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Professor to present research at Geological Society of America annual meeting

September 26, 2011

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Kevin Svitana, assistant professor of biology and earth science, will deliver a research presentation at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), held in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 9-12. Approximately 6,000 scientists from across the country are expected to attend the exposition.

“Real Estate Development and the Effects of Deicing Compounds on the Water Quality of Alum Creek” looks at the effect of deicing compounds (road salt) on the water quality in Alum Creek. Alum Creek is the main supply of drinking water for the city of Westerville.  The increase in salt is related to the extensive development that has occurred along Polaris Parkway in the last decade.  The abstract of the presention can be read online at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011AM/finalprogram/abstract_191540.htm

Svitana brings more than 20 years of experience to Otterbein and serves as chairperson for the environmental studies program. He teaches courses in geology, earth science, land use planning and environmental studies. His research focuses on hydrogeology, particularly on the assessment and remediation of groundwater and surface water resources.

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