Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bioremediation of Fracking water with Dr. Larry Wackett

Dr. Larry Wackett

Dr. Larry Wackett gave a talk on bioremediation of shale Fracking water at our University of Minnesota staff retreat.  He uses bacteria encased in a filter media to breakdown a wide variety of chemicals into carbon dioxide and water.  He is looking for a partner to scale it up for on site application.

The U of MN news service also provided a feature article on Cleaning up water from Fracking 

Summary of Dr. Larry Wackett's Talk 

Turning wine into water with Doc Hendley

CNN reports on a former bartender, Doc Hendley's efforts to turn wine into water.  He takes money earned through tips and wine tasting events  and his website and uses it to buy and install filters for water in war ravaged or disaster plagued countries such as Syria and the Philippines.  He also personally travels to the areas at considerable risk to personal safety.

Wine to Water

Doc Hendley's TED Talk

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mold Remediation Course April 22 - 23, 2014- cancelled - U of M Minneapolis, MN

The U of MN School of Public Health is offering a 16 hour Mold Remediation course starting on April 22, 2014. - Cancelled

The course is a good refresher for public health specialists, hospital facilities managers, property managers, mold remediation specialists, building inspectors and indoor air quality professionals.  Students will learn how to conduct an inspection for mold in a building and  how to respond to a water event.  Hands on training includes sampling techniques for mold identification, use of  thermal imaging and moisture meters.  Individuals will also have the opportunity to suit up and construct a containment barrier.

Click on the highlighted text for more information on the mold remediation training.  Cost for the two day workshop is $400.  Class size is limited to less than 14 people.

Example of training provided at the workshop on contact agar and tease tape sampling.