ACS Northeast Wisconsin Local Section Meeting

Created by Michael Garvey on Oct 20, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Lawrence University, Thomas Steitz Hall of Science Room 102

Starts at 7:00 PM · Ends at 9:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

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6:00 pm - Presentation by Dr. Kevin Crawford, UW Oshkosh


UW Oshkosh Sustainability and Environment Focus, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAHs) Pollution Source Identification in Wisconsin Rivers


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) has positioned itself as a leader in sustainability in higher education in Wisconsin. Sustainability is a focus of the general education curriculum (known as the University Studies Program), is an integral part of the strategic plan, and over 80 faculty and staff self-identified as practitioners by asking to be listed on the Sustainability Institute's website ( Majors and minors are available in Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering Technology, and Sustainable Management along with many courses directly related to sustainability offered by other departments. The first part of this talk will focus on environment-related services and research on the UW Oshkosh campus. The second part of the talk will discuss polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in Wisconsin streams. These compounds are products of combustion and can be found in oils and coal tar among many other sources. Some are carcinogenic, and the 1977 Priority Pollutant list created by the EPA contains 16 PAH compounds. Once PAH compounds are quantified in a sample, a number of methods exist for identifying the likely source(s) of the contamination. Two studies of PAH sediment contamination and source identification in Wisconsin rivers will be discussed.

Dr. Crawford is a Professor of Chemistry at UW Oshkosh, starting there in 2007 after 9 years at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He helped form and now serves as the Director of the Sustainability Institute for Regional transformations at UW Oshkosh. His research program includes studying the contamination of stormwater pond and river sediments, including risk analysis for humans and wildlife and modeling based on land use. In addition to environmental research he has worked to characterize oak-derived wine flavors and capsaicin in hot peppers.


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Lawrence University, Thomas Steitz Hall of Science Room 102