As many of you know, Bill Suk retired from NIEHS at the end of 2022, having expertly guided the Superfund Research Program (SRP) for 35 years. As we reflect on his leadership and vision for the program with immense gratitude, I want to assure you that during this time of transition, SRP will continue to operate, and our strong staff will continue to support your research endeavors, as usual. I will be serving as Acting Chief of the Hazardous Substances Research Branch and Director of the SRP while NIEHS searches for a permanent replacement over the next year.
Welcome to the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) Science Digest!
Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research, which provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
You also can view past issues of the Science Digest.
A hallmark of SRP's success is effective technology transfer. Research findings have led to novel therapeutic drug products, environmental sampling devices, and remediation approaches. The examples featured in this issue of the Science Digest illustrate an array of businesses and products that have spun out of SRP funding.
SRP celebrates former SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., who retired in December 2022 after leading the program for 35 years. Suk led the program since its inception in 1987 and was instrumental in creating the innovative and collaborative research network that SRP has become. Suk's vision of multidisciplinary research, training the next generation of scientists, and embracing novel technologies are among his many contributions to making this program a success. Thank you, Bill, and enjoy retirement!
Hot Off the Press
Short, fun science videos produced by SRP trainees as part of a competition made their big-screen debut at the SRP Annual Meeting, held December 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. SRP hosted the contest to encourage early-career researchers' science communication efforts.
Scientists at Texas A&M Agrilife Research developed a novel technology that can efficiently bind to and break down per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment. Their approach combines a plant-based material that adsorbs PFAS and a fungus that can take up the chemicals.