Q&A with Morteza Abbaszadegan: Addressing the ‘raw water’ craze

Q&A with Morteza Abbaszadegan: Addressing the ‘raw water’ craze

Silicon Valley: the place that invented the Juicero, PetChatz and countless apps to solve problems you never knew you had. And now comes the idea of drinking water from a puddle. A “raw water” craze — drinking water that is untreated and unfiltered — is afoot in...
Q&A with Tony Lamanna: Rebuilding after a hurricane

Q&A with Tony Lamanna: Rebuilding after a hurricane

Starting small is key to disaster recovery, says expert who lived through Katrina and created a firm to help rebuild New Orleans. When Tony Lamanna bought his home in New Orleans, the civil engineer discovered a hatchet in the attic. The hatchet was stored there to...
Q & A with Kerry Hamilton:  Waterborne disease outbreaks

Q & A with Kerry Hamilton: Waterborne disease outbreaks

Assistant Professor Kerry Hamilton predicts risks from pathogens in water systems to limit exposure and health concerns, such as Legionnaires’ disease. Hamilton aims to help building owners and managers predict water-quality degradation sooner and better maintain...
Q&A with Morteza Abbaszadegan: What lives in floodwater?

Q&A with Morteza Abbaszadegan: What lives in floodwater?

Hurricanes of enormous magnitude have become almost routine. Abbaszadegan, an environmental microbiologist, discusses the composition and safety of floodwaters and what to do after the floodwater recedes. Abbaszadegan is the founding director of the National Science...
Q&A with Taylor Weiss: Biodegradable plastics made from bacteria

Q&A with Taylor Weiss: Biodegradable plastics made from bacteria

The world is awash in discarded plastics. A recent estimate of the amount of plastic in Earth’s environment puts it at 6.3 billion metric tons, some taking up to 400 years to degrade. What can be done to change this situation? ASU Assistant Professor Taylor Weiss says...