On March 15th, I’ll be at the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in Parma to talk with a very special group of people: the people in the Watershed Volunteer Program. The volunteers in this program take part in the active management and monitoring of the park system, becoming certified watershed stewards after completing a certain number of learning modules. I’m excited to get to share our research on the functioning of the stormwater features on the building and grounds of the Watershed Stewardship Center. I expect I’ll get many good and tough questions from the volunteers.
Kent State Green Infrastructure Research Update
Wednesday, March 15
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
In the pursuit of innovative ways to better manage stormwater, practitioners are increasingly adopting green infrastructure over traditional “grey” infrastructure. Green infrastructure utilizes natural processes to treat runoff and manage flooding. Join us for a presentation from Kent State University on research on the various green infrastructure practices installed around the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek. We’ll hear more about how well these installations are functioning and discuss the significance of the results.
Here I am giving a talk at the Watershed Stewardship Center in December 2015.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the lovely Bethany Brookshire for her Eureka!Lab blog at Student Science, part of Society for Science and the Public. You can check out the interview on Eureka!Lab or scroll down to watch the video.
I loved doing the interview, for three reasons. First, I like talking about my science (what scientist doesn’t?). Second, Bethany is a friend and a blossoming science writer. But most importantly, Society for Science and the Public (SSP) is a great organization working to foster “understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.” They are the publishers of Science News and Science News for Students, and they organize the premiere scientific competitions for middle school and high schools. These competitions are what got me engaged with science and encouraged to pursue a scientific career. So I’m always happy to help SSP in any way I can.
The video interview below is aimed at communicating to middle school students about what I do as a professor and hydrologic scientist. After a somewhat awkward start, I hope I did a good job of sharing the excitement and challenges of what I do in a fairly non technical way.
Amateur geologist, author, and fantastic human being, Dana Hunter, has written a post in which she talks about how my blogging has inspired an appreciation for hydrology that she never otherwise would have developed. I won’t quote from her post here, but I wanted to bookmark it someplace special so that I could come back to it when the demands of teaching, research, and parenting get me down. If nothing else, I now know my blogging has made a difference for somebody that I’ve never even met.
I think that’s part of the power of blogging – it not only can bring the world into the classroom, but it broadens the classroom into the world. As the theme for this month’s geoscience blog carnival, the Accretionary Wedge, I asked contributors to muse on education. Amongst many great submissions so far, Dana’s post on how professional geoscientists can reach out to amateurs is truly inspiring. Honestly, if geoscientists are truly going to make a difference in the world, it won’t be through journal papers, conference presentations, or even graduate seminars, it’ll be through reaching out beyond our professional and student ranks to people who are curious and care about the Earth. I sincerely hope that includes most of its residents.