Free Water Science Workshop in Charleston on Saturday, August 1, 2015

The non-profit Friends of Blackwater is partnering with the Wheeling-based education group, Capstone Group Inc., to host a WV Water workshop on Saturday, August 1 in Charleston at Asbury Methodist Church, 501 Elizabeth Street, from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. The program will cover basic water treatment and ecology and also the role of climate change impacting water quality issues.

Experts from West Virginia University will discuss their water-related research. Teachers will collaborate with the visiting experts to create classroom lessons based on the technical information presented.

Presenter Brandi Gaertner is a doctoral fellow conducting research on the effect of climate change on Mid-Atlantic surface water resources. Her research primarily focuses on evaluating the historical and future climate and hydrologic trends in the Central Appalachian region.

Presenter Dr. Karen Buzby received her B.S. degree in biology from Antioch College in Ohio, and her Ph.D in ecology from CUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Her current position with the WVU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department encompasses several projects, including quantifying the effects of highway construction on stream water quality and examining ways to dewater acid mine drainage sludge.

A third presentation will be led by Dr. Laurie Ruberg, CEO of PLANTS, LLC and visiting assistant professor in the WVU College of Education and Human Resources. This presentation will show how a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) hydroponic system can be used as a scale model to apply and research water ecology principles and testing technologies to demonstrate key watershed ecology concepts.

Following the three technical presentations, a teacher lesson development activity will be led by Manetta Calinger, a science educator and curriculum writer based at Wheeling Jesuit University. The lesson plans created by teachers will be developed with guidance from the visiting water quality presenters.

Information for teachers interested in receiving either continuing education credit or graduate credit is available on the Capstone Group website:

The attached workshop overview describes the requirements for teachers wanting to receive CEU or Graduate Credit:
WV Water Workshop Overview

Teachers are asked to register in advance for this workshop online at:

A registration fee of $15 covers the cost of lunch and materials provided at the workshop. Graduate or continuing education credit is available for teachers upon request.

For more information, contact Brandae Mullins at Friends of Blackwater,, or 304-881-9016 or 304-345-7663. This workshop is underwritten by a grant from the West Virginia American Water Company.

Laurie F. Ruberg, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor College of Education & Human Services West Virginia University Morgantown, WV26506
Tel: 304-293-0460
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