Fall 2005 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, October 28, 2005

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Professor David A. Reckhow

Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Biography: Professor David A. Reckhow has been on the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts since 1985 and is currently Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.  In addition, he has has served as Director of The Environmental Institute since 2002.  Prior to coming to UMass he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Compagnie Générale des Eaux in Paris.  Dr. Reckhow's research interests include chemical oxidation of pollutants in water, coagulation processes, and aquatic organic matter in natural systems and drinking waters.  He has special interests in disinfection byproducts and ozonation processes for drinking water treatment.  Dr. Reckhow has an active research program (currently PI on 8 research grants), and he regularly serves as a consultant to industry and the federal government

TITLE: Chemicals in the Water:
The Struggle to keep America’s Drinking Water Safe

Abstract: The modern history of drinking water in the developed world is a triumphant story of technology and innovation.  While once commonplace, waterborne diseases are now so rare as to make national news whenever an outbreak is identified.  Yet, we continue to be plagued by water quality concerns.  Chlorine, the very disinfectant that has saved us from typhoid and cholera, is now thought to be causing various forms of cancer in the US population.  It might also be responsible for widespread spontaneous abortions and abnormally low birth weights.  Yet, identifying the real risks from public drinking water has proven to be great challenge, eluding the top scientists at the National Institutes of Health.  Instituting fair and equitable controls that insure the US public is protected from unacceptable risk may even be a greater challenge.  In this talk, I will present some of the background on use of chlorination, and formation of disinfection hazardous byproducts in public water supplies.  I will bring in some of the latest research in this area and discuss the USEPA strategy for protecting consumers of public drinking water.
This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

For questions, please contact the INFORMS Student Chapter Representative, Ms. Tina Wakolbinger, wakolbinger@som.umass.edu