Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Robert H. Hurt
Grant Number: P42ES013660
Funding Period: 2005-2021
The Administrative Core is the organizational center of the Brown University SBRP, and has rapidly become fully functional with the appointment of Linda Covington as Coordinator. The first program retreat was held at the Alton Jones Whispering Pines Conference Center in July, 2005 in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island INBRE Molecular Toxicology Program.
A seminar series committee has been established, and our first speaker was Dr. John Warner from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for 2004, who spoke on “Green Chemistry.” The first meeting of the Directors of the EPA Region 1 SBRPs (Boston University, Brown University, Dartmouth, and Harvard) took place in September, and planning is underway for an EPA Region 1 SBRP retreat in October, 2006 with the theme of “Biological and Bioinformatics Approaches to Complex Exposures.” A self-evaluation retreat with involvement of the External Advisory Committee is planned for January, 2006, to take place on the Brown University campus with a review of all projects and cores, and including a walk-through of the Research Core facilities. To help with this evaluation, Dr. David Ozonoff (Boston University) has been added to the External Advisory Committee.
Regular communication is maintained among all core and project leaders by scheduling meetings on a monthly basis to plan program events, discuss administrative issues, and provide updates on project and core activities. Finally, a new program website (http://brown.edu/Research/SRP/) has been created, updated, and has gone live.