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University of Massachusetts Amherst and ADVENTUS Recognize Future Environmental Science Leaders
Date:11/10/2009

ed superb thought leadership and presentation skills. Selecting the winning themes was extremely difficult, although the industry will surely be hearing more from these students in years ahead,” said John Valkenburg of Adventus. “As our company continues to develop the next generation of remediation biotechnologies, it is our privilege to showcase the important role partnerships with the academic community and private sector organizations can play. A new feature called the Winner’s Circle has been added to our website, so the wider industry can enjoy an archived copy of their presentations”. The online link is available at http://www.adventusgroup.com/library/studentawards.shtml

This year’s contest winners were:
Ms. Pamela Schultz Birak, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for her presentation on ”Rheological Characteristics of Manufactured Gas Plant Tars and Implications for Remediation”.

Ms. Kayleigh Dunnett, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, for her presentation on “Biodegradation of Tert-butyl Alcohol (TBA) using Biological Granular Activated Carbon (Bio-GAC)”.

Ms. Laura Nicklaus, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, Bradley University, for her presentation on “Magnesium Corrosion and Stabilization/Solidification Effectiveness Using the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure”.

The evaluation factors used to rate the presentations included: Topic Selection/Innovation, Research and Analysis Techniques Utilized, Presentation/Poster Organization and Structure, Quality of Presentation Materials and Communication of Presentation/Poster Content. Each presentation was ranked using a mathematical scale. Scores were tabulated by the Committee, with awards provided to three students possessing the highest to
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