Universities for a Greener Georgia Virtual Conference

May 7 & 8, 2020


Photo credit
Kourosh Keshiri

Keynote speaker:

Ms. Naomi Klein

YouTube Recording of Keynote


May 7

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Full conference schedule:

Thursday, May 7

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT) & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Matt Levi, Assistant Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (UGA) & Grant Snitker, Matthew Molini, Damian Hans & Joan Deitsch -“Using soil magnetic susceptibility to understand fire history and burn severity in Georgia”

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Jack Miklaucic, Emory College -“Measuring Soil Ammonia Flux from Corn Fields in the U.S., Rwanda, and China”

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Yanyu Wang, MS/ENVS, Laney Graduate School, Emory University – “Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Different Cover Crop Systems and potential impacts under COVID-19”

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Ambika Natarajan, Emory College – “Synthesis of Mixed-Metal Polyoxometalate with Manganese (II) and Nickel (II) in the Central Belt”

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Griffin Davis, Rohini Guin, and Lauren Karr, Emory College – “Analyzing and Predicting Changing Air Quality in Urban Areas as a Result of COVID-19 Policy Implementation”

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Domenica Borja, Emory College – “Ensuring a Just Transition for Former Energy Workers: Policy Suggestions and Approaches”

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Fariha Akthar, Regina Luu, Sarah Narehood, Emory College – “COVID-19 Impacts on Aircraft CO2 Emissions”

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. –


2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Katelyn Boisvert, Emory College – “The Impact of Urbanization on Environmental Systems and Applications to Urban Sustainability”

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Carlos Alemán and Andres Emanuelli, Emory College – “Climate change in Puerto Rico”

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Max Bao, Cynclaire Choi, Athena Cohen, Joshua Sachmechian – Emory College – “A Silver Lining in the Clouds: How the Increased Air Quality During the COVID Pandemic Could Save Lives”

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Short break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NAOMI KLEIN

Friday, May 8

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Justin Burton, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Emory College – “The Climate of the Cryosphere: How sea level rise is controlled by the physics of the ice/ocean boundary”

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Ayanna Jones, Doctoral Student, Laney Graduate School – “Air Pollution and COVID-19: How underrepresented groups are being affected most.”

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Katie Matuska, Emory College – “Air Pollution Around Schools in Atlanta: Scope of the Problem and Solutions”

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Momo Rutkin, Mohammed Syed, Ambika Natarajan, Emory College – “Temperature and Humidity Variability and the Spread of COVID-19”

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Wenxiao Deng, Melissa Wang, Catherine Cao, Emory College – “Investigating Air Quality Change from Lockdown to Reopening in China”

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Geoffrey Yang, JP Yue, Jesse Chan, Emory College – “Fossil Fuel Emission in Relation to Economic Recession”

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Xinyi Yao, MS/ENVS, Laney Graduate School, Emory University – “Phytoremediation of Lead-Contaminated Soil in West Atlanta”

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Samantha Distler, Emory College – “Assessing Low-Level Lead Exposure Risk in Atlanta, Georgia”

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Alicia Wun, MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University – “Pilot Study of a Community-Engaged Phytoremediation Garden: Evaluating Site-Specific Efficacy of the Mammoth Sunflower in Lead-Contaminated Soil in West Atlanta, GA”

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Emaline Laney, MSc, & Ben Rabin, School of Medicine, Emory University – “The Unique Role of Medical Students in Leading Integration of Climate Education”

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Emily Strahan, MS/ENVS, Laney Graduate School, Emory University – “Intestinal pathogen prevalence and patterns of infection in wild Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) and eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii).”

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Joshua Siar, MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University – “COP25, Climate Change, and COVID”