Baylor Environmental Science Professor Earns Prestigious Fulbright Award

August 27, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 27, 2013) -- Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research during the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.
"It's an honor to receive the Fulbright, which will facilitate novel collaborations with world class water scientists at the University of Lethbridge and other colleagues in Alberta," Brooks said.
As a Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair, Brooks will do guest lectures and conduct research focusing on water resources in Alberta, Canada, in an effort to better understand water quality stressors across various types of areas and environments.
"Human interactions with freshwater remain among the greatest challenges to environmental sustainability. As the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Water and the Environment, my goal is to develop a more robust understanding of water quality in urbanizing watersheds of semi-arid regions in Alberta," Brooks said. "Multidisciplinary studies in southern Alberta will leverage our ongoing work in semi-arid regions of Texas and other parts of the U.S. to advance sustainable water resource management efforts."
Brooks is recognized as an international expert on contaminants and water quality issues in urban regions. His research team focuses efforts on water quality and water reuse, comparative toxicology and pharmacology, sustainable molecular design/green chemistry, developing approaches to define contaminant risks and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algae blooms.
Brooks has authored more than 100 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals and most recently published "Human Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Current and Future Perspectives" in 2012. He serves as associate editor of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management and on the editorial boards of Science of the Total Environment and Toxicon.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Since 2001, 36 Baylor students and/or graduates have been honored with the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
Fulbright Canada, a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization was created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange. Fulbright Canada is supported by the Canadian government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; by the United States government; through the Department of State; and by a diverse group of corporate sponsors, charitable trusts and university partners. It is governed by an independent board of directors and operates out of Ottawa.

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