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PROTECT partner EarthSoft to host Office Hours with data core leader Kaeli

EarthSoft, an organization that develops innovative environmental database management software and PROTECT Center collaborator, will be hosting Office Hours with Data Management and Modeling Core Leader Dave Kaeli on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET. During this presentation, Professor Kaeli will demonstrate how his team is working to utilize EarthSoft’s EQuIS Enterprise 6 […]

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PROTECT researcher Vesper presents to Pittsburgh Geological Society

PROTECT researcher Dorothy Vesper of West Virginia University presented to 88 scientists at a dinner hosted by the Pittsburgh Geological Society on October 15, 2014. Her talk, entitled “Contaminant Movement in Karst: What We Think We Know,” highlighted the PROTECT Center, specifically regarding fate and transport of contaminants within karst aquifers, the focus of Project […]

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PROTECT Trainee de Jesus Receives EPA GRO Undergraduate Fellowship

PROTECT trainee Nerida de Jesus (Project 4) recently received an EPA GRO Undergraduate Fellowship. Her proposal, “Identifying Sanitation Systems Ramifications on Water Quality for Rural Non-PRASA Communities in Puerto Rico,” stems from PROTECT and integrates EPA Region 2 priorities for Puerto Rico. She will work with a Non-PRASA community looking at general water quality parameters […]

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Phil Brown and colleagues receive NIEHS Conference Grant

NIEHS has awarded Phil Brown (Co-Leader of PROTECT’s Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University a conference grant for Social Science-Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Silent Spring Institute, our collaborator on the Community Engagement Core, is also involved in the conference. This conference, to be held […]

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PROTECT Orientation 2014

The annual PROTECT Orientation was held on Monday, September 15th. This meeting serves as an introduction to PROTECT for new students at all of the research institutions, as well as an update on this past year’s progress for all involved. Each Core and Project gave a short presentation, followed by a discussion of this year’s training theme and research […]

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PROTECT Center well-represented at the EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Workshop

The PROTECT Center was well-represented at the recent EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Consortium/Non-PRASA Systems Workshop that was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 11th and 12th, 2014. Afterwards, many people, including from EPA and local agencies, expressed how impressed they were with the programs. The first day of the conference focused on […]

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PROTECT researcher’s work published in Science

PROTECT investigator Ferdi Hellweger‘s work was recently published in the journal Science. In collaboration with his graduate student, Neil Frederick, and Erik van Sebille from the University of New South Wales, Australia, Professor Hellweger quan­ti­fied the role of neu­tral processes by sim­u­lating divi­sion, muta­tion, and death of some 100,000 indi­vidual marine bac­teria cells with full […]

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Congratulations to recent PROTECT graduates!

Ten PROTECT trainees recently graduated from their respective programs. We would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments, thank them for their service in PROTECT, and wish them well in the next step in their careers! Miguel Anzalota (Core C) completed his MPH degree at the University of Puerto Rico and recently started at the […]

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PROTECT visiting scholar completes tenure at NU

Dr. Jie Peng, Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Hohai University in Nanjing, China, recently completed his tenure as a visiting scholar with the PROTECT Center at Northeastern University. Under the guidance of Professor Akram Alshawabkeh (Project 5), Dr. Peng assisted in developing and conducting experiments on the fate and transport of contaminants in soil […]

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PROTECT researchers quoted in Washington Post

On September 1, 2014, the Washington Post published an article by Jill U. Adams entitled, “Are parabens and phthalates harmful in makeup and lotions?” in which John D. Meeker (Project 1) and Julia Brody (Core F: Community Engagement) are quoted as experts in chemical additives and their health effects in humans. PROTECT researchers collect data […]

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September 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT trainees present at the 2014 ISEE conference

PROTECT trainees Kelly Ferguson, Lauren Johns, and Luis Rivera (Project 1) recently presented their research at the 2014 ISEE conference in Seattle, WA. This was the 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). This year’s theme was “From Local to Global: Advancing Science for Policy in Environmental Health.”   LEFT: Lauren […]

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PROTECT Trainee Cotto Receives Outstanding Poster Award

Irmarie Cotto Ramos, PROTECT Trainee at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (Project 4), recently attended the “Fourth International Conference on Emerging Contaminants in the Environment (EmCon2014)”  held in Iowa City on August 19-22, 2014. She received an outstanding poster award for her presentation on “Detection and Monitoring of Phthalates in Source Groundwater”. We are […]

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EPA Reaches Agreement with CEMEX to Protect Water Quality in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it reached an agreement with Cemex Concretos, Inc. and Cemex de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CEMEX) to settle the companies’ violations of requirements to control stormwater discharges under the Clean Water Act. As part of the settlement announced in May 2014, the companies will provide more than 400 […]

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Cordero gives invited talk to trainees at SSR annual meeting

PROTECT Co-Director and Human Subjects Core leader Jose F. Cordero recently gave an invited talk to the trainees at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction hosted in Grand Rapids, MI. This talk, entitled ”Risk Factors for Preterm Births in Puerto Rico: From Health Disparities to Endocrine Disruptors,” was sponsored by the SSR […]

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August 2014 Spotlight: “Born Too Soon” – PROTECT featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education released a in-depth look at the PROTECT project, entitled “Born Too Soon: Can pollution lead to premature births?” The piece, written by Paul Voosen, reviews how the various disciplines within the project fit together to create a deeper understanding of the mechanism by which environmental contamination can lead to preterm […]

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Alshawabkeh receives prestigious ASCE award

Akram Alshawabkeh (PROTECT Program Co-Director/Project 5 Leader), along with Mishac Yegian, Ece Esellar-Bayat, and Seda Goyker, has been awarded the 2014 ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award for the group’s research on liquefaction mitigation by Induced Partial Saturation (IPS). The award, based on nominations put forward by the Geo-Institute of ASCE, recognizes a paper contributing to geotechnical engineering. This is […]

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Trainee Gonzalez receives K.C. Donnelly Externship

Human Subjects Core trainee Andrea L. Gonzalez (Advisor: Jose Cordero) has been awarded a K.C. Donnelly Externship. She will be conducting her 12 week externship at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, with Victor De Jesus, Ph.D., the Chief of the Biochemical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch. […]

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July 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT Data Core Leader named Distinguished Professor

The PROTECT team would like to congratulate David Kaeli, PROTECT Data Core Leader, on his appointment as Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. Professor Kaeli is renowned nationally and internationally for his scholarly contributions to the field of Computer Architecture.  He has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications, holds 9 U.S. patents, and has co-authored three textbooks, including the leading […]

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Puerto Rico Task Force for Preterm Birth honored by March of Dimes

The Puerto Rico Task Force for Preterm Birth was recently recognized by the local March of Dimes chapter for its effort to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality in Puerto Rico. PROTECT’s José F. Cordero, MD, MPH (Co-Director, Core B Co-Leader, and Core C Leader) and Liza Anzalota, MD, MPH (Core C Study Director) are both […]

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PROTECT Researcher Visits Clinics to Discuss Challenges in Maternal Immunization

Dr. Liza Anzalota Del Toro, MD, MPH (Cores C and F) recently visited PRYMED (Ciales) and Morovis Community Health Center in Puerto Rico to discuss challenges in maternal immunization. Both clinics participate in PROTECT by referring their pregnant patients to Dr. Anzalota and colleagues.       Meeting with Head Nurse, Health Educator and Executive […]

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June 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT awarded five-year renewal grant

PROTECT has received a five-year, $13.5 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health to continue its interdisciplinary investigation into the complex relationship between contamination and preterm birth. Click here to access the full article.

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Alshawabkeh presents invited plenary at IAP2014 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh, PROTECT co-director and Project 5 leader, presented an invited plenary lecture at the 2014 International Conference on “Interfaces Against Pollution (IAP2014)”, held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, May 26 – 28, 2014. Dr. Alshawabkeh described basics and principles of electrochemical methods for in situ treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater with a focus on solar-powered […]

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PROTECT represented at RISE2014

Five members of PROTECT presented at this year’s Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo. RISE is an annual exhibit of exciting new research at Northeastern University that can be translated into real-world applications. Below are descriptions of their posters, which are available for download. Leiming Yu’s presentation illustrated how PROTECT [Core D] efficiently manages big data and distributes […]

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May Highlight: Training Core’s Kristin Hicks receives NUCOE Outstanding Staff Award

  Kristin Hicks, Executive Director of the PROTECT Training Core, received the 2014 Northeastern University College of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award. Kristin’s responsibilities have included the coordination and implementation of educational initiatives, student activities and outreach efforts for PROTECT and a few NEU programs which involves managing the administration of trainees activities.  Kristin works closely […]

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