Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center are co-sponsoring this year's Spring 2010 Water Seminar Series.

This series brings water experts to the Virginia Tech campus to discuss a variety of current water issues and will run throughout the spring of 2010.

“We are pleased to present our second year of the Spring Water Seminar Series, which brings water experts to campus to present their research on a wide range of contemporary water issues,” stated Stephen Schoenholtz, director of the water center at Virginia Tech. Continuing to comment on how this series is intended to promote interdisciplinary water research, Schoenholtz explains that, “these seminars provide a great opportunity for faculty, staff, and students interested in water at Virginia Tech to enjoy a good seminar and additional opportunities to interact.”

Thursday, Feb. 18, Richard Batiuk, associate director for science, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, will present his talk titled “Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Why is it Going to Work This Time?” This seminar will take place at the Fralin Biotechnology Center Auditorium, between 9 and 10 a.m. Organizers have provided additional information about Batiuk and the seminar via a PDF flyer.

Friday, Feb. 19, Mauricio Herrera, interim professor, School of Geography, University of Costa Rica, will present his talk titled “Water Management Schemes in Rural Costa Rica: Interdisciplinary Approach and Perspectives for the Future.” This seminar will take place at the Fralin Biotechnology Center Auditorium, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Organizers have provided additional information about Herrera and the seminar via a PDF flyer.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, Timothy Scheibe, 2010 Darcy Lecturer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will present his talk titled “Beyond the Black Box: Integrating Advanced Characterization of Microbial Processes with Subsurface Reactive Transport Models.” This seminar will take place in Derring Hall, room 4069, between 4 and 5 p.m.

Additional seminars are being planned for this series, which will run throughout the spring term. Organizers encourage those interested in these and upcoming seminars to watch the seminar webpage for schedule updates. Announcements on upcoming seminars are also available through the water center’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Sponsors for Batiuk’s Feb. 18 seminar include the Water Center and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science in collaboration with the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Biological Systems Engineering and the Center for Total Maximum Daily Load and Watershed Studies.

Herrera’s Feb. 19 seminar is co-sponsored by the water center and the institute in collaboration with the Department of Horticulture.

Scheibe’s Feb. 23 seminar is co sponsored by the water center and the institute in collaboration with the Department of Geosciences and the National Ground Water Association. Others interested in sponsoring seminars in this series are encouraged to contact the water center at (540) 231-5624.

Parking information



Fralin Life Science Institute parking is available in Wallace, Hillcrest, and Litton Reaves Lots, which can be accessed from Washington Street or Duck Pond Rd. Derring Hall parking is available in the Derring Lot located on Perry Street. There is additional parking available in the Prices Fork Lots 4 and 6 as well as the Perry Street Lots 1 and 3. All visitors will require a free parking pass that may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor's Information Center, located on Southgate Drive. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.