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July 2018 Lab Update

Posted on July 27th, 2018

Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been a whole semester and summer is more than halfway through! A lot has happened!

  • Claire has passed her Comprehensive Exam and is now officially a PhD Candidate. HUGE congratulations!
  • Erica and Monica both passed their PhD prelim exams!
  • Monica was awarded a NSF GRFP Honorable Mention. HUGE Honor!
  • A new paper was published, with Claire as the lead author:
    • Muerdter, C. P.; Wong, C. K.; LeFevre, G. H. Emerging Investigator Series: The Role of Vegetation in Bioretention for Stormwater Treatment in the Built Environment: Pollutant Removal, Hydrologic Function, and Ancillary Benefits. Environ. Sci. Water Res. Technol. 2018, 4 (5), 592–612 DOI: 10.1039/C7EW00511C.
  • Kathryn’s Paper on neonicotinoids received the 2017 BEST PAPER Award from ES&T Letters
  • Both Greg and Danielle presented at the ACS conference this spring in New Orleans:
    • LeFevre, G., Klarich, K., §Webb, D., Cwiertny, D. Transformation of Neonicotinoid Insecticides during Disinfection under defacto Water Reuse. 255th ACS Conference, New Orleans, March 2018.
    • Webb, D., §Klarich, K., LeFevre, G., Cwiertny, D. Sorption of Neonicotinoid Insecticides to Granular Activated Carbon during Drinking Water Treatment. 255th ACS Conference, New Orleans, March 2018.
    • Cwiertny, D., Kral, A., McFadden, M., Sivey, J., LeFevre, G. Environmental Photochemistry of Dichloroacetamide Herbicide Safeners. 255th ACS Conference, New Orleans, March 2018.
  • Hui presented at the Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference in Champaign, IL:
    • Dana W. Kolpin, Edward T. Furlong2 Luke R. Iwanowicz, Rebecca D. Klapper, Shannon Meppelink, Michael T. Meyer, Hui Zhi, Gregory H. LeFevre*​. Longitudinal pharmaceutical exposures in a temperate stream dominated by wastewater effluent. Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference in Champaign, IL. June, 2018.
  • Rebecca Klaper presented our work at the International Emerging Contaminants Conference in Oslo, Norway in June.
  • Greg was selected as an invited participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering workshop in Tsukuba, Japan.
  • Greg was hosted as a visiting scholar at the BioEconomy Science Center at RWTH Aachen University in Germany in June/July. He learned a ton, developed new collaborations, and gave several talks there and University of Bonn.
  • Greg is the PI on a newly awarded NSF unsolicited environmental engineering CBET grant on neonicotinoids with David Cwiertny (co-PI). “Neonicotinoid Fate across the Source Water to Drinking Water Continuum: Transformation Reactions at the Pesticide Pharmacophore to Yield Products of Enhanced Mammalian Toxicity”
  • Sarah Douglas, MS student, co-advised with Corey Markfort will join the lab in fall!