PBS NewsHour: Return to Campus
In an episode of PBS NewsHour, reporters cover issues and approaches to a return to campus during continued COVID-19 concerns. The piece highlights two universities, including the University of Arizona, and discusses strategies being used to keep campus communities safe across the country - including vaccination, masks, testing, and wastewater monitoring.
WEST Center Researcher Spotlight: Erika Stark
A Research Technician at WEST Center, Erika Stark analyzes samples for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, studies microplastics in soils, and recently completed a master’s degree in Public Health.
Help Save Land Application of Biosolids
With growing concern that land application of biosolids could be banned due to possible PFAS contamination of groundwater and/or crop uptake, WEST Center and others are developing a collaborative study to evaluate the incidence and mobility of PFAS following land application of biosolids. WEST invites partners to join this study!
WEST Center awarded grants from EPA and CDC
In early September 2021, WEST Center researchers were awarded grants from federal agencies to 1) evaluate water quality for direct potable reuse and 2) assess viability and persistence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater across the U.S.
Reclaimed water, a major focus of WEST research, provides river habitat in Tucson
In a September 2021 article, Arizona Republic writer Ian James describes how reclaimed water in action is supporting river life in the Southwest. Technologies to improve water quality and purification efficiencies are a major focus of WEST Center research.
New dPCR instruments boost WEST’s analytical capabilities
Installed in WEST in August 2021, two new digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) instruments will provide rapid and sensitive detection of SARS-CoV-2 and variants in wastewater, essential to monitoring community health.
UArizona researchers to test wastewater for flu, COVID-19 as Gov's order tries to limit testing mandates
As students return to the University of Arizona amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, UArizona plans to use wastewater testing - led by WEST Center - to again help control outbreaks. Read and watch the full story produced by KOLD News 13.
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.