Learning & Libations

Learning and Libations* (or L&L) is an attempt to foster increased interaction amongst students and faculty from across the broad and varied ESE department (26 full-time faculty and 130 graduate students working in a range of different sub-disciplines). Every other Friday afternoon at approximately 4:30pm, a guest from some area of the environmental profession is invited to come and share their experiences with ESE students. The gatherings are extremely informal (i.e. not a seminar) and are held off campus in the upstairs room of the Carolina Brewery (460 W. Franklin St.). Guests generally begin with some description of themselves, their background, and what they do. From there the conversation evolves based on graduate student questions, guest anecdotes, etc. Discussion generally wraps up around 5:30pm, at which time everyone migrates downstairs to the bar. Both students and faculty seem to enjoy the opportunity to get together in a more relaxed setting, which generally serves to keep attendance in the range of 15 to 25.

Suggestions for interesting and willing guests are always welcome, so please feel free to pass along names and contact information to Greg.

*a term coined by ESE Student Services Director, Jack Whaley

Upcoming L & L guests include:

12/5/14         Dr. Mike Emch                                        Professor & Chair, Geography             UNC-CH

11/14/14       Dr. Ezra Cates                                         Asst. Prof, Env Eng & Earth Sci          Clemson

10/31/14         TBD

Recent L & L guests have included:





Date Speaker Position Organization




10/10/14 Mr. Steve Wall, J. D.  Research Associate/Project Dir UNC-CH, Inst. for the Env.
9/5/14
Ms. Liz Morris
 Chief Executive Officer
Sanitation Creations
5/2/14
Dr. Laura Taylor
 Professor, Ag & Resource Econ NCSU
4/4/14
Dr. Greg Characklis
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
3/21/14 Dr. Mike Aitken  Professor & Chair, ESE UNC-CH
2/28/14
Dr. Clarissa Brocklehurst  Chief, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene UNICEF
1/31/14
Dr. Greg Allgood
 Vice-President
World Vision
11/22/13
Dr. Marc Deshusses  Professor, Civil & Env Engineering Duke
11/1/13
Dr. Stephen Morse
 Director, Environ. Microbiology Centers for Disease Control
9/27/13
Mr. Ryan Kingsbury
 Environmental Entrepreneur
Self-employed
9/13/13
Mr. Jeff Hughes
 Director, Env Finance Center
UNC-CH
8/23/13
Ms. Jennifer Mundt
 Senior Legislative Analyst  N.C. General Assembly
5/3/13
Ms. Janie Tarman
 Environmental Specialist
Conestoga-Rovers & Assoc.
4/19/13
Dr. Joe Brown
 Lecturer, Infectious & Tropical Disease
LSHTM
4/5/13
Mr. Victor Flatt, J.D.
 Taft Distinguished Prof., Law School
UNC-CH
2/23/13
Dr. Vikram Rao
 Executive Director
Research Triangle Energy Con.
2/8/13
Dr. Eric Money
 Research Environmental Scientist RTI International
1/18/13 Dr. Andy Yates  Assistant Professor, Economics UNC-CH
11/30/12
Dr. Phil Berke
 Professor, City & Regional Planning
UNC-CH
11/2/12
Dr. Leigh-Anne Krometis
 Asst. Professor, Bio & Ag Engineering
Virginia Tech
10/12/12
Dr. Billy Pizer
 Assoc. Professor, Sanford School
Duke
9/28/12
Dr. Bobby McCormick
 Professor Emeritus, Economics
Clemson
9/14/12
Dr. Courtney Woods
 Lecturer, ESE
UNC-CH
8/31/12
Drs. Marc Jeuland & Shuwen Ng  Asst. Prof & Research Asst Prof Duke & UNC-CH (respectively)
5/4/12
Dr. Dave Leith
 Professor & Associate Chair, ESE
UNC-CH
4/13/12
Dr. Rob Shimp
 Assoc. Director, Regulatory Affiars
Proctor & Gample
3/30/12
Ms. T. Drummey-Stiegel & Mr. R. Palmer  Principal Engineers Hazen & Sawyer
3/16/12
Dr. Carol Seagle
 Asst. Professor, Kenan-Flagler
UNC-CH
2/24/12
Mr. Donald Hornstein, J.D.
 Distinguished Professor, Law School
UNC-CH
2/3/12
Dr. Lincoln Pratson
 Professor, Nicholas School Duke
1/20/12
Dr. Rob Pinder
 Scientist, Atmospheric Modeling USEPA
12/2/11
Dr. John Bruno
 Associate Professor, Marine Sciences
UNC-CH
11/11/11
Dr. Kris McNeill
 Professor, Environmental Chemistry
ETH-Zurich
10/18/11
Dr. Leonard Smock
 Professor & Chair, Biology
Virginia Commonwealth
9/30/11
Dr. Marty Smith
 Assoc. Professor, Nicholas School
Duke
8/26/11
Dr. Donald Rose
 Director
UNC Carolina Kickstart
4/22/11
Dr. Richard Kwok
 Epidemiology Branch
NIEHS
3/18/11
Dr. Leah Devlin
 State Health Director
NC Dept Health & Human Svcs
2/11/11
Dr. Lydia Wegman
 Director, Health & Env Impacts Div USEPA
1/24/11
Mr. Mark Pasco
 Chief Executive Officer
International Water Centre
1/14/11
Dr. Jim Swenberg
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
11/5/10
Dr. Orlando Coronell
 Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/24/10
Dr. Jim Cotner
 Professor, Dept. of Ecology
Univ. of Minnesota
9/10/10
Dr. Jason Surratt
 Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
8/27/10
Capt. Bruce Cohen
 Commanding Officer
Navy & Marine Public Hth Ctr
4/30/10
Dr. Annmarie Carlton  Research Physical Scientist USEPA
4/16/10 Dr. Todd BenDor  Asst. Professor, DCRP UNC-CH
3/26/10
Mr. Steve Russo
 Environmental Health Specialist Peace Corps (Panama)
2/5/10 Dr. Pete Kolsky  Sr. Water & Sanitation Specialist World Bank
1/22/10 Dr. Mary Schweitzer  Assoc. Prof., Marine, Earth & Atm Sci. N.C. State
12/4/09
Dr. Will Vizuete
 Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
10/30/09
Mr. Syd Miller
 Water Resources Program Mgr.
Triangle J Council of Govts
10/16/09
Dr. Jamie Bartram
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/25/09
Dr. David McNelis
 Research Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/11/09
Dr. Rose Cory
 Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
4/17/09 Dr. Marj Aelion   Dean, School of Public Health Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst
3/20/09
Dr. Fred Pfaender  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
2/27/09
Mr. Richard Whisnant, J.D. 
 Professor, School of Govt   
UNC-CH
2/13/09
Mr. Bill Holman
 Dir. of State Policy, Nicholas School Duke
1/30/09
Mr. Royce Francis
 Doctoral Candidate
Carnegie Mellon
12/5/08
Ms. Carolyn Elfland  Associate Vice Chancellor
UNC-CH
11/21/08
Dr. Don Lauria  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
10/24/08
Dr. Jill Stewart   Assistant Professor, ESE UNC-CH
10/3/08
Ms. Aimee Richardson
 Environmental Engineer, P.E.
URS Corp.
9/19/08
Dr. Rebecca Fry
 Assistant Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/5/08
Dr. Joe Rudek
 Senior Scientist
Environmental Defense Fund
4/25/08
Mr. John Young
 Chief Operating Officer
American Water
3/28/08
Dr. Avram Gold
 Professor, ESE   UNC-CH
2/29/08
Dr. Tom Begley
 Asst. Professor, Biomedical Sciences SUNY-Albany
2/15/08
Dr. Mike Kavanaugh  Vice-President & Nat'l Science Leader Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
2/1/08
Dr. Steve Wing  Associate Professor, Epidemiology UNC-CH  
11/28/07
Dr. Jordan Peccia
 Assistant Professor, Env. Eng.
Yale
10/26/07
Dr. Jackie MacDonald  Assistant Professor, ESE UNC-CH
10/5/07
Dr. Shankar Chellam  Associate Professor, Civil & Env Eng University of Houston
9/14/07
Dr. Jason West   Assistant Professor, ESE  UNC-CH
8/31/07
Dr. Glenn Walters
 Director, ESE Research Design Center
UNC-CH
4/13/07
Dr. Diana Aga  Associate Professor, Chemistry SUNY-Buffalo
3/23/07
Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer
 Staff Scientist, Atm. Chemistry
NCAR
2/23/07
Dr. Neal Hill
 Chief Executive Officer
Hill Business Solutions
2/9/07
Dr. John Briscoe
 Country Director for Brazil
World Bank
2/2/07
Dr. Des Lawler
 Professor, Civil & Environmental Eng.
UT-Austin
1/26/07
Ms. Jane Staveley
 Principal Environmental Scientist Arcadis G&M, Inc.
1/12/07
Mr. Joe Brown & Mr. Reed Palmer
 Graduate Students, UNC-CH
Engineers without Borders
12/1/06
Dr. Doug Crawford-Brown
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
11/17/06
Dr. Mark Wiesner
 Professor, Civil & Environ. Eng
Duke
11/9/06
Mr. Doug Owen
 Vice-President
Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
11/3/06
Dr. Terry Hazen
 Head, Ecology Dept
Earth Sciences Div., LBNL
9/15/06
Dr. Fred Pfaender
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/1/06
Dr. Mike Aitken
 Professor & Chair, ESE
UNC-CH
4/28/06 Ms. Leila Goodwin  Water Resources Manager Cary Utilities
3/31/06
Dr. Fran DiGiano
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
3/3/06
Dr. Wally Thurman
 Professor, Ag and Resource Econ
N. C. State
2/17/06
Mr. Ed Holland & Mr. Pat Davis  Planning Dir. and Sustainability Adm. Orange Water & Sewer Auth.
2/3/06
Dr. Greg Characklis
 Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
1/20/06   
Dr. Dan Costa
 Dir., Nat'l Program for Air Research
USEPA
12/2/05
Dr. William Vizuete
 Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
11/11/05
Dr. Milton Heath
 Professor, School of Government
UNC-CH
10/28/05
ESE Class of 2003-4
 Researchers, Engineers
Malcolm Pirnie, CH2M, B&V
10/7/05
Dr. Rachel Noble
 Asst. Professor, Marine Sciences
UNC-IMS
9/23/05
Dr. Casey Miller
 Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/2/05 Dr. Rene Schwarzenbach
 Professor & Chair, Env. Chemistry
ETH-Zurich
4/8/05 Dr. Phil Singer  Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
3/4/05 Dr. John Briscoe  Senior Water Advisor
World Bank
2/18/05 Mr. Mark Beuhler  Asst. General Manager
Coachella Valley Water District
2/4/05 Dr. Alexander Kolovos  Post-Doctoral Researcher
UNC-CH
1/21/05 Dr. Larry Band  Professor & Chair, Geography
UNC-CH
12/10/04 Dr. Rich Kamens  Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
11/8/04 Dr. Chen Yu-Yen  Vice-President Gannet-Fleming
10/22/04 Dr. Alan Rimer  Global Practice Leader, Water Reuse
Black & Veatch
10/8/04 Mr. C.L. Lassiter  Director, ESE Student Services
UNC-CH
9/24/04 Dr. Ivan Rusyn  Asst. Professor, ESE
UNC-CH
9/10/04 Dr. Marc Serre  Asst. Professor, ESE UNC-CH
8/27/04 Dr. Howard Weinberg  Asst. Professor, ESE UNC-CH
4/23/04 Dr. Martin Doyle  Asst. Professor, Geography
UNC-CH
4/9/04 Dr. Gaylen Brubaker  Vice-President RETEC
4/2/04 Dr. Pete Andrews  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
3/26/04 Mr. Jeff Hughes  Director, Environmenal Finance Ctr.
UNC-CH
2/6/04 Dr. Dave Leith  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
1/23/04 Dr. Fran Lynn  Clinical Professor, ESE UNC-CH
12/5/03 Dr. Dana Loomis  Professor, Epidemiology UNC-CH
11/17/03 Mr. Gary Hunt  Vice-President TRC Solutions
10/17/03 Dr. Ken Reckhow  Professor, Nicholas School
Duke
10/3/03 Mr. Billy Turner  President Columbus (GA) Water Works
9/12/03 Dr. Don Fox  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
8/29/03 Mr. Jim Hawkins  Sr. Project Manager
Black & Veatch
4/25/03 Dr. Mark Wiesner  Professor, Civil & Env. Eng. Rice University
4/4/03 Dr. Bill Gray  Professor, Civil & Env. Eng.
Notre Dame
3/21/03 Dr. Don Francisco  Clinical Professor, ESE UNC-CH
2/28/03 Dr. Steve Rappaport  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
2/14/03 Dr. Steve Whalen  Assoc. Professor, ESE UNC-CH
1/31/03 Dr. Catherine Peters  Assoc. Professor, Civil & Env. Eng.
Princeton
1/17/03 Dr. Leena Nylander-French  Assoc. Professor, ESE UNC-CH
12/3/02 Dr. Jim Crook  Vice-President
CH2M-Hill
11/22/02 Dr. Mort Webster  Asst. Professor, Public Policy
UNC-CH
11/8/02 Dr. Fred Pfaender  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
10/25/02 Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran  Asst. Professor, Public Policy UNC-CH
10/4/02 Dr. George Tchobanoglous  Professor, Civil & Env. Eng
UC-Davis
9/20/02 Dr. Boris Brglez, DVM  Graduate Student, ESE
UNC-CH
9/6/02 Mr. John Cox  Dir., Stormwater Services
City of Durham
8/23/02 Mr. Bob Nichols  President (retired)
Freese & Nichols
6/7/02 Mr. Bill Dowbiggin  Senior Associate
CDM
5/3/02 Dr. Russ Christman  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
4/12/02 Mr. Don Rayno  Community Planner, Div. of Wat Res
NCDENR
3/22/02 Mr. Gary White  Executive Director and Co-Founder
Water Partners Intl.
3/1/02 Dr. Mike Aitken  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
2/15/02 Dr. Dale Whittington  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
1/25/02 Dr. Doug Crawford-Brown  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
1/11/02 Dr. Harvey Jeffries  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
11/30/01 Dr. Phil Singer  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
11/9/01 Dr. Bill Glaze  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
10/26/01 Dr. Mike Flynn  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
10/5/01 Dr. Dan Okun  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
9/21/01 Dr. Don Lauria  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
9/7/01 Dr. Laura Ehlers  Senior Program Officer, WSTB
National Research Council
8/24/01 Dr. Bob Wetzel  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
8/10/01 Dr. Casey Miller  Professor & Chair, ESE UNC-CH
7/6/01 Dr. C. Nelson Neale  Manager Enron Research
6/22/01 Dr. Fran DiGiano  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
6/8/01 Dr. Ron Hass  President & CEO
Triangle Labs
6/1/01 Dr. Dave Leith  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
5/24/01 Dr. Mark Brown  Professor, Environmental Eng.
U. of Florida
5/18/01 Dr. Rich Kamens  Professor, ESE UNC-CH
5/11/01 Dr. Greg Characklis  Asst. Professor, ESE UNC-CH