Jefferson, associate professor in the Department of Geology at Kent
State University in Kent, Ohio, will give the keynote presentation for the
closing event of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Research Experience
for Summer Scholars.
presentation is titled “Stopping Stormwater: An Interdisciplinary Approach to
Improving the Urban Environment.”
program will be held August 4, 2016 starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Hadley Union Building
Ohio Room. It is free and open to the community.
poster presentation from the students in the RESS program will follow
Jefferson’s address. Four Indiana County students are members of the RESS
program. Download the event program for more information on the poster sessions.
is a Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016–17.
research focuses on urban watersheds and stormwater management, hydrologic
responses to climate variability and change, and landscape evolution. The goal
of her research is
improve the resilience and sustainability of water resources and aquatic ecosystems
in the Anthropocene.
engages in interdisciplinary collaboration with ecologists, social scientists,
engineers, and architects. Her work has been funded by the National Science
Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S Geological Survey,
among other organizations.
earned a PhD in geology from Oregon State University in 2006. From 2007 to 2012,
Jefferson was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. She has been an associate editor of the Geological Society of
America Bulletin and she is
engaged on Twitter.
keynote presentation will focus on “urban stream syndrome” and issues related
to poorly controlled stormwater. She will discuss how the answer to sustainable
urban streams depends on the framing context and processes at work, including
community buy in and support as well as science.
A total of 25 undergraduate
students are part of this year’s RESS program, now in its third year.
Coordinated by Justin Fair, faculty member in the Department of Chemistry,
the program offers opportunities for students to do research with a faculty mentor
in disciplines ranging from biology to chemistry to geoscience to physics.
Research projects this year range from water quality around fracking sites to
research at a dinosaur quarry in Utah.
IUP’s 10-week program is modeled after the National
Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. In
addition to work in the lab, students have the opportunity to present their
research to their peers and learn “soft skills,” networking and communications,
and resume writing.
will be served following Jefferson’s keynote lecture. The poster presentations
will begin at 3:30 p.m. with closing remarks at 4:30 p.m.