Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
October 12, 2007

Second Water Symposium to be hosted by TTU at Fredericksburg
The second in a series of Texas water symposia co-sponsored by Schreiner University, Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and Texas Public Radio will take place Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom in the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. The title of the lecture and forum is “H20: The Science of Water Issues.”

Texas Water Symposium logoSpeakers at the symposium will be Dr. Kirk Winemiller of the Section of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M; Dr. George Ward, research scientist and associate director of the Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas; Dr. Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station and Research, Texas Tech University Center at Junction; and Dr. Ken Rainwater, director of the Water Resource Center and professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University.

Winemiller’s specialty is aquatic, fish and community ecology. His previous positions have included research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Fulbright Research Scholar in Zambia and ichthyology curator, Texas Natural History Collection, Texas Memorial Museum in Austin.

Ward’s research focus is marine biotechnology. Among his publications are “Texas Water at the Century's Turn: Perspectives, Reflections and a Comfort Bag,” Chapter 2 in “Water for Texas,” J. Norwine, J. Giardino and S. Krishnamurthy, Texas A&M University Press, and “The Effect of a Changing Climate on Drought-based Water Management in Texas,” in “The Changing Climate of Texas: Predictability and Implications for the Future,” edited by J. Norwine, J. Giardino, G. North, J. Valdés, GeoBooks, Texas A&M University.

An aquatic ecologist, Arsuffi has served as president of the Texas Academy of Science and program chair for regional and international scientific societies. He has been a reviewer for National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Agriculture panels, as well as an external reviewer for state science center programs. Along with working with the national media on science and water issues, he is active in projects improving ecological literacy for the public.

In addition to teaching and his work with the Water Resource Center, Rainwater undertakes research focusing on groundwater modeling, groundwater rights, perchlorate levels in groundwater, groundwater hydrology issues and waste treatment technology. Among his other projects he is involved in the evaluation of NASA’s Advanced Life Support Integrated Water Recovery System. He has 22 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering, and has received several teaching awards.

Two 2008 spring symposia also are planned for January 24 at Texas Tech University Center at Junction (“Conservation: Taking Action for Your Children’s Children”) and March 6 (“Policy, Planning and Politics: Where Do We Go from Here?”), returning to Schreiner University in Kerrville.

All of the forums will be taped and broadcast on Texas Public Radio eight days after each event. The series is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Texas Water Symposium Web site at  or contact Bob Hickerson, chief operating officer for Texas Tech University Division of Off-Campus Sites, at 830-990-2717, 806-742-6440 or e-mail him at

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