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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)

Introducing the Superfund to PGD's Thirsty Third Thursday

Brown SRP hosted Providence Green Drinks’ October Thirsty Third Thursday gathering at Flatbread Co. on October 20. These monthly events are organized to bring together environmentally like-minded individuals for discussions, networking, and community engagement. Dr. Agnes Kane, Brown SRP project and Training Core leader, gave the group an overview of what the Superfund is, where the Superfund sites in Rhode Island are located, and what contaminants are found throughout them. From there Dr.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)

Vapor Intrusion Research Presented at AEHSF International Conference

Dr. Eric Suuberg participated in the Vapor Intrusion session at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation’s 32nd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, in Amherst MA. Dr. Suuberg presented “Predicted Effects of Indoor Pressure Variation and Controlled Pressure Methods on Indoor Air Contaminant Vapor Concentrations in Vapor Intrusion.” This talk drew upon the work being performed by former SRP trainee Dr.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)

Brown SRP Annual Retreat

The Brown SRP Annual Retreat, on October 12, 2016, brought together our Brown participants, our government and community partners, and guests to discuss the Center's activities and future directions in environmental health research and outreach. The project and core leaders presented updates and summaries of their work as it has progressed since last year. We heard about related research being conducted at Brown from faculty members Jessica Plavicki, Jeffrey Morgan, Joseph Braun, and Huajian Gao.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)

Jennifer Guelfo Talks With New York Geologists to Understand PFAs

Invited to share her expertise on PFAs, Jennifer Guelfo spoke at the Central New York Association of Professional Geologists’s symposium on High Resolution Site Investigation and Emerging Contaminants on October 7. Dr. Guelfo’s presentation gave an overview of the chemistry, sources, fate/transport, and remediation of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater. The audience included regulators, analytical laboratories, and practitioners from the region some of whom are managing issues related to PFAS impacts in drinking water.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)

Understanding Environmental Justice as Part of Understanding Patient History

Agnes Kane, Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) and Training Core leader and Christina Ergas, State Agency Liaison for the Community Engagement Core, met with medical student focus group One Health, to discuss the history of the SRP and environmental justice movement followed by specific examples of Superfund sites and community activism in Rhode Island. The focus group met with Christina and local representatives of the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island to learn more about community concerns related to local toxic waste sites.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)

Understanding the U.S. EPA PFAs Health Advisory

Understanding the PFAS Health Advisory. Dr. David Klein, postdoctoral fellow on the Brown SRP Project 1, and Dr. Joe Braun assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Program in Public Health led a co-sponsored NEWMOA Webinar focused on understanding the May 2016 EPA 70 parts per trillion health advisory in drinking water.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)
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