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  • Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, and Health - CCRUN Seminar Series

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    4:00 PM-5:30 PM

    Drexel University Hill Seminar Room - LeBow Engineering Building Room 240 31st and Market Sts Philadelphia, PA

    • Everyone

    Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, and Health

    David Hewitt, Ph.D., Evidential Planning and Management, LLC

    Skip Wiener, Urban Tree Connection

    Sunit Jariwala, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

    RSVP links (webinar option also available): (in person) (web attendance)

    David Hewitt, PhD has been working with plants, animals, soils and water for over twenty years, beginning with his work on farms in upstate New York. His current work focuses on urban land management and infectious disease. He is principal of Evidential Planning and Management LLC, and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a research associate of the Department of Botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and is affiliated with a variety of other institutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University.

    Skip Wiener has a master’s degree from Temple University in Plant Physiology (1967) and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (1972). He worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the National Park Service, the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and John Rahenkamp Consultants as a landscape architect/regional planner. In 1989 he started the Urban Tree Connection (UTC), which developed community-based environmental programs in Chester, PA and did extensive work with the Philadelphia School District creating neighborhood service-learning projects with students. UTC became a nonprofit in 1997 at which time a community-driven open-space revitalization model was initiated and now is flourishing.

    Dr. Sunit Jariwala is the Director of Allergy/Immunology Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and is one of the founding physicians of the Montefiore Asthma Center. His clinical practice covers all aspects of allergy, asthma, and immunologic diseases in children and adults. Dr. Jariwala’s research interests include: 1) environmental factors contributing to asthma in the Bronx; and 2) risk factor identification and outcomes analysis in severe, uncontrolled asthma patients in the Bronx. Dr. Jariwala earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

    This seminar is part of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

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  • Civil Engineering Guest Lecturer Anil K Kar, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    4:30 PM-5:30 PM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building Room 112 33rd and Chestnut Streets

    • Everyone

    Dr. Kar will speak about his award-winning invention, the PSWC-Bar, a steel reinforcing bar, used to transform concrete into useful reinforced concrete. PSWC-bar has a plain surface and a deformed axis to give it a gentle wave-type configuration. The PSWC-Bar has the capacity to enhance the life span of concrete structures, and to impart great ductility and energy absorbing capacities, without having to incur any additional cost. Tests have shown that PSWC-bar makes reinforced concrete structures much more ductile. There is also a greater increase in the energy absorbing capacities, thereby making the PSWC-bar ideal for earthquake resistant structures. The use of PSWC-bars also increases the load carrying capacities of concrete beams and columns.

    Dr. Kar will be visiting the United States from India to receive the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research. Dr. Kar has over fifty years’ experience in engineering management, research, analysis and design for structural systems, engineering for nuclear power plant facilities in different countries, industrial and other projects, weapon design, missile impact, warheads and explosion, shock and vibration, structural rehabilitation and enhancement of life span of concrete structures and also holds several Indian and International patents. Dr. Kar is also the developer of Permakar Technology for structural rehabilitation, waterproofing systems and protection of structures against corrosive elements; the Kar Formulae, used worldwide in weapon design and protective design for missile impact; and co-developer of the Kar-Okazaki method for the analysis of nonlinear systems.

    If questions contact: Dr. Abi Aghayere at or Dr. Ahmad Hamid at

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