Professor Pennell invited by CDC/ATSDR to serve as a peer-reviewer on the DRAFT Toxicological Profile for Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
Professor Kelly Pennell was invited by CDC/ATSDR to serve as a peer-reviewer on the DRAFT Toxicological Profile for Tetrachloroethylene (PCE). Kelly was selected because of her knowledge of environmental fate and transport of PCE, including vapor intrusion. Her review was submitted to CDC on November 19, 2013.
Jim Rice represented the Brown University SRP at a meeting (10/25/13) hosted by the Environmental Council of RI that included Administrator Gina McCarthy (EPA), Sen. Jack Reed (RI), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Administrator Curt Spalding (EPA Reg1), and Director Janet Coit (RI DEM). A presentation by Senator Reed on President Obama’s climate change plan was followed by a small group discussion about environmental priorities, issues, and organizations in RI.
Read the full story in the Providence Journal (10/25/13).
Professor Eric Suuberg gave a research seminar on November 22, 2013, at Boston University’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. The talk was titled “Another Reason not to Build Your House Upon Sand…. A Discussion of the Unseen Risks Associated with Vapor Intrusion.” The seminar series is organized by Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, who is currently an Assistant Professor at Boston University and was formerly an SRP trainee at Brown University.
Dr. Boekelheide presents at BU’s SRP Seminar Series: Attenuation of x-ray-induced germ cell apoptosis in a rat model of co-exposure testicular toxicity
Professor Kim Boekelheide gave a research presentation at Boston University on November 15, 2013, as part of the BU SRP seminar series. The talk was titled “Attenuation of x-ray-induced germ cell apoptosis in a rat model of co-exposure testicular toxicity.” The seminar series is titled “Modern Exposure Science: the Exposome, Complex Mixtures, and Vulnerable Populations.”
Brown University Superfund Research Program co-sponsored a conference with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society’s Delta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large on October 26, 2013. The half-day conference entitled, Is It Genetics or Is It Environmental? featured presentations by Marcella Remer Thompson, the Program’s State Agencies and Community Liaison, and John McGeary, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Genetics. Dr. Thompson examined the state of genetics and epigenetic science with respect to maternal exposures to environmental hazards. Dr. McGeary described how genomics is transforming the approach and treatment of addiction. He discussed the impact of this revolution of diagnosis and treatment on nursing practice. Both presenters emphasized that gene-environment interactions present a significant challenge due to the complex biological interplay of genetic susceptibilities and adaptive responses to environmental hazards. Thirty-seven members and nursing students received 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.
The Brown University SRP Research Translation Core cosponsored a “Vapor Intrusion (VI) Workshop” with the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association in Providence, RI on 9/26/13 and in Westford, MA on 9/27/13. There were 65 participants in Providence and 120 participants in Westford. Participants represented regional environmental state agencies, EPA, and regional environmental consultants. Professors Kelly Pennell and Eric Suuberg presented a general overview of VI. US EPA staff scientist Henry Schuver spoke about the burden of proof related to VI. There was a panel discussion with representatives from regional state environmental regulatory agencies. Lastly, Prof Eric Suuberg and COMSOL engineer Ahsan Munir introduced Brown’s 3-Dimentional VI computer model. This last presentation included an introduction to the software platform and modeling equations, and also a sampling of results and lessons learned from Brown’s work.
Photographs from the event can be accessed at http://flickr.com/gp/brownengin/1s730c/. All presentation slides can be downloaded at http://www.newmoa.org/events/event.cfm?m=106.
Pennell KG, Thompson M, Rice JW, Senier L, Brown P, Suuberg EM. (2013)
Bridging Research and Environmental Regulatory Processes: The Role of Knowledge Brokers.
Environ Sci Technol PMID: 24083557 [PMC Journal – In Process]
SRP trainee Natasha Catlin, working on SRP Project 1, wins the first place poster prize at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, held on Friday, Sept 27, 2013, in Cambridge, MA. The title of her poster was “The stage specific apoptotic response of the rat testis to low dose co-exposures.”
Wang Z, von dem Bussche A, Kabadi P, Kane A, Hurt R. (2013). Biological and Environmental Transformations of Copper-Based Nanomaterials. ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn403080y.
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