CURO Symposium 2017 Book of Abstracts

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Abstracts by insertion of the wild-type gene, which should restore wild-type OFD1 function.

whether lead-removal performance would be impacted by abnormally high concentrations of lead or varying degrees of water hardness. The goal of this study was to evaluate how varying conditions affect lead adsorptivity onto filter cartridges and the ability to remove lead from water samples. Two variables, lead concentration and water hardness, were evaluated for their impact on filter performance. Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determine lead concentration in the filtered test samples and unfiltered control samples. Filters were tested with 150 ppb and 300 ppb lead solutions. Preliminary data suggests that filters are capable of removing lead at concentrations twofold greater than certification testing.

Georgia Monetary Sanctions Madison Lorene Brumbaugh, CURO Research Assistant Jacob Scott Kepes Dr. Sarah Shannon, Sociology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences This research project analyzes the application of fines, fees, and probation for misdemeanor criminal offenses throughout the state of Georgia. We collected three types of data to explore these processes. First, we collected quantitative data regarding fines and fees levied by each county from the years 2005 - 2015, including the total amount of money collected by each county per year, as well as the total amount of money collected for specific funds, per county, per year. Second, we systematically observed ~30 hours of court sessions in a large municipal court order to assess the application of these misdemeanor sanctions in a real courtroom. Third, we reviewed local governments’ use of private probation companies to supervise people for misdemeanor offenses. We will present the current status of our research project and our exploratory findings todate. Our analysis thus far shows that counties and municipalities in Georgia are collecting significant amounts of money, often at the expense of their own citizens, who are unable to pay.

Nuclear or Solar, Why Does It Have to Be a Choice? Cole Burgess, CURO Research Assistant Dr. David Gattie, Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering When it comes to carbon free energy, we have limited options for generation sources. In the US, nuclear, wind, and solar are the three predominant carbon-free energy generation sources. This research investigates the advantages of nuclear and solar energy in Georgia in an effort to recommend which if any energy source should be further developed to meet future demands. In Georgia, solar is an attractive source for energy generation because out of the fifty states, the state receives the 10th greatest concentration of incident solar energy. This concentration of energy combined with falling costs of solar panels has helped foster one of the top growing solar markets in the US. The growth of the solar industry is complimented with a growth in the nuclear energy sector of Georgia as well. Plant Vogtle is currently constructing the first new nuclear reactors in the US in over 30 years. This addition of 2,234 MW of electricity will help establish the base load power required to have a functioning electrical grid. Though both sources of energy are carbon-free, there are vast differences in their respective advantages and disadvantages. In an effort to transcend public perception for both energy sources, a comparative economic analysis referenced to identical generation (MWh) has been conducted for each. While both energy sources

Assessing the Removal of Lead from Water Using Commercially Available Filters Austin Thomas Bryan Dr. Kat Loftis, Vice President for Research Services, Research Units Water sanitation, especially contamination with heavy metals, has attracted greater attention in recent years. The neurotoxic effects of chronic low-level lead exposure make its removal a concern for home water treatment systems. Commercially available faucet-mounted water filters are officially tested under controlled conditions that may not reflect in-home operation. In this study, commercially available faucetmounted water filters were evaluated to determine 63