Taylor hires art director
Sparks, Md.-based Taylor Technologies, manufacturer of water testing supplies, has hired Shawn Sutphen as art director to meet its ongoing goal of improving product packaging and promotional materials for key markets. Sutphen graduated from the Bradley Academy of the Visual Arts. Taylor Technologies targets many operations that involve routine analysis of water quality. These include potable water and wastewater treatment, pool and spa water maintenance, boiler and cooling system operation, industrial operational control, and food and beverage production.

Paragon showcases seminars
Paragon Water Systems, of Clear-water, Fla., will be an exhibitor as well as offer two seminars at Water China 2002—the country’s largest exhibition and conference on water and wastewater treatment. The conference will be held on Aug. 28-31 at the China World Trade Center Exhibition Hall in Beijing’s business district. The featured speakers—Dr. Robert Russo and Issa Al-Kharusy—will give separate technical seminars. Russo’s presentation will deal with arsenic and other heavy metals remediation in drinking water. He is best known as the developer of the leading lead reduction system in the industry utilizing titanium silicate. Meanwhile, Al-Kharusy is CEO of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc., of Three Rivers, Mich., and will discuss KDF media technology for water treatment.

IWA names new president
Michael Rouse was elected president of the International Water Association (IWA) at the Melbourne Congress. He will serve his term between April 2003 and October 2004. Rouse was CEO of United Kingdom’s WRc from 1984 to 1993. Afterward, he became head of the UK’s Drinking Water Inspectorate. Rouse was elected as one of IWA’s vice presidents at last year’s Berlin Congress.

Censky receives 2-year term
WQA executive director Peter Censky was appointed to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) for a two-year term by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans. ETTAC was created to advise the secretary in his capacity as chairman of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee on the interests and issues of the U.S. environmental industry. ETTAC helps the U.S. Department of Commerce increase exports and enhance international competitiveness of the industry.

Big names support causes
Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., and Eastern Kentucky University President Joanne Glasser helped launch the new Kentucky Riverkeeper program at the state’s Fort Boonesborough State Park on May 6. The trio, among others, dedicated a boat that will be used for citizen patrols aimed at fighting pollution on the 259-mile-long Kentucky River. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford—star of such movies as “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Patriot Games”—took to the skies in early June to show the effects of pollution and sprawl on the Hudson River and the watershed that supplies drinking water to New York City. Ford piloted his helicopter while friend and photographer, Timothy White, photographed pollution sites, the environmental group Riverkeeper said. Ford has been a longtime supporter of the group.

Lecturers set for 2003
Dave Hanson, president of Shorewood, Minn.-based Design Water Technologies, was selected to serve as the third McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Hanson started his company in 1991 to create products for the groundwater industry that safely solve problems in wells and systems. He has developed products that successfully treat iron bacteria, mineral scale, and coliform bacteria in wells, treatment facilities and pipelines. In addition, Hanson has taught numerous groundwater-related seminars and was one of the writers for the second edition of Groundwater and Wells, a comprehensive text on groundwater and water well technology. Hanson’s lecture is titled “Introduction to the Year of the Professional.” The lecture will focus, in part, on the six “P’s” of business—professionalism, people, partnership, pride, profit and purpose. His first lecture will be a key feature at the 2002 NGWA Ground Water Expo on Dec. 9-11 in Las Vegas.

In other NGWA news, Dr. Richelle Allen-King—an associate professor at Washington State University—has been selected as the 2003 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by the NGWA. Allen-King will spend the year traveling to colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad to foster interest in groundwater science and technology. Allen-King will offer a choice of two lectures, “A Hydrogeochemist’s Perspective on Organic Contaminant Transport in Ground Water” and “Ground and Surface Water Contributions to Chemical Mass Discharge: Considering the Problem at Field and Basin Scales.” Host institutions will be able to select the topic for their audience. Allen-King received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, and her master’s degree from the University of Waterloo.

H2M Labs promotes Kavanagh
H2M Labs Inc., of Melville, N.Y., has promoted Karen Kavanagh to manager of sales and customer services. She has been with the company since 1989. Before the promotion, she was customer service manager. H2M Labs is a full-service analytical sampling and testing laboratory. It’s fully equipped to perform testing on potable and non-potable water, soil, sediment, industrial waste and wastewater, among other applications.

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