Virginia Tech's Marc Edwards to speak at MSU

Posted at 3:09 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 15:09:32-05

Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards, one of the major players in the Flint water situation, will speak this Thursday at Michigan State University.

Edwards’ talk is at 2 p.m. at the WKAR-TV studios in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The presentation will be streamed as a live webcast at The talk is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and advance registration is required at

Edwards’ talk is titled "How Jonathan Baldwin Turner Saved Flint, Mich.: Public-Inspired Science and the Modern Land-Grant University." Jonathan Turner is credited by many as the originator of the concept of the land grant university and its mission of public service.

As an expert in the chemistry and toxicity of urban water supplies in the United States, Edwards has made significant advances in many areas, including arsenic removal, coagulation of natural organic material, and the causes and control of copper and lead corrosion in new and aging distribution systems.

Edwards is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.

The talk is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University.

For information on how MSU is working with the city of Flint, visit