Research on the Seneca Lake watershed total coliform and E. coli levels to be presented at the Geological Society of America meeting.
(March 25, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–William Smith senior Tana Hintz will attend a Geological Society of America meeting March 25-27 in Tyson's Corner, Va. Hintz will detail her research on a Seneca Lake watershed at the event, which anticipates attendance by approximately 1,100 geoscientists.
A biology major with a minor in environmental studies, Hintz has studied potential sources of contaminates to the Keuka Outlet, a watershed of Seneca Lake with aging municipal sewage treatment systems and significant agricultural land use. Along with Professor John Halfman, she has analyzed water samples for E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria, as well as nitrates, phosphates and silica.
Hintz has been active in several clubs at HWS, including the Asian Student Union, the Chemistry Student Association, the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program, Campus Greens, and William Smith Congress. Her passion for nature has inspired her to pursue a career in conservation.
Recipient of the Herman Goldman Foundation Scholarship and the Trustee Scholarship, Hintz is the daughter of Gerald and Mary Louise Hintz of Altadena, Calif.
Halfman, who is the director of environmental studies, came to the Colleges in 1994. He holds a B.S. from Miami, an M.S. from Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
The Hobart and William Smith science departments and environmental studies program encourages students to involve themselves in research projects with paper presentations beyond the HWS campus. Many class and independent study projects result in presentations at national meetings and/or publications in national and international journals. The science division prides itself in providing the opportunity for students to become part of the international science community and for them to experience possible career paths.
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Note: a hi-res image of Hintz is available at http://campus.hws.edu/new/releases/hiRes/hintz_tana_hres.jpg.