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.

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)

Brown SRP Research Published in Proc. of Nat. Acad. Sciences

The interdisciplinary work conducted within Projects 2 and 4 of the Brown Superfund Center has led to a new finding described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The SRP team collaborated with the Dr. Huajian Gao's lab in the Brown School of Engineering in a combined computational and experimental study of carbon nanotube interactions with living cells.  The team considered the question of why exposure to some types of carbon nanotubes, but not others, gives rise to adverse cellular responses.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)

Jennifer Guelfo Talks to AECOM About PFAs

Dr. Jennifer Guelfo spoke at a workshop on PFAs, hosted by the engineering design firm AECOM on October 26. Jennifer’s presentation, Federal Regulatory Overview & Key Challenges for Effective Environmental Management of PFAS, was to a small audience of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation employees, AECOM employees, and industry representatives.  

(Distributed October 27, 2016)
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