April 10: Disease control in reused wastewater

PULLMAN, Wash. – A warming world climate is expected to increase the need for successful recycling of wastewater for human use and irrigation. Controlling disease-causing viruses in this water will be discussed at 4:10 p.m. Monday, April 10, in PACCAR 202 at Washington State University.

Thanh (Helen) Nguyen, associate professor of environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will talk about her research into inactivating rotavirus, the most common virus causing diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration globally.

Nguyen’s research group has published on topics related to the human health impacts of water reuse, food safety and pathogens in drinking water distribution systems. She has led interdisciplinary projects funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture.