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MSU Researcher, Dr. Joan Rose Honored in Vienna, Austria


Axia Institute Sponsored Research Honored 

Michigan State University (MSU) Researcher Dr. Joan Rose recently received recognition from the International Water Association (IWA) for completing research commissioned by the Axia Institute related to the Global Water Pathogen Project, or GWPP.

The GWPP was undertaken by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Michigan State University. The project is titled Building a Knowledge Value Chain to Support Global Water Safety.

Clean drinking water is a necessity, and the overall objective of this research is to develop a knowledge supply chain for safe water using advanced information technology. Specifically, this project aims at developing a knowledge resource to reduce mortality linked to water pathogens and the lack of safe drinking water and basic sanitation through creating the state-of-the-art knowledge hub on water-related disease risks and intervention measures, including new and emerging pathogens and updated scientific data replacing the current benchmark reference work of Feachem et al.

Project goals include:

  • Providing an updated review of the efficacy of sanitation technologies
  • Updating the key global resource for sanitation and safe drinking water (Feachem et al., 1983)
  • Interfacing with UNESCO’s goal for production and dissemination of new edition of Sanitation and Disease: Health Aspects of Excreta and Wastewater Management (Feachem et al., 1983)

Project accomplishments were recognized on September 19, 2019, during a special event of the 20th IWA’s Health Related Water Microbiology Conference in Vienna, where Dr. Rose launched a new edition of a classic textbook on wastewater microbiology and treatment. The new edition of R.G. Feachem’s “Sanitation and Disease: Health Aspects of Excreta and Wastewater Management,” comprises information from over 276 contributors, including approximately 160 authors and editors.

Access to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services is critical to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving Sustainable Development Goal #6. Notably, Dr. Rose and her fellow researchers were congratulated for their efforts in this important area at the Vienna celebration.

Joan Rose and GWPP authors and editors Honored at Water Microbiology Conference        Courtesy of HRWM-Vienna/Zsolt Marton

Joan Rose Honored at Water Microbiology Conference                                                    Courtesy of HRWM-Vienna/Zsolt Marton

Joan Rose and Katherine Franz of the Axia Institute at Water Microbiology Conference        Courtesy of HRWM-Vienna/Zsolt Marton