Virginia Tech Researcher Studying Flint Water Spoke at WKAR

Dr. Marc Edwards leads the Virginia Tech research team credited with revealing deadly lead contamination in the public water supply in Flint. Edwards spoke February 25 at the WKAR-TV (East Lansing) studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the Michigan State University campus.

The presentation was streamed as a live webcast at wkar.org. The talk was free and open to the public.

Edwards presented his talk, “How Jonathan Baldwin Turner Saved Flint, Mich.: Public-Inspired Science and the Modern Land-Grant University.” Jonathan Turner, referenced in the title of Edwards’ talk, is credited by many as the originator of the concept of the land grant university and its mission of public service.

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. He is expanding his research focus to cities in crisis such as Flint, Mich.

Edwards is The Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.

The program is now available for on demand viewing in the PBS App on Roku, XBox 360, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, on iPad/iPhone, and at video.wkar.org.

The talk was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University.