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On Saturday, October 4, the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) held its seventh annual Sweat for Clean Water 5K Run/Walk fund-raising road race, with check-in time at 10:00 a.m. The race cost $15 to enter for individuals, and the starting line was located on the front lawn of Goodell Hall across from the Chapel. The 5K walk began at 10:30 a.m. and the 5K run at 11:00 a.m. There was a first-place prize of $50 each for the winning man and winning woman in the run and many more prizes. Free T-shirts were given to the first 100 online registrations, while sizes are on a...

Professor Don DeGroot traveled to Poznan, Poland to give an invited presentation at The 5th International Workshop on CPTU and DMT testing in soft clays and organic soil. The Workshop was held at the Conference Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznan. Dr. DeGroot’s  presentation  was entitled "Evaluation of soft clay properties from interpretation of CPTU data within a SHANSEP framework".  The paper presented research findings on the behavior of soft clays from two completed U.S. National...

Dr. John Tobiason attended the Water Environment Federation Annual Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, LA Sept 29-30, 2014 in his role as 2014-2015 President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). Dr. Tobiason introduced a featured AEESP Lecture and presided over an awards ceremony and annual meeting of AEESP, a 900 member organization of university faculty,...

Dr. Caitlyn Butler attended the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibit and Conference, held in New Orleans, LA. She presented a conference paper titled “Determining Kinetic Parameters of a Nitrite-Accumulating, Denitrifying, Cathode-Oxidizing Biofilm”. The paper is based on work completed with the help of a master's student, Jacob Weinrich (completed: May 2013).

(September 2014)

Dr. John Tobiason presented a paper at the annual conference of the New England Water Works Association in Rockport, Maine, September 21-23. Results for the successful full-scale implementation of research-based new treatment process for the Aquarion Water Company were shared. Graduate students Arianne Bazilio, Joseph Goodwill and Joseph Gikonyo also worked on the project.

(September 2014)