Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future

The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP), Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future, is focused on complex environmental contaminant issues in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a long history of industrial activity resulting in extensive contamination. An academic-government-community partnership model is a key feature of our overall SRP research strategy. Together with our partners we work to expand the understanding of the human health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island and other post-industrial states. Our research embraces the complexity of mixed contaminants and their inevitable proximity to dense population centers, and is responsive to the needs of our government and community partners in managing the problems that this causes.

Brown University's Superfund Research Program is a win-win-win for Rhode Island citizens, Rhode Island communities, and the Rhode Island environment.

Brown contributes to the Environmental Health Sciences FEST

NIEHS celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, and this past month hosted an institute-wide, four-day celebratory event called the Environmental Health Sciences FEST in Durham, NC. Over 1300 attendees engaged in presentations and panel discussions on the full spectrum of topics supported by the institute ranging from the molecular mechanisms of toxicity, to pollutant fate and transport, citizen science, exposure prevention, and bench-to-field research translation. 

(Distributed December 14, 2016)

Ruben Spitz Wins 1st Place

 Ruben explains his research to participants of the Superfund Annual Meeting during the poster session on December 5. 

At the Superfund Annual Meeting, part of the NIEHS 50th Anniversary celebration in Durham, North Carolina, graduate student Ruben Spitz won first place in the environmental sciences and engineering category for his poster “Breathable Graphene Oxide Toxicant Barriers.” His research is conducted in the Hurt Lab under

(Distributed December 14, 2016)

Jennifer Back in Albany Talking PFAs in Groundwater

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), though largely focused on air quality, is particularly interested in links between atmospheric deposition and the drinking water impacts recently discovered in several New England communities. For this reason, NESCAUM invited Dr.

(Distributed November 10, 2016)

Teaching Toxicity: Challenges and opportunities for scientifically engaged art educators

Visualizing the context in which research occurs is a difficult exercise without lived experience. On October 12, the Boekelheide lab hosted, this informal tour and seminar was intended to give participants a glimpse into the culture and context of toxicology research, resulting in a more nuanced perception of work conducted under the umbrella of the Brown Superfund Research Program. The group consisted primarily of artists, teachers and community activists from Providence.

(Distributed November 10, 2016)
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