STEM Café: Wastewater Surveillance Testing for Public Health

Many communities – including DeKalb – are now testing wastewater for pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Wastewater surveillance testing is an exciting new tool for public health professionals. It gives a snapshot of community infection levels, shows whether infections are increasing or decreasing, and can be an early and reliable indicator of an outbreak.

At the next STEM Café, hear from NIU professor of biological sciences Barrie Bode, laboratory scientist Syed Hyder and Kishwaukee Water Reclamation district engineer Mike Holland about the wastewater testing programs at NIU and the broader DeKalb area. Learn why wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) has become so common since the pandemic and why it’s so helpful for public health professionals.

Northern Illinois University STEM Cafés are part of NIU STEAM and are designed to increase public awareness of the critical role that STEM fields play in our everyday lives. They are offered in partnership with the NIU Alumni Association and made possible with support from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Bayer Fund.

Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Fatty’s Pub and Grille, 1312 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops, Community Events

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public



Free. Registration encouraged.

NIU Alumni Association, NIU STEAM
Biological Sciences, Center for P-20 Engagement, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
Contact Name

Judith Dymond

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