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May 3, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center 1D
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) will conclude their Thursday afternoon seminar series on May 3, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the IBio Building in Seminar Room 1D, located at 6135 Woodward Ave. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community.

The guest speakers will be Natalie Sampson, PhD, of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Khalil Ligon, MUP of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  They will present "We're Just Sitting Ducks: Recurrent Household Flooding and Green Infrastructure in Detroit's Changing Climate".

Dr. Sampson received both a Bachelors of Science (Environmental Studies and Anthropology minor) and Doctorate Degree (Health Behavior) from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Public Health from Portland State University.  Dr. Sampson's research interests include public health implication of climate change, land use and infrastructure planning along with health promotion related to air quality, water quality, and food security.  Ms. Ligon has a Bachelors of Arts (Political Science and Economics) from Kalamazoo College and a Masters of Urban Planning from Wayne State University.  Ms. Ligon is a Board Member of U.S. Green Building Council-Detroit Regional Chapter, Detroit Greenways Coalition and Friends of the Conner Creek Greenway (formerly Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative).


In the Midwest U.S., the amount of precipitation falling in the 1% heaviest precipitation events has increased by 37% since mid-twentieth century.  On August 11, 2014, Metro Detroit experienced record-breaking rainfall-more than 6" in 4 hours-which resulted in a federal disaster declaration and 1000's of household claims to FEMA for recovery funds.  In addition to this extreme event, however, we note that recurrent household flooding is an underreported phenomenon that is particularly overlooked in non-coastal cities and may worsen with climate change.  At this talk, attendees will learn from personal narratives of Detroit residents about their experience with recurrent flooding, particularly about their concerns related to chronic and infectious diseases and the stress of repeated economic loss.  Ligon and Sampson will also discuss ongoing collaborative practice and research efforts to manage stormwater and reduce flooding through green infrastructure across diverse Detroit neighborhoods.  They will conclude by reflecting on key barriers, catalysts, and partnerships for this work, offering cross-sector suggestions for reducing health inequities and managing the intersecting issues of climate change, aging infrastructure, and vacant land reuse.

For more information about this event, please contact Christina Cowen at 313-577-6590 or