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 Soil hydrology drives ecological niche differentiation in a native prairie microbiome

Soil hydrology drives ecological niche differentiation in a native prairie microbiome

James S Griffin, Loren A Haug, Vivien A Rivera, Liliana M Hernandez Gonzalez, John J Kelly, William M Miller, George F Wells, Aaron I Packman

*Editor’s Choice article for Issue 96-1 of FEMS Microbiology Ecology*

Energy conversion via metal nanolayers

Energy conversion via metal nanolayers

Mavis D. Boamah, Emilie H. Lozier, Jeongmin Kim, Paul E. Ohno, Catherine E. Walker, Thomas F. Miller III, and Franz M. Geiger

A systematic review of the human health and social well-being outcomes of green infrastructure

A systematic review of the human health and social well-being outcomes of green infrastructure for stormwater and flood management

Vidya Venkataramanan, Aaron I. Packman, Daniel R. Peters, Denise Lopez,
David J. McCuskey, Robert I. McDonald, William M. Miller, Sera L. Young

Viral composition and context in metagenomes from biofilm and suspended growth municipal wastewater treatment plants

Viral composition and context in metagenomes from biofilm and suspended growth municipal wastewater treatment plants

Morgan L. Petrovich, Sarah Ben Maamar, Erica M. Hartmann, Brian T. Murphy, Rachel S. Poretsky, George F. Wells

Rapid removal of organic micropollutants from water by a porous β-cyclodextrin polymer

Rapid removal of organic micropollutants from water by a porous β-cyclodextrin polymer

Alaaeddin Alsbaiee, Brian J. Smith, Leilei Xiao, Yuhan Ling, Damian E. Helbling, and William R. Dichtel

β-Cyclodextrin Polymer Network Sequesters Perfluorooctanoic Acid at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations

β-Cyclodextrin Polymer Network Sequesters Perfluorooctanoic Acid at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations

Leilei Xiao, Yuhan Ling, Alaaeddin Alsbaiee, Chenjun Li, Damian E. Helbling, and William R. Dichtel

Research News

Soil Compositional Changes Influence Microbiology

SOIL COMPOSITIONAL CHANGES INFLUENCE MICROBIOLOGY

Collaborative study selected as Editor’s Choice for FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Simple test could prevent fluoride-related disease

Simple test could prevent fluoride-related disease

The method uses synthetic biology to detect dangerous levels of fluoride in drinking water. Northwestern University synthetic biologists developed a simple, inexpensive new test that can detect dangerous levels of fluoride in drinking water.

Northwestern Postdoctoral Researcher Developing Sustainable Large River Management Tools for the World

Northwestern Postdoctoral Researcher Developing Sustainable Large River Management Tools for the World

Colin Phillips, a postdoctoral fellow in Northwestern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a 2018 recipient of the NatureNet Fellowship from The Nature Conservancy, is developing models that could serve as management tools for river networks around the world.

Northwestern University Researchers Offer Innovative Solutions for Chicago's Growing Climate Challenge

Northwestern University Researchers Offer Innovative Solutions for Chicago's Growing Climate Challenge

Recently Northwestern’s Climate Change Research Group leader Daniel Horton and Irene Crisologo presented SAVEUR’s climate action plan to Evanston area residents. An audience of more than 75 people learned about their plan and why it’s critically urgent.

Depth Exhibit premieres at the Michigan Science Center

Depth Exhibit premieres at the Michigan Science Center

This exhibit showcases vignettes (stories, images, video) of the everyday realities of water insecurity and its consequences from Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, and Ghana, from the perspectives of children, women, and young adults.

From Materials to Market

From materials to market

The entrepreneurs behind NanoGraf Corporation reveal how they built an international company around a Northwestern battery technology

Argonne-led Center Receives Award for Pivotal Discovery in Battery Technology

Argonne-led Center Receives Award for Pivotal Discovery in Battery Technology

Northwestern’s partnership with Center for Electrochemical Energy Science at Argonne National Laboratory wins Ten at Ten award from Department of Energy

Researchers produce electricity by flowing water over extremely thin layers of metal

Researchers produce electricity by flowing water over extremely thin layers of metal

These films represent an entirely new way of generating electricity and could be used to develop new forms of sustainable power production.

Predicting the Flow of Microplastics Through Waterways

Predicting the Flow of Microplastics Through Waterways

Taking a multidisciplinary approach to plastics, the program focuses on three intersecting research areas: materials and product innovation; air, land and water ecosystem dynamics; and public health impacts. Packman’s research centers primarily around plastics in water ecosystems.

SAVEUR

Systems Approaches for Vulnerable Evaluation and Urban Resilience (SAVEUR)

SAVEUR will combine natural science, social science, data science and engineering to not only more accurately predict weather events such as heat waves, air quality and flooding, but also assess vulnerabilities within neighborhoods and cities and propose sustainable, adaptive infrastructure changes.

Projects

Sage Project

Sage

Led by investigators at the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering, researchers are designing a smart new way to monitor our surroundings, from natural ecosystems to urban infrastructure. Funded by the National Science Foundation

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SAVEUR Factsheet

SAVEUR Project Factsheet

The SAVEUR Project combines natural science, social science, data science and engineering to more accurately predict the impacts of weather events such as heat waves, air quality and flooding in Chicago. Funded by the National Science Foundation

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Indian Boundary Prairies

Indian Boundary Prairies

Technology Revolutionizes Stormwater Study at Indian Boundary Prairies

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HWISE – RCN

HWISE – RCN

Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN). Funded by the National Science Foundation

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Vidya NatureNet Project

People, Stormwater Flooding, and the Impacts of Climate Change in Chicago

Postdoctoral fellow Vidya Venkataramanan receives NatureNet Grant to conduct research on urban flooding and community perceptions of green spaces. NatureNet Science Fellows Program

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