February Lunch Talk


February 23, 2021 - February 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Title: CUSew: Monitoring Campus Community Health Down the Drain

Description: The artificial rivers we buried below our urban centers convey much more than our household effluent: these concrete channels carry a census profile of our interconnected communities. As technology and need has advanced, we are turning to our sewers more frequently to understand the health and activity of our built environment and communities. Within this talk, Prof. Cresten Mansfeldt will present on how the University of Colorado – Boulder launched a sewage monitoring campaign on campus to evaluate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2. After translating this raw data into actionable information on a daily basis, the demonstrated power, sensitivity, and utility of monitoring our waste begs the question: what is the future of our flushes?

Speaker: Dr. Cresten Mansfeldt

At the University of Colorado – Boulder, Dr. Cresten Mansfeldt is a faculty member housed in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department in the Environmental Engineering Program. His background resides in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Bioinformatics, and Environmental Chemistry. Dr. Mansfeldt joined CU after having the privilege of working as an FS8 Research Scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in the Department of Environmental Chemistry.

The interaction between humans and microbial processes on multiple scales (industrial, municipal, riverine) captures the majority of Dr. Mansfeldt’s research interests. His most recent projects include modeling the community dynamics involved in wastewater microbial systems, determining the interaction of Eukaryotic microbes with trace organic contaminants in municipal waste, and tracking the influence of the treated wastewater treatment plant effluent on riverine systems. He combines computational simulations, molecular microbiology, reactor design, high-resolution analytics, and environmental monitoring to explore these topics.

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