California – Irvine

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