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The Goal is ZERO
1. The Goal is ZERO 
The 70,000 people in Lower Nyakach, Kisumu County, Kenya, have no access to safe drinking water sources and must use heavily contaminated rivers, streams, ponds and shallow wells. THE GOAL IS ZERO is a successful and replicable strategy to eliminate waterborne diseases in Lower Nyakach, implemented by the community based organization, Friends of the Old (FOTO).
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Water testing & Pasteurization in Africa
2. Water testing & Pasteurization in Africa 
A guide to water testing in developing countries using a Portable Microbiology Laboratory, and how to pasteurize contaminated water using sunshine and a simple solar cooker.
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SODISheatchlorine
3. SODISheatchlorine  (July 18, 2011)
Water sources in Lower Nyakach, Kenya, are tested and treated by solar disinfection (SODIS), heat, and chlorine. Will these procedures make the water safe to drink?
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Solar water pasteurization
4. Solar water pasteurization  (May, 2015)
The default recommendation to treat contaminated water is to boil it. However, as microbiologists know from milk pasteurization (161°F, 71°C, for only 15 seconds) boiling is heat far in excess of what is needed. Water will be pasteurized when heated to 149°F (65°C). A reusable, wax-based Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) can verify that water has been pasteurized. Microbiology tests before and after heating verify the disease microbes have been killed.
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watermicrohistory
5. watermicrohistory  (1987-2003)
History of water testing in developing countries using the Colilert 10 ml presence/absence test and the E. coli Count Petrifilm as test items of a Portable Microbiology Laboratory.
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Water testing in Kenya, 2012
6. Water testing in Kenya, 2012  (July, 2012)
With the Friends of the Old (FOTO) staff in Lower Nyakach, Kenya, 51 local drinking water sources were tested using the Colilert and Petrifilm tests. Next day results indicated the high level of contamination of almost all sources.
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How to make a Cookit solar cooker
7. How to make a Cookit solar cooker  (June, 2015)
It's easy to make a Cookit solar cooker from cardboard and 12 feet of aluminum foil. I've included the details of all steps that I use when leading workshops where many Cookits are made. To solar cook, place dark covered pot inside a clear plastic roasting bag. Solar water pasteurization doesn't require a clear plastic bag. Click on the 'start slideshow' above the first photo to view a slideshow.
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Delft, Holland
8. Delft, Holland  (2012-2015)
Delft, Netherlands. In the 1670s, Delft citizen Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was the first person in history to develop microscopes powerful enough (~400 magnifications)to discover the microbial world for all of humanity. He was the first person to see bacteria, yeast, algae, red blood cells, protozoa. Come to Delft to honor Anthony.
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Bio 139 Lab Practical #1
9. Bio 139 Lab Practical #1 
Photos from lab exercises covered on the first lab practical exam
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Bio 139 Lab Practical 2
10. Bio 139 Lab Practical 2 
Photos from lab exercises covered on the second lab practical exam
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WAPI waxes
11. WAPI waxes  (March 6, 2011)
Testing melting temperature of WAPI waxes
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