Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Rainer Lohmann
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
In its third year, the Administrative Core strived for efficient operations and integrated communications for the Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. STEEP continued its bi-weekly team conference calls so that projects and cores could update each other and ask timely questions. STEEP’s External Advisory Committee (EAC) reviewed Center progress in October 2019. The EAC characterized STEEP as “already a growing, successful, and impressive program,” and offered suggestions for additional cohesion. STEEP has met regularly with its Internal Advisory Committee. STEEP has been able to leverage additional institutional (URI) support - both for the maintenance of the newly acquired Quadruple Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer and additional hours for the STEEP Coordinator.
The Administrative Core co-organized with Northeastern University the Second National PFAS Conference, at Northeastern held in June 2019. STEEP added an extra day focused on the science of PFAS to this hugely successful conference. This also served as a test run for “FLUOROS 2020 – An International Symposium on Fluorinated Compounds and Their Impacts on Human and Environmental Health”, which will take place October 13-16, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island. STEEP Coordinator Wendy Lucht also served as the Session Chair for the Administrator Session for the November 2019 SRP Meeting in Seattle.
The STEEP Administrative Core has served stakeholders and engaged federal, state, and local colleagues through service on advisory committees, submitting scientific-based comments on policy initiatives, and hosting laboratory tours for various environmental health leaders.
STEEP successfully applied for several administrative supplements, including:
3P42ES027706-03S2 Quad Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer
3P42ES027706-03S3 Data Interoperability