After 10 years as a Ph.D. student, post-doc and research scientist in the Swette Center, Dr. Prathap Parameswaran is assuming the role of assistant professor at Kansas State University. Today was Prathap's last day at ASU. The heart and soul of the lab, we will miss his wonderful personality and expertise. We wish him all the best and look forward to collaborating with him in the future! Congrats, Prathap, and good luck!
As part of the Spirit of the Senses salon presented at The Biodesign Institute, Dr. Bruce Rittmann is a panelist for the discussion "Implications and Differences of Impact of the California and Arizona Drought." The panel includes Dr. Paul Westerhoff (ASU) and Jim Holway. The panel will be held at The Biodesign Institute main auditorium on August 3 starting at 7:15 PM and is open to the public. Click here for more information.
The Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology (Biodesign Institute at ASU) and the Environmental Bioprocesses Group in the Latin and Caribbean American Water Center (Centro del Agua para América Latina y el Caribe) at Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) are beginning a collaboration program focused on the mutual interests of the two centers. The collaboration is between Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann, Director of the Swette Center, and Dr. Roberto Parra, director of the Environmental Bioprocesses Group at Tec. Dr. Rittmann, who was appointed a Distinguished Professor at Tec de Monterrey, will co-direct with Dr. Parra the research of two post-doctoral associates who will be based at Tec de Monterrey, but will spend a significant fraction of their time in the Swette Center.
The areas of mutual interest between the two centers include microalgae systems for producing renewable energy and chemicals and microbial electrochemistry. Two Tec graduate students (Sara Cuellar and Ornella Hernández) were visiting students in the Swette Center, and their excellent experience led Drs. Parra and Rittmann to pursue the formal collaboration plan, which is funded by Tec de Monterrey. The program, which as just begun, has a minimum three-year life and is designed to lead to long-term collaboration that is externally funded.
Dr. Rittmann participated in a research planning workshop in Monterrey in early July. The picture of the mother duck and her ducklings was taken by Dr. Rittmann on the Tec campus. Perhaps it is an apt symbol of the growing influence of the Swette Center.
The March 2015 issue of ASU Magazine features a good piece on Rob Stirling, Techno-Economic Analyst in the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, page 34. It's called Bringing Mother Nature to Market.