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International conference organized by CEE

The Fifth Quadrennial International Water Association (IWA) Specialty Conference on Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering (MEWE) was hosted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan from July 7-10, 2013. | Short Read
EnlargeProfessor Nancy Love
IMAGE:  Professor Nancy Love

CEE faculty member Dr. Nancy Love chaired the twenty year anniversary of this conference, which was held at The Rackham Graduate School Auditorium and the Michigan League. Other participants from CEE included Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, who was a member of the program committee and one of five keynote speakers at the meeting. Six CEE graduate students: Tara Clancy, Adam Smith, Lauren Stadler, Jeseth Delgado-Vela, Antone Jain and Fei Xunchang, served as graduate student assistants to the program committee. The program committee was rounded out by consultant, Jennifer Huntington, with assistance from U-M Conference Services.

Approximately 175 conference attendees, including Dr. Glen Daigger who is the current President of IWA, gathered for three days to discuss, share and learn about state-of-the-art research and applications of microbial ecology to: nitrogen transformations during water and wastewater treatment; activated sludge systems; drinking water systems; phosphorus removal and recovery; biofilm systems; anaerobic systems; emerging and trace contaminants; natural environments; and molecular and microbial methods.

Professor Nancy Love
The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read