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March 2018 Superfund Research Program Science Digest

Superfund Research Program Science Digest
Balancing Scientific Excellence with Research Relevance

Science Leadership

Superfund Research Program (SRP) staff and grantees are committed to advancing SRP research by presenting innovative findings, tools, and technologies to stakeholders in academia, government, and local communities.

  • SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H., Health
    PBC conference attendees

    From left, Suk, Trottier, NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D., and Heacock, heard from meeting participants spanning different fields and multiple countries.
    (Photo courtesy of Betsy Galluzzo)

    Scientist Administrator Michelle Heacock, Ph.D., and Health Specialist Brittany Trottier, M.P.H., shared their expertise and discussed ways to address pressing environmental health issues at the Pacific Basin Consortium (PBC) conference Nov. 12 - 17 in Delhi, India. With the theme of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development, the meeting centered around solutions and sustainable policies for managing environmental and health issues around the world. The conference was sponsored in part by the SRP.
  • SRP Health Scientist Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., received an NIEHS Merit Award for outstanding contributions in support of the Scholars at Work Program, which provides highschool students the opportunity to spend their spring break at NIEHS and other scientific agencies and companies. The students engaged with employees representing a variety of roles and functions, toured the NIEHS campus, and participated in hands-on activities exposing them to the world of work.
    Panel discussion

    Suk (right) was also in attendance at the Southeast Regional Conference on Groundwater Arsenic and served as a co-chair for a session discussion.
    (Photo courtesy of Danielle Carlin)

  • Researchers, stakeholders, and government officials convened at the Southeast Asia Regional Conference on Groundwater Arsenic to discuss the sources and health effects of arsenic and to explore multidisciplinary remediation strategies for the U.S. and around the world. Sponsored in part by the Columbia University SRP Center, the goal of the symposium was to develop strategies to reduce arsenic exposure and related diseases. During the meeting, SRP Health Scientist Administrator Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., served on a panel and discussed efforts to reduce arsenic.
  • Dibakar Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky SRP Center was recently awarded funding to help the Chevron Corporation remove metals and other potentially harmful contaminants from wastewater created during oil production. Bhattacharyya's SRP-funded work was critical in laying the foundation that provided the opportunity to transfer his technology from the laboratory to the field.
  • SRP small business Microvi, Inc., recently signed an exclusive agreement to commercialize its water remediation technology, called Denitrovi. The Denitrovi technology uses a biological process to convert nitrate in water into nitrogen gas. The technology is easy to operate and offers significant advantages over traditional methods – costing less, requiring less energy, and producing less waste.
  • University of Arizona SRP Center
    Karletta Chief, Ph.D.

    Chief is exploring changes to the Animas River after the mine spill.
    (Photo courtesy of Science Friday)

    grantee Karletta Chief, Ph.D., was featured as part of a Science Friday video installment, "Breakthrough: Portraits of Women in Science," which folows women working at the forefront of their fields. The film featured Chief and her SRP-funded work to address the concerns of the Navajo community after the Gold King Mine spill in 2015. Chief explained how her research team helped identify more than 100 unique cultural uses of the river that were not previously considered in exposure estimates.