The Verschuren Centre Presents: Integrated Environmental Research Seminar

The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment is hosting The Integrated Environmental Research Seminar. The seminar will focus on trans-disciplinary topics and integrative practices and technologies including new materials for cost-effective medical and environmental application, water treatment, ecosystem restoration, solar and wind power, fuel cells and energy storage. Through the seminar, we will be looking at how science intersects other aspects of our everyday lives. Therefore, the aim of this seminar is to encourage lively discussion between speakers and audience members. Science is not just a field of study, it’s a way of thinking about the world around us – trying to explain and understand our experiences and checking whether those explanations stand up to testing. It means not accepting what we are told because it came from an authority figure, but evaluating it for ourselves.

8:30 – 9:00 Dr. Yaohuan Gao “Anaerobic methane oxidation on carbon electrode surfaces in a microbial electrochemical cell.”

9:00 – 9:30 Dr. Collins Nganou “Correcting the disparity between experimental and modeling of DNA structure.”

9:30 – 10:00 Rod Beresford “The oyster’s our world – closing two halves of the shell.”

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Poster presentations: Dr. Kevin McKague, Jill McPherson, and Elizabeth MacCormick

10:30 – 11:00 Dr. Murugan Ramasamy “Numerical Model for flow and contaminant migration assessment at Summit Waste Rock Pile.”

11:00 – 11:30 Dr. Chris Power “Geochemical Monitoring of Remedial Performance at Former Mining Sites in the Sydney Coalfield: A Study of the Reclaimed Scotchtown Summit Waste Rock Pile.”

11:30 – 12:00 Fred Baechler “Managing Cape Breton’s groundwater resource: What we can learn from others.”

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Pizza, Soft drinks, Refresh &Tea/Coffee/Water) & Special presentation VCSEE “Sustainable Site Remediation Course – the Cape Breton experience and niche of expertise.”

1:00 -1:30 Dr. Deanne Van Rooyen “New perspectives on tectonic evolution of the Core Zone and its bounding orogens.”

1:30 – 2:00 Dr. Beth Mason, Aishwarya Mohan and Subin Rajendran “Bio-waste streams from processing industries: Sources of potential health formulations.”

2:00 – 2:30 Brittany MacDonald “Molecular Disruption through Acid Injection into Waste Activated Sludge: Feasibility Study to Improve the Economics of Sludge De-watering.”

2:30 – 3:00 Dr. Martin Mkandawire “Making fertilizer additives from iron-oxide extracts of mine water treatment sludge – A commercialisation prospect.”