Pollutant Research

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded nearly $1.6 million in research funding to University of Georgia’s Jack Huang to research cost-effective treatments to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water, wastewater and biosolids to ensure safe water for drinking and agricultural application in rural areas. Huang, an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Crop and Soil Sciences on the UGA Griffin campus, is one of only three researchers whose teams received funding from the EPA.According to a press release from the EPA, the grants — provided to UGA, Indiana University and Purdue University — aim to further develop the agency’s implementation of the PFAS Action Plan, the most comprehensive cross-agency plan ever to address an emerging chemical of concern. PFAS are defined as emerging man-made chemicals that were discovered to be toxic in the last 20 years, although they have been around for much longer. PFAS are formed from compounds used in carpet and fabric treatment, firefighting, fire retardant and Teflon cookware, among other sources. The chemicals are designed to be robust and not break down easily. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans.Huang’s team consists of investigators from the Georgia Institute of Technology, UGA and UGA Cooperative Extension. The project will consist of collecting water samples from across the nation; conducting experiments to evaluate and improve the efficiency of a state-of-the-art treatment process; developing treatment trains appropriate for treating different water qualities in rural settings; performing pilot studies to validate the treatments; and engaging communities through Extension to communicate research results.“I have a very talented team to work with,” said Huang. “I am very lucky and honored to have this project be chosen by the EPA.”This project impacts Georgia as well as states nationwide, which is why the team will be testing water from different areas of the country. Once the investigators have their results, they plan to work with extension agencies in other states to share their findings.“We will work with other states through extension. I think this is a very important component of the project and I feel it is one of our strengths. Our team has different areas of expertise that work well together,” Huang added.Huang noted that while other places — including Canada, Europe and Australia —  have already established regulations on the use of chemicals that create PFAS, the U.S. wants to make sure the correct technology is in place to handle the regulations before requiring them.Many industries have voluntarily begun to phase out the use of the chemicals, but it is the long life of these chemicals that creates problems in the environment, especially when it comes to farming. If a farming practice is using contaminated water, it could act as a pathway for PFAS to enter the food chain.In addition to water, Huang and his team will be studying the effects of treatment on biosolids, as they are created through wastewater and water treatment and could contain PFAS. If the biosolids contain PFAS and are applied to fields as fertilizer, they could further impact the environment.The team’s proposal for the project acknowledges an “urgent need for effective and economic treatment methods based on scientifically sound understanding of the occurrence, fate and transport of PFAS from water/wastewater and biosolids/residual in rural areas.” Of the three projects approved for funding from the EPA, this project is the only one to look at treatment of PFAS. The three-year grant will support research conducted at UGA’s Griffin and Athens campuses and the Georgia Institute of Technology.For more information on the work being performed in Huang’s lab, visit site.caes.uga.edu/huanglab. To learn more about PFAS, visit epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas.last_img read more

USC cancer research named major advance

first_imgOn Monday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology on Monday named a USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center study among the top 17 major advances this year.The research first appeared in the May 15 issue of Cancer Cell, a peer-reviewed journal, and looked into identifying specific genes that must be turned off for cancer cells to survive.USC Norris Director Peter Jones, the study’s principal investigator, is known for his studies on cancer at the molecular level and the basic interactions of DNA’s role in cancer. Co-authors include Keck postdoctoral researchers Daniel De Carvalho, Shikhar Sharma, Jueng Soo You, Sheng-Fang Su, Phillippa Taberlay, Theresa Kelly, Xiaojing Yang and Gangning Liang.“The goal of the research was to discover what makes a cancer cell a cancer cell,” Jones said.Because cancer cells come from bodies made of healthy cells, researchers look at what changes to make them become cancerous.Jones’ study looked at certain genes, which are segments of DNA, that prevent cancer cells from dying normally after they undergo a common biochemical process called DNA methylation. Cancer cells show abnormal DNA methylation, and the research suggests that the methylation process is linked to the production of tumors.“The cancer cell is the automobile, and the driver is the significant gene,” Jones said. “There are countless passengers but only a few drivers. Our aim is to find the few significant drivers, the gene that changes the cancer cell.”The “passengers” are the genes that are not related to making the cell cancerous. The “driver” genes are the focus of the research as they are suspected to be the genes that trigger normal cells to turn into cancer cells.In the long run, this process could potentially lead to more targeted cancer treatments that would cause cancer cells to die more easily.Jones said he was proud to have his study featured.“It was an honor to be selected, as many advances have been made in [the Journal of Clinical Oncology],” Jones said. “Cancer Cell is the top journal, a high impact journal, so it was a real honor for the research to be recognized.”last_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Friday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug. 12. Crimes against a personAT 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, a student was jogging outside the USC area and reported that she was approached by a suspect who punched her without provocation near the intersection of Flower Street and 18th Street.AT 2:40 p.m. on Aug. 5, a suspect approached a non-USC woman and snatched her cell phone out of her hand near 30th Street and Vermont Avenue. The woman chased the suspect to his car and attempted to take her phone back from him. She reached into the car as the suspect was fleeing in the vehicle and fell to the ground. She reported injuries to her elbow and arm. The suspect fled the scene.AT 5:03 p.m. on Aug. 5, a former USC student reported that a suspect not affiliated with the University had been harassing her and other women near the School of Cinematic Arts.at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 6, a non-USC male was approached in Hazard Park by two suspects who demanded his wallet while repeatedly punching him in the face. The male refused to give the suspects his wallet and the suspects fled on foot.at 7:59 p.m. on Aug. 6, a suspect slapped an employee at CVS Pharmacy after the employee accused them of shoplifting. The suspect was arrested.at 1:41 p.m. on Aug. 10, a suspect approached a student in a vehicle, exited the car and grabbed a female student’s buttocks near 30th Street and Orchard Street. He fled the scene in a vehicle.At 5:19 a.m. on Aug. 11, a suspect approached a female student from behind at the intersection of 29th Street and Ellendale Place and slapped her buttocks before fleeing the scene.Crimes against propertyAT 12:56 a.m. on Aug. 6, a student was arrested after jumping on another student’s vehicle and causing the roof to cave in near 30th Street and McClintock Avenue.at 2:54 a.m. on Aug. 12, a suspect was taken into custody after attempting to steal a student’s purse at 30th Street and Figueroa Street.at 8:00 p.m. on Aug. 10, a student reported a laptop, wallet and several pieces of jewelry stolen at the Lorenzo Apartments.at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 9, a pair of boots were stolen from the University Park Campus Public Safety Office.AT 9:32 a.m. on Aug. 9, electrical tools and university keys were stolen at the University Parking Center.AT 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 9, a speaker was reported stolen at the Outpatient Surgery Center.Miscellaneous incidentsAT 11:41 a.m. on Aug. 5, a staff member got stuck in an elevator in Healthcare Center 1. The Los Angeles Fire Department had to be called to the scene to free the staff member.at 4:46 p.m. on Aug. 5, a Healthcare Center 1 staff member received a phone call from a suspect who called in for a prescription for medication. A doctor on scene told the staff member that the prescription was not valid.AT 2:05 p.m. on Aug. 6, two staff members were involved in a verbal dispute near the Physical Education Building.at 5:06 a.m. on Aug. 7, a non-USC male was standing near the corner of Adams Boulevard and Menlo Avenue  and reported hearing multiple shots from a paintball gun coming from a passing vehicle. No one was hurt, and there was no evidence found of any paintball gun shots being fired.at 2:12 p.m. on Aug. 10, a female not affiliated with USC received medical attention at a local hospital for injuries sustained from falling and hitting her face on the ground.at 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 10, a student reported a hit-and-run incident after she says her car was hit in Parking Structure C.at 9:10 a.m. on Aug. 11, AAA was called and responded to an incident where a student accidentally locked her keys inside her vehicle with her infant child. The vehicle was opened without further incident.at 9:13 p.m. on Aug. 11, a student in Lincoln Park was examined after suffering negative effects from medication. He was later released.at 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 11, a security guard stationed near the intersection of 37th Street and Catalina Street by a suspect who asked if he could take the guard’s radio. The guard declined, and the suspect rode away on a bike.at 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 11, a student driving a USC vehicle was involved in a collision with another car at Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall. The non-USC male involved in the accident was examined on scene for neck pain.AT 7:19 p.m. on Aug. 9, a student reported that management at The Lorenzo Apartments had removed his property from his apartment while he was on vacation.last_img read more

Aaron set to savor 40th anniversary of 715th homer

first_imgIn this April 8, 1974 file photo, Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron eyes the flight of the ball after hitting his 715th career homer in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Harry Harrris, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron was more relieved than jubilant after he broke Babe Ruth’s home-run record on April 8, 1974.The 40-year anniversary of his 715th homer provides a different perspective.Aaron’s record-breaking homer will be celebrated on Tuesday night before the Atlanta Braves’ home opener against the New York Mets.Hate mail and threats made it impossible for him to savor the chase of Ruth’s revered record, but on Monday he said he’ll enjoy the anniversary because such old friends as former teammate Dusty Baker will return for the pregame ceremony.“I guess that’s just about what it’s all about, really,” Aaron said in a telephone interview. “That’s it. The moment itself has passed. The home run was hit and whatever else. It’s just enjoying some moments with friends.”Aaron, 80, said he has a greater appreciation for fans who still celebrate his career.“It does. It means an awful lot to me,” Aaron said.“I’m not one to go around bragging about certain things. I played the game because I loved the game. … I am quite thrilled that people say that he, whatever he did, should be appreciated. That makes me feel good.”Aaron said he is pleased with his recovery from partial left hip-replacement surgery in February. He hurt his hip when he slipped on ice and said he’s still in rehab, but can walk.“I think I am doing just about as well as I can be,” Aaron said. “I tell everybody it’s an 80-year-old leg and it’s just going to take time before it gets well. I told my wife I promised I was not out there doing an ice dance or anything like that.”The Braves will wear an Aaron 40th anniversary patch on their uniform sleeves this season. An outfield sign at Turner Field also will mark the anniversary.Baker had the best seat in old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium — the on-deck circle — as Aaron launched the landmark homer against the Dodgers’ Al Downing. For Baker, it was like watching an older brother or even a father figure make history.“People ask me, ‘What was the highlight of your career?’ That was it,” Baker told The Associated Press.Baker said Aaron watched over him and another young outfielder, Ralph Garr.“Hank told my mom he would take care of me like I was his son,” Baker said. “He would make us eat breakfast.“He was our defender. If you were wrong, he would tell you. If you had a legitimate beef, he would back you. Ralph and I were with him every day. Half of what I got about taking care of players came from how Hank took care of us.”Aaron finished his career with 755 homers, a mark topped by Barry Bonds’ 762. Bonds’ career was tarnished by steroids allegations.Aaron was efficient as he put the record chase behind him at the start of the 1974 season. He tied Ruth’s record with his first swing of the season at Cincinnati, against Jack Billingham. Four days later, he set the record with his first swing of the year at home.Before hitting the homer into the Braves’ bullpen beyond the left-field wall, Aaron told Baker what was about to happen.“That I can remember like it was yesterday,” Baker said. “It was a cold, cold night in April. Hank told me, ‘I’m going to get this over with now.’ He knew every pitch that was coming. He had total recall of pitch sequences. He was as smart as they came.”Aaron confirmed Baker’s tale on Monday: “I think that was right. I think I made that remark and made it to Dusty maybe three or four times. I just felt within myself that eventually before the night was over I was going to hit a home run.”The homer was a defining moment for such young kids as Terry Pendleton, who was 13 and dreaming of playing in the major leagues.Like other fans across the country, Pendleton rushed to his TV to watch every at-bat as NBC broke into its normal prime-time programming to follow the home-run chase.“I still feel so fortunate to have seen it on TV,” said Pendleton, the Braves’ first-base coach and the NL MVP with Atlanta in 1991. “What a thrill and it meant so much to black kids like me hoping to play baseball. I still am amazed every time I get to talk to Hank. … I don’t think players today understand what he went through and what it all meant to people back then.”For Aaron, the home-run record was not his greatest achievement. He takes the most pride in holding the record with 2,297 RBIs and never having 100 strikeouts in a season.“There was absolutely no time that anybody could say, ‘well he hit a lot of home runs but he struck out a lot of times,’” Aaron said. “That was not to be. That was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, to go to the plate and strike out once or twice and not be able to make contact.”Aaron joked he long ago learned he no longer can swing a bat or throw a ball very far. But he said he’ll cherish the memories with friends during the anniversary celebration.“I’m going to enjoy myself as much as I can,” he said.___AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco and AP freelance writer Guy Curtright in Kissimmee, Fla., contributed to this report.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University will Serve as the Custodial Institution for Marylhurst…

first_imgFacebook85Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityMarylhurst University, located in Marylhurst, Oregon, announced in May 2018 that it would close by the end of the calendar year. The university chose to partner with Saint Martin’s University to continue its legacy. As part of the agreement, Marylhurst will transfer a $3.14 million endowment to Saint Martin’s, which will generate over $100,000 in scholarships annually to future Saint Martin’s students. Saint Martin’s will serve as the custodial institution for Marylhurst University’s records and transcripts. In addition, Marylhurst alumni will be able to opt-in to communications from Saint Martin’s to connect with fellow alumni and stay up-to-date on important information, special events and future programs. Marylhurst alumni can opt-in through a special page on the Saint Martin’s website.“As a fellow Catholic institution of higher education, Saint Martin’s University is honored to partner with Marylhurst University to serve as a custodial institution and to assist its alumni,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “We look forward to welcoming Marylhurst alumni into our community.”Marylhurst University was in operation for 125 years. In 1859, 12 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary left their home in Quebec to establish an educational community in Portland, Oregon. St. Mary’s Academy opened its doors that same year, expanding to St. Mary’s Academy and College in 1893, and in 1930, the college operations relocated to the current campus nestled between the cities of Lake Oswego and West Linn. In its early days, Marylhurst College provided higher education to young women. In 1974, Marylhurst transitioned to a co-educational college for lifelong learners, one of the first in the nation, serving older students returning to complete degrees. In 1998, Marylhurst became a university, adding master’s degrees and online degree completion programs. With each turn, Marylhurst University provided access to a quality education to those whose opportunities were limited by gender, age, location and other barriers. Marylhurst University has awarded thousands of degrees, with more than 12,000 living alumni today.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 26 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more