G³⁶⁰ Institute engages with grade 12 students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI) – October 2017

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 receives 2nd place in student platform presentation competition at the 14th International Phytotechnologies Conference Slides – September 2017

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:

 

Let’s Talk Science Open House Night

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.

G³⁶⁰ at the 2017 NGWA Conference on Fractured Rock and Groundwater

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.

University of Guelph field team receives June BP Safety Star award for work on the Alice Street Site

We are pleased to announce that three G360 team members were awarded the BP Safety Star in June of this year for their safe practices while performing field work at the Alice Street Site, a site that has been an active G360 research site as part of an NSERC CRD project under Dr. Beth Parker since 2014.

Here is an extract of the award nomination:

​During a Senior Management Observation, it was observed that the three University of Guelph students working on the project did an excellent job in identifying trip and slip hazards at the job site. A packer test was being performed on a well in order to measure vertical temperature changes in the well in order to evaluate groundwater flow in the bedrock. As part of the test, there were coils of wiring and tubing laying on the ground between the well and support trailer. The students placed caution tape around the area and placed several traffic cones on the edges. This was implemented on their own without any coaching or comments from AECOM supervisors. I personally thanked them and recognized them for doing a great job in identifying hazards and making the work area safe.”

Congratulations to Jonathan Munn, Carlos Maldaner, and Jeremy Fernandes.

Photo of the award recipients
From left to right: Jonathan Munn, Carlos Maldaner, and  Jeremy Fernandes receiving the BP Safety Star Award in June 2017