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Charles and Mary O’Melia Lecture in Environmental Science
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kimberly Jones, professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Howard University, will deliver The Charles and Mary O’Melia Lecture in Environmental Science at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Gilman 50.

2015 O'Melia Lecture -- Kimberly Jones of Howard UniversityThe title of Jones’ lecture will be “Can Nanotechnology Solve the Water Crisis? Advances and Obstacles in the Use of Nanomaterials for Water and Wastewater Treatment.”

Jones’ research interests include developing membrane processes for environmental applications, physical-chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment, remediation of emerging contaminants, drinking water quality, and environmental technology.

2016 Charles and Mary O’Melia Lecture in Environmental Science
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Photo of Marc Edwards

(Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Marc Edwards, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, will deliver the Charles and Mary O’Melia Lecture in Environmental Science at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in 110 Hodson Hall.

The title of Edwards’ lecture will be “The Washington D.C. Lead Crisis (2001-2004): Prelude to Flint 2015.”


The 2001-2004 Washington D.C. lead in drinking water crisis (and its aftermath to the present day) is a unique case study in the history of engineering and scientific misconduct. The multi-year exposure of an unsuspecting population to very high levels of the best-known neurotoxin, was perpetrated by multiple government agencies whose mission was to protect the public health. These same agencies later published falsified research reports, covering up evidence of harm and justifying ill-conceived interventions wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and which created even more harm. Aspiring to uphold the duty of scientists and engineers to hold paramount the public good and welfare, Marc Edwards worked alongside collaborators in the public, press and in Congress for over a decade. Their efforts exposed some of the wrong-doing by the agencies and their “hired gun” consultants, who brazenly twisted science to obfuscate the truth of what occurred. These experiences raise concerns about the veracity of “research” conducted and funded by government agencies, especially in crisis situations when public harm has occurred, as well as the need for checks and balances on agency power. Due to our inability to learn from and admit our mistakes, a similar crisis such as that which occurred in Flint, MI, 2014-present, was inevitable.

This event will be live streamed on the Johns Hopkins University Facebook page.

  • Marc Edwards is the Charles Lunsford Professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches courses in environmental engineering, applied aquatic chemistry and engineering ethics. His research group aspires to pursue science as a public good, through laboratory work on practically important but underfunded topics such as corrosion in buildings and opportunistic premise-plumbing pathogens—that work laid the groundwork for investigative science uncovering the 2001-2004 D.C. Lead Crisis and the 2014-2016 Flint Water Disaster.

    Time Magazine dubbed Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” in 2004, and listed him amongst the 4 most important “Innovators” in water from around the world. The White House awarded him a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996. In 1994, 1995, 2005, 2011 and 2016 Edwards received Outstanding Paper Awards in the Journal of American Waterworks Association and he received the H.P. Eddy Medal in 1990. His M.S. Thesis and PhD Dissertation won national awards from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and the Water Environment Federation. He was later awarded the Walter Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2003), State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award (2006), a MacArthur Fellowship (2008-2012), and the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from Villanova University (2010). His paper on lead poisoning of children in Washington D.C., due to elevated lead in drinking water, was judged the outstanding science paper in Environmental Science and Technology in 2010. In 2013 Edwards’ was the 9th recipient (in a quarter century) of the IEEE Barus Award for “courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk,” and in 2016 he was named amongst the most influential people in the world by Fortune and Time magazine.


2017 Richard J. Carroll Memorial Lecture
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2017 Richard J. Carroll Memorial Lecture @ Hodson Hall (Johns Hopkins University - Homewood Campus) | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

The Department of Civil Engineering’s 2017 Richard J. Carroll Memorial Lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 8, in Hodson Hall. This year’s lecturer is Ahsan Kareem, from the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame.

Wind Effects on Structures: Fundamentals to Emerging Frontiers

Abstract: A general overview of the basic techniques for quantification of wind loads and their effects using analytical, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and model-based and data driven simulation schemes, code and standards based procedures, and experimental and full-scale monitoring and their hybrid combination will be presented. Recent advances in analysis, optimization, modeling, simulation and identification tools, modeling frameworks, data analytics, and cyberinfrastructure enabled platforms hold the promise of offering better understanding in solving these complex problems. The seminar will provide a guided tour of the state-of-the-art and the next frontiers in the wind effects through the eye of a cyberinfrastructure enabled platform.

Bio: Ahsan Kareem is the Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering and the Director of the NatHaz Modeling Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. He is elected President of the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE). He has been awarded numerous honors, including the White House Office of Science and Technology’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, as well as ASCE’s Theodore von Karman Medal, James Croes Medal, Robert H. Scanlan Medal, Jack E. Cermak Medal and State-of-the-Art Award. Other honors include: induction into the Offshore Technology Conference Hall of Fame; Distringuished Member of ASCE; IAWE’s Alan G. Davenport Medal; IASSAR (International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability)’s Distinguished Research Award. He has served as a High-End Foreign Expert at Tongji University and delivered the 2013 Scruton Lecturer at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, UK. He has been appointed Honorary Professor at several universities overseas, serves on the Editorial Board of several international journals including Engineering by the Chinese Academy of Engineering and has recently co-authored two books. He is an elected Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

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11th Johns Hopkins Nano-Bio Symposium: Engineering Vascularization
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
11th Johns Hopkins Nano-Bio Symposium: Engineering Vascularization @ Owens Auditorium (School of Medicine)

Engineering Vascularization is the topic of the eleventh Johns Hopkins Nano-Bio Symposium. Speakers will reveal what it’s like to explore the creation of blood vessel systems in lab-grown tissue. The presenters are:

  • Shahin Rafii, Cornell University
    Angiocrine Functions of Organotypic Endothelium in Regeneration and Tumorigenesis
  • David Cheresh, UCSD
    Reprogramming the Endothelium, an Initial Step in the Process of Angiogenesis
  • David Kaplan, Tufts
    Strategies for Vascularization of Biomaterial Systems for Tissue Regeneration
  • Narutoshi Hibino, JHU
    Challenge to Cardiovascular Disease Using 3D Printing and Tissue Engineering
  • Zaver Bhujwalla, JHU
    Imaging to Navigate the Tumor Microenvironment
  • Warren Grayson, JHU
    Platform Technologies for Engineering Vascularized Tissue Grafts

The event, jointly orgazined by INBT and the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center, is free and open to the Johns Hopkins University community and select other academic institutions. A registration fee may apply to other attendees.

2017 INBT Undergraduate Research Symposium: Innovation Through Engineering
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 3rd Annual INBT Undergraduate Research Symposium will showcase recent undergraduate research. This year’s theme is Innovation Through Engineering. There will be industry representatives and networking opportunities. Diisplays of prototypes will be present along with poster presentations. Lunch will be provided.

The schedule will be as follows:

11:30 am Check in
12 – 1:30 pm 1st Poster Session
2 – 3:30 pm 2nd Poster Session
3:45 pm Awards

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