Flash Talks

What is a Flash Talk?

A flash talk is a five minute presentation designed to quickly engage the audience on a concept or idea using a single slide. A FlashTalkPlus is a series of up to three sequential flash talks organized around a central theme.

Conference attendees can view a prerecorded presentation in advance of the conference. During the scheduled session time, the presenters will answer questions and engage with attendees in real time

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Thematic Pathway Summary

  • A: Addressing Water Scarcity

  • B: Data and Technology Innovation for Climate Solutions and Sustainability

  • C: Traversing the Science Policy Interface in the Context of a Changing Climate    

  • D: Diverse Perspectives and Shared Approaches in Resilience and Sustainability

  • E: Innovative Practices for Sustainability Education

  • F: Improving Water Quality

  • G: Colleges Countering COVID

  • H: Governance in a Changing World: Food, Energy and Water

  • I: Climate and COVID: The Combined Impacts of Multiple Stressors

Learn more about Thematic Pathways. 

January

5

Water Reuse in Chile: An Emerging Debate

In the context of Chile’s mega-drought and expansion of water requirements, we will evaluate the new Grey Waters Law, analyzing the interrelation between technical and regulatory entanglements regarding the reuse of wastewater, highlighting its positive aspects as the necessary changes to improve the feasibility and impact of this alternative source.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Camila Boettiger-Philipps, Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor and Director of Center of Regulatory Law and Enterprise, School of Law, Universidad Del Desarrollo

Alex Godoy-Faúndez, Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor and Director of Research Center in Sustainability and Resources Management, School of Engineering, Universidad del Desarrollo

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

FlashTalkPlus: Fresh Water in Decline: Nature-Based Solutions to the Rescue

An overview of ways in which humankind is stressing Earth’s water cycle and their impacts. Reintroduction of beavers as a keystone species and regenerative land management enhancing small water cycles are critical to fresh water restoration and biodiversity for cooling the planet.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

James Laurie, Ph.D., Research Biologist, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Jan Lambert, Environmental Journalist, Voices of Water for Climate

Moderator

Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator SSP, Bristol Community College

Session Organizer

Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator SSP, Bristol Community College

January

5

FlashTalkPlus: Re-Energize Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DR3) Data Processes

The effective implementation of the SDGs and equitable DR3 involves complex data processes and stakeholder engagement across governance levels. This session focuses on innovative interdisciplinary approaches for data processes, stakeholder engagement and machine learning tools for the US and UK.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Catalina Spataru, Ph.D., Professor, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London, UK

Elizabeth Christenson-Diver, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Water Institute, UNC Chapel Hill

Ranger Ruffins, M.S. Student, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Priscilla Carvalho, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London, UK

Moderator

Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow (Global Research Institute), The Water Institute, UNC Chapel Hill.

Session Organizer

Elizabeth Christenson-Diver, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Water Institute, UNC Chapel Hill

January

5

Visioning a Cooler City: Participatory Planning for Extreme Heat Resilience (C)

Extreme heat is the deadliest weather-related disaster in the U.S. yet strategies to address this risk remain limited. We developed an extreme heat digital teaching game, polling users about preferred resilience strategies. This process helps acceptance of difficult political decisions on climate.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Jonathan Crisman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

Frequently Asked Questions in NCA5: Input From the NCSE Community

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) evaluates the state of the science of global change and analyzes effects within the United States. We invite feedback from the NCSE community to continue improving the efficacy of NCA Frequently Asked Questions to enhance public understanding of global change.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Samantha Basile, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Christopher Avery, Ph.D., Chief of Staff, National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Michael Kuperberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

Expanding the Scope of Drawdown

Climate change is humankind's greatest challenge. It’s time to buckle down on strategies that can work at the scale needed –not just to reduce emissions, but to restore the earth’s energy balance. Find out what we need to accomplish before 2030, and why, in order to begin stabilizing our climate.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Linda Brown, Senior Vice President, SCS Global Services

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

Cooling The Waters: A Mindful Approach To Sustainability Transformations During

As we wake up to the unfolding new reality of this global health emergency, cognitions enhanced through mindfulness nurturing will become increasingly important for cooling the waters of a planet under pressure.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Kira Jade Cooper, BES, MES, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Waterloo, Canada

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

COEXIST: Actionable Stories for Sustainable Change

Wetlands face pressure from rapid, unplanned urban development. COEXIST helps students to learn about the relationship between human activities and wetlands through stories based on a hero’s journey. We help students create stories, explore actions for change, and share the message among peers.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Anita Nagarajan, M.S., Communications and Editing Consultant, Independent

Muralidharan Loganathan, M.Tech., Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Balachandar Ramadurai, Ph.D., Professor and Consultant, Independent

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

Midwest Climate Summit- Multi-Sectoral Acceleration of Climate Action

The Midwest Climate Summit is expanding regional climate knowledge, accelerating climate action, and catalyzing new partnerships to deepen expertise and strengthen a Midwestern response to the climate crisis. How can the Summit process and outcomes serve as a model for climate action advancement?

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Beth Martin, M.S., Teaching Professor, Interim Director, Climate Change Program, Washington University in St. Louis

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

Building Drawdown Research Experiences: Informing Action, Developing Leaders

Addressing climate change with a systems approach begins with helping people practice systems thinking. We describe how Drawdown Research Experiences give emerging climate leaders the chance to contribute to research that advances climate solutions implementation and practice systems thinking.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Gabrielle Batzko, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Kirsten Taylor, Coordinator for NCSE Drawdown USA Scholars, Drawdown USA Research Association and NCSE

Christopher Contos, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

James Sanders, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Dharma Santos, NCSE Drawdown USA Scholar, NCSE Drawdown USA Research Association

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

5

The Rationale for Economic Literacy in Sustainability Education

Our economy has fostered the perception that accumulation is happiness. Our behavior is affected by our economy and in turn impacts our global environment. Economic literacy allows for intervention and substitution of more sustainable options that may better align with overall life quality.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Madhavi Venkatesan, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Economics, Northeastern University

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

FlashTalkPlus: Advanced Modelling and Water Quality Monitoring Techniques

Managing larger river basins during drought is complex. The objective of this study is to highlight advanced low flow forecasting and increasing demands of water quality monitoring techniques in order to manage competing water resource needs in a growing population and climate change uncertainties.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Tolessa Deksissa, Ph.D., Director of Water Resources Research Institute, CAUSES, University of the District of Columbia

Nian Ashlee Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, SEAS, University of the District of Columbia

Pradeep Behera, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering Department, SEAS, University of the District of Columbia

Arash Massoudieh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Catholic University of America

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

Source Tracking Metabolically-Active Bacteria From Rainwater to Produce

There is a growing interest in using rooftop harvested rainwater to irrigate food crops, however, little research has evaluated levels of viable bacteria in these waters. By using a novel technique that couples DNA labeling and sequencing, we can track viable bacteria from rainwater to produce

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Leena Malayil, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

Nitrogen and the Anthropocene: Health and Sustainability Issues

Nitrogen, a major biogeochemical, its' presence in the environment in soluble, bioavailable form has been dramatically impacted by the Anthropocene and only partially regulated. Engage in discussing the implications for health and a sustainable environment and what action needs to be taken.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Catherine Zeman, Ph.D., M.S., RN, Professor, University of Northern Iowa

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

FlashTalkPlus: Campus Sustainability Education, Research, and Outreach in the Time of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically reshaped sustainability education, research, and outreach in higher education. In this talk, members of the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability will address strategies for maintaining effective sustainability programming in our socially-distant reality.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Nathan Jandl, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Wisconsin-Madison;

Tim Lindstrom, Ph.D., Instructor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jason Gallup, M.A., Student Intern Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Moderator

Session Organizer

Tim Lindstrom, Ph.D., Instructor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

January

6

An Arboretum-University Educational Partnership Via Virtual Podcast Discussions

Physical distancing restrictions required public gardens to suspend on-site programs, yet one arboretum continued with Penn State Brandywine through biweekly online nature-themed podcast discussions and pathways for Earth advocacy. The new program is viewed as an effective educational model.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Laura Guertin, Ph.D., Professor of Earth Science, Penn State Brandywine

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

Cultivating Key Competencies for Sustainability in an Era of Digital Learning

Sustainability scientists are coping with new challenges to translating education into real-world impact in an online era. This presentation will respond by exploring strategies to enhance teaching practices that develop key competencies for sustainability within the context of digital learning.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Jordan King, Ph.D. Student, Arizona State University

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

Adaptive Governance of Rivers: All About the Capacity to Reallocate Water?

Stakeholder cognitive and relational change is a weak indicator of environmental governance outcomes. Highly modified rivers require water reallocation to improve ecosystem integrity. The scope of water reallocation should thus be a suitable indicator of the extent of adaptive governance of rivers.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Peter M. Rudberg, Ph.D, Researcher, GeoViable

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

FlashTalkPlus: Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) Nexus in a City in Times of Climate Change

This session focuses on original concepts on how cities adapt to climate change and its threats to production, distribution, and consumption of food, energy, and water (FEW). The flash talks will highlight thought-provoking perspectives on the FEW nexus for a sustainable future.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Michael Bobker, Ph.D., Director, City College, City University of New York;

Ahmed Mohamed, Ph.D., Associate Professor, City College, CUNY;

Giulia Pedrielli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arizona State University.

Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology

Moderator

Roberto Rojas-Cessa, Ph.D., Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Session Organizer

Ziqian (Cecillia) Dong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology

January

6

Adaptive Water Governance and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Recent years have seen increasing emphasis on the food, energy and water (FEW) nexus. However, the human dimensions of the nexus approach have not received enough attention. This paper discusses adaptive water governance as a mechanism for managing wicked problems in FEW systems.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Kofi Akamani, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

The Role of Boundary Organizations in Agriculture-Environmental Governance

Collaborative environmental governance involves many stakeholders with distinct worldviews. Boundary organizations mediate communication across these groups, using policy narratives as a strategy to build credibility and legitimacy. We present a framework for understanding boundary narratives.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Jessica Rudnick, M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology, California Sea Grant Extension Specialist, University of California Davis

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

FlashTalkPlus: The Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Social-Ecological systems

This session will examine the impact of coronavirus on people’s dependence on and interactions with the environment and the prospect of human-environment interactions in a post-COVID world.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Rebecca Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Josheena Naggea, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Caroline Ferguson, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Ranjitha Shivaram, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Moderator

Session Organizer

Rebecca Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

January

6

Heat Vulnerability and Resilience Among Mobile Home Owners

Mobile home residents are 8 times more likely to die from heat-related illness. We uncover stark inequalities in adaptive capacity under housing insecurity and extreme heat in Arizona, to highlight risks facing 20 million Americans living in manufactured housing in an era of rising temperatures.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Patricia Solis, Ph.D., Executive Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience; Associate Research Professor, Arizona State University

Lora Phillips, Ph.D., PostDoctoral Research Scholar, Arizona State University

Elisha Charley, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Arizona State University

Katsiaryna Varfalameyeva, M.A., Geospatial Analyst, Arizona State University

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

FlashTalkPlus: Planning for Evacuation & Sheltering During Compound Hurricane Pandemic Threat

Fears related to COVID exposure drive sheltering and evacuation behaviors. Planners need to effectuate evacuation and sheltering of medically fragile and vulnerable populations, but also balance this with risk from exposure due to increased social interaction during sheltering and evacuation.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Jim Redick, Ph.D., Senior Emergency Manager, City of Norfolk

Joshua Behr, Ph.D., Research Professor, Old Dominion University

Wie Yusuf, Ph.D., Professor, Old Dominion University

Moderator

Rafael Diaz, Ph.D., Research Professor, Old Dominion University

Session Organizer

Joshua Behr, Ph.D., Research Professor, Old Dominion University

January

6

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Importance of Building Program Externalization

Buildings are increasingly designed as sealed boxes, requiring more conditioning. This creates spaces where people are disconnected from others, and live within boxes both physically and socially. How can externalization reimagine the architectural boundary to be more connective and dynamic

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Christina Brown, EcoDistrict AP, Master of Science in Sustainable Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Moderator

Session Organizer

January

6

Improving Resiliency to Extreme Weather Events in EJ Communities

The resiliency of Environmental Justice (EJ) communities to extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and floods, could be improved with some land use changes in these neighborhoods. EJ areas are extremely vulnerable to storms because they have such limited green space.

Thematic Pathway

Presenters

Garth Connor, M.S. in Environmental Science, Environmental Scientist/Multi-media Inspector, EPA - Phila Region 3

Moderator

Session Organizer

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