Students Learn about Nightingale Traditions and the Importance of the Environment to Nursing

Brown University SRP CEC and University of Rhode Island co-sponsored a presentation on Florence Nightingale’s traditions, nursing education and practice. Dr. Marcella Thompson, Co-Leader of Brown SRP CEC and Assistant Professor of Nursing at URI appeared in period costume to students from the Rhode Island Nurses Institute, a charter high school and middle college in Providence, RI that focuses on preparing students academically for undergraduate nursing education and careers in nursing. The presentation highlighted Nightingale’s emphasis on the critical importance of the environment to nursing and health. The Brown SRP-URI-RINI partnership focuses on integrating environmental science and health into the high school curriculum in accordance with the next generation of science standards.

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Marcella Thompson Recognized by ASSE

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized Community Engagement Core Co-Leader Marcella Thompson in their “Foundation Focus” newsletter. The ASSE Foundation has awarded nearly $1.8 million to students pursuing degrees in occupational safety and health over the past 19 years. In 2000, Marcella and her husband, Michael G. Thompson, granted one of the first individual donor endowment gifts to the ASSE Foundation. The Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety is now awarded annually to female graduate students pursuing safety degrees. The full article can be viewed at

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Superfund Trainees Recognized by Society of Toxicology

At the Annual Fall Meeting of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology on September 26, 2014, several Brown University Superfund Research Program trainees presented their work and won awards. Linnea Anderson won second place in the graduate student poster competition with the poster “Molecular alterations in sperm are sensitive indicators of testicular dysfunction.” Pranita Kabadi won the postdoc poster award for her presentation entitled “3-Dimensional microtissues in the assessment of pulmonary toxicity induced by engineered nanoparticles.” Also in attendance was graduate student April Rodd, who was selected to give an oral and poster presentation on the development of fish liver microtissues.

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Narragansett Tribal Elders Attend Second Workshop on Preparing for Emergencies

Brown University SRP CEC and the Narragansett Tribal government held their second workshop on emergency planning and preparedness for Tribal Elders. Dr. Marcella Thompson discussed sheltering in place and emergency equipment and supplies to keep on hand.

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Brown SRP Trainee Megan Creighton Awarded EPA STAR Fellowship

Brown SRP trainee Megan Creighton has been awarded an EPA STAR graduate fellowship. EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program funds graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. The program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s intramural research program and those of our partners in other federal agencies. Megan’s research will focus on potential applications for graphene-family nanomaterials (GFNs). Increased use and production of such materials consequently suggests an increased likelihood of unintended occupational, consumer, and environmental exposures. This project focuses on the relation between the risks of such exposures and specific material properties so that these properties can be intelligently exploited for both function and safety. This will eventually lead to more accurate information for environmental decision-making, allowing for the safe and sustainable development and incorporation of GFN technology into society.

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Fifth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse convened his Fifth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day on Friday, September 5, 2014, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Faculty and staff from Brown’s Superfund Research Program were on hand to discuss their work. Brown University Press Release

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Narragansett Tribal Elders Attend First Workshop on Preparing for Emergencies

The Narragansett Tribal Elders, SRP’s community partner, held the first of three workshops on Preparing for Emergencies on July 9, 2014. Click here for more information.

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Report on Partnerships and Interactions with EPA and State/Local Agencies

Brown and NEWMOA’s March “Communicating Risk to the Public” and May “Vermont Vapor Intrusion Updates” workshops were reported in NEWMOA’s summer newsletter, which is available here.

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Trainee Workshop: Intellectual Property & Research Commercialization

The Brown SRP Training Core and RTC are co-organizing/sponsoring a workshop for trainees and faculty on Intellectual Property and Research Commercialization on 7/24/14. Presentations: “Introduction to Intellectual Property” by Eric Suuberg, ScD, PE, Brown University. “University-based Licensing & Business Development” by Leonard Katzman, Esq, Brown University. “Turning your Science into Business: The Most Terrifying Fun You Can Have” by Iain MacLeod, LLM, PhD, Harvard University, Aldatu Bio. “SBIR Opportunities and Pitfalls” by Marek Wójtowicz, PhD, Brown University, AFR, Inc. “Where is the Fun in Fundraising?” by Jason Harry, PhD, Brown University, Lucidux, LLC. The workshop will include a 45 minute, interactive IP negotiation scenario.

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Fracking Webinar Series with Society for Risk Analysis

Brown University, through its SRP RTC and the RI Society of Environmental Professionals, is serving as the Rhode Island host location for the Society for Risk Assessment webinar series “Scientific Studies on Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale on Water Resources.” The 6th and final webinar was held on 6/26/14. Pouné Saberi (University of Pennsylvania) presented on a “Health Perspectives Study in the Marcellus Shale.” Slides are available by clicking here.

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