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2009 News

New Insight Into Cholera

Cholera

"Cholera, an acute diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, has reemerged as a global killer. Outbreaks typically occur once a year in Africa and Latin America. But in Bangladesh the epidemics occur twice a year -- in the spring and again in the fall.

"Now, researchers from Tufts University, led by Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Shafiqul Islam, have proposed a link between cholera and fluctuating water levels in the region's three principal rivers -- the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna..."

Shaky Footing

Shaky Footing

"Many of Boston's buildings are on shaky ground—literally. That's because many of the city's neighborhoods were created out of fill, culminating in the creation of Back Bay by 1890. To keep the buildings from sinking, wooden pilings were driven deep into mud to support them. Those original wooden pilings still survive, but must be covered by groundwater to keep from rotting..."

WSSS Director Rich Vogel is developing a computer model to help the Boston Groundwater Trust, a city agency, understand and manage this problem.



An RV on a Mission

An RV on a Mission

"Jeff Trull is behind the wheel of a massive camper with green curtains and beige carpeting and $140,000 worth of scientific equipment inside. It’s a laboratory on wheels. Each week, he and another Tufts University graduate student, whom he calls his “co-pilot,” drive this RV up and down the streets of Somerville collecting pollution data..."

Jeff Trull and Allison St. Vincent, current WSSS students, were featured on WBUR for their work as part of an air pollution research project that's taking place in this giant RV, which can be seen parked behind Anderson Hall and cruising the streets of Somerville.

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From ScienceDaily, November 4, 2009

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From Tufts Journal, October 21, 2009

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From WBUR Morning Edition, October 19, 2009

 

The New Oil

This past July, the Boston Globe Magazine published an interview with WSSS Faculty Advisor Shafiqul Islam, a professor in the School of Engineering. He talked about the increasing importance that water is playing in social and political issues around the globe.

"We're recognizing that science alone will not solve water problems. But policy operating in a vacuum will not solve the problems either. You need a combination of the two, and we would like to educate our students to understand both..."

Tracking the Bugs

"A group of hospitalized children in Africa has given public health researchers new clues about the transmission of a microscopic parasite that can kill people with weakened immune systems."

"Now, some pathogenic detective work by Siobhan Mor, V09, the second student to complete a Ph.D. at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, has uncovered a new portal for infection: the parasite can be inhaled..."

 

Good Works

In April of 2009, 13 Tufts students received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service in recognition of their service and leadership at Tufts. One of the recipients was WSSS student Ashley Colpaart, who is interested in community dietetics and nutrition policy.

"I try to help people realize that community concerns are never out of their control, and that we do have the power to change through policy, advocacy and active living."

Congratulations, Ashley!

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Visit aquapedia.tufts.edu>>

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WSSS Alumna and current Tufts professor Siobhan Mor was profiled in the Tufts Journal, May 20, 2009

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From Tufts E-News, May 7, 2009

 
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