The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The Millennium Cafe

Heather Gall and Andrew Rowland (Penn State)

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00am - February 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Where: 3rd Floor Commons at The Millennium Science Complex

Understanding Emerging Contaminants in the Environment:  From Fear to Empowerment”

Heather Gall  |  Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Many of the products we use in our everyday lives contain chemicals that, while deemed safe for human use, are known to disrupt the endocrine systems of aquatic species such as fish and amphibians.  As these chemicals are increasingly found in drinking water sources, there is a pressing need to understand both environmental and human health impacts.  Our research group seeks to understand the sources of these chemicals, their transport through the environment, and the effectiveness of water treatment technologies to remove them from wastewater and drinking water.  In an effort to engage the general public on this topic of emerging concern, we developed an “Emerging Contaminants Footprint Tool” to help empower people to reduce their footprint by making informed choices that can improve water quality for humans and aquatic ecosystems.


Artificial Mineralization Vesicles:  A New Platform for Biomimetic Mineral Synthesis”

Andrew Rowland  |  Keating Group


Nature creates beautifully crafted functional inorganic structures to supplement biological functions, from structural support to enhanced optics.  These tissues known as biominerals have garnered the attention of biologists and materials scientists alike, the latter aiming to emulate similar properties into their own synthetic materials.  To that end, we have developed a novel artificial mineralization vesicle capable of directed synthesis of organic-inorganic composite materials.     


The Millennium Café is held every Tuesday @ 10:00 in the 3rd floor Café Commons of the Millennium Science Complex.  Stop by for freshly brewed science & coffee.