New Waves May 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Graduate students receive water research grants

Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded 10 water-related research projects for graduate students from Texas A&M University, Rice University, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas at El Paso.

The students were awarded up to $5,000 to begin, expand or extend water-related research projects. The institute funds the graduate student projects with funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as part of the National Institutes for Water Research annual research program. TWRI will publish articles and reports about the progress of each project. Graduate students funded and their projects are:

  • Thomas Abia (advisor: Dr. Yongheng Huang), Texas A&M University-In Situ Groundwater Arsenic Removal using Iron Oxide Coated Sand;
  • Joy Archuleta-Truesdale (advisor: Dr. George Di Giovanni), University of Texas at El Paso-Sources and Risks of Waterborne Pathogens in the El Paso del Norte Region;
  • Deborah Carr (advisor: Dr. Todd A. Anderson), Texas Tech University- Biotransformation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) at an Effluent Land Application Site;
  • Dex Dean (advisor: Dr. Bradford Wilcox), Texas A&M University-Ecohydrology of Forested Wetlands on the Texas Gulf Coast;
  • Takele Dinka (advisor: Dr. Cristine Morgan), Texas A&M University-Influence of Land Use and Terrain on Surface Hydrology in Shrink-Swell Soils;
  • Adcharee Karnjanapiboonwong (advisor: Dr. Todd A. Anderson), Texas Tech University-Occurrence of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) at an Effluent-dominated Wastewater Application Site: Estrogens, Triclosan and Caffeine;
  • Andrew Leidner (advisors: Dr. M. Edward Rister and Dr. Ronald Lacewell), Texas A&M University-Economic Analysis of Proposed Seawater Desalination Facility in Brownsville, TX;
  • Israel Parker (advisor: Dr. Roel R. Lopez), Texas A&M University-Role of Free-ranging Wildlife in the Deposition of Escherichia coli into a Texas River Floodplain;
  • Aarin Teague (advisor: Dr. Phil Bedient), Rice University-Lake Houston Watershed Water Quality Prediction System;
  • Yujin Wen (advisor: Dr. Joe T. Cothren), Texas A&M University-Regulated Deficit Irrigation Application and Cotton Production in SW Texas.
For more information about the grant program and students' projects, go to the USGS program Web site.

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