Wastewater Testing

Wastewater Testing

Some are purporting that sewage surveillance is the secret weapon to keeping college campuses open. This session will unpack what wastewater water testing is, what it detects, how it works, and what it can tell us. Plus, what is happening regarding sewage surveillance on the Notre Dame campus will be highlighted.

Preview for Week 6

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

Professor Heidi Beidinger-Burnett gives a preview of this week’s session. 

Detecting SARS-CoV-2

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describes the basics of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) used to detect SARS-CoV-2. 

Engineers and scientists study wastewater, focus short-term forecasts in response to pandemic

Presented by Jessica Sieff, ND Media Relations

Read this article describing the epidemiologic research of Dr. Alex Perkins and wastewater-informed epidemiological monitoring research of Dr. Kyle Bibby.

Read the article.

Tracking COVID-19 Data

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

This presentation will track the COVID-19 data in St. Joseph County, IN, while describing the public health implications.

View the Event

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

Watch the recording from Monday, November 9, at 6 p.m. ET below of a live discussion with Professors Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell below.  Register to receive information about how to join future live events.

The guest speaker is Kyle Bibby, Associate Professor and Wanzek Collegiate Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences.

As an engineer, Bibby studies microbiology relevant to water quality and public health protection. Specific research foci include the detection and fate of human pathogenic viruses in the environment, the microbiome of the built environment, and the microbial ecology of fossil-fuel impacted environments, such as produced water from hydraulic fracturing.

Additional Resources

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

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