Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from all over the country gathered in Nashville, Tenn., for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Annual Meeting November 22-23.
Several grantees from SRP Centers gave oral presentations during the SRP-coordinated session, “Communities, Ecology, and Health: Making the Connection,” led by University of Kentucky (UK) SRP grantee Anna Hoover, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund and Technology Liaison Felicia Barnett, and SRP staff Heather Henry, Beth Anderson, and Michelle Heacock. The talks provided an opportunity for SRP researchers to reach out to stakeholders and foster collaborations between SRP scientists.
SRP grantees also received several awards during the meeting. John Geisy, Ph.D., former Michigan State University Principal Investigator, won the Global Partners Capacity Building Award, which recognizes individuals or groups for their contribution to enhancing the use of science in environmental policy and decision making in countries where there is a need for capacity building.
Mark Borsuk, Ph.D., leader of the Dartmouth SRP Community Engagement Core, received the Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Best Paper Award, which recognizes innovative analysis and problem-solving research published in the previous journal volume year. Borsuk's paper, "A Bayesian Network Model for Integrative River Rehabilitation Planning and Management ," integrates state-of-the-science mathematical analysis into decision making critical to solving river ecosystem impairment problems around the world.
Peter J. Cadmus from Colorado State University, a trainee for the Colorado School of Mines SRP Individual Research Grant (R01), received the SETAC North America Endowment Fund Award. In addition, a number of SRP trainees also received travel awards to attend the meeting and gave oral or poster presentations. Visit the SETAC website for more information about the organization and its annual meeting.