All seminars begin at 3:30 pm in the Collins Building, room 278
Pre-seminar refreshments will be provided in the lobby at 3:15 p.m. ‚(Please remember no food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium)
Wednesday, April 20
Drinking Water Treatment: What Happens from Source to Tap
Dr. Joel Ducoste, Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
Have you ever wondered what happens with the water that comes to your tap? Dr. Ducoste will share with you the processes involved in treating drinking water, and what is being done to continue to safe guard against waterborne outbreaks.
Specifically, Dr. Ducoste’s current research interests include physico-chemical processes in water treatment, computational fluid dynamics modeling, solid/liquid separation processes, chemical and UV disinfection, advance oxidation, water/wastewater process optimization, wastewater sewer collection system sustainability, energy recovery from wastewater systems, biokinetic modeling, plant systems engineering, and bioinformatics.
In addition, Dr. Ducoste has also served on the North Carolina House of Representatives Special Committee on Offshore Energy Exploration Study and EPA SAB adhoc committees such as Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards, Environmental Economics Advisory Committee Augmented for the Consideration of the Value of Water to the U.S. Economy, and the EPA committee related to Hydraulic Fracturing.
Past Science Seminar Topics
The Science of Smell
Understanding of Functional Textiles and High Strength Fibers
The Buzz about Bees and Social Entrepreneurship
The Greatest Technological Innovation of the 20th Century: Artificial Fixation of Nitrogen and Its Far-Reaching and Surprising Consequences
Human Impact on the Environment and the Interconnectedness of the Geosciences
Discovering Molecules to Probe and Treat Malaria
Vaccine Production in Plants
Island Universes: An Overview of Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Supermassive Black Holes
Good vibrations: habitat soundscapes for early life stages of marine organisms
Improving Art Conservation and Clinical Diagnosis Using Novel Molecular Imaging
The Struggle to Contain Ebola – from Outbreak to Epidemic
Fish Tales: Rise and Fall of the Lionfish and River Herring
Social environmental effects on primate gene regulation and evolution
Thymus Transplantation for Complete DiGeorge Anomaly
The Future of Energy
Cannibalistic Tadpoles: Altered developmental programs underlying their novel gut morphology
An Introduction to Biotech Product Development: The Story of Bioengineered Veins
Electrochemistry in the Driver's Seat
The Science and Technology of Concussion Prevention
Molecular Insights into Southeast Asian Amphibian and Reptile Diversity and Conservation
Are Designer Babies on the Way?
Taking Advantag of Disaster: The Microbial Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Bioengeneering the the Common Silkworm to Produce Biomimetic Spider Silk
Bioreactors for Air Pollution Control: How Bacteria Can Treat Industrial Pollution