>Congratulations to Chetan for successfully defending his Ph.D. and graduating!
>Congratulations to Laurent for successfully passing his pre-lims!
>Purdue team led by Dr. Chaubey was recently awarded a $1.6 million dollar Department of Energy grant to conduct research on biofuel crops. See the press release here.
>The Ecohydrology Group would like to congratulate Andrew Furrow! Andrew has been working with the Ecohydrology Group all summer as part of the Purdue SURF program. HIs project was entitled, "Evaluation and Trend Analysis of Ecosystem Services in Wildcat Creek Watershed." He presented his poster at the SURF Symposium on August 3rd. See photo of Andrew & his grad mentor Becca at the SURF Symposium here.
>Congratulations to LiChi! She successfully defend her PhD research last week, and is now Dr. LiChi Chiang! Her thesis defense announcement can be seen here.
>Many members of the Ecohydrology Group attended the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineer's Annual International Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on June 19-June 23, 2010. Their names and presentation titles are listed below!
- Acushla: "Web-Based Decision Support Tool to Forecast Nutrient Losses from Agricultural Watersheds" (A. Antony, B. Engel, I. Chaubey)
- Lindsay: "Evaluation of Watershed Mangaement Outcomes Using Empirical Models and Comparison to Project Implementation Goals" (L. Birt, J. Frankenberger, I. Chaubey, & B. Engel)
- LiChi (presented by Dr. Chaubey): "Hindcasting of Sediment and Nutrient Losses from a Dynamic Land Use Watershed" (L. Chiang, I. Chaubey)
- Rebecca: "Development of a Methodology to Quantify Ecosystem Services Using Landscape Models" (R. Logsdon, C. Raj, C. Maringanti, I. Chaubey, & B. Gramig)
- Mark: "Environmental Effects of Harvesting Agricultural Residues for Second-Generation Biofuels" (M.A. Thomas, B.A. Engel, I. Chaubey)
- Elizabeth: "Impact of Optimized Model Outputs on Stakeholder Decisions about Agricultural BMPs" (E. Trybula, J. Frankenberger, I. Chaubey, M. Arabi, M. Ahmadi, C. Maringanti)
>Congratulations go out to Margaret! She married her fiance Andy on June 19!
>Congratulations to Chetan & Claire who got married on June 5th!
>The Ecohydrology Group would like to welcome Andrew Furrow!. Andrew will be working with the Ecohydrology Group this summer as part of the Purdue SURF program.
>The Ecohydrology Group is pleased to announce that Lindsay was part of an interdisciplenary team of graduate students that received the 2010-2011 EPA-People, Planet, and Prosperity Phase I $10,000 grant for their proposal to 'Promote and Adopt Low Impact Development in Local Communities'. The team will collaborate with the undergraduate EPICS class to educate local residents about Low Impact Development (LID) Best Mangaement Practices (BMPs) and to provide rain barrels to the residents that have been identified to live in a critical subwatershed in West Lafayette, IN, to be determined using Geographic Information System analyses. Team members include Lindsay Birt (ABE), Yan Chen (ABE), Heather Gall (CIVIL), Magda Galloza (CIVIL), Amelie Davis (Post Doc at Furman University) and Dr. Bernie Engel (Advisor).
>Congratulations go to Margaret who sucessfully defended and passed her M.S. thesis on Monday, May 24. Great job Margaret! The news release for Margaret's defense can be found here.
>The Ecohydrology Group would also like to announce that Lindsay was part of an interdisciplinary team that received the EPA-P3 Honorable Mention award (2009-2010) for their research on the 'Reduction of Water Consumption and Pollution in the Corn Masa Production Process'. The students were testing the quality of masa, an important food in Latin America, after having incorporated recycled water from its production process. The team was comprised of Kyle Probst, Lindsay Birt, Jayne Piepenburg, Majdi Abou-Najm and Dr. Martin Okos.
>The Ecohydrology group is pleased to announce that Elizabeth has recived two travel grants to support her research: The Russel O. Blosser Environmental Travel Grant ($1,500) and the D. Wood Thomas International Travel Grant ($1,000).
>Congratulations to Chetan and Becca. They each received the Fredick N. Andrews Environmental Travel Grant to support them in presenting their research at conferences ($1,500 each).
>The Purdue Ecohydrology Research Group is pleased to anounce that Laurent has been selected by the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) for the 2010 East Asian and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Program for Korea. Laurent will spend 8 weeks at Kangwon National University working with a professor and his students in the Dept. of Ag. Engineering.
>Congratulations to Mark who recently had a paper entitled "Biofuels and Water Quality: Challenges and Opportunities for Simulation Modeling" accepted to the Future Science Group: Biofuels journal.
>Becca was recentley elected as the Secretary of the Purdue Graduate Student Government for the 2010-2011 school year! See this story in the Purdue school newspaper, The Exponent.
>Congratulations to Margaret! She was recently awarded an Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!
>Congratulations to Becca! She was chosen as a new member of the 2010 Women in Engineering Graduate Mentor Program Leadership Team at Purdue.
>Conratulations to Laurent for receiving a $10,000 grant to help with a project he is working on to build a large diameter community well at Agrippa Todji in Togo (West Africa). The grant was recieved through the Hydrologists Helping Others (H2O) Project at Purdue which encourages the invovlement of Purdue students in water related projects in distressed areas. Laurent and three ABE undergraduates will travel to Togo this summer to visit the site.
>Congratulations to Chetan who was recently given the "Distinguised Professional Contribution" award for his poster that was presented at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association's 42nd Annual Meeting February 6-9, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. The title of his poster was "Selection and Placement of Best Management Practices Used to Reduce Total Phosphorus Runoff in the Lincoln Lake Watershed in Northwest Arkansas."
>Congratulations to Chetan! A paper Chetan recently helped co-author was published in Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy. The title of the paper is, "Best management practices for corporate, academic and governmental transfer of sustainable technologies to developing countries."
>Laurent recently returned from the 3rd Annual International Conference on Current & Future State of Water Resources and Environment at IIT Madras in Chennai, India that was held January 5-7, 2010 (http://content.asce.org/conferences/india2010/index.html). His presentation was titled, "Nutrient Attenuation Under Natural Conditions in Tile-Fed Agricultural Drainage Ditches." Laurent also participated in a faculty-student forum while in attendance. This photo of Laurent was taken at the conference.
>The American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE) published an article highlighting the results of some of Dr. Chaubey's work with Dr. Bernard Engel (ABE) entitled, "Study Shows More Corn for Biofuels Would Hurt Water" in their member's publication, Resource