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Superfund Research Program

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Grantees Create Framework to Report Back Environmental Health Results
Outreach and Community Engagement - February 14, 2024

NIEHS-funded researchers have created a new framework designed to help scientists report back study findings about potential exposures to participants. The 12-point framework, developed by Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D., and Julia Brody, Ph.D., of the Northeastern University PROTECT Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, aims to make report-back a routine part of research within the environmental health sciences.

SRP Annual Meeting
Collaboration and training key to Superfund success
Outreach and Community Engagement - January 22, 2024

The annual grant recipient meeting of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), held Dec. 4-6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showcased how collaborative research can accelerate scientific discovery to protect the health of communities exposed to harmful contaminants.

Air Pollution and Health
SRP Centers Host Summer Programs in Environmental Health
Outreach and Community Engagement - November 9, 2023

Two core goals of multi-project NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) centers are community engagement and research training. Summer programs provide opportunities for center researchers and trainees to serve as mentors and share their work with the community and for students of all ages, from elementary school to college, to learn more about environmental health and research.

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Water Contaminants Identified, Addressed in Marginalized Communities
Outreach and Community Engagement - October 20, 2023

Researchers funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) describe reasons for water contamination disparities, identify current private well disparities, and review how community engagement and interventions like pitcher filters can help protect marginalized communities.

Monica D. Ramirez-Andreotta
Community-based Participatory Research for Structural Change
Outreach and Community Engagement - October 6, 2023

Monica D. Ramirez-Andreotta, Ph.D., at the University of Arizona SRP Center is interviewed by Ashley Ahearn for the NIEHS podcast where she discusses the role and impacts of participatory research.

Olin Superfund Site Trip
New Resource Guides Community Groups Struggling with Environmental Cleanups
Outreach and Community Engagement - June 1, 2023

NIEHS-funded researchers recently developed a new online course to aid concerned residents and other community members through the process of cleaning up environmental contamination. The course includes educational and interactive modules, short videos, and questions for reflection to help guide participants to identify and address chemical exposures in their homes, neighborhoods, and local communities.

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SRP Centers Share Science With Students
Outreach and Community Engagement - May 18, 2023

A key goal of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is to train future generations of scientists - in the lab and in the community. SRP Centers across the country have been doing just that, participating in community events to teach school-aged children about science.

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Learning From Communities to Improve Disaster Resilience
Outreach and Community Engagement - May 9, 2023

Social psychologist Irene Lafarga Previdi, Ph.D., is dedicated to understanding environmental exposures among Puerto Rican communities, and to sharing scientific findings in understandable terms.

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SRP Highlighted at SOT
Outreach and Community Engagement - April 27, 2023

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded scientists from across the country gathered in person for the 2023 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting to share their research and exchange ideas. Held March 19 - 23 in Nashville, Tennessee, the 62nd SOT meeting and ToxExpo drew more than 5,000 attendees who gave more than 2,000 presentations and participated in more than 70 sessions.

Mi PROTECT and PROTECT Responde App
Health Equity Advanced When Reporting Back to Diverse Populations
Outreach and Community Engagement - April 1, 2023

SRP-funded researchers created Mi PROTECT (Spanish for My PROTECT ), a mobile application to communicate environmental exposure results to pregnant people residing in a highly polluted area in Puerto Rico. The application provides information in both English and Spanish to individuals participating in studies conducted by the Northeastern University Puerto Rican Testsite to Explore Contamination Threats (PROTECT) SRP Center.

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New Environmental Justice Index Characterizes Toxic Metals in North Carolina Wells
Outreach and Community Engagement - February 21, 2023

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) SRP Center adapted an existing environmental justice index to characterize toxic metals from North Carolina drinking water wells.

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Trainees Translate Research, Display Creativity in SRP Video Competition
Outreach and Community Engagement - February 6, 2023

Short, fun science videos produced by SRP trainees as part of a competition made their big-screen debut at the SRP Annual Meeting, held December 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. SRP hosted the contest to encourage early-career researchers’ science communication efforts.

Om Parkash Dhankher, Ph.D. and Jason C. White, Ph.D..
Path to Food Safety Requires Multidisciplinary Approach, Experts Say
Outreach and Community Engagement - January 1, 2023

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded grantees organized a workshop to discusses ways to reduce human exposure to toxic elements in food. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) the event focused on several themes: toxic element uptake and accumulation in plants; metal-soil interactions and cleanup; and food production and processing.

Representatives from the 10 FRTR member agencies.
From Research to Innovation: Technology Transfer Focus of Roundtable
Outreach and Community Engagement - January 1, 2023

Strategies to move environmental cleanup technologies from research and development to the field headlined the agenda of the first in-person Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR) meeting in three years. The event brought together leaders from 10 federal agencies, including NIEHS, to discuss how they can collaborate to meet hazardous waste contamination cleanup goals and emerging needs.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Innovative Superfund Research to Promote Health
Outreach and Community Engagement - January 1, 2023

The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) marked its 35th anniversary December 14-17, 2022, at its first in-person annual meeting since 2019. Researchers, trainees, and community partners from across the U.S. gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn about select SRP-funded projects through workshops and presentations.

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Community Stories Help Researchers Map the Spread of Air Pollutants
Outreach and Community Engagement - December 7, 2022

Community stories about pollution were found to overlap the locations of a burn facility s smoke plume, helping SRP-funded scientists improve their exposure assessment technique.

group photo of members of the Texas A&M University Superfund Research Center and NIEHS’ Michelle Heacock, Ph.D., and Director Woychik..
NIEHS Director Tours Texas Community, Speaks at Research Center Event
Outreach and Community Engagement - December 1, 2022

Rick Woychik, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program, traveled to Texas A&M University (TAMU) SRP Center October 27-28 for an event celebrating the renewal of TAMU’s SRP Center P42 grant.

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Exposure Science Tackles Climate Change
Outreach and Community Engagement - December 1, 2022

During the last two sessions of the three-part SRP Climate Change and Health webinar series. researchers discussed how climate change can potentially increase exposures to health hazards, as well as what they are doing to tackle this complex challenge. Topics covered include harzadous exposures related to hurricanes, wildfires, and melting permafrost.

Dawn Brewer and Annie Koempel
Trainings Help SRP Center and Partners Spread Nutrition Knowledge Across Kentucky
Outreach and Community Engagement - November 3, 2022

University of Kentucky (UK) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center staff are teaching Kentucky residents to educate their communities about good nutrition and environmental stewardship. Staff members recently led two train-the-trainer events introducing tools and curricula for teaching adults and children.

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SRP, Pacific Basin Consortium Promote Health in a Changing Climate
Outreach and Community Engagement - November 1, 2022

The 19th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health, held Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 on Jeju Island, South Korea, brought together global experts to discuss advancing environmental health and translating scientific knowledge to action under a changing climate.

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Superfund Research Program Boosts Innovation, Outreach, and Training
Outreach and Community Engagement - August 24, 2022

SRP Director William Suk, Ph.D., and Health Scientist Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., reflected on 35 years of SRP during a conversation with NIEHS Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D.

Man fishing with a child on the banks of a river.
Campaign Promotes Eating Safer Fish
Outreach and Community Engagement - August 17, 2022

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Ph.D., director of the Community Engagement Core at the Duke University SRP Center , and Veronica Carter, with the North Carolina Coastal Federation discuss the “Stop, Check, Enjoy!,” campaign in an NIEHS podcast.

NC Fish Forum team in front of a white board.
North Carolina Turns Research Collaboration into Action
Outreach and Community Engagement - July 18, 2022

Researchers across three SRP-funded universities and their stakeholders organized the North Carolina Fish Forum in 2019.

3rd National PFAS Conference attendees
PFAS Conference Supported by NIEHS Engages Key Stakeholders
Outreach and Community Engagement - July 11, 2022

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were front and center during the 3rd National PFAS Meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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SRP Centers Deliver Data Science Trainings
Outreach and Community Engagement - June 17, 2022

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees developed publicly available courses to help their trainees and the broader environmental health sciences research community develop data science skills.

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SRP Teams Tackle Pandemic Challenges from Many Angles
Outreach and Community Engagement - March 9, 2022

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) teams have shown resourcefulness, updating existing projects and pursuing new research to address environmental health needs.

Educational resource for  COVID-19 and arsenic exposure
Educational tool highlights COVID-19 and arsenic research
Outreach and Community Engagement - March 1, 2022

A new online educational resource invites high school students to examine ways that humans are exposed to arsenic and how exposure might influence susceptibility to COVID-19 infection. The tool was developed by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

, Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D.
Building trust, sharing data: grantee promotes participatory research
Outreach and Community Engagement - March 1, 2022

During her Feb. 14 NIEHS Keystone Science Lecture, Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Ph.D., shared the numerous ways she works with communities to integrate their priorities into environmental health sciences research. The University of Arizona SRP Center researcher directs Gardenroots and Project Harvest, which are citizen science initiatives that engage community members about the health of their soil, water, and plants.

Chef Keith Rhodes
Duke Campaign Promotes Safe Fish Consumption
Outreach and Community Engagement - January 28, 2022

New fish consumption advisories in North Carolina were developed using data collected through the NIEHS Superfund SRP Center at Duke University. The goal is to better protect the health of people who collect and eat fish from the Cape Fear River.

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Community-engaged research addresses health concerns on tribal lands
Outreach and Community Engagement - November 4, 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.

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Dartmouth SRP Center Helps Young Citizen Scientists Continue Work
Outreach and Community Engagement - October 21, 2021

Researchers at the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded Center at Dartmouth College and collaborators quickly identified challenges and realistic solutions for their citizen science project, All About Arsenic, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brown SRP Researchers and Community Come Together on Narragansett Tribal Lands
Outreach and Community Engagement - September 28, 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.

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SRP Researchers Inform PFAS Guidance
Outreach and Community Engagement - September 2, 2021

Involving the community is valuable when adjusting clinical and public health guidance, especially as it relates to the health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other chemicals of concern.

thirteen researchers posing for a photograph in front of a farmers market with trees in the background
SRP Trainee Event Highlights New Approaches to Engage with Communities
Outreach and Community Engagement - August 19, 2021

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) trainees from institutions across the Southeastern U.S. gathered virtually for a two-day event, Aug. 2 and 4, to discuss best practices for partnering with communities vulnerable to environmental exposures. The event was organized by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), North Carolina State University, Duke University, University of Kentucky (UK), University of Louisville, and University of Alabama at Birmingham SRP centers.

One individual in a red jacket sitting in boat looking over the edge of the boat into a tube, three individuals in waders standing around the boat in a lake surrounded by trees
UW SRP Researchers Work with Agency Partners to Communicate Risk
Outreach and Community Engagement - August 5, 2021

Researchers from the NIEHS-funded University of Washington (UW) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center found new evidence that environmental contamination from a former smelter in Ruston, Washington may pose a threat to human health in surrounding areas. Before publishing the results, the team reached out to coordinate risk communication strategies with agency partners and share the findings with potentially affected communities.

Multiracial group of people standing in clean environment
Advancing Environmental Justice
Outreach and Community Engagement - June 9, 2021

Researchers funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) have been in the spotlight recently for their work on environmental justice (EJ). From being selected for prestigious committees to supporting webinar series, SRP grantees and their partners are addressing the challenges and complexities of EJ.

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SRP Centers Expand Scope to Address COVID-19 Research Needs
Outreach and Community Engagement - December 9, 2020

The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) provided supplemental funding to four centers to expand the focus of their research to address critical knowledge gaps related to exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its disease, COVID-19. In response to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding encourages SRP researchers to address the public health crisis and its disparate effects on vulnerable populations.

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