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March 2014 Highlight: Monica Ramirez Presents on Water Impacts

On February 26th, in collaboration with the Museum of Science Boston, PROTECT Investigator Monica Ramirez-Andreotta presented a lecture on water quality and impacts on human and environmental health. A video recording of Dr. Hahn’s and Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta’s presentation is available online. The seminar was part of The Myra Kraft Open Classroom at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and […]

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November Trainee Highlight: Lily Rajic

Ljiljana “Lily” Rajic is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh’s lab. She is working on advancing the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of trichloroethylene (TCE) in flow-through systems as part of Project 5, which is developing sustainable and environmentally-friendly technologies for remediation of contaminated groundwater. Before coming to Northeastern, Lily received her doctorate in […]

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March of Dimes Releases 2013 Premature Birth Score Card

Today the March of Dimes released it’s 2013 Premature Birth Score Card.  Puerto Rico again received an F, just one of 4 Fs in the entire U.S.  Overall the U.S. received a C. See the entire score card at http://www.marchofdimes.com/mission/prematurity-reportcard.aspx?src=edd_DEENEI_NOV2013_131101&FN=19591876 See the Puerto Rico score card at http://www.marchofdimes.com/glue/files/premature-birth-report-card-puerto-rico.pdf

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PROTECT Trainee Norma Torres wins Scholarship from Puerto Rico Society of Engineers

PROTECT trainee Norma Torres (UPRM, Project 4) has won a scholarship from the Puerto Rico Society of Engineers, the first ever of its kind for an environmental engineer. She will formally receive the award during a ceremony on November 24, 2013. Congratulations Norma!

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PROTECT attends the SRP annual meeting

21 members of PROTECT (trainees, administrators and faculty) attended this year’s SRP meeting in Baton Rouge. In addition to presenting posters, PROTECT director Akram Alshawabkeh and trainee postdoc Kelly Hogan co-moderated the session on “Risks of Pollutants during Early Life Exposures”. Check out the pictures below from the meeting.

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Air Pollution linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

A recent study has linked air pollution to high blood pressure in pregnant women.  High blood pressure is one cause of premature birth.  While the work is not yet conclusive, it points to further indications of the impact of environmental health on pregnancy.  Learn more at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/11/us-air-pollution-idUSBRE99A0J020131011

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October 2013 Spotlight: Recent Research

In September, the PROTECT article “Urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations among pregnant women in Northern Puerto Rico: Distribution, temporal variability, and predictors” was accepted for publication in Environment International. The paper documents recent PROTECT work showing that detectable concentrations of phthalate metabolites among pregnant women living in Puerto Rico are prevalent, and metabolite concentrations tend to […]

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PROTECT at SACNAS

The PROTECT team is at SACNAS 2013 in San Antonio TX! In addition to Training Core Executive Director Kristin Hicks, UPRM students Angel Anaya, Irmarie Cotto and Norma Torres are also attending (pictures of Norma and Irmarie are below.)

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PROTECT is hiring

PROTECT is seeking candidates for a new position, Director of Research Communication and Development. The successful candidate will work within the center to provide leadership and oversee activities in 3 key areas: 1. Research Translation: The applicant will use a broad variety of vehicles (web, social media, email, in-person meetings, etc) to communicate with government, the […]

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U.S. Senate passes PREEMIE reauthorization act in support of preterm birth research

On September 27th the U.S. Senate passed the PREEMIE reauthorization act, which “reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) research and programs on preterm birth, including improving national data tracking on preterm birth, and conducting studies. The bill also reauthorizes programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration aimed at improving the treatment […]

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September webinar: “Engaging Partners and Stakeholders from the Grassroots to the Treetops”

Dr. Andrea Hricko Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine and Director of Community Outreach and Engagement Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center To view Dr. Hricko’s biography, go to http://keck.usc.edu/profiles?facid=483 This webinar will be held via WebEx on Monday September 23rd from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET.  Please email protect-info@coe.neu.edu if you would like to attend and have […]

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Postdoc Position available at Northeastern’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Health Sciences, seeks a postdoctoral research associate to help shape the new Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI), which began in July 2012. This is a one-year postdoctoral position. SSEHRI has many funded […]

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Consumer Products Giant P&G to Eliminate Phthalates from Product Line

Proctor & Gamble recently announced that it will stop using phthalates in its personal care products (PCPs) by the end of 2014. Phthalates, used to make plastics more flexible and keep scents in perfumes and lotions from evaporating, are one of the chemicals of concern that PROTECT studies for possible linkage to preterm birth.  Our […]

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PROTECT Trainee David Cantonwine joins Brigham and Women’s

Our congratulations to PROTECT Trainee David Cantonwine, who recently joined Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a Perinatal Epidemiologist with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, as well as Harvard Medical School as a Senior Lecturer. At BWH/HMS, Dr. Cantonwine will study predictors and underlying causes of preeclampsia (these will include environmental influences as well), […]

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PROTECT at March for Babies

On August 18, 2013 the PROTECT Core C Team participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies in San Juan. Trainees, nurses, and faculty were on hand to participate. In addition to participating in the walk itself, the Core C team manned a booth that explained the PROTECT work to the community. Thank you […]

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Monica Ramirez-Andreotta promoted to Assistant Professor

Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, M.P.A., Ph.D. (former trainee with UA SRP Center, who had joined Northeastern as a postdoc with the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute) is now Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Northeastern. Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta has been a great addition to our PROTECT team in the renewal for Community Engagement Core and Research Translation […]

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Postdoc Kelly Hogan wins UMich Fellowship

Project 2 Postdoctoral Associate Kelly Hogan was awarded a two-year fellowship in the University of Michigan Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP), a program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.  All scholars are required to conduct a translational research program as part of their fellowship.  Congratulations Kelly!!

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PROTECT at the EPA Community Involvement Conference

This week members of the PROTECT team attended the EPA Community Involvement Conference in Boston.  Center Manager Mariah Nobrega, Human Subjects and Sampling Core Director Liza Anzalota, and incoming Community Engagement Core co-Leader Carmen Velez all participated in various sessions focused on best practices in community involvement and communication.

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PROTECT featured in Puerto Rico newspaper

On July 30th PROTECT was featured in El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s most widely-read newspaper. The story, entitled Retos del Parto Prematuro (“Challenges of Preterm Birth”), raised awareness of the problem of preterm birth on the island and described the PROTECT study.  The story was released in advance of PROTECT co-Director Jose Cordero presenting at […]

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PROTECT hosts high school students, teacher

PROTECT PI and co-Director Akram Alshawabkeh hosted local high school students and a teacher as part of Northeastern Center for STEM Education’s summer programming.  The month-long program gives opportunities for hands-on research.  This year, Dr. Alshawabkeh hosted Rocco Cieri, a teacher from Medford High School, as part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program, […]

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EREM 2013 conference co-hosted by PROTECT

On June 23-26, PROTECT co-hosted the 12th International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation (EREM2013).  Organized by Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh (PROTECT co-Director and Project 5 leader), EREM2013 brought over 80 participants from 22 countries to Northeastern’s campus to share the latest research in electrokinetic and electrochemical techniques.  Several Project 5 trainees presented in the poster session, including […]

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PROTECT Academy now available for viewing

This June was the first offering of the PROTECT Academy.  The purpose of these webinars was to provide non-experts in the topic areas with an introduction to the primary concepts, basic terminology, and applicability of that field to the understanding of environmental health problems. Please visit the PROTECT Academy page to learn more about the […]

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PROTECT featured as part of the SWIM Water Innovation Exhibition

SWIM is a gathering of senior executives in the water technology and engineering industry working in collaboration to further Massachusetts position in the global marketplace. This year’s conference was held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Northeastern; it convened top leaders to explore global opportunities and how our industry can accelerate the delivery of innovative […]

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John Meeker Appointed as Associate Dean for Research

Project 3 Leader John Meeker has been appointed as the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Associate Dean for Research.  Congratulations John!!

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David Kaeli Receives Award from HSA Foundation

Core D Leader Prof. David Kaeli has been named a Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) Distinguished Professor. As part of this honor, his laboratory, the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Group, has also been designated a HSA Academic Center of Excellence. To see the HSA announcement, go to http://hsafoundation.com/academiccenters/ Congratulations Dave!

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Northeastern Trainees Present at RISE2013

Northeastern Project 5 Trainees Lily Rajic and Noushin Fallahpour presented at Northeastern’s Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE) on March 22, 2013.

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April Webinar “Teaming Up with Gardeners Neighboring a Superfund Site: Characterizing the Uptake of Arsenic by Homegrown Vegetables and Communicating the Potential Risks”

Teaming Up with Gardeners Neighboring a Superfund Site: Characterizing the Uptake of Arsenic by Homegrown Vegetables and Communicating the Potential Risks Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Northeastern University Monica Ramirez-Andreotta has a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona (UA) that focused on integrating the fundamentals of […]

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PROTECT Research Highlighted on Puerto Rican TV News

PROTECT Core C researcher Braulio Jimenez was interviewed in a recent news story on the rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico.  The story, presented by WAPA-TV, discussed PROTECT’s investigations into the role of environmental contamination and preterm birth. The video (in Spanish) is available here.

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PROTECT UPRM Trainee wins NSF Fellowship

Norma Torres Torres, a Masters student working on PROTECT Project 4, has won a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Congratulations Norma!!

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PROTECT recruits 500th participant!

The first week of April saw very exciting news – the 500th woman has been recruited into the cohort of participants!  This is an important milestone that will enable the program to reach its goal of 800 participants by March 2014.

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March Webinar: “Assessing Quality and Remedial Performance for Contaminated Sediments”

Assessing Quality and Remedial Performance for Contaminated Sediments Daniel Reible, Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering, University of Texas in Austin Dr. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the […]

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UN, WHO Panel Report Calls Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals ‘Global Threat’

An international team of experts reported on February 19 that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a “global threat” that should be addressed. The report is a joint effort by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to give policymakers the latest […]

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February 14 Webinar: “Physiological and Molecular Adaptations to Pregnancy: Influence on Chemical Exposure and Toxicity”

Dr. Lauren Aleksunes, from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, will present a talk titled, “Physiological and Molecular Adaptations to Pregnancy: Influence on Chemical Exposure and Toxicity.” To view Dr. Aleksunes’ biography, go to http://pharmacy.rutgers.edu/content/faculty_profile_99.   The webinar was held […]

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NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum Visits PROTECT Partner UPRMSC

On Monday February 4, NIEHS Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum visited the University of Puerto Rico in a talk coordinated by Core C Investigator Dr. Braulio Jimenez.  During Dr. Birnbaum’s visit, she gave a lecture entitled “Future Research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences” in which she discussed transdisciplinary research such as PROTECT’s as […]

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PROTECT welcomes new personnel

We would like to welcome the newest members of the PROTECT community! Dr. Matias Mudarra, a Postdoc Associate and karst hydrogeologist, Victor Vargas, a graduate student in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering, and Maraida Balager, an undergraduate in Chemical Engineering, are new trainees working with PROTECT Project 4 leader, Dr. Ingrid Padilla at the University […]

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PROTECT joins with Social Science Environmental Health Institute to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

On December 3rd environmental activists, scholars, students, and community members met to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s landmark work Silent Spring and to launch the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University.  The event was co-sponsored by PROTECT. Over forty people attended the lectures and reception.  Julia Brody, Executive Director […]

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December 12 Event — “Alternatives for Managing the Nation’s Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites”

Presenter: Michael Kavanaugh, chair of the report-authoring committee. Dear PROTECT Community, You are invited to join a public webinar on Wednesday, December 12 at 1:00pm ET, exploring Alternatives for Managing the Nation’s Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites, a new report from the National Research Council of the National Academies. How to Join: To attend the webinar […]

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PROTECT researcher at UMichigan awarded $1.4M grant from Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative

PROTECT researcher and University of Michigan professor Rita Loch-Caruso is part of a team at the University of Michigan that has earned $1.4 million in support from the Preventing Preterm Birth Initiative, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health, to study a leading cause of premature birth. For more […]

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Jose Cordero quoted in Fox News Article on Preterm Birth

PROTECT co-director and Core C leader Jose Cordero was recently quoted in a Fox News article about the alarmingly high rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico.  Said Dr. Cordero: “Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive face an increased risk of life-long health challenges, including cerebral palsy, breathing […]

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World Prematurity Day

November 17th is World Prematurity Day.  As Jennifer Howse, President of March of Dimes notes in a recent message to supporters: Even though its preterm birth rate has declined for the 5th year in a row, the United States still ranks 131st in the world. This trend is true in Puerto Rico as well; while […]

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PROTECT Cohort Recruits 400th Woman!

Friday November 8th, PROTECT recruited its 400th woman into the study cohort being led by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus team (see picture). This exciting milestone marks the half-way point into the cohort of 800. Learn more about the data being collected on this cohort here.

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November Webinar – “Looking Through an Environmental Justice Lens: Community Engagement, Policy and Practice”

Looking Through an Environmental Justice Lens: Community Engagement, Policy and Practice Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Federal Policy Analyst for West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is WE ACT’s Federal Policy Analyst, based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining WE ACT, Jalonne was the inaugural Kendall Science Fellow […]

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October 29 Webinar: “Serum Concentrations of Brominated Flame Retardants in the United States General Population.”

Dr. Andreas Sjödin will be giving a presentation titled “Serum Concentrations of Brominated Flame Retardants in in the United States General Population.” After receiving his PhD in Environmental Chemistry in May of 2000 from Stockholm University in Sweden, Dr. Andreas Sjödin worked as the Coordinator for the Analytical Toxicology Branch of the Division of Laboratory […]

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Dorothy Vesper gives poster presentation at IAH Congress

PROTECT Researcher, Professor Dorothy Vesper of the Dept. of Geology at West Virginia University presented a poster on the “Development of Hydrogel Tracer Beads as Proxies for NAPL Contamination in Karst Aquifers” at the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress on September 16 – 21, 2012. Her poster can be found here.

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October Webinar – “The Trials and Tribulations of Superfund’s Early Years”

The Trials and Tribulations of Superfund’s Early Years Craig E. Colten, Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University Professor Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University and his work generally fits into the fields of environmental history and hazards geography. He began his career directing a research team investigating […]

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PROTECT-related Spanish Language Webinar, September 18th

Karst Features and Water Resources in Florida and Puerto Rico By Arturo E. Torres Hydrologic Studies Chief U.S. Geological Survey Florida Water Science Center-Tampa This webinar was offered IN SPANISH on September 18, 2012 – click here to see the WebEx. Abstract: Topographic landscape and geology produce distinctive karst and water resources features in Florida […]

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PROTECT Researchers win major grants

Two recent grants of note have been awarded to PROTECT researchers. Core D Investigator Ferdi Hellweger has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled “Anthropogenic Nutrient Input Drives Genetic, Functional and Taxonomic Biodiversity in Hypereutrophic Lake Taihu, China”.  This $2 million grant will study the ecology of cyanobacteria. The project, a collaboration […]

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Alshawabkeh work profiled in SRP Research Brief

PROTECT Director and Project 5 leader Akram Alshawabkeh and his team recently saw their work in novel methods for groundwater decontamination published by the SRP as part of its Research Briefs series. The Research Brief, published in July, highlights a recent paper by the Project 5 team which developed a method to remediate TCE. Read […]

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Lauren Tetz presents at SRP Trainee Webinar Series 8/1 at 1pm

PROTECT Postdoc Lauren Tetz will be presenting as part of the SRP Trainee Webinar Series.  This is a series of webinars throughout the year highlighting the outstanding research/activities conducted by trainees (graduate students and post-docs).  Lauren’s presentation will be on August 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will include talks from Lauren Tetz […]

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PROTECT Trainee Luis Rivera Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Project 3 trainee/researcher Luis Rivera, who defended his PhD in Environmental Health at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health on April 30th, 2012!  Originally from San Juan Puerto Rico, Luis received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, before going on to complete a Master’s Degree […]

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PROTECT Grad Student Cassie Korte wins Poster Awards

Project 2 Graduate Student Cassie Korte (PhD Candidate, University of Michigan) won two poster awards this spring. The first presentation was awarded as part of the Society of Toxicology Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section at the Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting in March. Cassie’s poster won first place. The second presentation, “Oxidative insult activates […]

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Meeker gives talk on Endocrine Disruptors [VIDEO]

Project 1 Leader John Meeker recently gave a TED-style talk on Endocrine Disruptors as part of the UMich Environmental Sciences Department’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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PROTECT Trainees Secure Professorships

Project 5 Postdocs Dr. Chris Butscher and Dr. Xuhui Mao have both recently secured professorships in their respective home countries of Germany and China.  Dr. Mao is at Wuhan University, where he received both his Bachelor’s Degree and PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering.  Dr. Butscher will be at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  Best of […]

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March of Dimes releases Global Action Report on Preterm Birth

The March of Dimes has released its most recent report on preterm birth, entitled Born Too Soon.  Read the full report here; more information including maps and posters, is here.  From the March of Dimes, a description of the report: Born Too Soon provides the first-ever comparable country-level estimates for preterm birth in 184 countries. […]

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PROTECT Trainee Cassie Korte wins poster award

PROTECT Project 2 Trainee Cassie Korte has won a poster award at the Graduate Academic Conference at Michigan State University

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PROTECT Trainee Lauren Tetz Defends Thesis

PROTECT Trainee (Project 2) Lauren Tetz successfully defended her thesis on April 16, 2012.  Our congratulations to the newly-minted Dr. Tetz!  Read more about her thesis topic below. MONO-2-ETHYLHEXYL PHTHALATE STIMULATES CELLULAR RESPONSES RELEVANT TO PARTURITION ABSTRACT: Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is an environmental pollutant used universally as a plasticizer in polyvinyl consumer products.  Exposure to DEHP increases […]

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April Webinar – “The Quiet Epidemic: Causes and Classification of Preterm Birth”

The Quiet Epidemic: Causes and Classification of Preterm Birth Thomas F. McElrath, Associate Professor of Obstetrics at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician, Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital This webinar is designed to: Discuss the definitions and rates of prematurity. Review current causes of prematurity in a very clinical fashion with an […]

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Cordero works with EPA, Mt. Sinai to Promote Children’s Environmental Health Awareness

PROTECT co-PI and Core C Leader Jose Cordero is collaborating with the EPA and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine to raise awareness of children’s environmental health, particularly in Puerto Rico. This one day, free-of-cost, conference will provide attendees with the latest information on hot topics in Children’s Environmental Health including prenatal exposures, asthma, childhood lead […]

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Hellweger wins EPA Environmental Merit Award

PROTECT Core D Researcher Prof. Ferdi Hellweger has won the Environmental Merit Award from the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of his exceptional work and commitment to the environment in 2011.  EPA’s Environmental Merit Award is an annual award that recognizes outstanding environmental advocates who have made significant […]

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PROTECT researcher links amniotic fluid to chemical exposure in fetuses

An article in Science of the Total Environment co-authored by Project 2 Leader Rita Loch-Caruso has described work by her and her colleagues showing that PBDEs (a chemical found in flame retardants and considered to hurt brain development) are present in amniotic fluid, which surrounds the fetus in the womb. While the study size was small […]

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PROTECT Researchers to Present at April 2 RiskeLearning Web Seminars

Project 2 Leader Rita Loch-Caruso and Project 1 Leader John Meeker presented an NIEHS SRP Risk e-Learning webinar in the series Early Life Exposures – Long-Term Health Consequences The session, which addressed PCE and Phthalates, was held on April 2, 2012. This session will feature SRP grantees Ann Aschengrau, Sc.D. (Boston University), John Meeker, Sc.D. (University of […]

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March Trainee Skill-Builder Workshop – Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion-Evidence Structure

Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion−Evidence Structure Michael Alley Associate Professor, Engineering Communication Pennsylvania State University, University Park Abstract Presentation slides affect the success of a scientific talk much more than most speakers realize. In most scientific presentations, the presentation slides follow the topic-subtopic structure of PowerPoint—in other words, a topic phrase headline […]

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Alshawabkeh Seminar at Columbia SRP – March 19, 2012

PROTECT PI and co-Director Akram Alshawabkeh will present at the Columbia SRP on March 19th.  This follows a presentation earlier this year at Northeastern by Columbia SRP Director Joseph Graziano as part of the PROTECT webinar series (click here to view Dr. Graziano’s presentation). Click here for more information about Dr. Alshawabkeh’s presentation at Columbia. […]

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PROTECT Trainee wins Karst Scholarship

Amanda Laskoskie, a PROTECT Trainee pursuing her Master’s at West Virginia University, was recently awarded with the 2012 Karst Waters Institute’s William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science Award.  The award was presented to her advisor, Dr. Dorothy Vesper, on Amanda’s behalf at a public ceremony in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the […]

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Alshawabkeh elected ASCE Fellow

PROTECT PI and Project 5 Leader Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the profession.  Our congratulations!

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February Webinar – Mitch Beard

The Effective Use of Data Management Software in Environmental Projects Mitch Beard, CEO and Founder of EarthSoft, Inc. Mitch Beard is CEO and Founder of EarthSoft, Inc. EarthSoft’s EQuIS software is the most widely used environmental data management software in the world and is used by multiple US EPA Regions and states, many multinational industrials, […]

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January Webinar – Glenn Rice

Exposure Assessment Approaches for Environmental Chemical Mixtures Dr. Glenn Rice Environmental Health Scientist U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Glenn Rice has served as an Environmental Health Scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) since 1990.  He is a member of the chemical mixtures risk assessment team in NCEA.  His research […]

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2011 Changes to National Priority List sites in Puerto Rico

2011 brought several changes to the National Priority List of sites in Puerto Rico Removed: Barceloneta Landfill Added: Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination Added: Hormigas Ground Water Plume Currently there are 15 active NPL sites in Puerto Rico, 1 proposed, and 6 removed; take a look at all the NPL sites in Puerto Rico here […]

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December Trainee Skill-Builder Workshop – Proposal Development

Proposal Development Stacy-Ann Christian & Sara Clabby Office of Research Administration and Finance Northeastern University Stacy-Ann Christian is Lecturer and Associate Director of Research Administration and Finance at Northeastern University. Her responsibilities include development and maintenance of university policies related to pre-award activities. In addition, Stacy-Ann oversees the review of funding applications to federal, state […]

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Alshawabkeh appointed George A. Snell Professor of Engineering

In recognition of his scholarship, technical and professional leadership, teaching, university citizenship, positive example, and strong contribution to the reputation, impact,and success of the College and University, Professor Akram N. Alshawabkeh has been appointed as the George A. Snell Professor of Engineering. Read the full appointment letter here.

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December Webinar – Dana Boyd Barr

Biomonitoring of exposure to environmental chemicals and toxins Dana Boyd Barr Professor of Exposure Science and Environmental Health Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University Dr. Dana Boyd Barr is a Professor of Exposure Science and Environmental Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health.  Although she has been in academia […]

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John Meeker appointed Associate Chair of UMich Dept of Environmental Health Sciences

Project 1 Leader Prof. John Meeker has been appointed Associate Chair of the UMichigan School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences.  From the entire PROTECT team – our congratulations to John! Excerpts from the announcement below: Professor Meeker has had a stellar career, receiving his doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the Harvard […]

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November Trainee Skill-Builder Workshop – Research Translation and Innovation: Results to Patents

Research Translation and Innovation: Results to Patents Anne-Marie Dinius, Intellectual Property Manager, Center for Research Innovation, Northeastern University This webinar will answer the question – how do the results I obtain in the lab turn into patentable intellectual property? Among other patent law fundamentals, IP Attorney Anne-Marie Dinius will answer the following questions: (1) What is […]

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November Webinar – Joseph Graziano

Poison in the Well:  Exposure, Consequences and Remediation of Arsenic in Bangladesh Dr. Joseph Graziano Professor of Environmental Health Sciences & Pharmacology, Columbia University Director of Columbia University SRP Dr. Joseph Graziano’s research career has been devoted to understanding the consequences of exposure to metals, both on the molecular and population levels. Human exposure to […]

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October Trainee Skill-Builder Workshop – The Scientific Method and Experiential Learning Projects

The Scientific Method and Experiential Learning Projects Tom DeSutter, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science North Dakota State University Tom received his BS and MS degrees from South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD) in 1994 and 1998, respectively, and his PhD from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). The primary focus area of DeSutter’s graduate […]

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October Webinar – Daniel Madrigal

Beyond Newsletters and Brochures: Communicating Findings to Study Participants and Community Members of a NIEHS/EPA Children’s Center Daniel S. Madrigal Community Outreach Coordinator Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) Mr. Madrigal is the community outreach coordinator for the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH). Part of the Center’s work is on the […]

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LET’S TALK ABOUT WATER – October 15, 2011 – Register Today!

Please visit the LTAW site at www.neu.edu/protect/events/ltaw

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September Trainee Skill-Builder Workshop – Research Ethics

Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Conducting Human Subjects Research Delia Wolf Assistant Dean for Regulatory Affairs & Research Compliance and Director for the Office of Human Research Administration Harvard School of Public Health Dr. Delia Wolf is a nationally recognized speaker and an accomplished teacher who has served as a faculty member at numerous national conferences […]

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Akram Alshawabkeh funded under NSF earthquake research grant

PROTECT co-Director Akram Alshawabkeh is co-PI of a new National Science Foundation grant to develop a cost-effective method to prevent ground failure during earthquakes.  Ground failure is a major cause of destruction to buildings constructed on water-saturated sandy soils. The award for $1.2M from the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) […]

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September Webinar – Dr. Eric Suuberg

The Brown SRP – Overview and Recent Results on the Vapor Intrusion Problem Eric M. Suuberg Professor of Engineering – Brown University Co-Director of the Brown SRP Professor Suuberg’s research interests center on energy and environmental areas, involving study of fuel chemistry (coal, oil shale, biomass), activated carbons (production and properties), materials reuse (automobile tires, coal […]

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First PROTECT Baby Born

PROTECT is proud to announce the first baby in the study cohort was born on August 19, 2011. Our congratulations to the family! Learn more about the Human Subjects and Sampling Core which is working directly with the women (and babies) in the study cohort here.

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PROTECT Graduate Student wins the KC Donnelly Externship award

PROTECT graduate student Celys Irizarry was awarded with the KC Donnelly Externship. This award is given by the National Institutes of Health Sciences Superfund Research Program to promote transdisciplinary and translational research among early investigators and improve the quality of the educational and training environment. Celys is currently working on her master’s degree in Environmental […]

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PREEMIE Act Reauthorization Bill Introduced In Senate, House

The 2006 PREEMIE Act, abbreviated from the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who Deliver Infants Early Act, developed a public-private agenda aimed at reducing preterm labor and delivery. On July 28, 2011 Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) today introduced the PREEMIE […]

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PROTECT’s Meeker & Ferguson Relate BPA, Altered Thyroid Hormones

Project 1 leader John Meeker and his graduate student Kelly Ferguson have jointly published a paper in Environmental Health Perspectives that links BPA and altered thyroid activity. As told by the U. of Michigan News Service: ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A link between chemicals called phthalates and thyroid hormone levels was confirmed by the University of Michigan in […]

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Meeker quoted on CNN

Project 1 Leader John Meeker (U. of Michigan) was recently quoted in a CNN article on the effect of BPA on the masculinity of male mice.  The study determined that female mice found BPA-exposed male mice to be less attractive, even though their adult hormone levels were no different than male mice who were not exposed. […]

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Tom Sheahan appointed Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Core E Leader Prof. Thomas Sheahan has been announced as the new Northeastern College of Engineering Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In his new role, Tom is working closely with the College leadership team on faculty hiring, college and departmental academic plans and budgeting, space utilization, tracking our progress as a college, faculty merit […]

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PROTECT Student Wins 1st Place in Conference Poster Competition

PROTECT is very proud to report that Juan Manuel Paz-Garcia, a visiting student at Northeastern from the Technical University of Denmark, won first prize in the student poster competition at the EPA/TEI Sustainable Remediation Conference 2011, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on June 1-3, 2011. JuanMa’s poster, entitled “Mathematical Modeling of the Role […]

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PROTECT WVU Researchers at Buckeye Cave Again!

PROTECT researchers Prof. Dorothy Vesper and graduate student Amanda Laskoskie (West Virginia University) recently took another trip to Buckeye Cave (Amanda’s local research site that she uses to develop the models that will be used to understand how pollutants may travel through Puerto Rico’s aquifers.) At this trip, John and Amanda got the ISCO automated […]

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PROTECT Researchers Highlighted at Puerto Rico Water & Env’t Association Conference

UPRM Professor and Project 4 leader Ingrid Padilla recently spoke at the Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association 2011 Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, held on May 16-20, 2011.  Her talk, entitled “Relating Source-Water Outcomes and Adverse Birth Effects” was one of the invited talks of the conference, which was sponsored by the Puerto Rico Health Department, the EPA, […]

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March for Babies brings PROTECT, March of Dimes, together

A recently published article by El Nuevo Dia (May 16, 2011 – available here) highlighted the March for Babies held in San Juan the day before.  The march – in Spanish “Marcha Por Los Bebés” – was intended to raise awareness of preventing preterm birth in Puerto Rico.   PROTECT co-Director and Core C leader Jose Cordero, who […]

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PROTECT researchers, work profiled in Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper

PROTECT Core C Researchers Dr. Jose Cordero and Dr. Hernando Mattei were profiled in an article published in the May 6, 2011 edition of El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper. The article, entitled “Ojo a peligrosa anticipación” (“Looking at dangerous prematurity”),  focuses on the issue of preterm birth in Puerto Rico and the goals […]

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Roger Giese to present PROTECT research at Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Showcase

Project 3 Leader Roger Giese will present his work and that of the PROTECT at the 2011 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Showcase.  The talk, entitled  “Does the Environment Contribute to Preterm Birth?”, will be held at Northeastern University on May 13, 2011. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

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Strategic Planning at NIEHS: Your Input Requested!

The “Dear Colleague” message below is from Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  Please take a moment to read through and visit the links she mentions. Dear Colleague, The NIEHS has just begun the process of updating our Strategic Plan. As a first step in this process, we have launched […]

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Meeker publishes on phthalates, PCBs

PROTECT Project 1 leader John Meeker’s newest paper, with Kelly Ferguson and Rita Loch-Caruso, titled “Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress: NHANES 1999–2006,” is available for viewing online. In addition, several articles have been written about Meeker’s recent study which found that polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) exposure may negatively impact […]

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MassDEP research director gives 3/11 PROTECT webinar

PROTECT Researcher and Project 3 leader Prof. Roger Giese of NU has invited Dr. Carol Rowan West, the Director of the Office of Research for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, to give a presentation titled, “Considering Early Life Stage Sensitivities in Setting Environmental Standards – The Perchlorate Case.” This Webinar will begin at 11:00am EST […]

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Larissa Takser’s 2/11 webinar presentation accessible for online viewing

PROTECT faculty member and Project 1 Leader John Meeker hosted a talk by Dr. Larissa Takser, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke Québec, Canada at the University of Michigan on Friday, February 11th. Dr. Takser presented her talk titled, “Low Dose Environmental Chemicals and Fetal Health” and has […]

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See the PROTECT retreat field trip photos

PROTECT faculty Ingrid Padilla and Dorothy Vesper led a field trip to Rio Camuy during the PROTECT annual retreat in early February. Photos from the field trip can be seen below; click on the slideshow to download larger versions. Thanks to Ingrid Padilla, Dorothy Vesper and Amanda Lakoskie for taking these photos.

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Meeker paper recognized as one of NIEHS Extramural Papers of the Month

PROTECT Project 1 researcher John Meeker was recognized for his paper discussing findings that sperm may be harmed by bisphenol A (BPA), showing that urinary concentrations of the chemical may be related to decreased sperm quality and concentration. This study was one of the first of its kind; the researchers are continuing this line of […]

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Dorothy Vesper and student highlighted in WVU Magazine

PROTECT Researcher Dorothy Vesper (Projects 4 and 5) was highlighted in a recent article in the WVU College of Arts and Sciences Magazine.  The magazine cover features John Tudek, Dorothy’s student working on the PROTECT project.  Click here to download a PDF of the article or here to look at the entire publication.

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PROTECT featured in Engineering@Northeastern

Northeastern University’s Engineering@Northeastern magazine (a publication of the NU College of Engineering) highlighted PROTECT research in the 2010 issue.  See page 4 of the magazine, available here, for the story.

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PROTECT to host Harvard School of Public Health faculty at Dec. 3rd webinar

Dr. James P. Shine Senior Lecturer on Aquatic Chemistry Department of Environmental Health Harvard School of Public Health Dr. James P. Shine will be speaking on the topic of “Biogeochemical Fate and Human Health Outcomes from Metals at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.” Dr. Shine is on the faculty in the Department of Environmental Health […]

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Dr. Eve Kuniansky of USGS speaks at November webinar

Eve Kuniansky Region Ground-Water Specialist U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Eastern Region, Director’s Office Leader, Karst Interest Group PROTECT was proud to host Dr. Eve Kuniansky, who gave a talk titled “Mathematical Models Applied to Karst Aquifers” at the November 5th webinar. Dr. Kuniansky heads up the USGS Karst Interest Group, has worked with the USGS […]

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Preterm birth rates improve in most states

Eight states earned a better grade on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve. Overall, the United States received a “D” on the report card, when national preterm birth rates are measured against the Healthy People 2010 goals. Read […]

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Training Core Leader Thomas Sheahan to Present SRP-funded R01 Work at SRP/EPA Webinar

Prof. Thomas Sheahan, Training Core Leader, will be presenting at the Fall/Winter 2010 edition of Risk eLearning, entitled “Contaminated Sediments: New Tools and Approaches forin situ Remediation.”  This Webinar is presented by the Superfund Research Program (SRP), in collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI). The webinar will […]

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EPA Proposes to Add Two Puerto Rico Sites to the Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to add both the Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination Site in the municipality of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and the Hormigas Ground Water Plume Site in the municipality of Caguas to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Sampling at the sites […]

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Northeastern student working on SRP research highlighted

Northeastern graduate student Dogus Meric was recently cited in an article published in The Nation entitled “Sapping the Superfund’s Strength”, available here.  Dogus is working with Prof. Tom Sheahan on a related project also funded by the SRP.

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Jose Cordero nominated as candidate for APHA presidency

Jose Cordero, co-Director of PROTECT and Core C leader, was recently nominated as one of two candidates for the presidency of the American Public Health Association.  Please read more about this very prestigious nomination here.

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PROTECT Webinar to be held October 1, 2010

The Harvard Superfund Research Program Robert Wright, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Health Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health Director, Harvard Superfund Research Program Dr. Wright is the overall PI of the Harvard Superfund Research Program and director of the HSPH Metals Research Core. He is an Emergency Room pediatrician at […]

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Jose Cordero leads symposium on premature birth prevention strategies

In concert with colleagues at the March of Dimes and the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Dr. Jose Cordero (PROTECT co-Director and Research Translation Core Leader, March of Dimes Prematurity Steering Committee Chair, and Dean of the UPRMSC Graduate School of Public Health) recently held a symposium focused on premature birth prevention strategies. […]

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John Meeker featured in several recent articles

UMich Assistant Professor John Meeker‘s (leader, Project 1) work has been featured in several recent news articles. http://www.aolhealth.com/2010/08/04/exposure-to-plastic-chemical-may-harm-male-fertility/ http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/08/bisphenol_a_and_sperm_damage.html http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/88/i24/html/8824news4.html Dr. Meeker was also featured in another interesting article on plastics from last year: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/dangers-of-plastic

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EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Fellowship Opening

The National Center for Environmental Assessment, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development, is advertising a training opportunity (fellowship not to exceed 3 years) that may be of interest to post-docs, research fellows, PhD and masters students. The position will be located in Arlington, VA in the US EPA Integrated […]

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PROTECT profiled by Associated Press

Mark Melia of the Associated Press looks carefully at the background problem – the high rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico – and what PROTECT will be studying to combat this issue…read full article.

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Northeastern awarded $9.9 million NIH grant

Northeastern University has received a $9.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the impact of exposure to environmental contamination on preterm birth rates and to develop sustainable solutions. Read full article…

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PROTECT Co-Director Cordero speaks on Children’s Health

Featured in the Harvard Gazette, March 5, 2010: José Cordero, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, spoke on “Children’s Health: Learning from the Consequences of our Success” at the Harvard School of Public Health March 4. Cordero said that today’s leading cause of child mortality is birth defects, […]

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Chemicals May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births

The Association of Schools of Public Health features research findings of PROTECT investigators: (ASPH Friday Letter – July 10, 2009) – A University of Michigan School of Public Health study of expectant mothers suggests that a group of common environmental contaminants called phthalates, which are present in many industrial and consumer products including everyday personal […]

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Phthalates May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births

July 7, 2009

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