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Dr. Sarva Mangala Praveena receives the 2018 Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development from Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Tang Prize Foundation and NCUK President Huey-Jen Jenny Su at NCKU, April 3rd.

Endorsed by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, granted by Tang Prize Foundation and organized by NCKU, the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development commits to engage the outstanding female researchers for public health and sustainable development. It empowers an international platform for collaboration and partnership of female researchers in Taiwan and developing countries.

Dr. Praveena says, “This award means recognition and appreciation for my research work achievements, for the job that I love and passionate till today.” Dr. Praveena is the associate professor of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia, specialized in environmental analysis and human health risk assessment.

Research Highlights

Dr. Praveena’s research topics were related with environmental analysis and human health risk assessment, involving various types of water samples (beach water, drinking water, surface water and wastewater, low cost water filter), urban soil and dust, marketed rice and microbeads.

Her water-related research topics include the health symptoms among beach visitors due to beach water exposure, heavy metal in drinking water incorporated with health risk assessment. Some of her research findings provide baseline values to broaden current knowledge of emerging pollutant (steroid hormones) contamination in water bodies in Malaysia. Her greywater purification study shows heavy metal (Cu, Cd, Pb and Ni) can be removed with banana stem waste, exploring its great potential as a raw material for activated carbon production and greywater treatment.

Dr. Praveena also points out the importance to consider bioavailability pollutant form as accurate pollutant concentration in health risk assessment for future study, with her studies involving soil and dust in urban areas. Her microbeads study findings have outlined as an indicator on global occurrence of microplastics pollution due to personal care products, which is limited, found in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Praveena is also the inventor of a water filtration unit, low cost, foldable, easy to transport and assemble. It uses silver nanoparticles coating on cellulose paper to filter and provide clean drinking water and the performance efficacy scores for six sustainability criteria, suitable for emergency use. SODIS and chlorination are suitable for emergency use, but their dependence on UV penetration and chlorine disinfection efficiency would be an issue. Comparatively, the filters made with ceramic and biosand would suit for daily use with higher performance index, but it will decline if regular cleaning is not in place.

“Rapid urbanization will increase the pollution loadings.” Dr. Praveena concludes. “Assuring safe drinking-water from sustainable water resources is one of the crucial factors in public health and sustainable development to every country in the world.”

Dr. Praveena notes, to all those women who would like to pursue your career in field of science, “having a career as a female scientist is full of challenges, thus you need to love what you do, open for learning new things every day, face all the challenges and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Enjoy small and also big achievements in your career, this will increase your confidence level. Lastly, you have to work really hard. It is because at the end of the day, nothing can beat the hard work in order to be successful in your career.”

Dr. Sarva Mangala Praveena
2011 Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science), UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA SABAH
Citation-indexed Journals (Selected Publications as Corresponding Author)

1. Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z., 2017. Status, source identification, and health risks of potentially toxic element concentrations in road dust in a medium-sized city in a developing country. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. doi:10.1007/s10653-017-0021-8. Impact factor: 2.616 (Q1)

2. Ting, Y.F., Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z., Ismail, S.N.S., Rasdi, I., 2017. Mathematical modeling for estrogenic activity prediction of 17m-estradiol and 17i-ethynylestradiol mixtures in wastewater treatment plants effluent. Ecotoxicology. doi:10.1007/s10646-017-1857-5. Impact factor: 1.951 (Q2)

3. Praveena, S.M., Pradhan, B., Aris, A.Z., 2017. Assessment of bioavailability and human health exposure risk to heavy metals in surface soils (Klang district, Malaysia). Toxin Reviews
doi:10.1080/15569543.2017.1350193. Impact factor: 0.647 (Q3)

4. Praveena, S.M., Omar, N.A., 2017. Heavy metal exposure from cooked rice grain ingestion and its potential health risks to humans from total and bioavailable forms analysis. Food Chemistry 235, 203–211. Impact factor: 4.529 (Q1)

5. Fang, T.Y. and Praveena, S.M. 2017. Sources, mechanisms, and fate of steroid estrogens in wastewater treatment plants: a mini review. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189 (4): 178. Impact factor: 1.687 (Q3)

6. Fang, T.Y., Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z., Ismail, S.N.S. and Rasdi, I. 2016. Analytical techniques for steroid estrogens in water samples - A review. Chemosphere 165, 358-368. Impact factor: 3.698 (Q1)

7. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Nur’Aqilah Hamin, Siti Quistina Noorain Abdul Razak and Ahmad Zaharin Aris. 2016. Analysis of Steroid Estrogens in River Sediment by High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Electrospray Ionization-Mass Spectrometry. Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transactions A: Science. DOI: 10.1007/s40995-016-0109-5. Impact factor: 0.128 (Q4)

8. Tan Sock Yin, Sarva Mangala Praveena, Emilia Zainal Abidin, Manraj Singh Cheema. 2016. A Review of Heavy Metals in Indoor Dust and its Human Health Risks Consideration. Reviews of Environmental Health 31:447-456 Scopus.

9. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Siti Shafiqa Shamira, Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail and Ahmad Zaharin Aris. 2016. Fecal Indicator Bacteria In Tropical Beach Sand: Baseline Findings From Port Dickson Coastline, Strait Of Malacca (Malaysia). Marine Pollution Buletin 110: 609-612 Impact factor: 3.099 (Q1)

10. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Tang Seok Lui, Nur’Aqilah Hamin, Siti Quistina Noorain Abdul Razak and Ahmad Zaharin Aris. 2016. Occurrence Of Selected Estrogenic Compounds And Estrogenic Activity In Surface Water And Sediment Of Langat River (Malaysia). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188:442 Accepted. Impact factor: 1.633 (Q2)

11. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Lim Suk Han, Leslie Thian Lung Than & Ahmad Zaharin Aris. 2016. Preparation And Characterisation Of Silver Nanoparticle Coated On Cellulose Paper : Evaluation Of Their Potential As Antibacterial Water Filter. Journal of Experimental Nanoscience. Acceptted. DOI:10.1080/17458080.2016.1209790. Impact Factor 0.832 (Q3).

12. Ab Razak, N.H., Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z., Hashim, Z, 2016. Quality of Kelantan drinking water and knowledge, attitude and practice among the population of Pasir Mas, Malaysia. Public Health 131:103-111. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.11.006. Impact factor: 1.434 (Q3)

13. Omar, N.A, Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z. & Hashim, Z. 2015. Health risk assessment using in vitro digestion model in assessing bioavailability of heavy metal in rice: A preliminary study. Food Chemistry 188: 46–50 doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.04.087. Impact factor: 3.259 (Q1)

14. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Nuraini Sarah Abdul Mutalib & Ahmad Zaharin Aris. 2015. Determination of Heavy Metals in Indoor Dust From Primary School (Sri Serdang, Malaysia): Estimation of the Health Risks. Environmental Forensics 16:3, 257-263, DOI: 10.1080/15275922.2015.1059388. Impact factor: 0.562 (Q4)

15. Praveena, S.M., Pauzi, N.M., Hamdan, M., Sham, S.M. 2015. Assessment of swimming associated health effects in marine bathing beach: An example from Morib beach (Malaysia). Marine Pollution Bulletin 92 (1–2): 222-226. Impact factor: 3.118 (Q1)

16. Yuswir, N.S., Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z., Ismail, S.N.S. and Hashim, Z. 2015. Health Risk Assessment of Metal in Urban Surface Soil (Klang District, Malaysia). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 95(1,): 80-89. doi: 10.1007/s00128-015-1544-2. Impact factor: 1.255 (Q3)

17. Praveena, S.M., Ismail, S.N.S. and Aris, A.Z. 2015. Health risk assessment of heavy metal exposure in urban soil from Seri Kembangan (Malaysia). Arabian Journal of Geosciences 8: 9753-9761. doi: 10.1007/s12517- 015-1895-3. Impact factor: 1.152 (Q3)

18. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail and Biswajeet Pradhan. 2015. Spatial assessment of heavy metals in surface soil from Klang District (Malaysia): An example from a tropical environment. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. doi:10.1080/10807039.2015.1017872. Impact factor: 1.076 (Q3)

19. Praveena, S.M. and Lin, C.L.S. 2015. Assessment of heavy metal in self-caught saltwater fish from Port Dickson coastal water, Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana 44: 91-99. Impact factor: 0.480 (Q3)

20. Sarva Mangala Praveena and Ahmad Zaharin Aris, 2015. Application of Low-Cost Materials Coated with Silver Nanoparticle as Water Filter in Escherichia coli Removal. Water Quality, Exposure and Health. doi: 10.1007/s12403-015-0167-5. Impact factor: 0.912 (Q3)

21. Praveena, S.M., Yuswir, N.S., Aris, A.Z. and Hashim, Z. 2014. Contamination assessment and potential human health risks of heavy metals in Klang urban soils: a preliminary study. Environmental Earth Sciences 73(12): 8155-8165. doi 10.1007/s12665-014-3974-2. Impact factor: 1.417 (Q2)

22. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Kwan So Chen and Sharifah Norkhadijah Syed Ismail. 2013.Indicators of Microbial Beach Water Quality: Preliminary Findings from Teluk Kemang Beach, Port Dickson (Malaysia). Marine Pollution Bulletin 76(1-2):417-419. Impact factor: 2.927 (Q1)

23. Sarva Mangala Praveena and Ahmad Zaharin Aris, 2013. A baseline study of tropical coastal water quality in Port Dickson, Strait of Malacca, Malaysia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 67 (1-2): 196-199. Impact factor: 2.927 (Q1)

24. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Siti Shapor Siraj and Ahmad Zaharin Aris, 2012. Coral reefs studies and threats in Malaysia: a mini review. Reviews of Environmental Science and Biotechnology 11: 27-39 doi: 10.1007/s11157-011-9261-8. Impact factor: 2.340 (Q1)

25. Mazlin Mokhtar, Sarva Mangala Praveena, Ahmad Zaharin Aris, Ow Cher Yon and Ai Phing Lim. 2012. Trace metal (Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni and Zn) accumulation in Scleractinian corals: A record for Sabah, Borneo. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 2556–2563. Impact factor: 2.927 (Q1).

26. Sarva Mangala Praveena, Ong Wei Kwan & Ahmad Zaharin Aris. 2011. Effect of data pre-treatment procedures on principal component analysis: a case study for mangrove surface sediment datasets. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184(11):6855-6868. doi: 10.1007/s10661-011-2463-2. Impact factor: 1.436 (Q2)

27. Praveena, S.M., Abdullah, M.H., Bidin, K. and Aris, A.Z. 2011. Sustainable groundwater management on the
small island of Manukan, Malaysia. Environmental Earth Sciences 66:719–728. Impact factor: 0.678 (Q2)

28. Praveena, S.M., Abdullah, M.H., Bidin, K. and Aris, A.Z. 2011. Understanding of groundwater salinity using statistical modeling in a small tropical island, East Malaysia. Environmentalist 31: 279-287. DOI: 10.1007/s10669-011-9332-y. Scopus

29. Praveena, S.M., Abdullah, M.H., Bidin, K. and Aris, A.Z. 2011. Modeling of water balance components in small island via a numerical model application. Journal of Coastal Research 28: 202–209. doi: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-10-00057.1. Impact factor: 1.366. (Q4)

30. Sarva Mangala Praveena and Ahmad Zaharin Aris, 2010. Groundwater resources assessment using numerical model: A case study in low-lying coastal area. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 7 (1): 135-146. Impact factor: 1.417 (Q2)

31. Praveena, S.M., Abdullah, M.H. and Aris, A.Z. 2010. Modeling for Equitable Groundwater Management: Application to Manukan Island, Malaysia. International Journal of Environmental

Research 4(3):415-426. Impact factor: 0.781 (Q3)
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