MSU WKAR Presents: How Jonathan Baldwin Turner Saved Flint, Michigan

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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Public-Inspired Science and the Modern Land-Grant University

Thu, 02/25/2016

Marc Edwards 2016 photo

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"How Jonathan Baldwin Turner Saved Flint, Mich.:

Public-Inspired Science and the Modern Land-Grant University"


Thurs., Feb. 25, from 2-4 pm 
Studio A, WKAR (MAP)

Marc Edwards

The Charles P. Lunsford Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia

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 Complimentary, but seating is limited; students welcome.
You must arrive before 1:45pm in order to be seated

Parking available in College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Ramp #5 

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Marc Edwards, a civil engineer who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007, is an expert in the chemistry and toxicity of urban water supplies in the United States. He has made significant advancements in a broad array of areas, including arsenic removal, coagulation of natural organic material, and the causes and control of copper and lead corrosion in new and aging distribution systems.

Edwards’ is nationally and internationally known for his identification and analysis of lead contamination in the Washington, D.C. area’s local water supply. In this research, he discovered that the addition of chloramine disinfectant (a new and widely used replacement for chlorine) in tap water actually increased the incidence of lead leaching in residential and commercial aqueducts, in many cases above acceptable EPA limits.

Now expanding his focus to other cities such as Flint, Mich., he is defining new and more effective ways to test local water and predict the risk of chemical contamination in urban infrastructure. 

- excerpted from MacArthur Fellows Program (Photo Courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation)

Edwards' CV on The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

- more about Marc Edwards here in the Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2016

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