Superfund Research Program
The Boston University (BU) SRP Administrative Core has repositioned itself to guide the program into another successful five-year cycle. Specifically, the Core recruited to the Program a new study that focuses on remediation in New Bedford Harbor, the largest aquatic Superfund site in the country. This new project will be led by a team of internationally recognized scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and from the BU Earth and Environment Department and will involve, for the first time, real-time tracking of the fate of environmental toxicants buried under New Bedford Harbor as part of a polychlorinated biphenyls remediation strategy. These studies also will have a bearing on the fate of these buried toxicants during climate change-driven extreme weather conditions. The Program has remained extremely productive. Since 2016, the Program has publishing 72 peer-reviewed manuscripts (34 co-authored by trainees), given 100 seminars, accepted three trainee awards (including the 2018 Wetterhahn Memorial Award), increased twitter followers to 2,313, logged over 43,000 hits to the BU SRP website and over 14,000 hits to the BU SRP Newsletter, uploaded the MapGam algorithm for predicting exposure levels to 7,320 environmental investigators, and collected a go-to list of 467 scientists for the Program's Health and Environment Assistant Resource (the "HEAR database"), a resource for community question on environmental issues.