SRP trainee Natasha Catlin, Ph.D., wins two awards at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Meeting

SRP trainee Natasha Catlin, Ph.D., wins two awards at the 2014 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Meeting that was held March 23-27, 2014, in Phoenix Arizona. Natasha’s awards included second place in the graduate student poster competition for the reproductive and developmental toxicology specialty section (RTDSS) of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and an award for her abstract being placed in the top 5 abstracts that were presented at the meeting that pertained to mixtures. Click HERE for NIEHS news coverage.

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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 fourth webinar was held on 4/17/14. Reynold Panettieri (University of Pennsylvania) presented on “Health consequences of fracking.” The monthly series will continue through June 2014. Slides are available by clicking HERE.

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Brown to Launch a New Environmental Institute

Brown University will launch its Institute for the Study of Environment and Society (ISES) in the coming academic year. Environmental questions range in scale from molecular to planetary and demand research collaboration from many disciplines. The new center will draw on Brown’s strengths in environmental teaching and research to address those questions in a holistic way. ISES will provide an interdisciplinary home for faculty from Brown’s Population Studies and Training Center, the Superfund Research Program, and other projects. Please click HERE to read Brown’s Press Release.

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Perspectives on Public Health Nursing

Brown University Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Core Co-Leader Dr. Marcella Thompson presented a seminar entitled Perspectives on Public Health Nursing at Rhode Island College. She spoke about her role as a knowledge broker and her work with community organizations and Native American tribes. This seminar was attended by graduate students in the Masters’ Public Health Nursing program.

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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 third webinar was held on 3/13/14. Trevor Penning (University of Pennsylvania) presented on “Public Health Impacts of Hydrofracturing and Research Recommendations.” The monthly series will continue through June 2014. Slides are available by clicking HERE.

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Fish Counters Needed!

It has been a COLD winter and the herring are not running yet but we want to be ready when they are. We will start counting them as they return on April 1.

This year our counts will take place at our fish ladders at both Rising Sun Mills AND Riverside Park.

SIGN UP AND TRAINING:
Thursday, March 27, Rising Sun Mills Fish Ladder, 166 Valley Street, Providence, RI – Come by any time between 11AM and 1PM. Sign up and training takes only about 15 minutes.

If you would like to count but cannot attend the training, contact Alicia Lehrer at alehrer@wrwc.org or 401-861-9046.
For more information, email alehrer@wrwc.org or call 401-861-9046.

The WRWC and the fish thank you!

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Communicating Risk to the Public

Brown’s SRP RTC is co-sponsoring/organizing a workshop with the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association on March 27 and 28, 2014 on “Communicating Risk to the Public”. Speakers include James Rice (Brown SRP), Kim Boekelheide (Brown SRP), Laurie Rardin (Dartmouth SRP), Robert Vanderslice (Brown SRP), Madeleine Scammell (Boston SRP), Sunshine Menezes (Metcalf Institute), and Lenny Siegel (Center for Public Env. Oversight). The audience of over 100 registrants consists of state and EPA regulators and consultants typically involved in waste site cleanups.

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Vapor Intrusion Report Available

A DOD report that summarizes a meeting that Eric Suuberg and Kelly Pennell attended in December has been published. Although not explicitly referenced, a recent Brown SRP publication on Sewer Gas and Vapor Intrusion was discussed during the meeting and the DOD summary of sewer gas was at least in some part a result of that discussion. The report can be downloaded HERE. Sharing this site with colleagues will ultimately help DOD and ITRC in its tech transfer efforts.

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Marcella Thompson addresses global health class at University of Rhode Island

Community Engagement Core Co-Leader and State Agencies/Community Liaison Marcella Thompson spoke with University of Rhode Island undergraduate students about communicable diseases and their impact on global public health. Dr. Thompson spoke about the important roles of environment, exposure, and adaptation, and the impact of climate change on incidence of communicable diseases and pandemics. Students were very engaged in discussion with Dr. Thompson and Professor Schwartz-Barcott following the presentation.

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Kane and Hurt, SRP Project Leaders, at Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conf

Agnes Kane, Brown University pathology professor, spoke at the Metcalf seminar about whether nanoparticles might be an alternative to dispersants. She and Brown engineering professors Robert Hurt and Huajian Gao want to know if nano-sorbents, which can capture and sequester oil, are safer and more effective than dispersants in combating spills. COREXIT prevents slicks from forming on the ocean by suspending oil in the water as tiny particles, Kane noted. But larvae feed on those particles, larger organisms eat the larvae and toxins in the oil including benzene, benzopyrene and naphthalene move up the food chain and bio-accumulate. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has exposure limits for benzene, benzopyrene and naphthalene, which are known carcinogens. Kane said nanoparticles might be effective as sponges that sop up those toxins. Her interdisciplinary research is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and she is co-director of a training grant on nanotechnology from the U.S. Dept. of Education. Her dispersant-related research is also funded by the National Science Foundation, GoMRI and Brown University.”

Read the full story in the recent issue (March 4, 2014) of the Huffington Post.

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