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  • Nov
    9

    EES Seminar: Ed Bouwer

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    Water Supply Challenges in the U.S.

    ABSTRACT
    The public tends to take the supply of water for granted in the United States. However, there are several challenges emerging that will impact our ability to supply adequate amounts of water in the future. Some of these challenges include energy requirements for water conveyance and treatment, decaying infrastructure, influence of climate change on water availability, and the need to use waters of impaired quality. Water reuse is receiving increased attention as one strategy for meeting present and future water demand. The presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) impedes public acceptance of water recycling, which could otherwise mitigate water shortages. My laboratory is evaluating the fate of certain pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in model porous media. Through a series of batch experiments, nearly all of the tested PPCPs exhibited greater than 80% biodegradation after 50 days of incubation under aerobic conditions. Additional studies examined the biodegradability of the target PPCPs at trace levels in biofilm systems. Several factors influencing the performance of biofilm reactors were tested, including influent substrate concentrations, contact time, temperature, and biofilm loss through decay. Overall, results from this study suggest that soil-aquifer treatment and other biofilm-based water treatment systems have great potential for effectively removing PPCPs from impacted water. In a second study, we are detecting antimicrobial resistance to trichlosan and other antimicrobial compounds using a novel microfluidic device. A high-throughput microfluidic droplet system with the ability to encapsulate single bacterial cells at a rate of over 100,000 drops per minute is being tested to enhance identification, quantification, and back-end genetic analysis for antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Each droplet, a few pico-liters in volume, is an isolated bioreactor with a single cell inoculum, enabling cell-by-cell experiments. The droplet technique eliminates isolation steps during which significant bacterial diversity can be lost, while also reducing incubation periods for rapid results. Tracing the development of antimicrobial resistance and its spread from sources through wastewater treatment and into the environment is crucial for identifying the risks from contact with antimicrobial contaminants.

    BIOGRAPHY
    Dr. Edward J. Bouwer earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering and science from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1982. He is the Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering in the newly formed Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He served as Department Chair of his former department (Geography and Environmental Engineering) from 2007 to 2016. Dr. Bouwer has extensive experience with drinking water and wastewater treatment processes, microbial process engineering, and contaminant transport and fate. Dr. Bouwer’s research interests encompass factors that influence biotransformation of contaminants, bioremediation for control of contaminated soils and groundwaters, biofilm kinetics, biological processes design in wastewater, industrial, and drinking water treatment, anaerobic digestion of wastes to recover energy as methane, algal biofuels, transport and fate of microorganisms in porous media, behavior of metals in contaminated sediments, and defining and managing environmental risks. Dr. Bouwer has served on several National Academies committees that provide guidance on managing human and ecological risks to Congress, regulatory agencies, and the scientific community. He serves as the Editor in Chief for Biodegradation and on the editorial boards for J. Contaminant Hydrology and Environmental Engineering Science.

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    TIME Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Apr
    24

    SPREE Seminar: Dan Negrut

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    CONTACT Tierney Acott    tierney-acott@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Apr
    26

    EES Seminar: Yechan Won

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, April 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • May
    1

    Whole-Brain Leadership for PhD Students Seminar Series: Shari Diamond

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    12:00 PM ITW classroom, 1-350, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • May
    3

    EES Seminar: Ryan Blaustein

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • May
    8

    SPREE Seminar: Gary Klein

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • May
    10

    EES Seminar: Morgan Petrovich

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • May
    15

    SPREE Seminar: Mohsen Issa

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • May
    22

    Whole-Brain Leadership for PhD Students Seminar Series: Todd Rosenthal

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    12:00 PM ITW classroom, 1-350, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • May
    24

    EES Seminar: Patricio Carnelli

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • May
    31

    Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering Symposium

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    9:00 AM Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium, McGaw Pavilion

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    TIME Friday, May 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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  • May
    31

    EES Seminar: Chrissy Cabay

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Jun
    8

    Spring classes end

    University Academic Calendar

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    TIME Saturday, June 8, 2019

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