Group Updates and Media Coverage
Congratulations, Dr. Duan and Dr. Stiegler!
Yanghua Duan and Angela Stiegler both wrapped up their dissertations this month! Yanghua’s work focused on electrochemical advanced oxidation processes for decentralized treatment applications, and Angela studied a subsurface flow wetland for post-secondary effluent remediation. Yanghua is staying on with the Sedlak lab as a postdoctoral researcher, while Angela is heading back to Marlyand to start a postdoctoral position with group alumnus Dr. Carsten Prasse. To celebrate their achievements, the lab took a more-than-moderately-intensive hike at Stinson Beach.
KQED Forum – Desalination
September 29, 2021
David joins host Alexis Madrigal and guest Daniel Ellis, senior scientist at California State Water Resources Control Board, to discuss the current status and future of desalination practices in the California Bay Area. Listen to the full conversation at the link below.
International Water Association – Digital World Water Congress 2021
May 24, 2021
David delivers the opening keynote speech at the IWA’s Digital World Water Congress. Watch his speech along with the entire opening ceremony at the link below.
Dr. Jessica Ray selected as one of C&EN’s “Talented 12”
September 4, 2020
Congratulations to former postdoctoral researcher Dr. Jess Ray for being selected for the 2020 “Talented 12” cohort by Chemical and Engineering News! C&EN’s annual issue recognizes 12 early career scientists for their innovative use of chemistry to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Jess was selected from n outstanding pool of nominees for her interdisciplinary use of “surface chemistry, materials science, and biogeochemistry to engineer more effective ways to treat water.”
Sedlak group attends ACS virtually
August 17, 2020
Although the Fall 2020 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society was not hosted in San Francisco as planned, the Sedlak group still showed up in strong numbers to the virtual conference. Whether they were preparing for their live presentations from their home office like Angela Perantoni, or enjoying switching between multiple sessions without getting up from their chairs, the team found that the virtual format proved to have its perks.
Congratulations, Dr. Cecchetti!
July 13, 2020
Aidan Cechetti virtually filed his completed dissertation and celebrated by taking a quick trip to Gualala Point Regional Park to soak up the sun. Aidan has since started an engineering position with the California State Water Resources Control Board.
Congratulations, Dr. Scholes!
May 25, 2020
Rachel Scholes filed her signed dissertation virtually with the Graduate Division, officially graduating from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Rachel will remain in the Bay Area for the nest year while she continues her work with USDA as a postdoctoral researcher.
People Behind the Science Podcast
March 3, 2020
Listen to Ep. 543: “Dr. David Sedlak: Working to Purify and Preserve Our World’s Water Supply”, where David chats with Dr. Marie McNeely about a range of topics, from his childhood experiences at Oyster Bay, NY that sparked his passion for environmental science, to his punishing cloud droplet sampling campaigns in the high hills of Northern England.
Congratulations, Dr. Marron!
February 27, 2020
Emily Marron was accompanied by members of the group to file her signed dissertation with the Graduate Division. She received the customary Berkeley PhD send-off, a See’s lollipop, for all her efforts and took the opportunity to pose for a photo. Emily has headed down to Palo Alto to begin a postdoctoral position at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
“Telling the Story of Water” – Water World Magazine
August 16, 2019
David discusses his book “Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource” and his plans to continue telling the story of water’s evolution.
“From Toilet to Tap: What Cities Need to Overcome to Make That Happen” – Wall Street Journal
May 17, 2019
Sasha Harris-Lovett and David Sedlak write about the future of urban water reuse and the hurdle of overcoming the “yuck factor” associated with using recycled sewage.
“How Development of America’s Water Infrastructure Has Lurched Through History” – PEW Trend Magazine
March 3, 2019
David discusses the development of water infrastructure through the history of the US and why the remains of what we are left with will not cut it in a future of rapid climate change and inadequate pollution regulation.
Brave Blue World Podcast
February 7, 2019
David sets the scene of the world’s current water revolution as the first guest of the Brave Blue World Podcast.
“The solution to cities’ water problems has been hiding in rural areas this whole time” – Quartz
November 14, 2018
David discusses the advantages of “off-the-grid” water systems that are more commonly used in rural communities, and how they could be adopted in urban and suburban areas to overcome some of our urban water infrastructure challenges.