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Virginia Water Center, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science launch joint water seminar series this Friday


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 25, 2009 – Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center are co-sponsoring an upcoming water seminar series. This series will explore sustainable water solutions, among other topics, and run from March 27 to April 27.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to present this unique series of water seminars,” stated Stephen Schoenholtz, director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech, “The [Virginia Water Resources Research Center] and [Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science] are both committed to promoting the importance of water resources for a sustainable future. As part of this effort, we are pleased to co-sponsor with ICTAS a new water resources seminar series, which is bringing a variety of leading water experts to the [Virginia Tech] campus.”

Schoenholtz continued to comment on the many faculty and graduate students that are conducting cutting-edge water-related research at Virginia Tech and that this series, “provides a great opportunity to bring our community of water experts together at these events."

Information for this special water seminar series is available at the seminar website.

Dates, topics, and speaker details are as follows:

  • Friday, March 27: Marc Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, will speak on “Corrosion Control Hits Home: The Profound Implications of Premise Plumbing Corrosion.” Edwards is one of Virginia Tech’s most distinguished scholars. He has won national attention and awards throughout his career. In 2004, TIME Magazine dubbed Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” and listed him amongst the four most important “Innovators” in water from around the world. Edwards is currently the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses in environmental engineering and applied aquatic chemistry. This seminar will take place at Assembly Hall, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Learn more about Edwards and the seminar.
  • Friday, April 17: Jim Wigington, research hydrologist, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will talk about “Prospects for Hydrologic Classification of Landscapes and Watersheds”. Wigington has been a research hydrologist at the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, Ore., for 23 years. During this time, he has led a range of research projects that deal with the influence of watersheds, riparian zones, and stream networks on water quality and the ecological condition of streams. He has authored or co-authored 50 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited over 700 times in the peer-reviewed literature. This seminar will take place at Assembly Hall, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Learn more about Wigington and the seminar.
  • Monday, April 27: K. Ramesh Reddy, chair and graduate research professor, Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida, will discuss the topic “Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles in Wetlands: The Everglades as a Case Example”. Reddy has carried out research for 30 years on biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in natural and managed ecosystems as related to water quality. His areas of expertise and research include, biogeochemistry, wetlands and aquatic systems, soil and water quality, and ecosystem restoration. This seminar will take place at the Smithfield Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Learn more about Reddy and the seminar.