USC News

Menu Saturday, January 25, 2020 64° Clear


Juan Pablo de los Rios Rio Grande pollution
Juan Pablo de los Rios is a chemistry graduate student in Professor Megan Fieser's lab, which is focused on tackling the plastics polluting our oceans. (USC Photo/Mike Glier)

Polluted river sparks first-gen student’s dreams of environmental change

Juan Pablo de los Rios grew up on both the Mexican and American sides of the Rio Grande, which became a dumping ground for toxic waste. As a chemistry grad student at USC Dornsife, he hopes to one day clean that river and others like it.

antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled wastewater
As water shortages continue to increase, researchers are searching for ways to improve wastewater recycling. (Photo/Daria Shevtsova, Pexels)

Antibiotic-resistant genes are well removed by purification used to recycle wastewater but final quality is influenced by environmental factors

A team led by USC Viterbi’s Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers for storage and reuse blends with antibiotic-resistant bacteria already found in the aquifer.

Marlink underwater communications
Maria Camasmie, Siena Applebaum, Roxanna Pakkar, Celeste Goodwin and Sofia Tavella, from left, started a company called Marlink which is developing underwater wireless communication technology. (Photo/Tracy + David Stills and Motion)

USC Viterbi startup wants to expand underwater exploration through wireless communication

A team of USC Viterbi undergraduates will bring their underwater wireless communication technology to the finals of a global student competition.

kilauea algae
Scientists initially noticed that ocean water around the volcano was turning green by looking at NASA‘s satellite photos of the eruption. The green color turned out to be chlorophyll from the algae bloom. (Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

1 billion tons of lava spark algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean

Not only did the Kīlauea volcano pour tons upon tons of lava into the ocean last year, but its eruption set off an unusual effect: an algae super bloom. USC Dornsife researchers found out why.

New committee to advise on federal environmental policy
In response to the number of regulatory modifications under consideration at the EPA, the newly created External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will offer recommendations related to federal environmental policy. (Photo/iStock)

USC economist named to new independent committee focused on U.S. environmental policy

Antonio Bento, professor of public policy and economics at the USC Price School of Public Policy, was named an inaugural member of the executive committee of the new research entity.