Superfund Research Program
Research Translation Core
In December, Research Translation Core (RTC) Manager Lisa Hayward Watts, Ph.D., worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members of the University of Washington (UW) News team to create a press release for a prominent paper published by the Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project in Global Change Biology. The story was picked up by multiple outlets nationally and internationally.
In March, Clement Furlong, Ph.D., of the Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project translated his science on Paraoxonase 1 for Tim Ragen, Ph.D., a marine mammal expert working on Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery. In June, Judit Marsillach, Ph.D., also of the Role of Paraoxonases (PONs) in Modulating Cadmium and Manganese Neurotoxicity Project, participated in the 2019 Data Science Innovation Lab to partner with computer scientists on issues of rural health.
In June, James Gawel, Ph.D., and Ken Burkhart of the Arsenic in Shallow Unstratified and Seasonally Stratified Urban Lakes: Mobility, Bioaccumulation, and Ecological Toxicity Project worked with Summer Gonsalves of the Narragansett Indian Tribe to transfer instructions for a low-cost device they developed to collect periphyton from lakes.
In March and August, trainees on the Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Metal Olfactory Injury in Salmon Project and Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium Neurotoxicity Project gave lab tours for youth and student interns from underrepresented groups.
In June, Hayward Watts worked with the Scholars Strategy network to create a two-page research brief about orca health for Governor Inslee's Orca Recovery Task Force and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. A modified version was also provided to the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. In March, August, and October Hayward Watts led journal clubs for SRP investigators and trainees on the topics of giving compelling presentations, using a message box, and interacting with the media respectively.
UW SRP was also actively involved in planning for the SRP meeting held in Seattle, hosting multiple conference calls to co-plan three sessions of RTC and Community Engagement Core content.