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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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  • Nov
    14

    SPREE Seminar: Nina Stark

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Nov
    16

    EES Seminar: Thomas Harter

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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

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  • Nov
    19

    MPM Seminar: Karen Layng

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    3:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, November 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Nov
    21

    Thanksgiving vacation begins 6 p.m.

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    TIME Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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  • Nov
    22

    Thanksgiving day

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    TIME Thursday, November 22, 2018

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  • Nov
    26

    Fall Classes resume 8 a.m.

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    TIME Monday, November 26, 2018

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  • Nov
    26

    MPM Seminar:

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    3:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Nov
    30

    EES Seminar: Francis L. de los Reyes III

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, November 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Dec
    3

    MPM Seminar: Paul James

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    3:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, December 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Dec
    5

    SPREE Seminar: Robert Fleischman

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Dec
    7

    EES Seminar: Konrad Koch

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Dec
    8

    Fall classes end

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    TIME Saturday, December 8, 2018

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  • Dec
    10

    Fall examinations begin

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    TIME Monday, December 10, 2018

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  • Dec
    15

    Fall examinations end

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    TIME Saturday, December 15, 2018

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  • Dec
    15

    Winter Break Begins

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    TIME Saturday, December 15, 2018

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  • Dec
    15

    Northwestern Engineering PhD Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    5:00 PM Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

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    TIME Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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  • Jan
    7

    Winter Classes begin 8 a.m.

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    TIME Monday, January 7, 2019

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