Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

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Spring, 2015 Seminars are held every Friday from 2:30 - 3:30pm in the Rich Lab Auditorium.
David Freedman (Clemson)
Inhibitory and Synergistic Interactions During Biodegradation of Chlorinated Organic Compounds
David Genereux (Dept. of Marine, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences; North Carolina State University)
Field study of groundwater transit times and pollutant nitrogen fluxes at the groundwater-stream interface in the North Carolina coastal plain
Cindy Lee (Clemson)

Todd MacDonald (Clemson)
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Barr von Oehson (Clemson)
Christopher Sanborn (University of Connecticut; Physics)
Tim Strathmann

Gary Machlis (Clemson)
Science During Crisis: An Introduction to the DOI Strategic Sciences Group
Frank Hollerman (Southern Environmental Law Center)
Delef Knappe
Departmental News & Announcements
Read all news in the Spring 2013 Alumni Newsletter.

Clemson University to begin field experiments on nuclear-waste storage
A team of more than 20 researchers from across the state will begin running field experiments at Clemson University next year to find the best ways of storing nuclear waste. Experiments have been done on a small scale in labs, but a new outdoor site will allow researchers to test underground storage methods on an intermediate scale in real-world conditions, said Clemson associate professor Brian Powell. “If we can do that, then our confidence in these waste disposal scenarios will be much, much higher,” Powell said. “This stands to be a premiere test-site in the country.” Read More

The Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences undergraduate department is continuing renovations on campus.  Undergraduate services and faculty offices for Environmental Engineering, Biosystems Engineering and Geology are all now located in Brackett Hall.  If you are on campus, stop by 445 Brackett Hall to say hello to Cindy and Carol!

In May, 31 undergraduate students and 7 graduate students completed their degrees.  The undergraduate majors especially are thriving.  Each degree, Environmental Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, and Geology programs are all emphasizing hands-on and experiential learning.  The practical aspect of each major is drawing in students, and the department expects to have over 200 undergraduate students in the fall.

Student News

We would like to extend a special CONGRATULATIONS to our recent graduates:  Biosystems Engineering (BS) Austin Balser, Ethan Davies, Jessica Ketchum, Brendan Luther, Kaylynn Smalls, Chelsea Walker;  (MS) David Morris; Environmental Engineering (BS) Stephen Culleton, Nicholas Hotzelt, Kyle Leland, Ian Rickard, Andrew Speake; (MS/PhD) Jonathan Ball, Satya Gubbala, Jin Guo, Richard Hall, Timothy Sattler, Minjie Zhou; Geology (BS) Kimberly Gloersen, Christopher Jackson.

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Announcement

The NERS Scholarship program will award top students from: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline for participation in nuclear-related coursework and/or research. Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded in two installments – May 2015 and August 2015.  Applications are due by 8:00pm on Friday April 24th. Please see the scholarship application for more information about eligibility and requirements.  More Information

Recent Publications:

Ladner, D.A.; Bolyard S.C.; Apul, D.; Whelton, A.J. "Navigating the academic job search for environmental engineers: Guidance for job seekers and mentors." Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 2013, 139, 211-217.

Yu, R., Peethambaram, H. S. Falta, R. W., Verce, M. F., Henderson, J. K., Bagwell, C. E., Brigmon, R. L., and Freedman, D. L.  “Kinetics of 1,2-Dichloroethane and 1,2-Dibromoethane Biodegradation in Anaerobic Enrichment Cultures.”  Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 79(4), 1359-1367 (2013). doi: 10.1128/AEM.02163-12. 

Darlington, R., Lehmicke, L., Andrachek, R. G., and Freedman, D. L.  “Anaerobic Abiotic Transformations of cis-1,2-Dichloroethene in Fractured Sandstone.”  Chemosphere, 90, 2226–2232 (2013) doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.09.084.

Hixon, A.E.; Arai, Y.; Powell, B.A., “Examination of the effect of alpha radiolysis of plutonium(V) sorption to quartz using multiple plutonium isotopes,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2013.04.007.

Fein, J. and Powell, B. A., “Uranium adsorption: Speciation at Mineral-Water and bacterial cell-water interfaces”. Chapter 5 in Uranium: Cradle to Grave (Eds. Peter C. Burns, Ginger E. Sigmon) Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2013.

Dang, V. D.; Lee, C. M.; and Walters, D. M. 2013. “Assessing Ongoing Sources of Dissolved Phase Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in a Contaminated Stream.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 32(3):535-540.

Alumni News
Congrats to BE alumni Josh Oden (BS, '11) on his marriage to Sara Coleman on June 29th, 2013!
Congrats to Geology alumni Alex Baldwin (BS, '13), on his recent marriage to Hall Hunter!

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