20th Farvolden Lecture features consultant and alumni Roger Woeller

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Once again, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences hosted a successful and well-attended Farvolden Day – a 20th anniversary commemorative event.

The full day celebration began with a morning research symposium featuring talks from Dr. Christina Smeaton of the Ecohydrology Research Group and Professor Nandita Basu, as well as 3-Minute thesis presentations from Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate students Elaine Secord, Sean Morrison, and Shawn Scott. The afternoon concluded with the Farvolden lecture and reception.

This year’s lecture featured alumni Roger Woeller (BA Earth Sciences ’78, MSc Earth Sciences ’82), who presented his thoughts on changes in the water industry, from managing water resources to improving the efficiency of water treatment and recovery.

“We’re now dealing with water on an international scale,” said Woeller. “Bob Farvolven believed the developing world deserved the best that we the developed world have to offer in a sustainable way.”

Roger Woeller presenting the 2016 Farvolden LectureThe Farvolden Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, began in 1996 as an annual celebration in honour of the late Dr. Robert N. Farvolden. This year marks the Farvolden Lecture’s 20th anniversary.

Two annual scholarship announcements were also presented as part of the lecture. The 2016 Farvolden Scholarship, funded by Earth and Environmental Sciences alumni, was presented to Adrian Mellage, a PhD student supervised by Philippe Van Cappellen. The Steve Fritz Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jessey Rice, a PhD student supervised by Martin Ross.

The Department would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to Lorraine Albrecht for once again organizing this year’s celebrations.