Brown’s SRP holds an Event in Appreciation of its Community Partners

Providence, Rhode Island. The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) held an event on June 3, 2013 in appreciation of its community partners. Program Director Kim Boekelheide opened the celebration with a welcome and an overview. Dinalyn Spears and Darrell Waldron welcomed attendees on behalf of the Narragansett Indian Tribe and the Rhode Island Indian Council, respectively. SRP scientists, faculty, staff and students heard first hand of the many proud accomplishments and daunting challenges facing these community and Tribal partners: Monica Anderson, Community Liaison for Miriam Hospital, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island Coalition; Amelia Rose, Director of the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island; Holly Ewald, Artist and Founder of the Urban Pond Procession; Alicia Lehrer, Executive Director of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council; Alice Clemente, Secretary for the Blackstone River Watershed Council; Darrell Waldron, Director of the Rhode Island Indian Council; Dinalyn Spears, Director of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources for the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Beth Anderson attended on behalf of NIEHS. Following a luncheon reception and student poster presentations, the newly-formed community advisory board met with members of the SRP internal advisory board.