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Water Quality Expert Edwards Talks About Science and Flint, Mich.

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Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards, one of the major players in the Flint water situation, spoke to students, staff and faculty at Michigan State University. Edwards is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.

Professor Marc Edwards

Professor Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech University

His talk, entitled “How Jonathan Baldwin Turner Saved Flint, Mich.: Public-Inspired Science and the Modern Land-Grant University,” delved into the story behind the Flint, Mich., water contamination crisis, explaining how science that was focused on the public good triumphed in exposing the tragedy. Watch the video now on the WKAR.org website.

As an expert in the chemistry and toxicity of urban water supplies in the United States, Edwards has made significant advances in many areas, including arsenic removal, coagulation of natural organic material, and the causes and control of copper and lead corrosion in new and aging distribution systems.

In his presentation, Edwards contended that today’s scientists can learn about serving the public good by understanding Jonathan Baldwin Turner’s story. Turner, who is credited by many as the originator of the concept of the land grant university and its mission of public service, fought against slavery and the Christian doctrine of determinism in the nineteenth century.

For information on how MSU is working with the city of Flint, visit http://mispartanimpact.msu.edu/stories/flint/index.html.

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