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  • Howard University

Biography

Valerie Keene is a senior undergraduate chemistry major from San Bernardino, CA. Valerie is currently the liaison for the American Chemical Society and a NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences undergraduate fellow, Dr. Vernon Morris serves as the NCAS Faculty Advisor.

Current Research

Valerie observes PM samples collected from ambient air at inhalation-level in the mid-Atlantic urban area of Washington, DC. The objective of this study is to identify correlations between chemical composition, urban air mass characteristics, microbial presence, and bio-toxicity. These studies may provide insights into air quality-health-climate interactions.

Presentations/Publications

Kinsinger, N., Honda, R., Keene, V., & Walker, S. L. “Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticle Removal in Primary Pre-filtration Stages of Water Treatment: Role of Coating, Natural Organic Matter, Source Water, and Solution Chemistry” Environmental Engineering Science, 32(4), 292-300. March 31, 2015

Keene V., and Morris, V.R. “Examining the chemical and microbiological characteristics of urban-aerosols.” NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum, Princess Anne, MD, October 28, 2014.

Keene V., and Morris, V.R. “Examining the chemical and biological characteristics of urban-aerosols,” 2014 Howard University Research Day, Washington, DC, April 4, 2014.

Honda, R.J., Keene, V, Daniels, L., and Walker, S.L., “The Removal of TiO2 Nanoparticles during Primary Water Treatment: Role of Coagulant Type, Dose, and Nanoparticle Concentration” Environmental Engineering Science, March 19, 2014.

Keene V., and Morris, V.R.. “Examining the chemical and biological characteristics of aerosols,” NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) Undergraduate Summer Internship Program Colloquium, Washington, DC, July 26, 2013.

Keene V., Honda R., Abercrombie T., and Walker, S.L.. “Conventional treatment of processes for the removal of TiO2 nanoparticles from groundwater and surface water,” Emory University STEM Research and Career Symposium, Atlanta, GA, April 4, 2013.

Keene V., Honda R., Abercrombie T., and Walker, S.L.. “Conventional treatment of processes for the removal of TiO2 nanoparticles from groundwater and surface water,” Summer 2012 Student Research Seminar, Riverside, CA, September 25, 2012

Keene V., Honda R., Abercrombie T., and Walker, S.L. “The removal of TiO2 nanoparticles during primary water treatment: Role of coagulant type dose and nanoparticle type concentration,” 25th Annual Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) Symposium, University of California, Riverside, CA, August 15, 2012.

Recognitions

Dr. John V. Golding Award (2015)
Howard University Dean’s List (2015)
College Chemistry Academic Achievement Award (2015)
Oral Presentation by Undergraduate in Climate Adaption and Mitigation (2014)
Howard University Dean’s List (2014)
College Chemistry Academic Achievement Award (2014)
The Dr. Sunday A. Adesuyi Organic Chemistry Award (2014)
Honors in Chemistry (2014)
NCAS Undergraduate Fellowship 2013 – Present