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  • Memorial Scholarship Established to Support Undergrads

    The Goldia Mae Burchfield Memorial Scholarship was established to support students in pursuit of their undergraduate degree. Ms. Burchfield, mother to Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Financial Manager, Gay Burchfield, died on June 8th, 2020, at the age of 80, in Starkville, Mississippi of COVID-19.

    Ms. Burchfield, lived a life of service to those in her community, with a particular emphasis on education. During the segregation era, her family moved from rural Mississippi to a larger town where she could pursue her high school education, which she completed in 1958. She worked as a part-time custodian in a local bank for 35 years, as well as numerous odd jobs to care for her family and her community. Ms. Burchfield would put together care packages with stipends for the young people of her community who were college bound...

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  • Major Advantages of Electrochemical Advanced Oxidation Processes for Treatment of Some Industrial Wastewaters

    BBISS director John Crittenden recently published a cover story with co-author David Kujawski in the professional journal, Water Technology. The article appears in the May/June 2020 edition, and is entitled “Oil Refining and Petrochemical Wastewater Treatment: Creating a Better Mousetrap.” The piece describes the current practice for treatment of industrial wastewaters using a biological treatment method that is typically known as activated sludge. This method has been in use for about the past century and its effectiveness at treating the most difficult waste streams, such as those found in Oil Refining and Petrochemical industry, is somewhat limited. Electrochemical Advanced Oxidation Processes (eAOPs) offer notable advantages over activated sludge, especially with waste streams that contain high levels of complex hydrocarbons and exhibit highly variable levels of contaminant concentration.

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