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Green infrastructure research featured on Kent Wired

Kent Wired, the electronic version of Kent State University’s student media, ran a story on Saturday about the work Kimm Jarden and I have been doing on the effectiveness of green infrastructure retrofits in a neighborhood in Parma, Ohio.  Hopefully I’ll have more to say about this in the next few days. In the meantime, if you want a glimpse of what we’ve been up to, you can check out the news article here.

Lost Rivers documentary showing in Kent!

I’m super-excited! Super super excited. I’ve just found out about a new documentary on Lost Urban Rivers! The trailer looks great (see below). And it’s showing in Kent! This week!

Lost Rivers is a new documentary by Montreal-based Catbird Films, and it tells the story of how cities built around water, then built over it “losing” the rivers, and how today we are starting to uncover those rivers again. The film was released earlier this year, and there’s only been two other screenings of it in the US so far. And totally unbeknownst to me, the third US screening is here in Kent, Ohio on Friday (April 19th) as part of the Who’s Your Mama? Environmental Film Festival. The film festival runs from 5 to 9 pm, with lots of great shorts, and Lost Rivers is the featured documentary, which will show at 7:30 pm. The film festival is in the Kiva on the Kent State Campus, and admission is $7, $5 for students and seniors, or free for kids under 12. There will also be local food tastings and booths by local environmental organizations, including Kent State’s student group CRICK.

Lost Rivers – OFFICIAL TRAILER from Catbird Productions on Vimeo.

Doesn’t it look great? I’ll definitely be at the screening on Friday, and I hope I’ll see some of my students there as well (though I know many will be on a field trip). In any case, I’ll report back, but I’m hopeful that by the next time I teach Urban Hydrology, I’ll have a copy on DVD and be able to show it to my class. Whee!

Urban Hydrology, a new course in Spring 2013

Urban Hydrology will be offered in the Department of Geology at Kent State University. With the course number 40095/50095/60095, it is designed to appeal to both undergraduate and graduate students looking for an interdisciplinary exposure to water science in cities and built environments. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45. If you are a Kent State student, please join us.

Image credits: SOPAC, where the image is attributed to SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership ( and US Green Building Council, where it is attributed to NC DENR.

Biogeochemistry faculty position in Biology at Kent State University

Come join the team of amazing scientists at Kent State University. I am not involved in the search and it’s not my department, but I’d still love to see a great new collaborator (co-conspirator?) arrive on campus. 

Tenure-Track Faculty Position – Biogeochemistry

Kent State University Department of Biological Sciences is seeking applicants to fill a tenure-track position in the field of Biogeochemistry. Researchers will be considered from all areas of biogeochemistry and related fields such as ecosystem ecology, microbial ecology, aquatic ecology, soil science, and plant physiological ecology.

We are particularly interested in applicants who complement our strengths and can take advantage of our vibrant doctoral program, wide variety of field sites and excellent core research facilities, and interdisciplinary Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a highly productive extramurally funded research program, engage in collaborative research, direct theses and dissertations, and exhibit a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Ecology, Biology, or equivalent discipline, and post-doctoral experience. The position is available at the Assistant or Associate Professor ranks; candidates at the Associate Professor level would be expected to have a history of sustained extramural funding. Salary and startup funds are competitive and commensurate with academic qualifications and prior experience.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation by email to; or by mail to: Chair, Biogeochemist Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001

Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.