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ERG in the News
Kinner showers for lab safety
Lab safety took a zany, soggy turn Tuesday, when the Environmental Research Group tapped Nancy Kinner, professor of civil and environmental engineering, for a hands-on demonstration of the emergency shower in their Gregg Hall lab. Her dousing not only gave students and faculty experience with this important (if rarely used) piece of equipment, it raised funds for the student group Environmental and Water Resources Institute, which sold raffle tickets for the chance to pull the shower handle.
“Demonstrating operation of laboratory emergency equipment is an important component of safety training, but this level of participation took it to a whole new level,” said Andy Glode, laboratory safety officer with UNH’s Environmental Health and Safety office. “Nancy is very supportive of laboratory safety initiatives and doing this to promote the student group was a wonderful, memorable gesture.”
The shower demonstration was one part of the ERG’s annual safety review, which included demonstrations of safety components like the fume hoods and eye washes and discussions of dangerous chemicals. “It’s easy to become complacent in the lab, to forget that the chemicals you’re using every day can be dangerous to your health,” said ERG research engineer Scott Greenwood, who helped organize the safety shower. “We hope that when the students go back into the lab, safety will be in the forefront of their minds.”
Raffle winner Alyson Packhem ’14, a graduate student of Kinner’s, said the demonstration’s lessons are likely to last. “I suppose it was a little awkward to douse my esteemed professor in cold water, but it would be completely necessary in the case of an emergency,” she said. “If Nancy actually got exposed to hazardous chemicals, I would be glad to pull the shower again.”
UNH Today, 11/21/2014 More>>
EPA Announces Funding to Create Two New Drinking Water Innovation Centers
Robin Collins PI and Jim Malley Co-PI of the Environmental Research Group and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are part of a USEPA Grant Award for a National Center for Innovation in Small Systems (NCISS) that was announced by USEPA August 2014. This Center, named DeRISK, is a three year, $4.1 million dollar award to a University consortium consisting of CU-Boulder, UNH, University of Alaska and University of Arizona will create decision analysis tools for assessing and implementing innovative technologies for small drinking water systems that will be a EPA, 09/09/2014 More>>
Martinsville (Va.) Bulletin: Intern makes an impact (Robin Collins)
Intern makes an impact
Student designs a device that could save thousands
Martinsville Bulletin, 08/24/2014 More>>
Dr. James Malley, elected to Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of American WaterWorks Association (AWWA)
Jim Malley, professor of civil and environmental engineering, chairperson of the UNH CEPS Environmental Engineering Program and director of the UNH Environmental Research Group, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American WaterWorks Association (AWWA). The AWWA is a 50,000 member association representing North America and the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water for human use. He will serve a three-year term and serve as chair of the association’s technical and educational council.
Please click here for more: http://www.awwa.org/about-us/leadership/executive-committee.aspx
AWWA, 08/22/2014 More>>
NOAA Again Joins Coast Guard for Oil Spill Exercise in the Arctic
by Amy Merten
It is no mystery anymore that the Arctic is undergoing unprecedented change and the extent of summer sea ice continues to shrink. As the ice contracts, shipping within and across the Arctic, oil and gas exploration, and tourism likely will increase, as will fishing, if fisheries continue migrating north to cooler waters. With more oil-powered activity in the Arctic and potentially out-of-date nautical charts, the region also will see an increased risk of oil spills.
Although the Arctic may have “ice-free” summers, it will remain a difficult place to respond to spills, still facing conditions such as low visibility, mobilized icebergs, and extreme cold. Much of the increased activity exploits the longer amount of time between the sea ice breaking up in the spring and freezing up in the fall. Accidents on either end of this longer window could mean responding to oil spills complicated by sea ice.
Before It's News, 08/07/2014 More>>
Productive Diversion, Unique Vehicle Gives Students Chance to “Contribute” to Science
During the academic year, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., the wastewater treatment plant that serves the University of New Hampshire experiences a surge in the amount of urine flowing into the facility. It’s not hard to figure out why, but for the plant, it’s no joke. The increase in urine flow is so dramatic that monitoring data from those time periods show peaks in the concentration of nitrogen entering the plant. Wastewater treatment plants have a maximum nitrogen concentration they are permitted to discharge, and the higher the incoming nitrogen concentration, the more resource-intensive and costly the treatment is. David Cedarholm, a UNH alumnus who works for the Durham Department of Public Works, brought the nitrogen spikes to the attention of Nancy Kinner, a professor of environmental engineering at UNH—and Kinner saw the potential for a learning experience.
NEIWPCC, 07/01/2014 More>>
Towns in northeast U.S. develop adaptation strategies for climate change
In many northeastern towns along the coast of the United States, local officials are attempting to identify and predict the effects of climate change which will occur over the next few decades. “You’re going to feel impacts. It’s a global issue with local effects…We don’t know exactly what’s coming, so let’s plan to be adaptable,” says a leader of a regional climate adaptation project. Homeland Security News Wire, 06/16/2014 More>>
2014 Carsey Summer Scholars Named
The inaugural recipients of the summer scholars program at the proposed Carsey School of Public Policy have been announced. Each awardee will receive $10,000 to use toward producing both a peer-reviewed and an applied research publication.
The recipients are:
Reagan Baughman, associate professor, economics, “The Impact of Economic Conditions on Utilization of Long-term Care”
Cliff Brown, associate professor, sociology, “Mobilization in Defense of Local Water Resources” UNH Campus Journal, 03/27/2014 More>>
Minnesota Public Radio: 25 years after Exxon Valdez (Nancy Kinner)
It's 25 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill; six years since "Drill, baby, drill," and four years since the start of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. MPR News, 03/27/2014 More>>
Remembering The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez
A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills. National Public Radio, 03/25/2014 More>>