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Progress Reports: Brown University: Community Engagement Core

Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leader: Scott Frickel
Grant Number: P42ES013660
Funding Period: 2005-2021
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In 2017, the Brown Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Core (CEC) added new personnel, said goodbye to two key staff members, and made significant progress in their community outreach and community-engaged research activities.

In the fall, CEC postdoctoral fellow Christina Ergas, Ph.D., began a tenure-track assistant professor position in sociology at University of Tennessee, and graduate trainee Michael Murphy won a dissertation fellowship from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and has used this year to write his dissertation, one chapter of which will make use of research he conducted as a CEC trainee (Michael has just accepted a job at University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor of sociology). Clara Sears, Ph.D., is their new State Agency Liaison Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental health. Since arriving, Sears has worked with Ergas to finish preparation of two articles from the Port of Providence Risk Perception Study, a community survey of resident perceptions concerning environmental hazards, risk, and inequality in a heavily industrialized neighborhood in south Providence. Toward community outreach, the CEC organized several events, including CEC-led afterschool educational programing on water pollution. On the research front, the CEC now has three ongoing projects. The Namaus (All Things Fish) Project partners with the Narragansett Tribe in environment health research focused on contaminated fish in Tribal waters. The Mashapaug Pond Watershed Project, uses demographic, economic, and ecological/topographical information to better understand how historical changes in the watershed's industrial and commercial history have impacted social life, livelihoods, and health of community residents. The Ecological City Project uses historical manufacturing data and spatial analysis to study the accumulation of relict sites and environmental risk in Metropolitan Providence (1960-2015).

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