Science Seminars

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

Cancer Immunotherapy

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


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