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Your Environment. Your Health.

May 2017

Superfund Research Program Science Digest
Balancing Scientific Excellence with Research Relevance

Science Leadership

Stephania Cormier, Bernhard Hennig, Rebecca Fry, Danielle Carlin, Bill Suk, and Robert Tanguay

SRP presenters included, from left, Stephania Cormier, Ph.D., from the University of Tennessee; Bernhard Hennig, Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky; Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Carlin, Bill Suk, Ph.D., SRP director; and Robert Tanguay, Ph.D., from Oregon State University.
(Photo courtesy of Virginia Guidry)

  • Superfund Research Program (SRP) staff and grantees from all over the country gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the 2017 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting March 12 - 16. Grantees and staff gave talks and presented posters highlighting SRP-funded research advances in toxicology. SRP Health Scientist Administrator Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., co-chaired a historical highlights section, which focused on cutting-edge science and innovative SRP technologies developed over the years. SRP staff members also were on hand to meet with grantees, view their posters, and discuss their innovative research.

  • SRP staff and grantees also were involved in the American Chemical Society National Meeting April 2 - 6 in San Francisco, California. SRP Health Scientist Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., co-chaired a session on evaluating innovative remediation and detection technologies. The meeting also included a tribute to Jerry Schnoor, Ph.D., a University of Iowa SRP Center grantee and leader in the field of environmental chemistry.

  • Steve Comfort and Heather Henry standing next to an NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program sign

    Henry, right, with SRP grantee Steve Comfort, Ph.D. at the FeedForward Session for CAP participants.
    (Photo courtesy of Heather Henry)

  • SRP small business awardee Airlift Environmental LLC was recently accepted into the National Institutes of Health's Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) and participated in a FeedForward session March 16 - 17 in Washington, D.C. The competitive CAP program helps some of the agency's most promising small business awardees move their technologies into the marketplace. SRP Health Scientist Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., participated as an onsite mentor during the session.

  • SRP Centers in the northeast met April 4 - 5 to discuss their innovative research and to brainstorm ways to continue their collaboration efforts. The joint meeting, hosted by the Northeastern SRP Center, was co-sponsored by the Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and University of Pennsylvania SRP Centers. The meeting began with an overview of the six centers followed by sessions related to reducing arsenic exposure, interacting with communities and stakeholders, and leveraging big data for environmental science research. The meeting also included a session on the diverse perspectives on poly- and perfluoroalkyl substance contamination, as well as a trainee poster session.

  • David Salt, Keeve Nachman, Mary Lou Guerinot, and Margaret Karagas

    The AAAS session included, from left, David Salt, Ph.D., from the University of Nottingham, Keeve Nachman, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University, and Dartmouth SRP Center grantees Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D., and Margaret Karagas, Ph.D.
    (Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth SRP Center)

  • Four SRP grantees were involved in the Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision Making workshop, held March 6 - 7 in Washington, D.C. The workshop, which explored how modern advances in bioinformatics can be incorporated into human health decision making, included presentations by grantees from Brown University, Dartmouth College, Michigan State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Presenters discussed new research tools and frameworks that may help to establish causality between exposure to environmental agents and disease.

  • On February 17, Dartmouth College SRP Center researchers spoke at a special session at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The session addressed how arsenic is taken up from soil and water by food crops and ends up on people's plates. It also included discussion of emerging health threats and challenges for translating new research on dietary arsenic exposure to public policy, which historically has focused only on exposure to arsenic from contaminated drinking water.