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Department Head Gives Keynote Address on Shared Vision Planning

Professor and Department Head Dr. Richard Palmer gave the keynote address at the first Water: Systems, Science, and Society Symposium at Tufts University on May 1st. The Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program at Tufts University is a certificate program that augments graduate students' degree programs by providing the interdisciplinary perspectives and tools necessary to manage water-related problems around the world.

The symposium was convened to foster conversations between students, researchers and practitioners from various disciplines on current water-related challenges. The symposium helped attendees learn of approaches and research outside their area of specialty.

Dr. Palmer spoke on the topic of Shared Vision Planning and how this approach is particularly appropriate for those projects currently being pursued by the WSSS program. He emphasized how this planning approach had developed from his experience in performing interdisciplinary research and highlighted both its successes and failures in “real world” applications. The program for the day included speakers from UMass, MIT, Harvard University, Battelle Memorial Institute and the Nature Conservancy, among others, as well as from faculty and students from Tufts.