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ESS-Seminar Speaker Series: David Padgett, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of Geography at Tennessee State Univ.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:30 AM
Via Zoom
Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
Department of Earth System Science

Please join us for this Virtual Spring Seminar Series with our Speaker: David Padgett, Ph.D.

Title: "A Brief History of Environmental Injustice in Middle Tennessee From Urban Renewal, to Toxic Landfills, to Brownfields Redevelopment, to Urban Mining, to “Green Gentrification”

Abstract: Nashville is not mentioned alongside Warren County, North Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; Harlem, New York; or Chicago, Illinois, as a pivotal location in environmental justice history. However, "Music City" has certainly had its share of case studies in environmental injustice, many of which include problems related to hydrology, hydrogeology, atmospheric science, and other earth systems science subdisciplines. This presentation calls attention to the need for earth scientists to work alongside social scientists and theologians in the on-going fight for environmental justice.

Bio: Dr. David A. Padgett is an Associate Professor of Geography, and Director of the Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) Laboratory at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee. He has developed a Geography/ Environmental Justice curriculum with a strong emphasis upon service learning. He has previously developed and taught geography and geographic information systems (GIS)-related courses at Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) and Oberlin College (Ohio). He has conducted faculty GIS workshops at the annual HBCU Faculty Development Conference, the National Service Learning Conference, and at several colleges and universities including Howard University, Virginia State University, and the Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine. Since establishing the GISc Lab in the summer of 2000, Padgett has supervised several undergraduate research assistants on a variety of service learning projects the topics of which include: community-based global positioning systems (GPS) mapping to improve public transit accessibility, GIS-supported homeless population mapping, and GIS mapping of Nashville’s Red Cross emergency shelters. The GISc Lab has developed working relationships with a variety of grassroots groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Many of the students Padgett has taught over the past 20 years have graduated and are now gainfully employed in environmental science and GIS-related occupations.

In February 2020, Padgett was named the 2020 Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES), Inc., Youth Environmental Science (YES) Medalist, accompanied by a $10,000 “re-grant” to organizations that involve youth in environmental science. Padgett, 56, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Florida at Gainesville.

A special thanks to Jamie Jones for bringing this speaker to us on this day. Also, thanks to Morgan O'Neill and Jamie Jones for co-instructing and running this Virtual Seminar Series This Spring by bringing you experts in the fields as we learn from them.  

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