One World. One Health. One Water.

One Health is a concept dating back nearly 2,500 years to Hippocrates, recognizing the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and their shared environment, and thus promotes transdisciplinary collaborations in research, education, and community engagement at local to global scales to achieve optimal health outcomes. Healthy Urban Waters (HUW) at Wayne State University is hosting "One World. One Health. One Water.", a symposium that will explore the urban aquatic environment within a One Health context.


The recording of the event can be found here.




Dr. Carol Miller, Director, Healthy Urban Waters

Steve Lanier, Vice President for Research, Wayne State University

Dr. Neil Hawkins, President, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Irene Xagorarki, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University


Lightning Talks

See schedule below


Discussion and Q&A

Dr. Bridget Baker and Jamie Steis Thorsby, Wayne State University


Post-Symposium One Health Initiative Kickoff

Dr. Melissa Runge-Morris and Dr. Carol Miller, Co-Directors, One Health Initiative


Lightning Talks

Highlighted at this symposium will be multidisciplinary research, featuring lightning talks from students, faculty, staff, and researchers associated with HUW.

Below are the lightning talks that we be included in this symposium:

Dr. Tracie Baker Zebrafish as a model for studying One Health
Sadaf Teimori Impact of storm sewer networks on urban groundwater: results from a groundwater flow model
Dr. Rodrigo Fernandez-Valdivia Decoding PFAS exposure in breast and lung carcinogenesis
Kathleen Sexton Community Partnerships for Watershed Education
Dr. Bill Shuster Dorm-level Wastewater monitoring for SARS CoV-2 material: a process-based approach to inform early-warning and control
Dr. Adrian Vasquez Prey choices of water mite predators of mosquito larvae from nearshore habitats of the Laurentian Great Lakes
Danielle Meyer Accumulation and potential health effects of nanoplastics
Dr. Tam Perry Perspectives of the changing environment from older Detroiters' perspectives:  Reflections on building a research team
Dr. Carol Miller Phytoplankton as an Indicator of One Health?  Historical Measurements in the Detroit Region
Dr. Bridget Baker Mixtures of emerging contaminants in the Detroit River: One Health implications 
Scott Carter The Detroit Zoological Society's One Health Role
Clayton Hayes The Rouge River Archives: A CEE Special Collection in the WSU Libraries
Jessica Phillips Occurrence of pharmaceuticals and emerging contaminants in Detroit waterbodies and health effects on fish living in these waters
Zoha Siddiqua Evaluating petroleum derived VOCs: Effects on swimming behavior in Daphnia pulex
Dr. John Norton Assessing sustainability trade-offs in the water sector
Dr. Victor Carmona Fecal Indicator Bacteria Responses to Two Invasive Plant Species in the Raingardens of Lake St. Clair Metropark
Jamie Steis Thorsby Understanding Flooding in Detroit
Alex  Haimbaugh Environmentally relevant PFAS exposures: health effects and transcriptomic assessment
Kate Ekhator Tree canopy and water quality improvement in urban areas.
Amir Kamjou Groundwater intrusion to the regional wastewater collection system in Detroit Metro Area and contaminant transport analysis
Dr. Chia-Chen Wu Point-of-Use carbon-block drinking water filters change gut microbiome of larval zebrafish
Brendan O'Leary Detroit Subsurface Characterization Project: Evaluating VOCs in a variably-saturated, urban landscape.
Dr. Jeff Ram Bacterial Diversity and Potential Sources of Microbial Contamination and Potential Pathogens at Metropolitan Detroit Beaches
Barb Aylesworth Developing the Fatberg Game: a framework for implementation
Fai Foen Ecological Rehabilitation in the Floodplain: Eliza Howell Park
Dr. Paul  Kilgore Infectious Diseases and One Health: Understanding the Impact in Michigan

More information about these talks can be found here: