Superfund Research Program
In its fourth year, the Administrative Core (AC) strived for efficient operations and integrated communications for the STEEP SRP Center on PFAS. STEEP continued its bi-weekly team conference calls so that projects and cores could update each other and discuss important topics and urgent details. STEEP’s External Advisory Committee (EAC) reviewed the Core’s progress virtually in September 2020. In their review letter, the EAC stated that they “recognize the importance of the URI administrative effort and institutional support in facilitating a cross-disciplinary, cross-departmental, and cross-university research center and feel that this effort has been highly successful.”
In lieu of FLUOROS 2020, and to provide an opportunity for STEEP trainees to showcase their work, STEEP trainees, with Core support, organized a smaller virtual event in 2020. STEEP’s AC helped behind the scenes to make the trainee-led virtual “PFAS in our World” meeting successful, attracting over 220 attendees, and was widely appreciated. STEEP Coordinator Wendy Lucht served again as the Session Chair for the Administrator Session for the virtual national SRP Meeting in December 2020. STEEP’s AC has served stakeholders and engaged federal, state, and local colleagues through service on advisory committees, and submitting scientific-based comments on PFAS policy initiatives. STEEP successfully applied for two KC Donnelly Externships - for Anna Robuck (Developing Passive Samplers for the Detection and Bioaccumulation of PFASs in Water and Porewater Project) and Juliana Agudelo (PFAS Compound Effects on Metabolic Abnormalities in Rodents Project), in collaboration with the U.S. EPA in Research Triangle Park. Agudelo is proposing to determine “Targeted and Untargeted Measurement of PFAS in Diseased Human Livers”, while Robuck’s award focused on "Investigating Novel PFAS in the Delaware Estuary."