This year’s Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Conference (SETAC) is in Sacramento from November 4 to 8. I’m chairing a session on “Fate and Effects of Metals: Biogeochemical Perspective” with my colleague Kevin Rader. We are also presenting a series of papers on rapid removal of metals from the water column. Hope to see you there!
Welcome back everyone. This semester I’m teaching Advanced Unit Operations in the graduate Environmental Engineering program at Manhattan College. This course covers advanced unit process such as carbon adsorption, ion exchange and chemical oxidation for the treatment of water and wastewater. What I really like about teaching this class is that we have the opportunity to cover processes in depth, spending up to two full weeks per process. Since this is an advanced course, there are prerequisites such as ENGS 204 (Environmental Engineering Principles) and ENVL/G 506 (Water and Wastewater treatment). E-mail me if you have any questions or would like more information on the course.
Next semester I am teaching ENVG 736 – Advanced Unit Operations on Monday nights at Manhattan College. Here is the course description: Advanced study of the processes used for water and wastewater treatment with an emphasis on design principles and process modeling. Processes covered include reactor design and analysis, carbon adsorption, ion exchange, chemical oxidation of inorganic and organic contaminants, primary and secondary disinfection, strategies for control of disinfection byproducts and membrane technologies.
I’m happy to report that my paper on Cr(III)-aminocarboxylate oxidation was just posted to the Environmental Chemistry journal website. The paper describes rates and product distribution of Cr(III) complexes with the chelating agents iminodiacetic acid (IDA) and nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA). This is the first published work that discusses rates of oxidation of distinct Cr(III) complexed to organic ligands.
A great little video created by the American Chemical Society on the chemistry of snowflakes:
The video summarizes nicely what is in Ken-Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes, which is a wonderful visual introduction to the morphology of snowflakes.
Congrats to graduate student Olivia Derderian who won the best paper competition at the University Forum at this years NYWEA Winter Meeting in NYC. Olivia presented her paper entitled “Degradation of Water Quality of the Saw Mill River Due to Urban Runoff.”
An opportunity for scholarships:
The NY Section of AWWA awards four scholarships every year, two for undergraduates, one for graduate students and one for AWWA members or their family. The deadline for filing is Monday, February 6, 2012. General information can be found at: http://www.nysawwa.org.
On the home page, go to “Students” under “Important Links and Information”. The three available scholarships are listed near the bottom of the page. The direct link for applying is: http://fs11.formsite.com/nysawwaorg/form22/print
The Fall Manhattan College Career Fair is Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 from 12 – 4 pm at Draddy Gym. Of the 75 companies attending, at least 10 hire Environmental Engineers. Seniors and graduate students looking for jobs next year — make sure you attend.
I am on sabbatical in Fall 2011. I’ll post to document where I go and what I do. I will be back on campus full time in time for the Spring 2012 semester.
Next week (February 6-9, 2011), is the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Meeting 83rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The is a great meeting for students to network and make contacts in the field. Any students interested in attending the meeting should contact me or the NYWEA offers, and should bring 25 copies of their resume to the meeting. The meeting is being held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
On Tuesday, Feb 8th, I will be co-moderating the University Forum at the NYWEA meeting where students from universities with NYWEA chapters will be presenting their research. This session is from 1:20 to 4:40 in the Wilder Room on the 4th Floor. In addition their is a Young Professionals reception starting at 4:30 which is useful to meet new contacts.