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Spring 2020 Events // Food Security & Healthy Communities

Panel Discussion | Food Security & Healthy Communities Panel Discussion (Video)

  • Cheryl L Graffagnino - Local Food Systems Strategies Coordinator, The City of Columbus
  • Brian Estabrook - Food Systems Planner, Franklin County Economic Development & Planning Department 
  • Karima Samadi  - PROSPER Prevention Coordinator, OSU Extension 
  • Kareem Usher - Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University 

Fall 2019 Events // Urban Air Quality

Panel Discussion | Urban Air Quality: A Global Health Crisis (video)

  • Kerry Ard, Professor - School of Environmental and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
  • Ayaz Hyder, Professor - College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
  • Carolyn Watkins, Chief, Office of Environmental Education; Administrator, Diesel Emission Reduction Programs, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Brooke White, Senior Air Quality Specialist, Mid- Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Dr. Michelle Bell | Urban Air Quality Speaker Series: Dr. Michelle Bell, Yale University

Dr. Noreen McDonald | Healthcare Transportation Services: How Technology and Shared Mobility are Changing Options and Behavior (Video)


Spring 2019 events // Natural Resources & GIS 

Josh Garver | Natural Resources & GIS: Applications at the Local Level (video)


Autumn 2018 events // Mobility & Equity Theme

Panel Discussion | Mobility & Equity: Can Transportation Make Columbus a More Equitable Community? (video)

  • Jennifer Adair - North Linden Area Commission
  • Mandy Bishop - Smart Columbus
  • Josh Lapp - Transit Columbus
  • Aslyne Rodriguez - Empowerbus
  • Katie White - Age Friendly Columbus

Todd Litman | Preparing for a Changing Future: Emerging Planning Issues (video)


Spring 2018 events // Water and Cities Theme

Panel Discussion | Water & Cities in Ohio: Are we Prepared for Climate Change? (video)

  • Kristen Atha, Vice President, AECOM
  • Maria Conroy, Professor, Knowlton School
  • Jay Martin Professor, College of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Keith Myers, Vice President, Planning & Real Estate, Office of Adminstration & Planning
  • John Stark, Ohio Freshwater Conservation Director, Ohio Freshwater Conservancy 

Christopher A. Impellitteri | Green Infrastructure Research in EPA's Office of Research and Development (video)

William Hunt | Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem Services: The Future of Stormwater Management (slides | video


Autumn 2017 events // People-Centered Cities Theme

Panel Discussion | Tactical Urbanism: Do Little Things Mean a Lot in Cities?

  • Amelia Costanzo, Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Halina Steiner, Knowlton School
  • Jess Mathews, Place Makes & Open Streets Columbus
  • Elissa Schneider, Transit Columbus

Budhendra Bhaduri | High-res Cities: An Overview of Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Rein Ahas | How Can We Measure Social Segregation Outside of Residential Areas?

Sarah Williams | Build it, Share it, Hack it: Unlocking Data for Policy Change


Spring 2017 events  //  Smart Cities Theme

Steve Liang | Smart Citizens for Smart Cities – Opportunities and Challenges of Building Open Smart Cities and Internet of Things

Shoshanah Goldberg-Miller | Planning for a City of Culture

Panel Discussion | Smart City, Healthy City?

  • Mysheika W. Roberts, MD, MPH  //  Assistant Health Commissioner, Medical Director, Columbus Public Health
  • Pam Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN  // Associate Dean & Professor, College of Public Health
  • Joanna Pinkerton, PE  // Co-Director, Honda/Ohio State Partnership
  • Jason Reece, PhD  // Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School
  • MODERATOR  // Harvey Miller, PhD  // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Harris Solomon |  Vehicle of Death: Traffic, Trauma, and Movement in India

Richard Florida | How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It


Autumn 2016 events  //  Healthy Cities Theme

Sam Schwartz | Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars

Jennifer Dill | Livability on Two Wheels: Increasing Bicycling for Everyday Travel

Panel Discussion | Healthy places: Designing cities for walking and biking

  • Gulsah Akar, PhD  // Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
  • Kerstin Carr  // Director of Planning & Environment, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
  • Catherine Girves  // Executive Director, YayBikes!
  • Scott Ulrich, AICP, CNU-A, LCI  // Healthy Places & Bicycle Coordinator, City of Columbus
  • MODERATOR // Harvey Miller, PhD  // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Spring 2016 events // Future of Suburbs 

Kajsa Ellegård | Achieving sustainable resource use in everyday life

Matthew Zook | Socializing Data: Mapping Culture & Governing Cities in the Era of Big Social Media

Panel Discussion | What is the Future of Suburbs?

  • Mr. Terry D. Foegler, AICP // Director of Strategic Initiatives/Special Projects for the City of Dublin
  • Bernadette Hanlon, PhD // Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Section, Knowlton School
  • Clay Howard, PhD // Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • David J. Staley, PhD // Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Matthew Starr  // Director of Development, Crawford Hoying
  • MODERATOR // Harvey J. Miller, PhD // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Kristin Tolle  | Collaborative analytics: Meeting global challenges through shared research and development


Autumn 2015 

Nov. 20 - Dr. Chris Klemek, George Washington Unidersity, Dept. of History
Nov. 3 - Dr. Jonathan Vespa, U.S. Census Bureau
Oct. 22 - Martin Raubal, Prof., ETH Zurich
Oct. 20 - Robert Goodspeed, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Sept. 10 - Professor Stephanie Moulton, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Derby 1080, 12PM


Spring 2015


Thurs, Jan. 22 - Lavea Brachman, Executive Director of Greater Ohio Policy Center, Derby 1080
Thurs, March 26 -  Professor Karen J. Lewis, Knowlton School of Architecture, Derby 1080, 3:30
Thurs, April 16 -  Professor Noam Shoval, University of Pittsburgh (visiting), The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 3:30


Autumn 2014

Thurs, Oct 2 - Professor Jean-Michel Guldmann, City and Regional Planning, Derby 1186, 3:30
Thurs, Oct 9 - Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian, Derby 1186, 3:30
Thurs, Nov 13 - Professor Steven Farber, University of Toronto, Derby 1080, 3:30


Spring 2014

Thurs, Jan 23 - Anne Palmer and Amanda Behrens, Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, Derby 1080, 3:00-4:30
Thurs, Feb 27 - Rachael Woldoff, Associate Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University, Derby 1080, 3:30-5:00
Thurs, Mar 27 - Lynnette Cook, Community Research Partners (Columbus), Derby 1080, 1:00-2:30


Autumn 2013

Fri, Sept 13 - Harvey Miller, Reusche Chair of GIS
Fri, Oct 11 - William Murdock, Executive Director of MORPC
Fri, Nov 8 - Shoreh Elhami, Citywide GIS Manager (Columbus)


Spring 2013

February 21, 2013 - Dr. Bhudendra Bhaduri, Corporate Research Fellow and Leader of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
March 21, 2013 - Dr. Michael Widener, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Cincinnati