Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Book Published

A new research monologue has been published co-written by Professor Nick Gray, a member of the Botany Department.  Microbiology of Waterborne Diseases: Microbiological Aspects and Risks is published today by Academic Press, New York (ISBN: 9780124158467).  The book reviews  current knowledge on drinking water pathogens highlighting their microbiology, clinical features, survival in the environment, risk assessment, and their control.  The book is co- written by some the leading researchers in the area: Steve Percival (Honorary Professor of Microbiology at the University of Liverpool and at the University of West Virginia), Marylynn Yates (Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the University of California, Riverside), David Williams (School of Dentistry, at Cardiff University) and Rachel Chalmers (Director of the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health, Wales).  The book is divided into sections covering bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. Other sections detail methods for detecting and identifying waterborne microorganisms, and the ways in which they are removed from water, including chlorine, ozone, and ultraviolet disinfection. Professor Nick Gray has written two of the six key sections dealing with the control of pathogens and the impact of global warming and climate change on waterborne diseases.Steven Percival


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gold medal awarded to plant science student

TCD Gold medal

For the second year in succession a plant science graduate has been awarded a gold medal by the Senate of Trinity College.  Gold medals are awarded for outstanding performance in final examinations and are rarely awarded by College.  We all send our congratulations to Alwynne McGeever for her fantastic achievement. The good news is that she has not left us but  is now working for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Fraser Mitchell on the Quantification of tree population dynamics.