Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Rob Levin
Director of Communications
Communications
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
All About Arsenic

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Under the leadership of COA Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Chair in Earth Systems and GeoSciences Sarah Hall, COA students collaborated with the All About Arsenic project to help local secondary school students gain data literacy and research skills by engaging them in testing and analysis of arsenic levels in local wells.

Madalyn Adams '23, Ben Capuano '23, Adam Feher '23, Sara Lowgren '20, Jennifer McNamara '23, Gaby Moroz '21, Isidora Munoz '22, Lenka Slamova '24, and Kristin Zunino '24 contributed to the project through internships, work-study, and independent studies. Their work helped raise awareness within the local Mount Desert Island community that 10% of wells have dangerously high levels of arsenic.

Their work also contributed to the scientific paper, Adaptions to a Secondary School-Based Citizen Science Project to Engage Students in Monitoring Well Water for Arsenic During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Journal of STEM Outreach, Vol. 4), of which Hall and Munoz were among the coauthors.

This project is working towards achieving optimal well-water health and safety. It is an opportunity for COA's students to become further involved in geosciences, public health, community, scientific research, etc. Hall and her students continue to work on an evolving version of the project, titled Arsenic in All Seasons, which examines the arsenic and chemical levels in well water based on the time of year.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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