WEST Center Student Spotlight: Zachary Binger
A doctoral candidate working at WEST Center, Zachary Binger focuses on optimization of membrane systems, developing computer models to increase water recovery and reduce energy consumption.
New publication from WEST researchers describes the barrier effect of membrane distillation against microbes
Demonstrating the valuable cooperation of engineers and microbiologists at WEST Center, a new publication out of UArizona WEST looks at membrane distillation’s effectiveness as a barrier to Coronavirus and Bacteriophage.
UArizona Again Earns Top U.S. Ranking for Water Resources
For the fifth year in a row, the University of Arizona has earned the top spot in the U.S. for its work in the field of water resources. UArizona is again ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally in water resources in ShanghaiRanking's 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Read the full story by Nick Prevenas in UA News.
Visiting Scholar studies antibiotic resistant genes during his time at UArizona
Arriving from Pakistan in February 2021, Sabir Nawaz performed molecular analysis of antibiotic resistance genes during his six months at WEST Center.
Joan Rose presents a special public talk, May 2021
During the Spring 2021 semester, UArizona's WEST Center welcomed Dr. Joan Rose as a visiting professor. In a special public talk, premiering on May 5 at 4 PM, Dr. Rose offers a look into her career from earning her PhD at the University of Arizona to her significant contributions to the understanding of water microbiology and its use in monitoring water quality to improve public health. The talk will continue to be available on YouTube after May 5th.
WEST Director Dr. Pepper among Newly-Appointed Regents Professors
WEST Director, Dr. Ian Pepper, was among 6 University of Arizona faculty members confirmed as Regents Professors by the Arizona Board of Regents on April 15, 2021. The designation of Regents Professor is an honored position reserved for faculty scholars of exceptional ability who have achieved national or international distinction. Congratulations to Dr. Pepper!
Podcast -- The Power of Waste: Let's Talk Poop
In the third episode of the Mrs. Green's World podcast series Impact Earth: A Roadmap to Resilience, Dr. Ian Pepper from WEST Center talks about human waste, COVID testing, organic material recycled from sewage and man-made chemicals known as PFAS.
WEST and Boeing: Making it safe to fly again
In 2020, WEST worked with Boeing on research to inform airplane disinfection protocols, improving travel safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.
WEST collaborates with Pima County to lift moratorium on land application of biosolids
Working with Pima County Wastewater, WEST Center conducted a PFAS study to evaluate contamination of soils and groundwater due to biosolid land application. Results helped lift a moratorium on land application, with multiple benefits to the local community.
"Solution Number Two" Documentary Explores UArizona Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19
A short documentary produced by students in the University of Arizona's School of Theatre, Film & Television follows the COVID-19 wastewater monitoring work of WEST Center faculty and staff.
Visiting Professor Spotlight: WEST welcomes Dr. Joan Rose
Dr. Joan Rose, winner of the Stockholm Water Prize and Professor at Michigan State University, will spend the Spring 2021 semester at WEST Center. Dr. Rose is an international authority on water microbiology, water quality, and public health safety, and is actively engaged in work to advance the monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 variants in wastewater.