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Your Environment. Your Health.

February 2017

Superfund Research Program Science Digest
Balancing Scientific Excellence with Research Relevance

Science Leadership

SRP staff and grantees are committed to sharing important SRP research and activities by presenting innovative findings and explaining research to stakeholders.

SRP at the NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST

SRP Trainee
An SRP trainee describes her research to a highly interested meeting attendee.  (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

SRP staff and grantees contributed significantly to the planning and presentations at the NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST (EHS FEST) December 6 - 8 in Durham, North Carolina. With more than 1,200 participants, EHS FEST brought together a diverse group of researchers, community engagement teams, trainees, and young investigators supported by NIEHS, which led to several days of excellent scientific dialogue and facilitated collaborations among grantees.

SRP grantees presented their innovative research findings on a variety of topics, including the interactions between environmental toxicants and food, interventions and technology-based solutions to reduce environmental exposures, chemical exposure-induced host susceptibility, and the impact of chemical mixtures on the environment and health. Several SRP grantees also demonstrated their groundbreaking sensors and data analysis tools in a sensors and technology fair.

Held in conjunction with EHS FEST, the SRP Annual Meeting on December 5 provided a forum for presentations and discussion in areas critical to the program's mission to address human and environmental health challenges related to hazardous waste sites. This included exceptional research presentations by SRP trainees and a panel that explored data-sharing opportunities.

To read more about SRP Monday and SRP grantees at EHS FEST, visit the 2016 SRP Annual Meeting website.

Other Recent Leadership Activities

  • The SRP's Heather Henry, Ph.D., is actively engaged with the small-business community. She recently participated in the 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando, Florida, and on October 3, she presented during the U.S. Small Business Funding Opportunities (SBIR/STTR) for Environmental Technologies at NIEHS SRP, EPA, NSF, and USDA webinar.
  • The SRP's Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., serves as President of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology (NCSOT). She was a key organizer of the 2016 NCSOT Annual Meeting, "Stem Cells and Epigenetics: Methods and Applications for Toxicology," which consisted of plenary speakers, a Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Poster Competition, a President's Award for Research Competition (PARC) Award Presentation, and Graduate Student Platform Presentations.
  • The SRP's Michelle Heacock, Ph.D., is actively involved in the NIH Big Data initiative. She serves on the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI), Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) workgroup, and the Commons Reference Data Set Working Group, and she is one of the Science Officers for the BD2K Center for Causal Discovery.
  • SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., is providing scientific leadership as a member of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health, and Development. The aim of the Commission is to reduce air, soil, and water pollution by communicating the health and economic costs of pollution globally and providing actionable solutions to policymakers.
  • Birnbaum
    Birnbaum, left, and Reed listen intently as Brown SRP scientists described their research on health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island.
    (Photo courtesy of the Office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed)
    The Brown University SRP Center hosted U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island and NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., who met with researchers from the Center to discuss ways to reduce perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) exposures and improve health outcomes for people in Rhode Island.
  • University of Arizona SRP Center Director Raina Maier, Ph.D., spoke at the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math session of the 2016 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series in Washington, D.C. on “An Emerging and Diverse Workforce to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands,” which included a discussion of her SRP research on cleaning up legacy mining sites in the southwestern U.S.