Loretta Fernandez and Alice Wang recognized for 2019 Top 10 Exceptional Papers by ET&C

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Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Loretta A. Fernandez and doctoral alumna Dr. Alice Peiying Wang were recognized with a 2019 Top 10 Exceptional Paper Award by the editors of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (ET&C) for their article titled “Bioaccumulation in Functionally Different Species: Ongoing Input of PCBs with Sediment Deposition to Activated Carbon Remediated Bed Sediments”.

Each year, The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry recognizes the top 10 Exceptional Papers as part of their ET&C Annual Best Paper Award. In 2019, ET&C published 250 articles, of which 25 were nominated based on scientific impact, public and professional interest, comprehension, and experimental design and quality.

The award-winning study focuses on the effectiveness of activated carbon amendment remediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated sediments. During both clean and contaminated sediment inputs, activated carbon-amended bed sediments reduced the total PCB accumulation in 3 marine species – sandworms, hard clam, and sheepshead minnows.

ET&C will publish the full list of the 2019 top 10 Exceptional Papers in their July 2020 issue. Jointly appointed by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Loretta Fernandez is an expert in the field of environmental organic chemistry, studying the ways in which toxins move through the environment. Dr. Wang, who graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a doctorate in Civil Engineering, was advised by Professor Fernandez.

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