People in the news - Week of May 8, 2020

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Donald Rodbell, David Gillikin and Kurt Hollocher, professors of geology, are co-authors (with James Molloy '17 of Nelson Engineering) of a paper, “Citizen Science Campaign Reveals Widespread Fallout of Contaminated Dust from Mining Activities in the Central Peruvian Andes,” in Geology, the journal of the Geological Society of America. The paper reported on elevated surface soil concentrations of lead, arsenic, copper, zinc and silver in the Junín Plain of central Peru. The NSF-funded study, which employed teams of local citizens to collect soil and plant samples, found that a portion of the metal contamination is held in the grasses that feed the local livestock, thereby entering the human food supply. Read the paper here.

Andrew Burkett, associate professor of English, served as reviews co-editor of the recently released annual edition of the Keats-Shelley Journal. See the publication here.

Colleen Connelly, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a $11,216 research grant from The Bender Scientific Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region for her project, "A Fluoresence-Based Approach to Investigate Structurally Dynamic Precursor MicroRNAs."

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