The Herald Business Journal
October 02, 2018
Chemistry Professor Causing Stink on Campus — For Good
She’s the professor of clean latrines.
And she’s making quite a stink on campus.
What’s up with that?
Lori Robins was awarded a $155,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to research how to reduce the foul odor in latrines.
This isn’t about smelling up the bathroom in the comfort of your home. Or holding your nose in a campground commode.
Those places can wait.
“Our goal now is to help people who need it most first,” said Robins, an Issaquah native and University of Washington Bothell professor since 2013. “Toilets in developing countries, it’s a huge problem.”
It starts with clean latrines. Making pit toilets safe and less offensive for the billions of people who don’t have plumbing.