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Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Pushing the Frontiers of Safe Water Supply: Balancing Pathogen and Disinfection By-Product Control


July 29-30, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Ning Dai & Yukako Komaki

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 1, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 29, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other early-career scientists to present new data, exchange cutting-edge ideas, and form an active research community in a casual setting.

The 2017 GRS technical session will focus on bringing together multidisciplinary research to address the balance of microbial and chemical safety of water. The topics will include, but are not limited to, mechanistic exploration of disinfection mechanisms and byproduct formation pathways, new analytical capabilities, high throughput toxicity evaluation, and assessment of public health outcomes. Such an holistic approach is critical for meeting the emerging challenges in wastewater recycling, desalination, and treatment of other alternative water sources. The 2017 GRS will also feature a mentoring session with panelists from the industry, academia, and utilities from the U.S. and abroad.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 29, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Energy Choices and Climate Change Alter Source Waters: What Does This Mean for DBPs?
Discussion Leader: Erica Marti (Southern Nevada Water Authority, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmJeanne Vanbriesen (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
"Energy Choices and Climate Change Alter Source Waters: What Does This Mean for DBPs?"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMulti-Dimensional Toolbox for Assessing Chemical and Biological Safety of Water
Discussion Leaders: Amy Cuthbertson (University of South Carolina, USA) and Carsten Prasse (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmLindsay Jmaiff (University of Alberta, Canada)
"A Taste of Global Media Attention on Sweetened Swimming Pools"
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmWan-Ning Lee (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Factors Affecting Formation of DBPs in Produce Washing by Chlorine Sanitizer"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmHannah Liberatore (University of South Carolina, USA)
"Identification and Comparative Mammalian Cell Cytotoxicity of New Iodo-Phenolic Disinfection By-Products in Chloraminated Oil and Gas Treated Wastewater"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmKuo-Pei Tsai (Clemson University, USA)
"Dynamic Changes of Disinfection Byproduct Precursors Following Exposures of Microcystis aeruginosa to Wildfire Ash Solutions"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmShengkun Dong (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Genotoxicity and N-Acetylcysteine Thiol Reactivity of Wastewater with Elevated Bromide and Iodide for Reuse After Chlorination, Chloramination, or Ozonation Disinfection"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmSamson Gabre (Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ethiopia)
"The Profile of Non-Tuberculosis mycobacterium (NTM) and Indicator Organisms from Biofilm in Drinking Water Distribution System"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmQiang Zeng (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
"Maternal Exposure to Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products and DNA Methylation in Cord Blood"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amRethinking Engineering Strategies for Safe Water Supply
Discussion Leaders: Li Ling (Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China) and Yun Yu (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amYi-Hsueh Chuang (Stanford University, USA)
"Comparison of UV/Free Chlorine, UV/Monochloramine, and UV/Hydrogen Peroxide Advanced Oxidation Processes for Contaminant Degradation Under Scenarios Relevant to Potable Reuse"
9:10 am - 9:15 amDiscussion
9:15 am - 9:25 amShannon Roback (Orange County Water District, USA)
"Validation and Use of a Novel Extraction-Free Method for NDMA Analysis to Determine the Influence of Reverse Osmosis Membrane Age on Rejection of NDMA and NDMA Precursors"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:40 amHuong Pham (University of Arkansas, USA)
"Postulating an Additional N-Nitrosodimethylamine Formation Pathway Relevant to Chloramination Disinfection"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amKun Huang (Purdue University, USA)
"Role of Tertiary Amines in Enhancing Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids Formation During Chlorination of Aromatic Compounds and a Natural Organic Matter Extract"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amJaedon Shin (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea)
"Reactions of Iodide and Hypoiodous Acid with Ferrate(VI): Kinetics, Mechanisms, and Implications for the Fate of Iodine During Water Treatment with Ferrate(VI)"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amMikayla Armstrong (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
"Bromide and Iodide Concentration-Dependent Disinfection Byproduct Formation in High Quality Source Water Produces Novel Results Regarding Iodinated Trihalomethanes"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amKatrin Doederer (The University of Queensland, Australia)
"Understanding DBP Formation in Complex Simulated Distribution Systems upon Various NOM Removal Strategies"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Building a Strong Community of Water Professionals to Meet the Challenges of a Complex and Diverse World
Discussion Leader: Xingfang Li (University of Alberta, Canada)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Building a Strong Community of Water Professionals to Meet the Challenges of a Complex and Diverse World"
  • Michael Gonsior (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA)
  • Julie Timberman (Clorox Corporation, USA)
  • Jeanne Vanbriesen (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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