The Scoop from Stockholm
By Linda Kelly, Managing Director, Communications, Water Environment Federation
Posted September 9, 2010
Congratulations to Canadians Alexandre Allard and Danny Luong, the just-announced winners of the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition here in Stockholm! I can’t tell you how awesome it is to be associated with this wonderful program, but I’m going to try…
As an SJWP international judge and long-time member of the Federation, I’ve been continually inspired by the growth and popularity of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize program in the U.S. Over the years WEF has proudly supported this program to increase student interest in water-related issues and research and raise awareness about global water challenges. SJWP does all that and more, largely due to the enthusiastic participation and commitment of WEF’s wonderful MAs who sponsor local competitions, as well as resources from WEF and generous supporters like ITT Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, and Delta airlines. The U.S. was well-represented this year thanks to their support, and, as a result, U.S. winner Rebecca Ye of Bangor, Maine, was a very formidable contender with a paper proposing a technique that combines the sciences of microbiology and nanotechnology to create a biosensor capable of rapid identification of strains of pathogenic bacteria E.Coli. (Yes, she is a high school student.) Rebecca’s paper was one among several jaw-dropping examples of research that could truly help protect water quality for future generations, and it was very tough for us judges to select a winner from so many top quality entries.
In addition to the MAs and sponsors who support the SJWP, we really appreciate all the water quality professionals who are WEF members. Your membership dues help to grow this important program and are ultimately an investment in global water resources. Thank you for your support!