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News and Events

COVID Research Study

Drs. Mladenov, Verbyla, and Sant have been funded by the San Diego River Conservancy and CSU COAST to evaluate the persistence of SARS-coronavirus-2 in natural waters. 

Given that untreated wastewater can be introduced to coastal and riverine environments via sewer exfiltration, SSOs, illegal discharges, and ocean sewage outfalls, there is a need to better understand the persistence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and surface water.

Their study seeks to quantify SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and evaluate its persistence in the aquatic environment through spiking and degradation experiments combined with sample collection from waterways with known wastewater contamination.

Testing the Waters, Finding a Passion

Graduate student Jade Johnson received the prestigious Switzer Fellowship to pursue safe and sustainable water systems, a commitment with an unexpectedly personal connection. Read the full story on SDSU NewsCenter.

New Appointment and Grant News

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Kinoshita for her appointment as the new SDSU Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. As part of the strategic initiative to foster student success, Dr. Kinoshita will support and advance critical undergraduate experiences such as the Student Research Symposium, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, and the Associated Students Undergraduate Research Committee. She will also lead efforts to coordinate and expand a diverse program of undergraduate research and creative activities across the campus.

Dr. Kinoshita also was recently awarded a grant by the DOI Bureau of Land Management for her project "Improving post-wildfire peak streamflow predictions for small watersheds and communities."

Volunteer Position with AGU

AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) team is seeking scientists to join an innovative community science effort focused on citizen science, watershed education and restoration of Chollas Creek.

They are looking for a scientist to work with Kristen Hurst (GrounWork-San Diego) to help determine what kinds of data should be collected to document and analyze the health of the Chollas stream ecosystem. The scientist will work with the community to develop easy-to-understand and use protocols for data collection and data sharing that can be used widely by upper-elementary students and their parents. Your expertise with sustainable water resource solutions is a good match for this project.

The scientist must be available to meet the community leaders to discuss the work and tour parts of the neighborhood.  All work is volunteer/pro-bono and usually entails 2-3 hours of work per week, on average. Read the full description of the project.

What’s Actually In the Tijuana River? SDSU Grad Students Want to Know

Dr. Kari Sant and graduate student, Alexandra Fox, were interviewed on NBC San Diego about their study of the water in the Tijuana River Estuary.

Watch the video/Read the story

Learn more about some of our projects in action.

Imagine a Day Without Water

Most Americans take water for granted. They turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. They flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away. Most Americans hardly think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to their homes, and safely returns water to our environment – but they should. The reality is, our water infrastructure is aging and failing. While most Americans cannot imagine a day without water, there are many communities that have lived, and are living, without water because they don’t have access to safe and reliable water systems. October 10th is Imagine a Day Without Water.

Learn more about this event and how you can make a difference.