On January 16th and 17th, PROTECT researchers, trainees, administrators, advisers, colleagues and guests gathered at the Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar in Dorado, Puerto Rico for the 5th annual PROTECT retreat to discuss research progress. This year’s theme focused on celebrating trainee achievements; over 20 trainees from across the five participating universities were in attendance. […]
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PROTECT Project 4‘s Professor Ingrid Padilla and trainees recently participated in the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Los Angeles, California on October 15-18. Professor Padilla was actively involved in the conference, chairing a session entitled “Conversations with Scientists in Engineering” and serving as […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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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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.
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.)
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 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.
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 […]
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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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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.