9 episodes

This podcast delves deeper into the world of phosphorus, discussing various aspects of phosphorus sustainability.

PhosForUs Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability

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This podcast delves deeper into the world of phosphorus, discussing various aspects of phosphorus sustainability.

    A P(ee) Research Update: Urine Diversion for P Sustainability

    A P(ee) Research Update: Urine Diversion for P Sustainability

    What if I told you that your urine can be a potential solution for the world’s phosphorus conundrum? In this episode, we discuss how urine can be a resource instead of a waste and chat about two upcoming peer-reviewed articles based on STEPS research. Lucas explains why urine diversion systems are more feasible in airports than in restaurants, and Ashton talks about why we should be looking to state, not federal, regulation as the most likely pathway for regulatory change in the US. We also share our own personal journeys into P (and pee) research. Urine for a good time! 

    The two main articles that were discussed:

    Benchmarks for urine volume generation and phosphorus mass recovery in commercial and institutional buildings

    Researchers must address regulatory regimes to scale up adoption of urine diversion systems in the U.S. (in review at the time of recording, link will be added once published)

    And if you want to learn more about using the power of the sun for urine treatment, check out this article on Solar distillation of human urine to recover non-potable water and metal phosphate mineral.

    Hosted by Ashton Merck and Lucas Crane. Music by Lucas Crane.

    • 54 min
    Phosphorus Week

    Phosphorus Week

    Phosphorus Week 2024 is a special occasion celebrated by the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center and the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance (the Alliance). It commences on Monday, April 8th, coinciding with the 15th week of the year. During this week, we honor the 15th element, phosphorus, which plays a crucial role in sustaining life and ensuring global food security. In this episode, we reach out to Dr. Matthew Scholz to know more about Phosphorus Week and how we can contribute towards phosphorus sustainability. Join us as we celebrate the precious 15th element and its impact on our well-being!



    To know more about how you can play a role in phosphorus management, check out the 12-step program for a more phosphorus-efficient you!


    Here are the links to thetranscript and the background music.

    • 11 min
    What and Why: Convergence Research

    What and Why: Convergence Research

    Modern challenges of today create the need for more efficient and effective research to tackle them. By what means are we achieving this? Convergence research is how. It’s been elevated as one of the National Science Foundations 10 Big Ideas, and it is the foundation that the STEPS Center has been built upon. In this episode, we want to elaborate on the fine details of convergence research. We’ll investigate the technical definition, the reason it’s so important, and what it looks like in practice. As we do so, we’ll hear from several members of the STEPS community, researchers and scholars alike! By the end, we hope to provide a good understanding of what convergence research is, and why we appreciate it so much. 

    Hosted by Alison Deviney and George Hotelling 

    Featuring Jacob Jones, Jan Genzer, Shwetha Delanthamajalu, Jessica Deaver, Lucas Crane, Kim Bourne, Jay Rickabaugh, and Christine Hendren. 

    NSF’s page on Convergence Research:  https://new.nsf.gov/funding/learn/research-types/learn-about-convergence-research#characteristics



    Transcript



    Link to the background music: https://pixabay.com/music/funk-energetic-funky-groove-138634/

    • 27 min
    Introduction to the P Flow Diagram

    Introduction to the P Flow Diagram

    The P flow diagram is a key aspect of STEPS convergence research, because it functions as a “boundary object” to connect researchers from many different fields. In this episode, we give a brief overview of what flow diagrams are, and then we talk to some of the researchers in STEPS about how they use the P flow diagram and what they like (and don’t like!) about it. We also hear from several students from the STEPS Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, about how they used the P flow diagram in their summer research.

    Hosted by Ashton Merck; featuring Christine Hendren, Paul Westerhoff, Bruce Rittmann, Treavor Boyer, Anna Marshall, Olga Borquez, Jay Rickabaugh, Julianna Nieuwsma, Adrian Zenteno, Sarah Roza, and Alex Shaw.

    Link to STEPS REU 2023 interactive P flow diagram (opens Prezi - large file)

    Using a Phosphorus Flow Diagram as a Boundary Object to Inform Stakeholder EngagementMusic by Bensound and Pixabay.

    • 23 min
    Who are the Guardians? - A conversation with Dr. Dana Cordell

    Who are the Guardians? - A conversation with Dr. Dana Cordell

    As much as we need food to stay alive, our crops need phosphorus to keep growing. But how do we ensure a sustainable phosphorus supply to our agricultural lands? In fact, who ensures that sustainability? Who are the other stakeholders? Join us as we dive deeper into these questions with Dr. Dana Cordell, Research Director of the Food Systems research group at the Institute of Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Dr. Jacob Jones, Director of STEPS.



    Link to transcript: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fwVeodSErVrwzPPRsaswAwbrlKvcO0GB/view?usp=sharing

    Link to the background music: https://pixabay.com/music/funk-energetic-funky-groove-138634/

    • 47 min
    Phosphorus and the Climate Crisis: Why We Should Care?

    Phosphorus and the Climate Crisis: Why We Should Care?

    Phosphorus is a key element for life on Earth, but it can also have devastating effects on the environment when it accumulates in water bodies. In this episode, we explore the complex relationship between phosphorus and climate change, and how it affects the health of ecosystems. We are joined by three experts who share their insights and perspectives on this topic: Phil Haygarth, a professor of soil and water science at Lancaster University, UK; Laura Johnson, director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, US; and Patricia Glibert, a professor of marine science at the University of Maryland, US. They discuss the sources and impacts of phosphorus pollution, the challenges and opportunities for managing phosphorus in a changing climate, and the potential solutions.  Join us as we delve into the complex and urgent issue of phosphorus and the climate crisis.

    Link to transcript: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16cP12ECFi1qIoPL-yojwnfK6M8G1hOoV/view?usp=drive_link

    Link to the background music: https://pixabay.com/music/funk-energetic-funky-groove-138634/

    • 31 min

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