New Cecil Day Family Center for International Groundwater Innovation Announced by Mercer University

G³⁶⁰ collaborator,  Mercer University,  recently announced the establishment of the Cecil Day Family Center for International Groundwater Innovation. The new center, led by Dr. Michael MacCarthy, will accelerate efforts in the Mercer On Mission program and the School of Engineering to provide access to clean water to the world’s most water-poor communities. The Center will focus on three core components – household self-supply, small community water systems and global groundwater innovation. The G³⁶⁰ group is excited to move into a new phase of collaborative research with Dr. MacCarthy and his group and congratulate them on this exciting news!

To learn more about the Cecil Day Family Center for International Groundwater Innovation read the full press release here.

Dr. Jana Levison Receives the IAH-CNC Early Career Hydrogeologist Award

University of Guelph Associate Professor and G360 Principal Investigator, Dr. Jana Levison, was awarded the IAH-CNC Early Career Hydrogeologist Award announced this week in recognition of her leadership and engagement in the hydrogeological community. Dr. Levison is an active researcher in the areas of agricultural impacts on groundwater quality and quantity, impacts of climate change on hydrological systems, groundwater flow and contaminant transport in fractured geologic media, and source water protection for Indigenous and rural communities. Jana has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate students about hydrogeology and has supervised over 20 students as either primary or co-advisor, to date. In the hydrogeological community, Jana has served on major conference technical committees and as an Associate Editor of the International Association of Hydrogeologists’ Hydrogeology Journal and reviewer for water related grant applications. Jana’s impact on research and contributions to the field of hydrogeology are impressive and she has established research domains with new colleagues in a collegial and highly collaborative manner. Congratulations Jana on this distinguished early career award!
 
To learn more about Dr. Jana Levisons research, please visit her personal website.

Ground Water Canada Features Upcoming Plans for the G³⁶⁰ BAFF

Dr. Beth Parker was recently featured in Ground Water Canada Magazine after being interviewed on her vision for the on-campus Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility (BAFF). Funding was approved earlier this year, and the new, research-focused, educational facility will highlight groundwater and serve as a hub for the public and professionals alike. 

Read the full Q-and-A with Dr. Parker on G³⁶⁰ and the BAFF here: https://www.groundwatercanada.com/q-and-a-with-beth-parker/

CEPS Highlights G³⁶⁰ Groundwater Remediation Research

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) at the University of Guelph recently featured G³⁶⁰ groundwater remediation research headed by Dr. Beth Parker, including team members Dr. Kari Dunfield and Dr. Philip Wanner. The article highlights how new multi-disciplinary methods provide seasonal data that can help protect groundwater using monitored natural attenuation (MNA). With MNA, a range of physical, chemical and biological processes can be used to naturally reduce (attenuate) contaminants, as demonstrated at a historic manufacturing facility in southwestern Ontario.

Read the full article on the CEPS website here and check out the CEPS Twitter feed to add to discussion on this topic.

See the 2019 journal article that inspired this highlight:
Wanner P, Aravena R, Fernandes J, BenIsrael M, Haack EA, Tsao DT, Dunfield KE, Parker BL. Assessing toluene biodegradation under temporally varying redox conditions in a fractured bedrock aquifer using stable isotope methods. Water Res. 2019 Nov 15. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.114986.