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Progress Reports: University of Rhode Island: Research Translation Core

Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leader: Judith M. Swift
Co-Investigators: Nathan Vinhateiro, Amber Neville
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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Progress Reports

Year:   2019  2018  2017 

Over the last year, the University of Rhode Island (URI) Research Translation Core (RTC) focused on developing and implementing an online presence and print resources for the Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program. The STEEP website was launched in March 2018 (Phase I) and was significantly modified in August (Phase II) to meet the updated URI platform. Phase III will increase informational content and add new features. The RTC also launched and maintains a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The RTC’s initial print materials focused on:

  1. drawing attention to the website (e.g., bookmarks, hex stickers, etc.)
  2. general information about STEEP and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) explained in plain language (e.g., STEEP four-pager, booklet, etc.)

In addition, the RTC has initiated a series of targeted informational cards focused on specific user groups (e.g., families, state regulators, etc.). The RTC also served the Community Engagement Core (CEC) by developing volunteer recruitment materials for the well water testing program and promotional materials for public events, including June STEEP Science Day. Furthermore, the RTC supported the Training Core with three seminar sessions focused on communication skills and environmental justice and continues working one-on-one with trainees to improve public speaking and poster presentation skills. The RTC also developed and presented a poster at the annual SRP Conference in Sacramento, California.

Finally, the RTC has begun to coordinate public events in Rhode Island to establish a stronger regional presence, hosting attorney Robert Bilott (60+ attendees) and two screenings of the documentary “The Devil We Know” (100+ people). Several events are planned for 2019.

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