August 2014

Sustainable Water Reuse in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Date: Friday, August 1, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: 3540 Engineering Building
Speaker: Dr. Farrukh Ahmad, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE
Host: Environmental Engineering
Contact: Lori Larner
Note: Abstract: The reuse of water is of vital importance for meeting rising water demand in arid regions like Abu Dhabi, where fresh water is limited and demand is largely met by energy-intensive seawater desalination. Conversely, treating wastewater costs only a fraction of seawater desalination, and water reuse serves to increase the average residence time of desalinated water in the urban water cycle. Therefore, the reuse of treated wastewater offers a sustainable solution to meet the burgeoning water demand in water-scarce regions like Abu Dhabi, especially for societyís functions that require non-potable reuse. At present, treated wastewater meets less than 10% of Abu Dhabi cityís total water demand, leaving much room for improvement. Such a shift might be inevitable for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) considering UAEís current per capita water demand of 550 L/day is one of the highest in the world, and the regionís population is expected to almost double by the year 2050. Ongoing research at the Masdar Institute related to the sustainable reuse of treated municipal wastewater will be presented. Recently completed projects include: (i) saline water intrusion into the sewage system, its effects on disinfection byproduct generation, and the subsequent health risk posed during landscape irrigation; (ii) baseline human bacterial pathogen detection along the wastewater treatment train, and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) for reuse related to edible crop irrigation; and (iii) photo-regenerable multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) membranes for the removal of pharmaceutical micropollutants from treated wastewater. Two out of these three projects will be discussed in some detail. The overarching goal of the water reuse research program is to help establish safe and sustainable practices that hold the promise of limiting the regionís carbon footprint and energy demand, while enhancing food and water security.

Improved Environmental Surveillance for Poliovirus
Date: Thursday, August 14, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Red Cedar Room, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Dr. Scott Meschke, University of Washington
Host: ESPP and the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research
Contact: Lorie Neuman at
Note: Seminar will be followed by a reception.

Graduate School Welcoming and Resource Fair
Date: Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. - noon
Location: MSU Union Ballroom

September 2014

Fisheries & Wildlife New Graduate Student Orientation
Date: Friday, September 5, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: 338 Natural Resources
Speaker: Shawn J. Riley Program Chair
Host: Fisheries & Wildlife

ESPP Open House
Date: Thursday, September 11, 1:00 p.m.
Location: ESPP Conference Room, 274 Giltner Hall
Host: ESPP

2014 Field Tour for Investigators of the Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research program and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: Friday, September 19, All day
Location: Kellogg Biological Station
Host: Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Julie Doll

October 2014

ESPP Research Conference: Environmental Risk and Decision Making
Date: Friday, October 10, All day
Location: Kellogg Center
Host: ESPP

November 2014

ESPP Town Hall Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 1 p.m.
Location: 276 Giltner Hall
Host: ESPP

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