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EDRA44 Conference hosted in Providence May 29-June 1, led by Professors Pavlides, Wells

August 21st, 2013 by dalexander

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 44 Conference, “Healthy and Healing Places” was held in Providence, RI, May 29-June 1, 2013, co-sponsored by Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island Department of Health. The national conference was attended by more than 500 participants, and co-chaired by Eleftherios Pavlides, Professor of Architecture, and Jeremy Wells, Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation. Hosting this conference was a major undertaking for Pavlides and Wells, who were able to attract the conference here through Pavlides long leadership nationally in this organization, and consistent faculty-student research presentations by RWU over 10+ years. Co-hosting the event with the RI Department of Health was another important feature showcasing our engagement with government, and providing relevant scholarship to a statewide audience on one hand, and a national one as well. A unique feature of the conference was the special first day event, the “Healthy Rhode Island Environmental Design Summit”, which included presentations by US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, “Environmental Health & Public Health: Intersection of Climate Change and Affordable Care Act, Barbara Fields, Regional Administrator of HUD, “Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities”, focused on special health initiatives underway in Rhode Island including the presentation, “Health Stations for Primary Care Delivery in Rhode Island”, by Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the RI Department of Health; and RWU President Donald Farish, “The Importance of Academic-Government Community Partnerships”. Noted figures including Dr. Richard Jackson of UCLA, and Fred Kent of the Project for Public Spaces offered keynote addresses. Roger Williams’s co-sponsorship provided opportunities for 25 students and faculty to participate in the three-day event.