MI H2Objective Conference: Research Shaping Michigan’s Water Future

September 29‐30, 2011
McGregor Memorial Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium
Wayne State University

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Thursday, September 29

Time Activity Location
10:00 am Registration Opens McGregor Center
11:00 am Welcome
Hosting PI's
Nancy Love, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
Carol Miller, Ph.D., P.E. Department Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University
Joan B. Rose, Ph.D. Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University
McGregor Center
11:30 am-3:00 pm Concurrent Tours (Lunch included)

Conservation Tour
Guide: Melvadean (Mebby) M. Pearson, Board Member of the non-profit agency The Friends of Belle Isle

Urban Farm Tour
Guide: Lindsay Turpin, Urban Garden Program Manager, Greening of Detroit

Detroit River Cruise Tour
Guide: Walter J. (Wally) Pociask, Associate Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Wayne State University

Ford Factory Environmental Tour
Guide: Kurt L. Heise, J.D., LL.M., Environmental attorney and consultant, former Director of the Wayne County Department of Environment
Depart from McGregor Center
3:00-3:40 pm Explore Exhibits and Network
Network with others
Explore the Poster Session and Exhibits
View the Art Gallery Display
"Watercolor Revisited: A New Perspective"
Linda Mendelson, Curator
McGregor Center and Community Arts Building
3:40-6:00 pm


Master of Ceremonies
Tracy Mehan, Principal, The Cadmus Group, Inc

Opening remarks
Jeff Mason, Executive Director, University Research Corridor
University administrators

Keynote Presentations
"Connecting People and Rivers: Policies for Clean Water"
Katherine Baer, Senior Director, Clean Water Program, American Rivers

"Advanced Technologies for Water Security"
Peter Gallant, VP Business Development and Regulatory Affairs, ENDETEC - Global Sensor Platform, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

"The Energy Water Nexus: Accounting for Water in Future Energy Development"
Corrie Clark, Environmental Policy Analyst, Environmental Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Comments by Congressman Hansen Clarke (MI-13)

View the Art Gallery Display

Cocktail Reception with speakers and artists

Community Arts Auditorium and Building
6:00-8:00 pm Dinner
Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Humphrey, Reporter and Meteorologist, WDIV-TV Local 4, Detroit
McGregor Center

Friday, September 30

Time Activity Location
8:00 am Registration Opens McGregor Center
9:00-9:15 am


Hilary Ratner, Vice President for Research and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Wayne State University

Chris Brown, Chief Operations Officer, City of Detroit

George Jackson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit
McGregor Center
9:15-10:45 am Plenary session on models for Resarch & Development partnerships
Moderator John Austin, Director of the Great Lakes Economic Initiative with the Brookings Institution

Keynote Presentations
"Challenges for breaking down the silos – lessons from building the Canadian Water Network as a national research network"
Dr. Kelly R. Munkittrick, Scientific Director, Canadian Water Network

"Protecting Freshwater Resources, Advancing the Blue Economy: The Role of Private Foundations"
Samuel B. Passmore, Program Director-Environment Program, C.S. Mott Foundation

"Water Technologies as a Regional Economic Driver; Global and National Developments and the Cincinnati –Based Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC)"
Alan H. Vicory, Jr., P.E., BCEE, Water Technology Innovation Cluster Steering Committee Chair and Executive Director, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
McGregor Center
10:45-11:30 am Poster Session and Networking
Network with others
Explore the Poster Session and Exhibits
View the Art Gallery Display
"Watercolor Revisited: A New Perspective"
Linda Mendelson, Curator
McGregor Center
11:30 am-12:45 pm Keynote Presentation and Lunch

Master of Ceremonies
Jan Urban-Lurain
, President, Spectra Data & Research, Inc.

Keynote Presentation
"Return of Detroit River's Charismatic Megafauna"
John Hartig, Manager, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
McGregor Center
12:45-3:00 pm

Concurrent break-out sessions

Water and Energy
Panel Members:
Jonathan Bulkley, Ph.D., The Peter M. Wege Professor of Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan
PJ Dada, Assistant Director, Information Technology & Systems Integration & Operation, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department
Russel Pogats, Director, North Area Power Plants, DTE Energy
Nancy Popa, Manager, Environmental Services, Consumers Energy
John Regan, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
Gus Simiao, CEO, Vortex Hydro Energy

Gil Pezza, Director, Water Technologies Initiative, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Water and Health
Panel Members:
Shannon Briggs, Ph.D., toxicologist and coordinator for the beach monitoring program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA and Director of the UCLA Nano Material and Membrane Technology Research (NanoMeTeR) Laboratory
Olivier Jolliet, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan
Jason Rohr, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida

Jennifer Read,
Ph.D., Assistant Director, Michigan Sea Grant and Executive Director, Great Lakes Observing System, University of Michigan

Water and Landscape
Panel Members
John Bratton, Ph.D., Deputy Director, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Dennis McGrath, Ph.D., Assistant State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
Paul Seelbach, Ph.D., Fishery Biologist and Branch Chief, Ecosystem Health and Restoration, USGS

Claire Layman
, Public Policy Education Specialist, MSU Extension—Greening Michigan Institute

McGregor Center
3:00-3:15 pm Break McGregor Center
3:15-4:00 pm Concluding session
G. Tracy Mehan III, Principal, The Cadmus Group, Inc.
McGregor Center

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