On a bustling Thursday night in October, a handful of members of the G360 Institute participated in a science night at a King George Public School in Guelph, ON. The goal of the night was to celebrate science!
Around 15 kids, ranging from grades 1 to 8, and their families came into the classroom to explore minerals, local fossils and carbonates as well as a bench scale aquifer contamination model. Their experience continued with leaking ‘septic tanks’ flowing into lakes, well preserved corals and diverse mineral habits.
We can tell by the looks of awe and wonder on the kids’ faces, that the night was a roaring success.
On Friday the 6th October 2017, graduate students from G360 Institute for Groundwater Research did a 75 min workshop with the grade 12 students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI). The class (~15 students) was a combined Environmental Resource Management course and an Environmental Systems and Societies course. The workshop involved a brief overview presentation on groundwater and some demonstrations with Guelph area rock core and an aquifer tank.
Michael Ben-Israel received 2nd place in the student platform presentation competition (out of about 50 student presenters from around the world) at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference in Montreal last month. Michael is a PhD Student of Dr. Kari Dunfield at University of Guelph School of Environmental Sciences
R. Aravena and B. L. Parker were Co-Principal Investigators and project team students included R. Andrea (under Dr. K. E. Dunfield), J. Fernendes and Philipp Wanner (under B. L. Parker).
Thanks also to Kamini Khosla (lab manager at Dunfield) and the G360 staff (Juliana Camillo, Steve Chapman and intern James Hommerson).
Citation: M. Ben-Israel, J. Fernandes, P. Wanner, E.A. Haack, J.G. Burken, D.T. Tsao, R. Aravena, B.L. Parker, and K.E. Dunfield. Development of a toluene phytoremediation conceptual model in shallow fractured bedrock. Platform presentation at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference, Montreal, Canada (September 2017).
See the presentation here:
On Wednesday August 20th, 2017, graduate students from the G360 Institute for Groundwater Research participated in the Let’s Talk Science High-School Open House at the University of Guelph. The G360 booth included rock core obtained from the local bedrock aquifer used for the City of Guelph and surrounding communities’ water supplies and a bench-scale hydrogeologic model for visualization of groundwater flow. Over 20 members of the public visited the display and it was very well received.
Come visit us at the NGWA Conference on Fractured Rock and Groundwater in Burlington, Vermont on October 2-3!
Dr. Beth Parker, the Director of G360, and Dr. Jessica Meyer, a G360 PhD Research Associate will be speaking on the following topics related to High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock:
Quantifying Matrix Diffusion and Redox Effects on Hexavalent Chromium Plume Conditions in a Fractured Mudstone Beth L. Parker, Ph.D.
Comparing Rock Matrix Contaminant Profiles Downgradient of a DNAPL Source after 10 Years of Groundwater Dissolution Jessica Meyer, Ph.D.