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2018 Groundwater Week December 3-6, 2018 Las Vegas, NV

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Keynote presentation:

J.R. Martinez


Actor, author, motivational speaker, and retired U.S. Army soldier

NGWA is excited announce that J.R. Martinez will give the Keynote Presentation during the Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentation at Groundwater Week 2018.

Jose Rene “J.R.” Martinez is an American actor, author, motivational speaker, and retired U.S. Army soldier. In March of 2003, Martinez was deployed to Iraq. In April he sustained severe burns to more than 34 percent of his body when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb. Since his recovery, Martinez has become a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He has traveled around the country speaking about his experiences to corporations, veterans’ groups, schools, and other organizations.

Martinez began his acting career on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama All My Children. Since then he’s appeared on numerous television shows. Many best remember him as the Season 13 champion on Dancing with the Stars. He is the author of the New York Times’ bestseller Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit. Martinez serves as a spokesperson for Operation Finally Home, as well as for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Glasswing International.

Featured Presentations:

2018 McEllhiney Lecture

Todd Halihan, Ph.D., P.Gp., is a Professor of Geology at Oklahoma State University and Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC.


Todd Halihan, Ph.D., P.Gp., is a Professor of Geology at Oklahoma State University and Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC. His professional interests center in subsurface characterization and sustainable water supply. Halihan has been an associate editor for Groundwater and has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He served as Chair of the Hydrogeology Division and the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America. He currently serves on the Oklahoma governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity.

Halihan has worked on over 200 different research and commercial sites in more than 30 U.S. states and overseas. His international research work has occurred in Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa along with a number of other countries on a commercial basis. He has also spent a significant amount of time in his home state of Oklahoma evaluating the Arbuckle Group of carbonates and associated springs.

Halihan is the recipient of the Karin and Robert J. Sternberg Award for Excellence, the Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of Interior, and the Sterling L. Burks Award for Outstanding Environmental Research. He is also a professional driller in the state of Oklahoma and a PADI divemaster (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). He has provided input to stories on CBS, Fox News, NPR, CNBC, Popular Science, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.


2018 Darcy Lecture

“Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World”

Masaki Hayashi, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology. Hayashi received his B.S. and M.S. in earth sciences from Waseda University and Chiba University, respectively, in Japan, and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada. His main research interests are in the connection among groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric moisture in various environments ranging from the prairies to the mountains.

To view the posted schedule go to https://ngwa.confex.com/ngwa/gw18/webprogram/meeting.html#2018-12-03

To register visit: https://groundwaterweek.com/register

To learn more: https://groundwaterweek.com/

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