Emerging Contaminants

When a group of hazardous chemicals were detected in Narragansett Bay by Graduate School of Oceanography professor Rainer Lohmann and graduate student Victoria Sacks, the local media took notice. Lohmann was interviewed on Channel 12 and WPRO radio, and news stories appeared in the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, EcoRI, WBRU and elsewhere. The URI news release on the project can be found here.

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GSO Grad Student Wins Award

GSO graduate student Victoria Paris Sacks was awarded 1st place by the Montgomery-Watson-Harza Consulting Engineers/Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors for her Master's Thesis "Validation of Polyethylene Passive Samplers for the Detection of Emerging Contaminants" in the Master's Thesis category.  Her research, advised by Dr. Rainer Lohmann, focused on using a novel, low-tech method of measuring waterborne contaminants from personal care products, pharmaceutical, and industrial processes not previously known as pollutants (e.g. polybrominated diphenylethers, nonylphenols, and triclosan).  

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