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  • Nov
    10

    EES Seminar Series: Ludmilla Aristilde

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    Physical and Biochemical Dynamics of Carbohydrates in Mineral Pores and Bacterial Cells: Molecular-Scale Insights

    Carbohydrates, which include small compounds (sugars) as well as complex biopolymers (cellulose, starch), are intimately involved in the cycling of water and nutrient fluxes in environmental matrices. Secretions of carbohydrates are implicated in the retention of hydrated soil nanopores near plant roots and microbial cells despite severe dryness in the bulk soil. The microbial processing of carbohydrates is important both in natural carbon cycling and in engineered waste conversion to biofuels. My research group combines experimental techniques with theoretical simulations to unravel the underlying chemical and biochemical mechanisms in these processes. This presentation will highlight two main research efforts, which have led to novel molecular insights into the role of carbohydrates in the trapping of water within mineral nanopores and in the selective bacterial conversion of cellulosic wastes to biofuel products. These insights advance our understanding on how to predict these natural bioenvironmental processes and to exploit them for engineered purposes.

    Ludmilla Aristilde is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. While growing up in Haiti, Aristilde’s interest in environmental issues was sparked by witnessing the impacts of deforestation on the environment and the links between water pollution and health during an epidemic outbreak of cholera. After emigrating to the States, she came to Cornell and completed in 2003 a dual-degree program with a B.S. in Science of Earth Systems and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts. She went on to the University of California-Berkeley where she obtained her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology in 2008. Her research was on the environmental chemistry and toxicology of pharmaceutical compounds discharged in waters and soils. After Berkeley, she went to Grenoble (France) as an American Fulbright Scholar to advance her study of spectroscopic techniques to investigate the trapping of organic contaminants by mineral particles. Prior to her return to Cornell in 2012, she spent three years as a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University where she studied molecular biology tools to address problems at the interface of environmental chemistry and biological processes.

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    TIME Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Jan
    17

    Special Seminar: Beena Ajmera

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    12:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Jan
    19

    EES Seminar Series: Tatiana Vallaeys

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Jan
    22

    Special Seminar: Jorge Macedo

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    12:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Jan
    24

    Coupling Multiple PDEs for Multiphysics Problems

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Jan
    26

    Scaling in Physics, Biology, Cities and Beyond

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, January 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Jan
    29

    Special Seminar: Sam Stanier

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    12:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, January 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Jan
    31

    SEGIM Seminar Series: Kalpana Katti

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Feb
    12

    Special Seminar: Stefan Ritter

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    12:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Feb
    16

    EES Seminar Series: Sean Vitousek

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Feb
    19

    Special Seminar: Alessandro Rotta Loria

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    12:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, February 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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