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Ian Pepper and Charles Gerba currently work on a research project that tests sewage water, determining that wastewater-based epidemiology has an important role to play in COVID-19 outbreaks. They are collecting sewage samples in order to track the virus as well as help protect university students, staff and faculty.
Assistant Professor Malak Tfaily is on the research project team of a $3 million grant funded by the National Science Foundation, geared towards helping students solve the world's biggest environmental issues. The goal is to bring student researchers together to take on earth's greatest obstacles, from climate change to sustainability to global policy.
Since 2018, the Dr. Ian Pepper Scholarship supports two exemplary environmental science majors in financial need. Pepper is a current and highly respected faculty member who wants to not only financially supports these students, but can get to know them.
Postdoctoral researcher Gabriele Schiro and undergraduate researcher Adalee Martinez spent this summer collecting dust and soil samples to better understand microbial biogeography in the Sky Islands of Arizona (as safely as possible following covid-19 precautions).
A study by ENVS researchers proved new cleaning methods on airline flights as effective in battling the spread of COVID-19 and was referenced in an Arizona Republic article. The study demonstrates what cleaning processes kill active bacteria on flights as well as how they work on multiple surfaces besides aircrafts.
Doctoral candidate Richelle Thomas was featured in MIT Solve as part of the 2020 Indigenous Communities Fellowship. She was awarded a grant as a Native innovator for assessing the risks from legacy mining to the Diné (Navajo) people through measurement of heavy metal uptake into traditional medicinal plants.
ENVS Professor Charles Gerba talks germs with UA News, going over questions about how to kill bacteria safely, how long bacteria lives on clothes, what water temperature does to laundry and when to use heavier bleaching agents.
ENVS faculty Ian Pepper and Charles Gerba have been waiting 30 years for the chance to use sewage to save the world. Read how these professors have worked to help reopen the University of Arizona campus as safely as possible during the covid-19 pandemic.
Anna Jones (BS Environmental Science '23) first learned about research by helping graduate students work on their theses. Now, she works in a lab that uses analytical and geochemical techniques to better understand issues like climate change, aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists.
ENVS Professor and Department Head Jon Chorover's article focuses on the life that thrives beneath the surface of the earth and in the soil, revealing the importance of understanding the Earth's critical zone. Read the article published in Eos, Science News by the American Geophysical Union.