Category Archives: Core B
By mnobrega | Published: April 17, 2013
Northeastern Project 5 Trainees Lily Rajic and Noushin Fallahpour presented at Northeastern’s Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE) on March 22, 2013.
April Webinar “Teaming Up with Gardeners Neighboring a Superfund Site: Characterizing the Uptake of Arsenic by Homegrown Vegetables and Communicating the Potential Risks”
By mnobrega | Published: April 16, 2013
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 environmental science, [...]
By mnobrega | Published: April 12, 2013
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.
By mnobrega | Published: February 7, 2013
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 [...]
PROTECT joins with Social Science Environmental Health Institute to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
By mnobrega | Published: December 13, 2012
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 [...]
By mnobrega | Published: November 19, 2012
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 problems, [...]
By mnobrega | Published: November 17, 2012
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 preterm birth [...]
November Webinar – “Looking Through an Environmental Justice Lens: Community Engagement, Policy and Practice”
By mnobrega | Published: November 1, 2012
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 with the [...]
By ksm | Published: September 20, 2012
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 historical [...]
By mnobrega | Published: August 14, 2012
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 the full [...]
By mnobrega | Published: July 17, 2012
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 [...]
By mnobrega | Published: June 1, 2012
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 parturition-associated [...]
By mnobrega | Published: June 1, 2012
Project 3 Leader John Meeker recently gave a TED-style talk on Endocrine Disruptors as part of the UMich Environmental Sciences Department’s 125th anniversary celebration.
By mnobrega | Published: April 19, 2012
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 emphasis on the underlying [...]
By mnobrega | Published: April 12, 2012
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 poisoning, [...]
By mnobrega | Published: March 26, 2012
Project 2 Leader Rita Loch-Caruso and Project 3 Leader John Meeker will be presenting in the next NIEHS SRP Risk e-Learning webinars in the series Early Life Exposures – Long-Term Health Consequences The session, which will address PCE and Phthalates, will be held April 2, 2012 from 1-3:00 p.m. ET – register on EPA’s CLU-IN website (http://bit.ly/w5rfxb). This session will feature [...]
March Trainee Skill-Builder Workshop – Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion-Evidence Structure
By mnobrega | Published: March 26, 2012
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 supported by a bullet list or [...]
By mnobrega | Published: March 7, 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. [...]
By mnobrega | Published: December 13, 2011
Take a look at some of the events PROTECT has participated in this fall: 10/24/11-10/26/11: Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting 10/15/11: Let’s Talk About Water 2011 10/13/11: Research and Industrial Collaboration Conference (RICC) You can also read more about PROTECT webinars here.
By mnobrega | Published: September 30, 2011
Please visit the LTAW site at www.neu.edu/protect/events/ltaw
By mnobrega | Published: August 29, 2011
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 fly ash), fire safety [...]
By mnobrega | Published: August 1, 2011
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 [...]
By mnobrega | Published: July 11, 2011
Project 3 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 [...]
By mnobrega | Published: June 28, 2011
Project 3 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 [...]
By mnobrega | Published: June 6, 2011
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 of [...]
By mnobrega | Published: May 20, 2011
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, [...]
By mnobrega | Published: May 20, 2011
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 [...]
By mnobrega | Published: May 9, 2011
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 of [...]
By mnobrega | Published: May 6, 2011
Project 1 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.
By mnobrega | Published: December 3, 2010
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.
By mnobrega | Published: November 30, 2010
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.
By mnobrega | Published: October 10, 2010
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.
By mnobrega | Published: October 10, 2010
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.
By mnobrega | Published: September 27, 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 Children’s Hospital Boston and is [...]
By mnobrega | Published: September 10, 2010
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. The [...]
By mnobrega | Published: August 27, 2010
UMich Assistant Professor John Meeker’s (leader, Project 3) 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
By mnobrega | Published: May 16, 2010
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.
By mnobrega | Published: March 5, 2010
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, making [...]
By mnobrega | Published: July 10, 2009
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 care [...]