Science for Solutions: Emerging Contaminants Series

Posted: March 18, 2015

The College of Agricultural Sciences announces the launch of its latest “Science for Solutions” seminar series: “Science for Solutions: Emerging Contaminants.”
Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wastewater Treatment Plant

Humans use a large variety of chemicals in their everyday activities, including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and personal care products, which become part of the wastewater stream.  Many of these chemicals are classified as “emerging contaminants” due to their recent recognition as potential contaminants in various ecosystems.  

This interdisciplinary seminar series will feature speakers with research expertise in emerging contaminants from across North America.  Method development, assessment, monitoring, fate and transport, impacts on ecosystems and natural resources, and treatment will be explored in nine seminars offered this spring.

Seminars in this series:

Source and Remediation Potential of Perfluoroalkyl Acids, Linda S. Lee, Purdue University
and Assessing Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Biosold-based Fertilizers, Michael Mashtare, Purdue University
March 19, 2015 (1:00pm-2:00pm)
244 Ag Engineering Building

Environmental Hormones: Can they Elicit Changes in Sex Ratios in Fish Populations?
Maria S. Sepulveda, Purdue University
March 20, 2015 (12:20pm-1:10pm)
104 Forest Resources Building

Mitigating the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance: Managing Human Exposure to Antibiotic Resistance Genes Enriched in Food Production Systems
Edward Topp, University of Western Ontario
March 27, 2015 (12:20pm-1:10pm)
106 Forest Resources Building

Reclaimed Water and the Fate of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Clinton Williams, U.S. Department of Agriculture
April 2, 2015 (3:30pm-4:30pm)
217 Forest Resources Building

Endocrine disrupting compounds in agriculturally intensive landscapes: Muddy waters.
Alan Kolok, University of Omaha
April 3, 2015 (12:20pm-1:10pm)
106 Forest Resources Building


Water Quality Monitoring
Scott Yates, U.S. Department of Agriculture
April 16, 2015 (3:30pm-4:30pm)
217 Forest Resources Building

Contaminants of Emerging Concern: New Environmental Challenges
Dana Kolpin, U.S. Geological Survey
April 17, 2015 (11:15pm-12:05pm)
106 Forest Resources Building

Addressing the Challenge of Agricultural Pharmaceuticals and Bioactive Contaminants in Aquatic Systems
Edward P. Kolodziej, University of Washington
April 24, 2015 Time, and location TBD

Water Quality and Treatment
David Cwiertny, University of Iowa
April 30, 2015 (3:30pm-4:30pm)
217 Forest Resources Building

All seminars will be broadcast as live webinars by the Agriculture and Environment Center. To join by webinar, visit

All available webinar recordings can be found under Past AEC Webinars, arranged by series.

Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agriculture and Environment Center.