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Molly Moffe

2002 - 2003 CEIRP Fellow

Research Interest:

Hi. My name is Molly Moffe and this is my first year as a Fellow. I graduated from Bucknell University in the spring of 2000, where I completed a BA in both Chemistry and Environmental Studies. I had the chance to work on several research projects while there, including an assessment of a watershed (chemical, hydrological and biological) that has been impaired by acid mine drainage. I also had the opportunity to work with an environmental toxicologist and was able to examine the effects of automobile tire leachate on aquatic organisms, including duckweed, daphnia and minnows. After Bucknell, I worked for a year at the Center for the Environment at Cornell University. While there, I worked with large-scale and small-scale composters and studied how to make their compost as contaminant-free and pathogen-free as possible.

I started my Master's at Cornell University in the fall of 2001. I am studying phytoremediation in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. I work with plants and earthworms to determine how they are able to clean up soils and waters that have been polluted with heavy metals. I am also in the Cornell Teacher Education Program, where I am working on my certification in secondary education. I would like to teach either Chemistry or Earth Science.

I have an interesting take on being in an engineering program, in that I was not trained as an engineer. I can appreciate how all the sciences and math can work together and that they can not work as separate entities. I would like to be able to share this with my students, that the sciences are not separate subjects, and that in order to succeed, appreciating all the different sciences is necessary. I would also like to show them that the sciences and humanities are also closely related and that they need each other to be complete.



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