Singapore Honorary Citizen and 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Winner Professor Joan Rose Visits NERI

November 2016

Singapore Honorary Citizen and 2016 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize visited NERI from 18 – 23 Nov 2016. Prof Rose is a global expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety. She leads the Water Quality, Environmental and Molecular Microbiology Laboratory at Michigan State University (MSU), USA. She was recently awarded the Stockholm Water prize for her contributions to global public health. She has helped to assess risks to human health in water and created guidelines and tools for decision-makers and communities to improve global health. She was appointed an honorary citizen of Singapore in 2015 for her significant contributions in developing a safe and sustainable water system for the country.

During her visit, she had various discussions with our University senior management. She had interacted with Vice President for University and Global Relations Professor Andrew Wee and Dean of Engineering Professor Chua Kee Chaing. Prof Rose also had a discussion with NERI Director Prof Ong Choon Nam to explore future research collaboration.

Prof Rose gave a talk to the NUS community on “Imperative Research in Health-Related Water Microbiology”. She shared how advances in various sciences such as genomics research, technologies, mathematics and earth sciences are crucial to ensure better water and food security. She had also shed light on how a number less explored research initiatives would be the way forward to address major challenges in protecting and managing water resources.

Her talk was attended by students, researchers, faculty members and staff from regulatory bodies and many was able to benefit from the insightful talk given her breadth of knowledge and experience in the field.

Prof Rose was hosted under the GE-NUS Visiting Scientist Scheme and is funded by GE Water & Process Technologies.

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