Category Archives: PROTECT Events and Presentations

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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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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PROTECT researcher Monica Ramirez-Andreotta to speak at the next research call along with BU SRP for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

On Thursday, April 24th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, PROTECT Investigator Monica Ramirez-Andreotta (Core F) will be participating in a Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) research call, titled: “Healthy Urban Gardens: Your Soil and You.” This is part of the CHE’s series featuring the Superfund Research Program, which is organized by the Boston University SRP. Urban agriculture continues […]

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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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PROTECT researchers present at Manatí Medical Center conference to promote influenza vaccination during pregnancy

PROTECT researchers, Dr. José Cordero (Core C Leader) and Dr. Liza Anzalota (Core C Recruitment Coordinator), worked in collaboration with the Manatí Medical Center (MMC) in Puerto Rico to offer an educational activity for physicians to promote influenza vaccinations for pregnant women. After touring the MMC, Dr. Cordero presented a conference on the importance of […]

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PROTECT researchers present EPA CLU-IN Webinar

PROTECT researchers Ingrid Padilla, PhD, Project 4 Leader, and David Kaeli, PhD, Core D Leader, presented a CLU-IN Webinar, hosted by the EPA and sponsored by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Their presentation, titled, ”Application of the PROTECT Data Management System to Assess Relationships Between Environmental Chemical Exposure and Population Birth Outcomes in Northern Puerto Rico,” focused on the use of […]

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PROTECT Trainees and Researchers Presented at the SETAC Annual Meeting in November, 2013

PROTECT Trainees and Researchers presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 34th Annual Meeting, on November 17th – 21st in Nashville, TN. The SETAC Annual Meeting is a 5-day event with training and learning opportunities for over 2,000 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers to gain knowledge and skills in the latest […]

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PROTECT Trainees Present Posters at SRP Training and Outreach Event at the Museum of Science in Boston

PROTECT Project 5 and Project 3 trainees presented their research posters at an SRP Training and Outreach event hosted by the Boston University Superfund Research Program at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA, on November 18th, 2013. This provided a venue where SRP Trainees could meet, network and learn from each other, as well as gain an appreciation for […]

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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent PROTECT Events

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.

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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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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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WVU researchers visit local research site, Buckeye Cave

PROTECT researchers Prof. Dorothy Vesper and graduate student Amanda Laskoskie (West Virginia University) recently took a trip to Buckeye Cave in West Virginia. Buckeye Cave, formed from the same geological processes as the karst (limestone) aquifers in Puerto Rico, is Amanda’s local research site that she uses to develop the models that will be used […]

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Dorothy Vesper presents at 2/8 webinar

PROTECT Researcher, Prof. Dorothy Vesper of the Dept. of Geology at West Virginia University gave a talk via WebEX on Tuesday, February 8th titled, “Fundamentals and Research in Karst Geochemistry.” The talk took place live at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in CID, Conference Room 123 from 10:30am to 12:00pm, Puerto Rico time. […]

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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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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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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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