Great Lakes Research Center

World Water Day — March 19-26, 2020

Michigan Tech celebrated World Water Day 2020 from March 19-26 with Virtual Events related to the United Nations theme, "Water and Climate Change". 

Russell Headshot

Prof.  Joellen Russell was the keynote speaker. Prof. Russell is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science and a Professor of Geosciences, Planetary Science, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences and Applied Math at the University of Arizona. Prof. Russell has a PhD in Oceanography (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California), and an AB in Environmental Geoscience (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University). Prof. Russell's research focuses on the ocean's role in climate.  

March 23 @ 4pm EDT (Virtual Event): "Climate and the Deep Blue Sea

The ocean is changing rapidly, taking up heat and carbon that would otherwise be warming Michigan and Arizona and the rest of the globe. Come hear how University of Arizona oceanographer, Prof. Joellen Russell, is using robot floats and supercomputers to measure the ocean and predict future climate.    

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Sophia Kianni

Sophia Kianni was the youth keynote speaker.  She is an 18 year old climate activist based in Washington, DC., works on the Fridays for Future USA national media team and This is Zero Hour national partnership team, and is an international spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.  Excerpts of Sophia's speeches have been featured in these news outlets:  The Guardian, Reuters, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post.  Join us to hear Sophia's passionate story about climate advocacy and her experiences as a youth leader.  

 

March 24 @ 12:30pm EDT (Virtual Event): "If Adults Won't Take Action To Protect Our Future, Youth Will!" 

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World Water Day 2020 Poster Award Winners 

 

Original Research Awards
  • 1st Place - $300 - Hunter Roose - Mercury Bioaccumulation in Two Deep-Water Tilefish Species
  • 2nd Place (tie) - $200 - Hannah Reisch - Assessing Contaminant Bioaccumulation and Offloading Among Lake Superior Lake Trout
  • 2nd Place (tie) - $200 - Emma Byrne, Kayley Roche - Seasonal Variation of Hydrocarbon Biodegradation Rates and Microbial Community Composition in the Great Lakes
Coursework/Informational Awards
  • 1st Place - $300 - Peyton Gast, Hannah Gruber - The Effects of Climate Change on the Distribution of Dengue Fever
  • 2nd Place - $200 - Sarah LewAllen, Brooke Poyhonen, Autumn Weidman - Potential Climate Change Impact on Waterborne Transmission of Giardia Lamblia
  • 3rd Place - $150 - Hannah Reish, Hunter Roose, Renn Schipper,  Noah Yacks - How Climate Change Impacts the Length “Bromonids” (Salmonids) Have to Swim to Get Some Tail

    Closed Caption Recording

 

Schedule of Events

March 16 - TBD 

Environmental Graphiti

The Art of Climate Change

by Alisa Singer 

 Deforestation and Climate Change

Art Show Information and Locations

Virtual Tour of the Exhibit  

 

 

  Historical and Projected Global Sea Level Rise

 

Monday night, March 16

Poster Registration Deadline

Poster Registration Information

(Course work or Original Research, graduate or undergraduate students, any major) 

 

Fill out Registration Form

Note:
 Submit pdf versions of posters using the form http://bit.ly/WWD2020student   by midnight on March 19, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Deadline for students to submit Poster Registrations.  

WWD Call for Posters Vertical

Monday, March 19-24
Eagle Country 105.7 FM WCUP

Listen for Joan Chadde on Eagle Radio March 19-24, promoting the film & discussion on Saving Snow and World Water Day Virtual Events.

Monday, March 23

Noon–2 p.m. EDT

Virtual Event

 

World Water Day Poster Judging  

 

  • Individual judging sessions of oral poster presentations
  • Students will be notified of time of presentation.
  • Presentation format includes 1 minute poster review by judges, up to 5 minutes for oral presentation and 2 minutes for questions 

Monday, March 23
4–6 p.m. EDT
Recording

 
Russell Headshot

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Joellen Russell

 

"Climate and the Deep Blue Sea"

The ocean is changing rapidly, taking up heat and carbon that would otherwise be warming Michigan and Arizona and the rest of the globe. Come hear how University of Arizona oceanographer, Prof. Joellen Russell, is using robot floats and supercomputers to measure the ocean and predict future climate. 

 

 

 
 

Tuesday, March 24
12:30–2 p.m. EDT

Recording  

  Sophia Kianni

Youth Keynote Lecture by Sophia Kianni

 

"If Adults Won't Take Action To Protect Our Future, Youth Will!"  

Sophia Kianni is an 18 year old climate activist based in Washington, DC.  She works on the Fridays for Future USA national media team and This is Zero Hour national partnership team, and is an international spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.  Excerpts of Sophia's speeches have been featured in these news outlets:  The Guardian, Reuters, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post.  Join us to hear Sophia's passionate story about climate advocacy and her experiences as a youth leader. 

World Water Day Sponsors:

We extend sincere gratitude to all of our World Water Day partners, funders and event sponsors.  We acknowledge the generous support of the Great Lakes Research Center; Institute for Policy, Ethics, & Culture (IPEC); Tech Forward Diversity & Inclusion Initiative; Tech Forward Sustainability & Resilience Initiative; J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library; College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science; Visual & Performing Arts; University Marketing and Communications; and departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Geological & Mining Engineering Sciences.

 

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