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Alumnus Works To Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017

Clean drinking water is a need for humans living in literally every nook and cranny of our planet, meaning that the work currently being done by Dr. John Sivey and others is a key to sustaining life on Earth. A Fisher Endowed Professor of Chemistry at Towson University in Maryland, Dr. Sivey is part of a team working on ways to make drinking water safer via a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. But if it hadn't been for the grant money he received a decade ago, he may not have ever gotten to this point, doing this vital research.

Sivey was an ARCS scholar in the 2006-07 academic year while working on his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Looking back, he can see ACRS Foundation support was a vital rung on his ladder of career success

“In many ways, the ARCS Foundation allowed me to do a lot of exploration at an important time,” Dr. Sivey said. “They kind of got in on the ground floor of my career trajectory. If I didn’t have that ARCS Foundation funding at that time, it’s difficult to say how successful my career would’ve been.”

For more information on Dr. Sivey and his work, please visit his Towson University page at

© Kanji Takeno, Towson University.