Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Akram N. Alshawabkeh
Grant Number: P42ES017198
Funding Period: 2010-2025
The Administrative Core continues to oversee all Center communications, provide fiscal management, coordinate meetings and events, and report on Center progress. The Core facilitates regular meetings of the executive committee as well as breakout calls between select projects and cores focused in the areas of Human Subjects Data, Environmental Data, and Data Analytics. While SARS-COV-2 significantly impacted operations and caused many challenges, the Core played a critical role to coordinate activities and support the PROTECT SRP team during this pandemic. The Admin Core also worked closely with the Research Experiences and Training Coordination Core to coordinate regular webinars for the broader community and for students. The Core coordinated an Annual Retreat involving PROTECT researchers and Scientific Advisory Committee members in February 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will coordinate the next Annual Retreat for Summer 2021. Center Director, Akram Alshawabkeh, Ph.D., presented about PROTECT work during the SRP Progress in Research Webinar Part 3: Vulnerable Populations on November 9, 2020. The Research Translation Coordinator, Phil Brown, Ph.D., continues to bring PROTECT’s work to diverse environmental advocacy communities through co-sponsoring the annual conference on Local Environmental Action, held on Northeastern’s campus. To build EH knowledge among nurses, Brown presents a two-hour training each semester to graduate nursing students and works with the School of Nursing Dean’s office to expand EH curriculum and continues to collaborate with the NU Global Resilience Institute on presentations and collaborations on disaster infrastructure assessment in Puerto Rico. The Admin Core continues to build relationships with other SRP Centers. For example, the researchers are now coordinating the planning for the 2021 National Conference on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, in collaboration with the North Carolina State University and the University of Rhode Island Superfund Research Centers.