At the Tuesday, Jan. 16, Biodesign Town Hall meeting, Josh LaBaer presented Esra Ilhan, Bruce Rittmann, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Moni Miranda, Sean Lai, and Juan Maldonado Ortiz with a framed poster to celebrate their recent publication in Water Research. It is a miniature of what will be hung on the Biodesign Wall of Science near the Executive Office area. The title of the publication is Enhancing biodegradation of C16-alkyl quaternary ammonium compounds using an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor.
Congratulations to Sofia Esquivel Elizondo who graduated from Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown's lab with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Her thesis is titled Microbial Communities Involved in Carbon Monoxide and Syngas Conversion to Biofuels and Chemicals. Sofia has been a Graduate Research Assistant for the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and the Center for Biomediated and Bioinspired Geoteechnics. She has been nominated for the Dean’s dissertation award. She is a CONACyT scholarship awardee, a GPSA grant reviewer, and has published 5+ papers during Ph.D. career.
Swette Center members Juan Maldonado Ortiz and Sofia Esquivel Elizondo serve as Science Mentors during Chief Science Officer Day at Biodesign
Our own Juan Maldonado and Sofia Esquivel spent a day with high school and middle school students from all over Arizona who participate the Chief Science Officer program organized by the Arizona SciTech Festival. See the full article here.
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and Daewook Kang host Korean PBS (EBS) to share Fecal Microbiota Transplant study results
Korean PBS interviewed Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Dr. Daewook Kang, and Dr. James Adams to discuss promising FMT research results featured in a three-part YouTube series, below.
Title: 미생물 인간 (roughly translates to “Microbiome Human”)
BSCEB members Matt Scholz and Bruce Rittmann are featured in an article by student reporter Rachel Bunning titled, "As NSF grant end, ASU-led Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance continues to grow."
The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is North America’s central forum and advocate for the sustainable use, recovery, and recycling of phosphorus in the food system. Its director is James Elser from the ASU School of Life Sciences, and it is located at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology with the support of center director Bruce Rittmann. For more information visit phosphorusalliance.org.
Postdoctoral Researcher Dongwon Ki won the 2017 ISMET Innovation Award for his paper:
The full article describing the award can be found here.
Dr. Bruce Rittmann is interviewed by KJZZ's Lauren Gilger about the prevalence of abandoned mines and what they can mean for our health and environment in response to this week's revelation that Bagdad Hillside LLC has allegedly discharged arsenic-contaminated water from an abandoned mine into a recreational creek in Yavapai County. Read the story here.
July 19, 2017. Dr. Rolf Halden, distinguished BSCEB alumnus, appeared in a piece titled Studying Wastewater Could Be Messy, But It May Improve Public Health, produced by Steve Goldstein of local public radio station KJZZ. Listen here. Dr. Halden used to be part of our Center but went on to found his own Center for Environmental Security specializing in avoiding or minimizing environmental pollution and human exposure to toxic chemicals.
Current BSCEB members and alumni attended AEESP from June 20-22, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Bruce Rittmann was honored with an AEESP Fellow award. Read more about Dr. Rittmann's AEESP award In the Loop.
Dr. Bruce Rittmann is featured in the June 18th of 2017 edition of .edu, published by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.