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West Valley Symphony to perform at West campus

October 25, 2012

The La Sala Ballroom at ASU’s West campus will host a concert by the West Valley Symphony at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3.

Conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg, this dynamic orchestra will perform Dvorak’s serene yet moving Symphony No. 8 and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful yet technically demanding Violin Concerto, featuring recording artist and ASU professor Katherine McLin as soloist. Cal Stewart Kellogg Download Full Image

The West Valley Symphony is the only professional orchestra based in, and serving, the West Valley communities, and this year marks its 44th year of doing so. Cal Stewart Kellogg was named the orchestra’s music director and conductor in April 2009. Maestro Kellogg continues to be an audience favorite, thanks to his personable style and exceptional talent, leading the orchestra in truly stirring performances.

Violinist Katherine McLin enjoys an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of fifteen, McLin has made more than 40 appearances as a soloist with orchestras across the country. A committed and passionate teacher, McLin won the 2004 Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts at ASU, chosen from more than 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 university-wide ASU Professor of the Year award.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. They may be purchased online at or reserved by calling (602) 543-2787. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. There is no charge for visitor parking on weekends.

Information about this and other upcoming events to be held at ASU’s West campus may be found at

Professor receives high honor from civil engineering society

October 25, 2012

Arizona State University Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann is now a “Distinguished Member” of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), recognized “for exemplary advances to research and practice in environmental engineering, contributions to the technical literature, education of students, and professional leadership around the world.”

Rittmann is on the faculty of the School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is also director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. Bruce Rittmann ASCE honor Download Full Image

An ASCE Distinguished Member honor is bestowed on those who have attained acknowledged eminence in a branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences, including the fields of engineering education and construction.

Rittmann is a leading expert in development of microbial systems to capture renewable resources and alleviate environmental pollution. His research combines microbiology, biochemistry, geochemistry and microbial ecology for the purposes of restoring water purity and generating usable energy from waste products.

Rittmann is known for pioneering the development of biofilm fundamentals and contributing to their widespread use in the cleanup of contaminated water, soils, and ecosystems.

The membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR), a technology Rittmann invented, uses naturally occurring microorganisms to remove contaminants such as perchlorate and tricloroethene from water. He holds five patents on the technology, which is being commercialized by APTwater, Inc.

Rittmann is at the lead of ASU teams using two innovative approaches to developing renewable bioenergy: using anaerobic microbes to convert biomass to useful energy forms, such as methane, hydrogen, or electricity; and using photosynthetic bacteria that can capture sunlight to produce new biomass that can be turned into liquid fuels, such as diesel or jet fuel.

The links between microbes and human health also are being explored through collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. Rittmann’s group explores how microorganisms in the human intestine contribute to obesity, which may lead to ways to regulate the microbial communities in ways that mitigate excessive weight gain.

Rittmann joined 10 others in the Class of 2012 Distinguished Members at the ASCE Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada on Oct. 18-20. Founded in 1852, organization represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

This latest accolade adds to Rittmann’s long list of honors. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an International Water Association Fellow, and winner of the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award, the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE, the University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois, and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

Other notable achievements include the National Water Research Institute’s Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Water Science and Technology and ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award in Defining Edge Research, Natural Sciences/Math.

Rittmann is one of the world’s most cited researchers, according to the Institute for Scientific Information, and is a prolific author, having written more than 500 professional papers and books.

His textbook, Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications, is used by universities throughout the world.

See a video about Rittmann’s accomplishments.

Joe Caspermeyer

Managing editor, Biodesign Institute