May 06, 2015

Dr. Wallace 'J.' Nichols to Deliver Opening General Session Speech at AWWA ACE15

The conference will be held June 7 to 10 in Anaheim, Calif.

Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols AWWA ACE 15 opening general session

Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols will address water professionals at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8 during the opening general session of the American Water Works Assn.’s Annual Conference and Exposition (AWWA ACE15) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Dr. Nichols is a biologist and New York Times bestselling author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.

Sponsored by HomeServe, a provider of home emergency repair service plans, the session will see Dr. Nichols delve into the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that draw humans to water. His bestselling book, Blue Mind, examines the crucial relationship that humans have with water. He will also discuss recent findings in neuroscience that indicate proximity to water can improve mood, performance, health and success.

“AWWA members naturally have a strong connection to water because of their tireless work in ensuring it’s available, safe and clean,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “Dr. Nichols will explain why what water professionals accomplish every day makes the world a better place to live, work and play—he truly speaks to why we all love water.”

ACE15, which will bring an estimated 12,000 water experts to the area June 7 to 10, is the longest running water conference in the world, having first convened in 1881. The event features several hundred expert presentations and an exposition of more than 500 companies showcasing the latest innovations in water technology.

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