Water@Wayne

Water@Wayne Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 schedule for Water@Wayne can be found below. This year, we will be hosting these virtually from 2:30-3:30 on the date listed. Registration is required. Please register here for the seminars.

For past Water@Wayne talks, please visit our Archive page: https://huw.wayne.edu/events-archivedwater


October 28, 2021

Environmental Research and Contaminant Analyses at the Lumigen Instrument Center

Dr. Judy Westrick, Director, Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University

The Lumigen Instrument Center (LIC) is a Wayne State University, Major Instrument Facility Core with expertise in the areas of freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), per- and polyfluoroalky substances (PFAS), volatile organic contaminants (VOCs), agriculture contaminants, endocrine disrupting chemical (EDCs), pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), trace metals and elemental contaminants, and micro plastics.  Dr. Westrick and the LIC staff have designed, performed, and assisted collaborators with monitoring, mitigation, technology advancement and evaluation, and human, animal, and cell toxicological studies. The goal of this seminar is to showcase the LIC's environmental research and analyses. Dr. Westrick will present three studies: 1) Western Basin of Lake Erie HAB GRAB (monitoring and mitigation, NOAA MERHAB GRANT); 2) Synthesis and testing of VOC absorbents (technology advancement and evaluation, CLEAR Funding); and 3) A historical perspective on PFAS contamination using sediment cores from two Michigan Lakes, (historical monitoring, Health Urban Waters). Finally, Dr. Westrick will highlight several other environmental analyses that are currently being offered and review the processes to become an LIC user.


November 11, 2021

Flooding in Detroit: the whats, wheres and whos and how water threatens public health in the D

Dr. Peter Larson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Environment and Health Program, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of rainfall around the world. Urban flooding is becoming an ever common and severe threat to cities like Detroit, which suffers from a perfect storm of low elevation, insufficient water infrastructure, aging housing and policy indifference due to decades of racial exclusion and economic declines. But not flooding in Detroit happens during extreme weather events, and not all Detroiters live at the same level of risk for water in the home. In this talk, we will discuss the current situation of home flooding in Detroit, where it happens and who is happens to. We will also discuss how flooding in Detroit severely threatens the health and well being of Detroiters in the form of childhood and adult asthma and how flood risk in Detroit might impact mortality from other types of disease threats.