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News Items: Brown University

Superfund Research Program

Toxicant Exposures in Rhode Island: Past, Present, and Future

Center Director: Robert H. Hurt
Grant Number: P42ES013660
Funding Period: 2005-2021
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News Items List

  • Community-engaged research addresses health concerns on tribal lands
    SRP News Page - November 2021
    Approximately 500,000 Native Americans live within three miles of a Superfund site. The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) has long supported community-engaged research with Native American communities to identify strategies to reduce exposures and protect their health. To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, this article recognizes how some SRP researchers address community concerns in Tribal lands.
  • New Passive Sampling Device for PFAS
    Research Brief - November 2021
    Researchers from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded centers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Brown University developed a new type of passive sampling device for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Their new tool overcomes many limitations to traditional approaches, such as detecting short-chain PFAS and low concentrations of the chemicals in water.
  • Brown SRP Researchers and Community Come Together on Narragansett Tribal Lands
    SRP News Page - September 2021
    NIEHS-funded Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center researchers and Narragansett Tribal leaders, long-time partners in community activities, joined forces again. Through their collaboration, they are educating and empowering Tribal members to address their environmental health concerns in a way that connects cultural and scientific knowledge.
  • Scientific art competition showcases trainees' research, imagination
    Environmental Factor - September 2021
    When the COVID-19 pandemic forced university laboratories to shut down or go remote, the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) created an opportunity for trainees to celebrate their research efforts and the stories behind them. Led by SRP Health Scientist Administrator Danielle Carlin, Ph.D., SRP hosted a scientific art competition for trainees.
  • Trainees Get Creative During the Pandemic
    SRP News Page - July 2021
    When in-person events, classes, and research activities were put on hold due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded trainees got creative and identified unique opportunities to pursue safely during the pandemic. With support from their mentors, SRP trainees gained experience across multiple scientific fields, conducted research in a collaborative environment, and engaged with diverse stakeholders and community members.
  • Data science paves the way with new tools, insights for SRP
    Environmental Factor - April 2021
    The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) held its first External Use Case (EUC) Showcase Feb. 18-19. Over 140 participants joined the meeting to share experiences and recommendations about integrating datasets from SRP-sponsored research. EUCs, developed by collaborations of researchers from different SRP centers, demonstrate specific scenarios in which data management and sharing could provide new insight on research questions and to identify barriers to inform future data efforts.
  • Blocking Mosquitoes with a Graphene Shield
    SRP News Page - September 2019
    An innovative graphene-based film helps shield people from disease-carrying mosquitoes, according to a new study. The research, conducted by the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, was published August 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • SRP Presented New Research at PFAS Meeting
    SRP News Page - September 2019
    Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from around the country gathered August 12 - 15 to discuss per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's North America Focused Topic Meeting in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Childhood Exposure to PFAS May Change Metabolism
    SRP News Page - August 2019
    A study led by Joseph Braun, Ph.D., at the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, explains how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) alter biological pathways involved in metabolism. PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that persist in the environment and are used in firefighting foam, cookware coatings, carpets, and upholstery.
  • Blocking mosquitoes with a graphene shield
    Environmental Factor - August 2019
    An innovative graphene-based film helps shield people from disease-carrying mosquitoes, according to a new study funded by NIEHS. The research, conducted by the Brown University Superfund Research Center, was published Aug. 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • In Sites Unseen, Frickel Examines Legacies of Industrial Past
    SRP News Page - February 2019
    In a new book, Scott Frickel, Ph.D., a professor of sociology and member of the Brown University Superfund Research Program (Brown SRP) Center, discusses the industrial past of four different cities and how their history helps us to better understand and manage potentially toxic contamination.
  • Successful SRP Webinar Series Focuses on Toxicity Testing
    SRP News Page - June 2018
    In the spring 2018 Risk e-Learning webinar series, Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees and colleagues featured research and technologies that may be useful for evaluating the safety of chemicals. These approaches aim to replace or reduce the use of animal models, test more chemicals in a shorter period of time, and generate findings that are more relevant to humans. In total, this series attracted 1,022 live participants, 420 online archive views, and 3,128 video podcast downloads.
  • Eight Northeast SRP Centers Convene at Regional Meeting
    SRP News Page - April 2018
    The Northeast Superfund Research Program (SRP) Meeting brought together eight SRP Centers to discuss collaborations and network. Held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on March 26 - 27, the meeting included scientific presentations and poster sessions.
  • SRP Researchers Create Ultrastretchable Nano Barrier for Numerous Applications
    SRP News Page - March 2018
    Novel textured coatings made from graphene can act as ultrastretchable barriers to stop chemicals and other molecules from passing through, according to new research from the Brown University Superfund Research Program Center. The authors suggest these novel films could be used to create multifunctional fabrics and responsive devices, including personal monitoring equipment, wearable electronics, and soft robotics.
  • SRP Grantees Participate in Federal PFAS Information Exchange
    SRP News Page - February 2018
    On February 5 - 6, Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees provided their expertise and perspectives during the Federal Information Exchange on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Bethesda, Maryland. PFAS chemicals have received increasing attention because they have been found in several drinking water systems and have been linked to reproductive, developmental, liver, kidney, and immunological effects.
  • Risk e-Learning Web Seminar Series on Analytical Tools and Methods a Big Success
    SRP News Page - July 2017
    In a spring 2017 three-part Risk e-Learning Web seminar series titled 'Analytical Tools and Methods,' the Superfund Research Program (SRP) highlighted groundbreaking chemical detection, measurement, and fate and transport modeling techniques developed by grantees. In total, this series attracted 1,209 live participants, 6,543 online archive views, 1,419 audio podcast downloads, and 14,596 video podcast downloads.
  • New 3D Fish Liver Model for Aquatic Toxicology
    Research Brief - July 2017
    Researchers at the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center have developed a new 3D liver cell model that can be used to screen chemicals for toxicity in fish. The new model uses fish liver cells cultured to form 3D microtissue, so researchers can assess liver toxicants over time and after single and repeated exposures.
  • Northeast SRP Researchers Gather to Discuss Research and Opportunities for Collaboration
    SRP News Page - April 2017
    On April 4 and 5, SRP researchers from institutions across the northeast gathered in Boston for the Northeast Superfund Research Program (SRP) Meeting. The event was hosted by the Northeastern University PROTECT SRP Center and co-sponsored by SRP Centers from Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • SRP Grantees Present at NAS Workshop
    SRP News Page - April 2017
    Four Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees were involved in the Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision Making workshop, held March 6 - 7 in Washington, D.C. The workshop explored how modern advances in bioinformatics can be incorporated into human health decision making.
  • Researchers discover how carbon nanotubes can harm cells from the inside
    Paper of the Month - December 2016
    An NIEHS grantee and colleagues identified a nanochemical mechanism through which long and stiff carbon nanotubes damage lysosomes, which are membrane-enclosed organelles that break down damaged or unneeded biomolecules and debris inside the cell. These new findings could help scientists design safer nanomaterials.
  • Brown SRP Center Hosts Seminar to Bridge Gap Between Science, Arts, Humanities, and the Public
    SRP News Page - November 2016
    Researchers and staff at the Brown University Superfund Research Program (Brown SRP) Center hosted an informal tour and seminar that was attended by local artists, high school teachers, and community activists from the Providence, Rhode Island area.
  • NIEHS Anniversary Event Highlights SRP History and Research
    SRP News Page - August 2016
    NIEHS staff, grantees, and partners gathered in Boston July 18 - 20 to celebrate 50 years of NIEHS and three decades of the Superfund Research Program (SRP), directed by William Suk, Ph.D., and the Worker Training Program (WTP), directed by Joseph 'Chip' Hughes, Jr.
  • Brown SRP addresses contamination in the Northeast
    Environmental Factor - July 2016
    The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) held two events May 23 to further its mission of tackling environmental health and cleanup concerns in Rhode Island. Both activities brought together community stakeholders who shared an interest in improving the health of people in the Northeast.
  • Using Field Data and Numerical Modeling to Assess Vapor Intrusion Risk
    Research Brief - May 2016
    A recent Superfund Research Program (SRP) study reveals that measurements of chemical concentrations in groundwater may not be a good indicator of whether the chemicals are seeping into buildings and contaminating indoor air. The findings provide insight into how an approach incorporating multiple lines of evidence, including soil gas measurements and a 3-D model, can be used to better evaluate exposure risks from vapor intrusion into homes and buildings.
  • SRP Research Uncovers History of Industrial Sites and Green Spaces in Providence
    SRP News Page - February 2016
    A Brown University team, led by Community Engagement Core (CEC) leader Scott Frickel, Ph.D., is working to uncover the history of green spaces in Providence, Rhode Island. Green spaces are regarded by many as beneficial to the health of urban dwellers.
  • SRP Well Represented at 2015 SOT Meeting
    SRP News Page - April 2015
    Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees from all over the country gathered in San Diego, California, for the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting (SOT) March 23-27.
  • Measuring Vapor Intrusion to Estimate Underground Contamination
    Research Brief - October 2014
    Scientists from the Brown University Superfund Research Program (Brown SRP) have taken a step toward providing a simpler, accurate screening method to determine whether chemicals in underground sources are seeping into buildings and contaminating indoor air. 
  • Brown SRP Staff Talk with Environmental and Energy Leaders
    SRP News Page - September 2014
    Faculty and staff from the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) presented their work to policymakers, regulators, and community groups at the Fifth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day on Sept. 5.
  • Brown SRP Co-Hosts Risk Communication Workshop
    SRP News Page - April 2014
    The Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) partnered with the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) to host a workshop on communicating risk to the public March 27 and 28. 
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