Northwestern University, Environmental Engineering
Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation
Fellowship Site: Sacramento Bee
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering and Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University, where I study the fate of nanomaterials (tiny pieces of matter a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair) in the environment. Specifically, I research the chemistry of nano-silver and nano-titanium dioxide, two commonly used nanoparticles, and their toxicity to bacteria in aquatic ecosystems.
Outside of the lab, I am an avid science communicator. I regularly contribute to HELIX Magazine, Northwestern’s online science magazine, writing about topics that I find fascinating like bioluminescent bacteria and argyria, an obscure medical condition that results in blue skin. I also enjoy interviewing civil and environmental engineering researchers for my podcast Inhabiting Earth.
Fellowship publications at Sacramento Bee
6/15/2017 Small earthquakes triggered by winter snow, spring melt in California, study finds
6/21/2017 Why the next space explorers could be autonomous robots
6/23/2017 Flood-prone town protects itself against waters while letting a river roam
6/30/2017 Vinegar can help plants survive drought
7/11/2017 How much does school bullying cost California?
7/12/2017 This glove cost less than $100 to make and can translate the sign language alphabet
7/19/2017 Climate change could mean a much wetter California
7/27/2017 Lake Tahoe’s waters continue to warm, and thousands of trees are dying
7/31/2017 Nearly 2 million California acres were set aside for frogs. But ranchers say decision ignores them
8/01/2017 What’s next after home brewing? More people are trying home winemaking
8/01/2017 What you need to know about the total solar eclipse
8/07/2017 Stress and air pollution - double jeopardy for low-income pregnant women?
8/07/2017 7 things to know about watching the eclipse in Sacramento
8/10/2017 Why you should protect your eyes while watching the eclipse
8/16/2017 New genetic evidence could have major implications in the fight to save spring-run Chinook
8/17/2017 This colorful frog’s survival is at risk in California’s streams. Here’s how the state could save it
8/18/2017 A 14-foot-tall arthritis patient receives treatment at the Sacramento Zoo
8/20/2017 What’s the buzz? Research could help bumblebees as well as California farms
8/22/2017 Genetic screening to speed up search for resilient pines in Tahoe forests