HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Carnegie Mellon scientists reveal ways of studying, resolving PCB contamination in US rivers

PHILADELPHIAThe distribution and movement of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in the environment has threatened scarce water supplies, ecosystems, tourism and the world's fragile fishing industry. In the three decades since PCB production and use were banned, sediments of many lakes and waterways continue to provide a source of these deadly toxins to the water and ultimately to fish and people.

Now, in a series of integrated studies, a multidisciplinary team of biologists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University has discovered key aspects of processes that govern PCB fate in sediment and developed methods to monitor, measure, track and contain these synthetic compounds. These scientific sleuths are deploying everything from DNA fingerprinting to a fine mesh of carbon particles to augment the traditional sand caps that trap dangerous PCBs in sediments.

Organized by Carnegie Mellon faculty, the American Chemical Society (ACS) symposium, "PCBs in Freshwater and Marine Sediments: Transport, Transformation and Treatment," will feature five presentations on Carnegie Mellon findings from work in PCB-contaminated rivers, including the Hudson and Grasse Rivers in upstate New York and the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

Much of the research is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Interdisciplinary Science Program (ENVR 12, 203, 37, 38). The capping research (ENVR 68) is supported by a U.S. E.P.A.-Funded Hazardous Substance Research Center at Louisiana State University and supplemented by Alcoa.

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 22, and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, August 23, at the 228th annual ACS meeting in Philadelphia (Loews, Commonwealth B) and will also include presentations on PCB research by 22 different institutions from across the United States.

The following findings will be presented:
Please see individual embargo days and times.

ENVR 12. Micro
'"/>

Contact: Lauren Ward
wardle@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-7761
Carnegie Mellon University
23-Aug-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Carnegie Mellon researcher tests tools for protecting Anacostia River ecosystem from PCBs
2. PCB breakdown in rivers depends on sediment-specific bacteria, find Carnegie Mellon U. scientists
3. Carnegie Mellon researchers to demonstrate autonomous robotthat will seek life in Atacama Desert
4. Carnegie Mellon University hosts ACS-PRF summer school on green chemistry
5. Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist develops tool to image brain function at the cellular level
6. Carnegie Mellon U. imaging study reveals sex-based differences that persist as mice enter adulthood
7. Carnegie Mellon computational biologist Russell Schwartz receives prestigious CAREER award
8. Carnegie Mellon U biologists identify critical player in yeast ribosome assembly
9. Carnegie Mellon U. develops microgel to recover enzymes for manufacturing, research assays
10. Carnegie Mellon U. conducts first comprehensive proteomic analysis of developing animal
11. Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research at Carnegie Mellon

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... The 19th Annual Bio-IT ... data science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL and announces its updated event ... change, Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping our life science community connected ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... sciences industry, is pleased to announce that Eric Chen and Jessica Wong have ... of Product Management & Strategy, respectively. , Eric Chen heads development efforts for ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... BioFactura, Inc. today announced ... the Joint Science & Technology Office—Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD) of the Department ... scale-up a highly efficient mammalian cell culture-based bioprocess suitable to meet surge requirement ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... August 11, 2020 , ... ... is making available for free its new white paper – Simulated Transport ... testing into today’s biologics licensing application (BLA). In response, Modality Solutions shares ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... ... announced Jim Corrigan, President and CEO has been named one of the 100 ... of industry sectors, PharmaVoice 100 honorees are selected based on how they have ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... G-CON ... of its new tagline, “BUILDING FOR LIFE.” The adoption of this taglines comes ... globe, requiring fast track capacity to provide patients with urgently needed vaccines and ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, ... have entered into a strategic partnership whereby Catalent will provide support for the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: