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K-State Today

June 23, 2014



Researchers present at Goldschmidt Conference

By Saugata Datta

Four K-State faculty members recently presented their research at the Goldschmidt Conference, June 8-14, in Sacramento, California.

Pamela Kempton, professor and head of the geology department, and colleagues from the University of London presented "Fate of immobile elements in subduction systems: a Hf isotope study of southern Sardinia."

Natalie Mladenov, associate professor of civil engineering; Harshad Kulkarni, doctoral student in civil engineering; and colleagues from Kansas State University presented "Electron Shuttling Capacity of Humic Substances in Reducing Aquifers and their Potential Role in Arsenic Mobilization."

Matthew Kirk, assistant professor of geology, and graduate and undergraduate students from the university presented an invited talk, "Biogeochemical Controls on Methane Formation in Cherokee Basin Coalbeds."

Saugata Datta, associate professor of geology; Golam Kibria, master's student in geology; and colleagues from K-State and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology presented "Relation between Microbiology, Hydrogeochemistry and Sediment Chemistry in Explaining Occurrences of High Groundwater Arsenic Sites in Matlab, SE Bangladesh."

Datta; Austin Krehel and Shovon Barua, both master's students in geology; and colleagues from Tulane University and the University of Dhaka also presented: "Sorption Mechanisms of Arsenic within Aquifer Sediments, and Bioaccumulation of As in Rice from West Bengal, India"; "Can Treated Dug Wells be Used as a Safe Water Source in Old Dhaka of Bangladesh? A Water Quality Assessment Study"; and "Factors Influencing Tungsten Mobility in Soils from Fallon, Nevada" (with ex-graduate student Chad Hobson and colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley.)

Datta and Mladenov also convened the session “Biogeochemistry, Bioaccumulation, Bioavailability and Bioaccessibility of Trace Metals and Metalloids in Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems” with colleagues from Tulane University, USGS and Stanford University.