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Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Team Tackles Water Quality
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interdisciplinary Network of Graduate Students group engages with research and local communities
Duke Engineering CEE PhD students Lucas Rocha Melogno, Stewart Farling, Siddharth Kawadiya, Billy Gerhard, and Brandon Hunter, and ECE PhD student James Thostenson were the recipients of a Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) grant in 2018-2019. Their Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interdisciplinary Network of Graduate Students (WaSHINGS) group hosted a seminar series featuring researchers in public policy, economics, and engineering from Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The group also developed and conducted a well water sampling program in a local Durham neighborhood, testing samples for fecal indicator microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance, and identifying pollution sources through microbial source tracking. The results will be shared with the community, and a scientific manuscript will be drafted by December 2019.