Summer 2016 Community News

Bill Arnold (CE, WRS faculty) I was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor for 2016. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members who recently achieved full professor status. The announcement appears on the Scholars Walk website. Professor Arnold uses MSI resources for computational-chemistry approaches used to quantify the processes that affect the persistence of chemicals in aquatic systems.

John Gulliver (CE, WRS faculty) received three grants that begin in July 2016: “Permeable Pavement for Road Salt Reduction,” Local Road Research Board, $197,835, July 2016 – June 2019.
“Iron-Enhanced Swale Ditch Checks for Phosphorus Removal,” Minnesota Department of Transportation and Local Road Research Board, $ 200,036, July 2016 – June 2019.
“Understanding Impacts of Salt Usage on Minnesota Lakes, Rivers, and Groundwater,” J.S. Gulliver and S. Hagen, Legislative and Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources, $497,000, July 2016 – June 2019. Gulliver also received the Richard P. Braun Distinguished Service Award, Center for Transportation Studies. Award given annually to a transportation professional for outstanding leadership in research and innovation, on April 20, 2016.

Ann Lewandowski (WRC) and Steve Kelley (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) led a review of the process used by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to select chemicals to be examined as part of their Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) program. The team made recommendations for improving the transparency of the process and engagement of stakeholders. MDH submitted the report to the legislature on June 1st. It is available on the MDH CEC web site.

Deb Swackhamer (former WRC co-director) was the invited speaker at the inaugural Winona State University Retiree and Alumni event February 3, 2016. "Land of 10,000 Lakes: Minnesota's Water Future.” Swackhamer also spoke at the annual MinnPost science event, February 22, 2016 at Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis. Swackhamer provided science background for the Governor's Water Summit, February 27, 2016, speaking on "Minnesota's Iconic Waters". She was an invited speaker at iCOMOS, the International Conference on One Medicine One Science, held at the University of Minnesota April 24-27, 2016. Presenting "The Role of Science in Water Management Policy Development.” Swackhamer was the invited Plenary Speaker for the 10th biennial National Water Quality Monitoring Conference held in Tampa, Florida May 2-6, 2016. Her plenary was a retrospective on how water monitoring has advanced aquatic systems understanding, and national policy development. It was entitled "Assessing Our Waters: Old Ways and New.”