Barton Wins Chateaubriand Fellowship

July 25, 2011

Environmental engineering graduate student Lauren Barton has won a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Office for Science and Technology in the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. Lauren will be working at CEREGE--the Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement--at the University of Aix-Marseille with international collaborator Jean-Yves Bottero, the director of CEREGE. The focus of her doctoral research is comprehensive risk forecasting of emerging contaminants specifically nanomaterials. She is working on developing a comprehensive model to predict the exposure of nanomaterials that are transported through wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The model will incorporate the key processes in WWT as well as fate and transport through land application of biosolids. The objective will be to design a comprehensive exposure assessment of nanomaterials in the environment that can be combined with toxicological data to produce and understanding of the risk associated with the materials. While in France, Lauren intends to work specifically on improving my model and decreasing the inherent uncertainty through laboratory experimentation to more accurately determine various model parameters. Chateaubriand Fellowship recipients receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance. Her adviser in Professor Mark Wiesner.