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September 2018

Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to new research, these additives may amplify the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip that bacteria – like those responsible for Legionnaires’ disease – have on pipe interiors.    READ MORE


Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a model to clarify what parts of the world may benefit most from re-circulation of human-waste-derived nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus from cities and back into farm fields. They report their findings in the journal Nature Sustainability. READ MORE


In a new study, researchers reveal techniques – inspired by the study of information theory – to track how changes in precipitation alter interactions between the atmosphere, vegetation and soil at two National Science Foundation Critical Zone Observatory sites in the western United States. READ MORE


Professor Wen-Tso Liu has been awarded an ISME-IWA Bio Cluster Award Grand Prize. The prize rewards interdisciplinary research of outstanding merit at the interface of microbial ecology and water/wastewater treatment. Liu’s research focuses on the water microbiome, specifically the ecological roles of microbes in different water systems. READ MORE


Assistant Professor Ashlynn Stillwell, who has been on the University of Illinois faculty since 2013, has been selected to receive the 2018 Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. READ MORE


CEE at Illinois is hosting a special reception for CEE alumni who will be returning to campus during Homecoming Week (October 7 - 13). Please join us for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music and conversation with fellow CEE at Illinois alumni on Friday, October 12, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Yeh Center, 2nd floor. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. READ MORE


WeGoCEE (September 14-15)
CEE Tailgate (September 21)
CEE Fall Job Fair (September 26-27)
CEE Homecoming Week Reception (October 12)
Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference (October 17-18)
Railraod Environmental Conference (October 23-24)
CEE Graduation Reception (December 22)