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Where there’s a will, there’s a waterway

A Penn alumna applies business acumen to an emerging water research center

At the Water Center at Penn, Meg Kramer (MES ’18) merges her business acumen with her commitment to sustainability.

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At the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, located in West Philadelphia near the Penn campus, leaders at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) realized the importance of involving veterans in providing advice to CHERP investigators. Dr. Kimberly “Max” Brown, the Co-Director of Research Development and Veteran Engagement at CHERP, reached out to Dr. Dana Kaminstein for assistance.

“There are enough things in life that people with more money have greater access to,” says Erica DePalma (MSAG ’20). “Water should not be one of them.” Erica’s interest in water emerged from her undergraduate environmental science degree with an emphasis on organic chemistry, but as a sociology minor, she has always been interested in the human side of water as well as its elements and engineering. “For people in policy, it’s important to know about source water protection and how that influences equitable distribution of high-quality water,” she explains.

“Geology is not just local but global,” says Esther Arthur, an engineering geology student in Penn’s Master of Science in Applied Geosciences. “One thing that happens on one side of the earth affects everything around it.” For Esther’s research, that principle applies to more than just the long-term effects of volcanic upheavals or climate change: her master’s thesis research takes her to one of the world’s largest dump sites for electronic waste, which is located in her native country of Ghana. 

Organic Chemistry
Research partner: Natural Products Discovery Institute, The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute

“The Master of Chemical Sciences program opened me up to different careers in chemistry and connections with companies who come down and talk with our class. I took a tour of the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and was very interested in their work. My capstone will be based on the results of my natural products research at Blumberg.”


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