Urban Aquaculture for Climate Justice and Local Food Sovereignty is headed by co-principal investigators Nicole Labruto, an assistant research professor in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Anthropology, and Carsten Prasse, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering.
The project will join with the Black Yield Institute — a Black-led think tank and collective action network that addresses food apartheid — to explore the feasibility of community-led urban aquaculture on the shoreline of the Patapsco River’s Middle Branch in south Baltimore.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for Daisy Grace
Congratulations to Daisy Grace, first year PhD student in the Prasse lab, for winning the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Her proposed research will focus on the development of novel approaches for the detection of toxic organic chemicals in (drinking) water.
Carsten was featured in an article about Wastewater Epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins Magazine.
Carsten is part of a diverse community of researchers, designers, activists, and artists, committed to the imagination and development of alternative ecological futures. We work with the conviction that there are designers everywhere, drawing on communal traditions and practical expertise to forge other worlds of possibility.
Carsten was interviewed by comedian Scott Rogowsky on contaminants in the urban water cycle and how they impact environmental and human health as part of a new Comedian Talks with Public Health Expert Series by the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Carsten was featured in an article in the Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine on Wastewater-based Epidemiology (WBE) for detection of SARS-CoV-2 and chemical markers.
Carsten was featured in a story published by Ensia on drinking water contamination across the U.S.
Provost Undergraduate Research Award for Annabel Mungan
Congratulations to our undergraduate Annabel Mungan who was awarded the JHU Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award. She will be working with PhD student Veronica Wallace on the analysis of antiviral and antibiotic drugs in wastewater.
Congratulations to our high school student Nick Pham who was just announced as the Maryland State Winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize! Nick will now participate in the national competition.
Provost Undergraduate Research Award for Melody Multra
Congratulations to our undergraduate Melody Multra who was awarded the JHU Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award. She will be working with PhD student Christopher Brueck on the anaerobic degradation of agrochemicals.
Lab group dinner party
Barclay School 6th Graders Campus Visit
We had a great time with the 6th graders from the Barclay School in Baltimore and talking about environmental pollution and ways of cleaning our water.
Johns Hopkins Provost’s Undergraduate Award for Rafael Ferguson
Our undergraduate student Rafael Ferguson, who is working with Zhuoyue Zhang on the fate of organic UV filters in swimming pools, received the Provost’s Undergraduate Award from Johns Hopkins University (https://research.jhu.edu/hour/internal/pura/). Congratulations Rafa!
The Academic Minute on Water Purification
Carsten was recently featured on The Academic Minute:
Research Highlighted on Johns Hopkins Hub
Our latest paper on the formation of toxic transformation products during water treatment with UV and hydrogen peroxide (Prasse et al. 2018, PNAS) was featured as cover story on the Johns Hopkins Hub. (https://hub.jhu.edu/2018/05/02/water-treatment-generates-harmful-chemicals/)
Wastewater Epidemiology – A New Tool to Assess Public Health of Communities?
Wastewater Epidemiology – China Leading the Way?
Research Highlighted by Nature Reviews Chemistry
Our research on the formation of toxic by-products from reaction of phenols with hydroxyl radicals and UV light was highlighted in a featured Nature Reviews Chemistry article.