Category Archives: PROTECT Team

Cordero gives invited talk to trainees at SSR annual meeting

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

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“Born Too Soon” – PROTECT featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education

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

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Alshawabkeh receives prestigious ASCE award

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

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Trainee Gonzalez receives K.C. Donnelly Externship

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

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July 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT Data Core Leader named Distinguished Professor

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

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June 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT awarded five-year renewal grant

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

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

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

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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 Trainee Mary Penny starting a co-op Opportunity in Environmental Field Testing

Mary Penny, a Civil Engineering undergraduate at Northeastern University, and one of our PROTECT trainees, is starting a co-op opportunity with Environmental Partners Group, Inc. in Quincy, MA where she will conduct field testing for a drinking water supply. Mary has been working for Project 5 under the supervision of post-doctoral associate Lily Rajic and […]

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View photos from the PROTECT annual retreat in Puerto Rico!

The PROTECT team had another successful retreat in Puerto Rico on January 17th and 18th! PROTECT Researchers, staff and trainees representing all of the projects and cores attended, along with members of the PROTECT External Advisory Committee, who provided valuable guidance, advice and assessment for the projects, cores and center. Along with attending presentations on PROTECT […]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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