A Dip in the Water symposium is an opportunity for community members and local organizations to hear about the water research being done at Wayne State University. The symposium will feature lightning talks from interisciplinary topics ranging from groundwater contamination to environmental justice. It will also include a short poster session which will feature research topics from a variety of disciplines in the university. Lunch will be provided. We hope you are able to join us!


May 20, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ballroom C in Wayne State's Student Center

5221 Gullen Mall

Detroit, MI

Program Schedule

12:00-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:30 Welcome and Introduction
12:30-1:30 Lightning Talks
2:30-3:00 Poster Session

Lightning Talk Schedule

Presenter Topic
Dr. Jeff Ram Diversity and Dynamics of Beach Bacteria
Jamie Steis Thorsby Flood Mitigation through Green Stormwater Infrastructure
John Barkach Preliminary Assessment of Watershed Sediment Delivery to 30 USACE Harbors Located in Michigan
Zoha Siddiqua Evaluating the 'Estrogenicity' of Detroit Waters Using Aquatic Animal Bioassays
Ryan Graydon Microplastics in the Great Lakes
Dr. Peter Hammer Water Shutoffs and Failed Infrastructure as Archaeological Evidence of Spatial-Structural Racism in Detroit
Jack Press Extending the Lifetime of Wireless Water Quality Sensors for Real Time Monitoring
Sadaf Teimoori Constructing a Groundwater Model for Environmental Simulation in Detroit Region
Dr. Yongli Zhang Understanding and Managing Microplastic Pollution
Dr. Tracie Baker Environmental Contaminants in Detroit Waterbodies: Effects on Zebrafish
Dr. Marcus Zervos One World One Fight, Antimicrobial Resistance, the Role of the Environment
Balvinder Sehgal Great Lakes Water Authority + Wayne State University collaboration
Dr. Shawn McElmurry Boil-Water Advisory Study
Dr. Mala Hettiarachchi PFAS Destruction Technologies: Health Impact
Danielle Meyer Identifying the Ecological and Human Health Risks of Developmental and Chronic Exposure to Microplastics in a Zebrafish Model
Dr. Shirley Papuga Ecohydrology in the City: Strategies for Understanding our Complex Urban Systems
Brendan O'Leary Recovery Park Groundwater
Dr. Carol Miller, Jamie Steis Thorsby Engaging Community Members through Water Education
Amir Kamjou Water/Energy/Emission Nexus
Abby Wicks Comparative Transcriptomics of Round Goby and Johnny Darter in Two Southeast Michigan Streams
Dr. Marc Kruman A People's History of the Flint Water Crisis
Jamie Steis Thorsby Detroit Stormwater Hub: Detroit's Green Infrastructure Website
Dr. Judy Westrick How Many Michigan Lakes Have Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms?
Camille Akemann Comparative Phenotypic and Transcriptomic Responses to Multiple Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Zebrafish
Natalie Lyon Detroit Biodiversity Network and Community-Engaged Green Infrastructure at Wayne State University
Jeremy Shields Evaluation of the Biological Effects of Volatile Organic Chemical Exposure in Zebrafish
Dr. Carol Miller What's in your Sewer?
Dr. Adrian Vasquez Barcoding Begets Biodiversity: Tales from Belize to the Laurentian Great Lakes
Dr. Rahul Mitra Stories of Water Access and Security in Detroit


Seating is limited for this event. If interested in attending, please contact us at


There are numerous options for parking around campus. There are many on-campus lots and ample street parking along Anthony Wayne Drive, Warren Avenue, and Cass Avenue.