PUZZLED BY DRINKING WATER-ASSOCIATED PATHOGENS: WE NEED A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THEIR RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT, AND COMMUNICATION?
Wednesday, March 30 @ Noon EDT
This presentation will summarize the key conclusions from our recent perspective paper (PMID: 34999316) which states that to protect public health from Drinking Water-Associated Pathogens, we must take a more holistic approach in all aspects of the field (e.g., basic research, monitoring methods, risk-based mitigation techniques, and policy). Specifically, we will discuss the need to target multiple microorganisms simultaneously and involve experts across several disciplines. We will end by explaining our vision for protecting drinking water customers from multiple microbial threats requires proactive cooperation and the consideration of the entire system from source to tap.
Sarah Haig, PhD
Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Sarah Haig is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Haig received her PhD in Civil Engineering and MSci. in Microbiology from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After concluding her Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment fellowship and a Dow Sustainability postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan she joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in September 2018. Overall, Dr. Haig’s research combines environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry, and public health with a focus on assessing and reducing health risks from pathogens transmitted from the built environment, with an emphasis on drinking water systems.
Kerry Hamilton, PhD
Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment with a joint appointment in the Biodesign Institute Center for Environmental Health Engineering, Arizona State University
Dr. Kerry Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment with a joint appointment in the Biodesign Institute Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University. She received her doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University and Master’s of Health Science (MHS) degree in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene from Johns Hopkins University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Australia and Public Health Fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Her research focuses on assessing and reducing health risks from pathogens transmitted by environmental exposures.
Caitlin Proctor, PhD
Assistant Professor, joint appointment in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University
Dr. Caitlin Proctor is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University with a joint appointment in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and Environmental & Ecological Engineering. She received a PhD in Life Sciences from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. Her research investigates several aspects of drinking water safety and plumbing, including biofilm, microbial ecology, and disaster response.VIEW RECORDING
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