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.
WEST Center hosts water harvesting/soil health study
A new study at WEST Center seeks to understand the impact of water harvesting on soil microbiomes and resilience.
State Awards $500K for Yuma Wastewater Testing
Following the proven laboratory procedures of the WEST Center, an innovative partnership in Yuma County will receive $500K to provide early detection of COVID-19 through wastewater testing.
$0.5M grant will fund research to improve health and safety at farmers markets
A USDA-funded 1-year collaborative project will study coronaviruses on contact surfaces at farmers markets, determine safe practices, and provide guidance to small producers to improve local health and safety.
WEST – a key component of the environmental community at UArizona
As part of the University’s “Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR),” WEST Center is one of numerous stand-out programs and facilities dedicated to solving environmental challenges and ensuring community health and sustainability.
Arizona Science: Developing a new weapon to fight the spread of COVID-19
In Episode 251 of NPR Arizona Science, Dr. Luisa Ikner from WEST Center discusses anti-viral chemicals that can be applied and remain effective against SARS-CoV-2 for days instead of hours. Dr. Ikner speaks with Tim Swindle, director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, in this 5 minute interview.