Smart City, Healthy City?

January 24, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Thompson Library, Room 165

Smart City, Healthy City? A panel discussion.

How will the Smart City grant affect health outcomes in at-risk communities?

Join an accomplished group of professionals and scholars for this public panel discussing the impact of the Smart City grant on health outcomes in the targeted geographies. 

Please RSVP here.



Aparna Dial  //  Project Manager, Smart City  //  City of Columbus

  • Aparna Dial joined Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s leadership team in 2016 as Deputy Director of the Department of Public Service. She has more than 20 years of distinguished public service experience in executive, operational, and technical management, engineering review, strategic planning, budget preparation and management, purchasing, contract management, and regulatory compliance. She has served as the Director of Energy Services and Sustainability at The Ohio State University and as the University Energy and Sustainability Engineer, where she managed a refuse-services operating and capital budget of more than $1 million, and recycling and municipal solid waste collection, hauling and disposal from more than 300 locations daily. Ms. Dial holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Osmania University in India; a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.

Pam Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN  // Associate Dean & Professor, College of Public Health

  • Pam Salsberry, PhD, FAAN, is a professor who has served as a faculty member in the College of Nursing for 28 years. She is a special faculty member, who encourages students to understand the financial costs and benefits of healthcare. Since 2007, she has been director of the PhD program. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study factors influencing childhood and intergenerational obesity. Pam is co-principal investigator on the college’s first National Institutes of Health T32 Institutional Training Grant: “Optimizing Health Development Across Childhood,” which will provide significant funding for PhD students (2013–2018) in interdisciplinary research using a life course model that includes genetics, behavioral neuroscience, child development, and longitudinal designs. 

Joanna Pinkerton, PE  // Co-Director, OSU & Honda Strategic Partnership

  • Joanna Pinkerton joined the Center for Automotive Research after a career at the Ohio Department of Transportation where she was most recently the Central Ohio regional manager and statewide technical advisor for the Office of Jobs & Commerce. While there she developed strategic business opportunities in the transportation industry, including the automotive and alternative vehicle industries. Previous positions include engineer in the Union County engineer’s office from 2004-2009 where she served on Ohio’s 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force. Pinkerton is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio and received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.

Jason Reece, PhD  // Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School

  • Jason Reece is an Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning section of the Knowlton School. Formerly the Director of Research for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University since 2003, Jason’s work involves outreach, education, advocacy and policy research on issues related to fair housing/opportunity based housing, community development, neighborhood revitalization, regional equity and GIS. He co-developed the methodology for opportunity mapping with john a. powell, a methodology which has been adopted or utilized by more than two dozen non-profit and philanthropic partners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


MODERATOR  // Harvey Miller, PhD  // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

  • Dr. Miller is a transportation and time-geographer researching how people use mobility and communications technologies to allocate scarce time among activities in geographic space. He earned his PhD in Geography at Ohio State in 1991 and returned in 2013 as the Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography. His research interests include the social dimensions of transportation, and the implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation, livable communities and public health. Dr. Miller’s main approach to questions of mobility, livability and sustainability is the development and application of GIS and spatial analysis techniques to extract information from fine-grained mobility and spatio-temporal data. Learn more about his person research interests on his blog at