Superfund Research Program
As in previous years, the BUSRP Administrative Core organized two plenary meetings of all members of the program, quarterly meetings of the laboratory-based and the field-based groups within the Program, and several meetings between Program personnel and stakeholders including the EPA, Mass Department of Environmental Protection, and New Bedford area community groups. It provided support to the RTC and CEC in producing a full series of six annotated videos, now posted to the BU SRP Center website, summarizing the history of the profound contamination of the New Bedford Harbor (NBH) with PCBs, metals, and other toxicants; the social and psychological effects of contamination on the surrounding communities; and mechanisms through which the community is coping with the contamination, the effects of these contaminants on brain development and behavior, the biological resilience of fish living in NBH, the effects of NBH chemicals on bone and fat metabolism, and the resilience of the surrounding community. Along with the RTC, the Administrative Core maintained social media connections (>2,400 twitter followers) and the BUSRP website (>44,000), the the BUSRP Newsletter. The Adminstrative Core also was instrumental in recruiting and organizing applications for four use cases (one internal use case and three external use cases) all of which received funding. Finally, the program director, together with the Research Translation Core leader, presented on the status of the Program supplement and screened the “Introduction to New Bedford Harbor” at the Annual SRP meeting in Seattle.