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Home Page of Donald E. Francisco
Francisco's Ethical Truism:
I have no inalienable right to harm my environment because my environment is your environment and that of every other living organism on Earth!
It is only possible to respect and nurture the environment (our only planet) when we also respect and nurture each other.
I am originally from
I have been married for 42 years to Betty who, in addition to being a red-headed
Texan, a lot of fun and a good cook, is the manager of Boyd Income Tax Service
Betty and I have made a really big leap into the
future. We've always wanted a vacation/retirement home in the
I strongly believe that we all owe dues to our
society. I have and am paying my dues by service to my profession, community,
and church. I am most proud of the fact that I was a member of the North
Carolina Water Pollution Control Systems Operators Certification Commission
for over 30 years. I have been Chairman and served on several committees of the
NC Section of the American Water Works
Association and NC Water Environment Association . I am one of
three academics who have led this organization during its 85-year
history. Watch for my shovel tie clip. It signifies my election to the
"5S" (Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers). Last year NC
AWWA-WEA honored me at the annual awards banquet by naming me the first
recipient of the "Educator of the Year Award". Then I was
totally stunned when the Chairman told me and the rest of the audience that the
award was named for me, the "Donald E. Francisco Educator of the Year
Award"! Most of us dream of the honors we wish to receive as we
enter a profession and reflect on the honors we did not receive when we
retire. This honor is too great to either dream of receiving or regret
not having received. Words simply cannot express my wonder at having
received this honor. Most recently, the North Carolina Professional
Wastwater Operators Association named me an "Honorary Wastewater Treatment
Plant Operator". I operated the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment
I have also been a Director for the Water Environment Federation and a member of its Executive Committee. Diane Crilley, the WEF committee liason, and I reinvigorated the WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee. This was great way to end a service career because I presided over a wonderful group of young people who have made enormous improvements in the services provided for students and young professionals by WEF. I was honored at the 2002 Water Environment Technical Exposition and Conference with an Honorary Membership. Very few people are so honored. It is very gratifying to be recognized for almost 40 years service to the water environment profession.
For 33 years, I
coordinated the presentation of the
Additionally, I have served my community as a member of the Chapel Hill
Planning Board and the Orange Water and
Sewer Authority Board of Directors. A member of the University United Methodist Church,
I have served on numerous committees. I along with 4 other dear persons
constitute the Church's Intercessory Prayer Group. Betty and I are also
affiliate members of the Sparta
United Methodist Church in
retirement, I am continuing to try to get my golf handicap below 28. I've
read quite a number of non-technical books. The best has been Christian
Appy's Patriots and Jim Hightower's Thieves in High Places as
well as several John Jakes, John Grisham, Scott Turow, David Baldacci, and Greg
Iles novels. Now I am reading the love stories of Nicholas Sparks.
I have gotten another political fix reading Jimmy Carter's Our
Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, Bill Clinton's My Life,
and Kevin Phillips' American Theocracy (wonderful writing). The
best I have read recently is Charles Mann's 1491. It is a must
read. I never seemed to have time for reading books like these when I was
working full time. We also tried the Metropolitan Opera for the first
time just after I retired. Since then, we have been to the Royal Opera in
I am also exploring other opportunities to
serve my community. I hoped to become a Hospice Patient Care Volunteer in
Click on the course number to see a course syllabus and other important course information.
ENVR 51 -- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (3): A human-centered study of the health, economic, ecological, and aesthetic effects of our use of water, air, and land. The physical, biological, and chemical processes that occur in nature are studied, particularly as they relate to human activities and generation of waste residues, heat, noise, and radiation. Methods of control and abatement for environmental degradation are presented. Fall.
ENVR 101 On Campus-- ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (2): An introduction to environmental health emphasizing the source, transport, and effects of environmental agents on human health. In addition, environmental control techniques are addressed. Spring.
ENVR 101 Off Campus-- ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (2): An introduction to environmental health emphasizing the source, transport, and effects of environmental agents on human health. In addition, environmental control techniques are addressed. This course is offered as a teleconference and web-based course for the MPH in Public Health Leadership degree. The course materials are only available to registered students. It is offered when required by that degree. I'm not sure when I will teach it in this format again.
ENVR 101 (On line) -- About 6 years ago, I
developed, with the assistance of a TA, Rachel Kron, and Ansje Burdick, Karl
Umble, Amy Trestor, and Ben Davis of the Information and Instructional
Technology Office, an exclusively web-based version of ENVR 101. This was
taught for the first time in the Spring, 2000 semester. I had 27 students
from Rio Rancho, NM to
ENVR 135 -- BIOLOGY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (4): An introduction to biology, including principles of biochemistry, cell structure, classification, and ecology. Laboratory emphasizes techniques utilized in measurement and control of environmental pollution. This course is designed for environmental engineers and chemists who have had little preparation in biology. Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week. Fall. This course was discontinued as part of the curriculum revision process in DESE. I was disappointed in this because the course had filled an important gap in the education of environmental engineers and chemists for over 20 years, and I thought it was a good course.
I have also taught Limnology, Limnological Methods and Analysis, and Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes.
My research interests have been in the area of applied aquatic microbiology and limnology including eutrophication, biological wastewater treatment, biological phosphorus removal, and whole effluent toxicity. My laboratory is now closed. I have no current students and will not be taking new students.
I just completed an investigation of the causes of low dissolved oxygen concentrations below the lock and dams on the Middle Cape Fear River. In addition, I just completed an investigation of the factors that encourage re-growth of bacteria in drinking water distribution systems with Francis A. DiGiano.
A selection of representative publications authored or co-authored by Donald E. Francisco.
Hannon, P.A., Umble, K.E., Alexander, A., Francisco, D., Steckler, A., Tudor, G., & Upshaw, V. “Gagne’s and Laurillard’s Models of Instruction Applied to Distance Education: A Theoretically-Driven Evaluation of an On-Line Core Curriculum in Public Health”. In press, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2002.
Zhang, W., F.A. DiGiano, D.E. Francisco, and L. Fow. A Statistical Study on the Relationship between Bacterial Growth and Water Quality Parameters. Proceedings of the NC AWWA and WEA Annual Meeting, 1999.
Francisco, D., DiGiano, F. A., Zhang, W.,
Todd, L. and Wu, J. 1998. Case Study: Regrowth in Two Distribution Systems
(chlorine vs. chloramine disinfection) and High AOC, Proceedings of AWWA
Francisco, D.E., DiGiano, F.A., Elias, M.C.,
Francisco, D.E., Shoaf, S.R., and Lamb, J.C.,
III. Reduction in Nutrient Discharges Into Designated Nutrient-Sensitive
Waters -- Phase III (
Chapel Hill, NC 27517-9116
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