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Building resilient farmlands in the Midwest

Building resilient farmlands in the Midwest
In the Midwest, climate change has battered states with flooding, drought and erosion. Extreme weather events have made for unpredictable crop yields. On top of production challenges, the region faces declining water quality, risks of algae blooms and invasive species. Tank’s research focuses on understanding the impact of agriculture on...

Designing climate-resilient cities in at-risk communities

Designing climate-resilient cities in at-risk communities
In September, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announced it would lead a multi-institutional team to advance urban climate science with the establishment of an Urban Integrated Field Laboratory in Chicago. The DOE will fund the project with $25 million over five years. The Community Research on Climate...

Confronting a moral hazard along America’s coastlines

Confronting a moral hazard along America’s coastlines
Hurricane Ian’s ravaging of Florida’s southwest coast left more than 125 people dead, thousands of homes destroyed and a monumental path to recovery for the storm’s survivors.  Reported losses to private insurers are expected to reach up to $67 billion — and experts say damages to the market could make...

A California-Style Approach Could Save Florida Homes During Hurricanes

A California-Style Approach Could Save Florida Homes During Hurricanes
In an article published by Newsweek, Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Acting Director of the Pulte Institute for Global Development and engineering professor at the University of Notre Dame, shared her team’s findings on how buildings that were up-to-date on building codes weathered Hurricane Ian better than those which were out-of-date.  

Eleven graduate students receive H₂0@ND fellowships to advance interdisciplinary water research

Eleven graduate students receive H₂0@ND fellowships to advance interdisciplinary water research
This summer, the University of Notre Dame faculty group, H2O@ND, launched the ND Graduate Water Fellows Program (GWFP), awarding fellowships to eleven Ph.D. students to help grow interdisciplinary training in water-related research across campus. The Summer 2022 cohort consisted of 2nd year and 3rd year Ph.D.students from diverse departments, including...

Study finds high levels of PFAS in school uniforms

Study finds high levels of PFAS in school uniforms
In a study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, scientists at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, the University of Toronto and the Green Science Policy Institute analyzed a variety of children’s textiles. Fluorine was detected in 65 percent of samples tested.

New paper on wastewater-based epidemiology on Monkeypox published in ES&T

New paper on wastewater-based epidemiology on Monkeypox published in ES&T
In this study lead by Chen and Bibby,  a model-based framework was used to predict the likelihood of detecting Monkeypox in wastewater under various circumstances (e.g., detection limits; wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) flow rates). Authors estimated the distributions of Monkeypox DNA wastewater concentrations based upon prior shedding reports and use...

Removing heavy metals from water with innovative 3D-printed filters

Removing heavy metals from water with innovative 3D-printed filters
Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame have developed a highly effective filter for removing lead and other toxic heavy metals from water. The new filter is sensitive enough to identify and capture one metal ion, even when mixed with a million other molecules, according to William Phillip, the...