Research Symposium 2016
Environmental Health

Friday, November 11, 2016
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University

Over the past three years, the symposium has been a major success drawing 298 attendees from at least six different colleges within MSU along with a significant number of participants from other universities, government, private sector, and general public. Our theme for the 4th annual symposium is Environmental Health. As defined by the World Health Organization, environmental health "encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments".

Our vision for the event is to bring together multiple communities on campus that are working on different aspects of environmental health to share their experiences and identify collaborative opportunities.

Program Information

Program Information

We will hold three student research presentation sessions focusing on research in the areas of Community Sustainability, Infectious Disease, and Chemical Contamination, together with three plenary speakers and a poster session. A light breakfast, two coffee breaks and a buffet lunch will be served.

All of the sessions and plenary lectures will cover multidisciplinary topics including, but not limited to engineering, policy, public health, and risk communication and management. This event is free and open to the public.

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Student Presentations

Student poster presentation

Presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts on topics addressing Environmental Health, including but not limited to engineering, policy, public health and risk assessment, and communication.

As defined by the World Health Organization, environmental health “encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments”.

Speaker Information

Speaker Information

Confirmed speakers include plenary addresses by:

  • Dr. Joe Messina, Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. Dr. Messina's research focuses broadly upon Medical Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULCC) and the techniques and theoretical models that allow one to explore the spatio-temporal dynamics of change.
  • Dr. Amy Pruden, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech's Global Change Center. Dr. Pruden, whose research focuses on applied environmental microbiology, works with Dr. Marc Edwards' research team on the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Dr. Kellogg Schwab, Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the JHU Water Institute. His research focuses on environmental microbiology and engineering with an emphasis on the fate and transport of pathogenic microorganisms in water, food and the environment.

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Important Dates

Important Dates

Monday, November 7, 2016
Registration Deadline


Friday, November 11, 2016
Research Symposium 2016