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Worldwide, there is growing interest in using wastewater-based epidemiology to track the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent reports reveal that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, viral particles can be measured in wastewater and there are ongoing efforts to correlate these measurements with infection data. This approach is of interest because it can assess temporal and geospatial variabilities that may not be captured due to limited testing capacity. We will present the results of a partnership between Howard University and AlexRenew to monitor wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 from May 2020 - December 2020.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
WHERE: Online webinar. Use the link above to register by midnight the day before. Login information will be provided via email to registrants.
COST: $5 per person (members and nonmembers)
Attendees will receive (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH).
This event is brought to you by the Reston Branch of the National Capital Section of ASCE. Be sure to check out our LinkedIn page here.
About the Presenters
Jeseth Delgado Vela is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Howard University. Her research applies tools in molecular biology to develop sustainable and cost-efficient urban water treatment. She is interested in understanding microbial community interactions to improve the urban water cycle. She received her PhD and master's degree the University of Michigan. She received her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.
Allison Deines is the Director of Strategy and Policy at Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) in Alexandria, Virginia. In this role, she leads AlexRenew's research initiatives, works to educate decision-makers on issues of importance to the water sector and ensures that AlexRenew is well-prepared to respond to changes in local, state, or federal policies. Prior to AlexRenew, Allison spent seven years as the Director of Special Projects at the Water Research Foundation, working with water sector leaders to develop and fund projects to address critical water-sector research needs. She has a Master's in Public Administration and Policy from American University and a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science for The George Washington University. In her free time, Allison likes to go on hikes with her husband, Raffaele and two children, Alex and Stella.