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DoGEE Department Chair Receives CSAWWA Award

DoGEE team awarded EPA People, Prosperity, and Planet Award (P3) Grant for 2014

We would like to congratulate DoGEE PhD student, Chris Kelley, whose student team was awarded Phase 2 funding funding for an EPA People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Award for 2014 for their project entitled "Smart" Turbidimeters for Remote Monitoring of Water Quality. We are excited to report that only seven teams in the nation were awarded Phase 2 funding out of 40 teams awarded Phase 1 funding last year. This award came as the result of a collaboration between Chris Kelley (faculty advisor: Prof Bill Ball) and Alexander Krolick of Cornell University's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (faculty advisor: Dr. Monroe Weber-Shirk). The research team included DoGEE master's student Logan Brunner, Hopkins undergrads Alison Burkland and Sushant Murthy, and Hopkins alum Daniel Kahn (now a grad student at Stanford). Their work centers on low-cost methods for monitoring and reporting water quality data in rural areas and developing countries. So far, this research has resulted in the development of an open-source handheld turbidimeter and SMS-based data communications system for real-time measurement and reporting of turbidity data, which costs less than 10% of an equivalent commercial device. With their newly awarded funding, the team is exploring low-cost methods to affordably automate monitoring and reporting of key water quality parameters (including flow rate, chlorine residual, and turbidity) and optimize coagulant dosage (through web-enabled, low-cost jar testers).

2013 Water Resources Research (WRR) Editors' Choice Award

Editors' Choice Awards are given to about 1% of WRR's articles based on technical significance, originality, presentation, and broader implications. We are delighted to inform everyone that for the 2013 award year, our own Dr. Ben Hobbs and Ph.D. student Hongtai Huang, along with former post-doc Melissa Kenney, are being recognized as recipients of this award for their work on Mississippi Delta Restoration with colleagues from the National Center for Earthsurface Dynamics:

M. Kenney, B. Hobbs, D. Mohrig, H. Huang, J. Nittrouer, W. Kim, and G. Parker (2013), Cost analysis of water and sediment diversions to optimize land building in the Mississippi River delta, WRR, 49, 3388-3405, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20139.

The award will be presented at the Hydrologic Sciences Luncheon of the AGU Fall 2014  meeting.

AWWA 2014 American Water Scholarship Presented to Johns Hopkins University Doctoral Student

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S.water and wastewater utility company, recently announced that Michael Rose, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, has been chosen as therecipient of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2014 American Water Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry.

DoGEE at the Chesapeake Modeling Symposium.  

On May 28-29, 2014 PhD students Dano Wilusz and Qian Zhang joined over 100 modelers, researchers, and policymakers at the biannual Chesapeake Modeling Symposium in Annapolis, MD. Qian gave a presentation of results from a paper he published with colleagues showing increasing trends in sediment and particulate nutrient fluxes from the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. Dano presented research by Assistant Professor Ciaran Harman on a new approach to simulate lag times in lumped watershed models. He also showed a poster testing the importance of extreme rainfall variability in watershed modeling under a changing climate. Both students are members of Professor Bill Ball’s research group. Their work will contribute to a new, four-year, NSF-funded, multi-institutional collaborative project centered at JHU. The project, which Bill and Ciaran anticipate beginning in Fall 2014, will examine the impact of climate change on the phenology of linked agriculture-water systems.


Dano (left) and Qian (right) present their research at the symposium.

JHU engineering students tackle fish-passage problem at historic dam

dam What happens when a dam structure stands between migratory fish and more than 60 miles of free-flowing river? The 2013 Senior Design class was tasked with developing solutions for the environmental dilemmas caused by the abandoned Bloede Dam in Maryland's Patapsco State Park. Read more about this exciting Senior Class Project and the winning design by seniors Meagan Hawes, Natalie Byers, Su Zie Lee and Tim Youtsosto in the JHU HUB.

EPA P3 Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology (YCOSST) Award

HurricaneStudent team members: Pavlo Bohutskyi, Kexin Liu, Laila Khaled Nasr, Natalie Byers, Julian Rosenberg, and Coral Fung Shek. Faculty advisers: Edward Bouwer, Michael Betenbaugh, and Vanessa Pereira received the EPA P3 Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology (YCOSST) Award. This is an award  provided by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers-Institute for Sustainability. The final decision on the Phase II Awards should be made during next 1-3 weeks.

*Updated*: Mercury in Dolphins: Study Compares Captive, Wild Toxin Levels

Dolphin Research A new study by researchers in DoGEE and the National Aquarium compares levels of mercury in captive dolphins and in dolphins found in the wild. Department Chair Edward Bouwer explains "this type of research can give us hints about how the type of diet and where it originated can affect mercury-related health problems in captive dolphins, compared to their cousins in the wild.” The findings were published in a recent issue of Science of the Total Environment.

To learn more about this exciting study visit the JHU Gazette

*Update* for a link to the story click here.

Staying Ahead of the Storm: Predicting Power Outages

Hurricane Is it possible to accurately pinpoint how many power outages a storm might cause? Would this knowledge enable utility companiess to predetermine the number of crews needed and where they should be deployed?

DoGEE Assistant Professor Seth Guikema's research was recently utilized to make projections for Hurricane Sandy. See the full Bloomberg interview from October 29, 2012 and read more about his exciting research in the Baltimore Sun.

Schoenberger: Cultivating Odebrecht Finalists

schoenberger photo Congratulations to DoGEE Professor Erica Schoenberger. Recently a team from her Introduction to Engineering for Sustainable Development class (Spring 2012) has been identified as one of three finalists for the 2012 Odebrecht Award for innovations in sustainable technologies. The students are Sangkyun Cho, Jay Choi and Victor Oh. Their proposal involves an ingenious low-tech, low-cost paper-making machine.

Odebrecht is an international engineering and construction firm, in business since 1944.  First prize comes to $40,000 for the team, their school, and advisor.  Second and third place total $15k and $10k respectively. Read more the Odebrecht award here.

CAREER award Recipient: Seth Guikema

seth photo DoGEE Assistant Professor Seth Guikema, was the recent recepient of a CAREER award to support his efforts to provide an approach for assessing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability and reliability of interdependent power and water systems, particularly in areas susceptible to natural hazards, such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

IGERT Program's Research and Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students

DoGEE, the School of Public Health, and Earth & Planetary Sciences have teamed up to give graduate students an opportunity for interdisciplinary research in water, climate, and health. To learn more about this exciting opportunity (and the $30,000 stipend/ full support for tuition for 2 years that comes with it!) go to: http://www.igert.jhu.edu/wch/

Apply to the DoGEE Graduate Program here and indicate interest in the WCH IGERT program in your application essay!

Students in the News

Click on the link below to hear Phd Student, Rebecca Murphy's, "Academic Minute" recording about her Chesapeake Bay research.


Her talk is now receiving some national attention. It recently aired on several radio stations and appeared on the Inside Higher Ed website: http://www.insidehighered.com. Congrats to Rebecca—we hear the audio engineers were very impressed with the quality of your vocal delivery!

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