Winter 2020 Community News

Bill Arnold (WRS faculty, CE) will host Jeffrey Buth, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mount Union College, in his lab spring 2020. Buth’s sabbatical project explores the potential for pharmaceutical metabolite pollutants to reconvert to their bioactive parent forms during wastewater treatment and after discharge into aquatic environments through a combination of laboratory and field studies. The understanding gained from it will enable a fuller assessment of the environmental impact of pharmaceutical pollution."

Melinda Erickson (WRS faculty, SWAC, BBE) attended the 2019 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 9 - 13, 2019, where she co-chaired a session about geogenic contaminants in drinking water aquifers around the globe. She also presented an invited talk about machine learning models predicting high concentrations of arsenic and manganese in groundwater across the glacial aquifer system, coast-to-coast in the northern US. Additionally, she presented a talk about machine learning models predicting aquifer redox conditions and a poster about general water quality conditions, also in the study area of the US glacial aquifer system.

Finance professional III Jodi Fritsche joined the Water Resources Center staff in December 2019.

John Gulliver received a 2019 Advisor Award from the Council of Graduate Students, University of Minnesota for excellence in advising. Gulliver also gave the keynote talk Ponds that Release Phosphorus, at the Pennsylvania Stormwater Symposium, Villanova, PA, October 14 – 16, 2019.

Graduate student Vinicius Taguchi, advised by Jacques Finlay (WRS faculty, EEB) and John Gulliver (WRS faculty, CE) presented Low Dissolved Oxygen in Stratified Stormwater Ponds Causes Release of Phosphorus at the 2019 North American Lake Management Society International Symposium in Burlington, VT, November 11 - 15, 2019.