Category Archives: PROTECT Team

PROTECT and CRECE members attend ISEE Conference in Rome, Italy

In early September, PROTECT and CRECE members attended the 28th Annual Conference for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) held in Rome, Italy. The main theme of the conference was “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology.” ISEE is a global organization with members located in more than 60 countries. The society’s conference […]

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PROTECT Trainee Reneé Wurth Receives KC Donnelly Externship

Reneé Wurth, PROTECT trainee at Northeastern, has been honored with a K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement, which provides funding to Superfund Research Program trainees to expand their research experience at another institution. Wurth will spend her externship at the University of California, Berkeley SRP Center, where she will develop new skills in water quality analysis, […]

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Karst Conference Mentioned in September Issue of Eos

Featured in the September 1st issue of Eos: Earth and Space Science News was the PROTECT-sponsored conference “Karst, Groundwater Contamination, & Public Health: Moving Beyond Case Studies,” an event held in late January in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to being sponsored by PROTECT, the conference was supported by the non-profit organization Karst Waters […]

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November Webinar: Geary Schindel, “Karst Aquifers – Water Quality, Vulnerability, and Public Health in a Complex Groundwater System”

Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016 Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT (2:00 – 3:00pm AST) Location: 431 ST, Northeastern University Webinar Title: “Karst Aquifers – Water Quality, Vulnerability, and Public Health in a Complex Groundwater System” Presenter: Geary M. Schindel, P.G., Chief Technical Officer and Director of Aquifer Science for the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and President of Karst Works, […]

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Dr. Huerta-Montañez Presents at Children’s Environmental U.S.-MX Border Symposium

On Thursday, August 25th, Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montañez (CEC, CRECE) spoke at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas for the 2016 Children’s Environmental U.S.-MX Border Symposium, an event organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme for the forum was “Children’s Environmental Health on the Border: Protecting Children Where They Live, […]

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Puerto Rico Is Challenged by the Zika Epidemic

In late March of this year, PROTECT posted an article describing some of the steps that were being taken in Puerto Rico to prepare for the inevitable spread of the Zika virus on the island. Five months later, Zika transmission in Puerto Rico is no longer an emerging threat, but an ongoing reality. The island is […]

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Members of PROTECT and CRECE meet with Caribbean EPA Director

On Wednesday, August 24th, PROTECT and CRECE team members in Puerto Rico met with Carmen Guerrero Pérez, the Director of the EPA’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division–a department covering all of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition to the Director, the meeting was attended by Carmen Milagros Vélez Vega (Community Engagement Core Leader […]

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PROTECT Hosts Local High School Students through Young Scholars Program

This summer, PROTECT Principal Investigator and co-Director Akram Alshawabkeh hosted two local high school seniors as part of the Young Scholars Program (YSP) organized by Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education.  The program was created to provide opportunities for hands-on research to high school juniors and seniors in the Boston area. Alshawabkeh’s hosted scholars, Amrita […]

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Prof. Dave Kaeli Presents at NIEHS Spring Workshop

On July 20th, Data Management and Modeling Core Leader David Kaeli participated in the NIEHS WTP Spring 2016 Workshop/Awardee Meeting, held in Boston, MA. The meeting, titled “Responding to Emerging Health Threats Through Research and Training,” was part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NIEHS and the 30th anniversary of the Superfund Research […]

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Winners Selected for PROTECT Trainee Individual Development Plan Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 PROTECT Trainee Individual Development Plan (IDP) Award winners for their successful efforts in enhancing their extracurricular experiences and increasing their professional skills. Winners will be provided with a $1,500 stipend to be used towards attending a conference of their choice from a list of pre-approved options. The winners are:   Nerida […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Participate in March of Dimes March for Babies Event in San Juan

On Sunday, June 26th, members of the PROTECT and CRECE Team participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Chapter of the March of Dimes works to reduce the rate of preterm birth on the island, which in 2014 was 12% of all births. Members of […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Celebrate New Clinic Opening

On June 23rd and 24th, PROTECT and CRECE team members met in Puerto Rico for an in-person meeting and celebration of the opening of the new clinic in Manatí, Puerto Rico. For the first day, the group joined in a technical discussion with a strong focus on recruitment of study participants and data collection procedures. […]

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NIEHS Director Visits Northeastern University

On Monday, July 18th, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum visited Northeastern University. Northeastern has been working in partnership with NIEHS on a number of projects related to Environmental Health, a field which has been a longstanding area of focus for the educational institution. Birnbaum’s visit began with a meeting […]

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PROTECT and CRECE to Study Zika in Pregnancy

On Friday, July 15th, PROTECT and CRECE received funding from the NIEHS to study the Zika virus in Puerto Rico. This funding is part of the Zika Infants and Pregnancy (ZIP) study, which aims to enroll 10,000 women from 15 different countries in a study to assess the outcomes of a Zika infection during pregnancy. […]

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Dr. Huerta-Montañez Meets with CDC to Discuss Zika

On June 11, Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montañez met with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during his visit to Puerto Rico. The meeting was attended by Dr. Stephen Waterman (Chief of the CDC’s Dengue Branch), Dr. Francisco Alvarado-Ramy (Senior CDC Official for the Zika Response in Puerto Rico), […]

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Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montanez Presents on Zika at CHPAC Meeting

On May 24-25, Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montanez (CEC, CRECE) attended the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) meeting in Washington, DC, where she presented on the Zika virus. The CHPAC is an advisory board to the EPA that is composed of external researchers, academics, health care providers, environmentalists, state and tribal government leaders, and members of the public. […]

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Trainee Nerida de Jesus Presents at 10th National Monitoring Conference

Project 4 Trainee Nerida de Jesus presented research at the 10th National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, FL, on May 2-6, 2016. The conference, sponsored by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council, brought together over 700 attendees from academia, federal and local government, and industry for discussions and panels focusing around the theme of “Working Together […]

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Dr. Ingrid Padilla Appointed Member of Navy Research Advisory Committee

Dr. Ingrid Padilla, Project 4 Leader, has been appointed a member of the Navy Research Advisory Committee (NRAC), a civilian scientific advisory group that provides objective scientific analyses to the U.S. Navy. The NRAC advises and provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, […]

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PROTECT Trainees Participate in Water Quality Monitoring Day

PROTECT Trainees and EPA-GRO Team Members

On April 9th, 2016, the EPA–GRO Team, with the support of PROTECT, the Institute of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at UPRM, and the Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi-Puerto Rico Alpha Chapter, organized and conducted water quality education activities for the Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. […]

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Curt Spalding, EPA Region 1 Administrator, Presents Webinar: “Innovation & Collaboration”

On Monday, May 9th, EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding visited Northeastern’s campus and presented a talk as part of PROTECT’s “Collaboration for Innovation” Webinar series. Curt’s talk focused on innovation and collaboration within the EPA Region 1 Superfund program, especially as it pertains to working with local governments and communities. One of the issues […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Open New Clinic in Puerto Rico

In mid-April, PROTECT and CRECE (Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico) began seeing participants at a new clinic located in Manatí, Puerto Rico. The clinic is designed to create a safe, welcoming environment for our participants and their families, and is conveniently located near the hospital where the babies are born […]

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Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega and Trainee Colleen Murphy Collaborate with Undergraduate Students from University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez

On March 1, 2016, Community Engagement Core (CEC) Co-Leader Dr. Vélez Vega and trainee Colleen Murphy joined three undergraduate civil engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez to discuss community engagement for a project the students have been independently conducting with a community in Añasco, Puerto Rico. Nerida De Jesus Villanueva, Angeliz Vargas Medina, […]

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PROTECT Co-Hosts Northeast Superfund Research Program (NE SRP) Training Workshop

Trainees from Northeastern and Dartmouth

From April 26th – 27th, 2016, PROTECT and the SRPs from Boston University and Dartmouth College co-hosted the second annual Northeast Superfund Research Program (NE SRP) Training Workshop. This year’s workshop was held at Northeastern University in Boston, and was attended by Trainees from BU, Dartmouth and NEU who participated in the event’s professional development and […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Provide Education on Zika Prevention

As peak mosquito season approaches, PROTECT and CRECE have continued to reach out to local communities to provide education on Zika virus prevention. Community Engagement Core members Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega, Dr. Gredia Huertas, Abigail Figueroa, and trainee Colleen Murphy were invited to the Arecibo Campus of Eastern University, a private institution, to provide information […]

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Dr. Vélez Vega and Trainee Colleen Murphy Present at 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session

Dr. Vélez Vega, Co-Leader of the Community Engagement Core, and trainee Colleen Murphy represented PROTECT at the 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session on April 21st, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Innovative Solutions to Combat Global Health Disparities.” Dr. Vélez Vega participated in a panel called “Hot Topics: Lessons Learned,” […]

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Dr. Vélez Vega Presents at the 2016 Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Dr. Carmen M. Vélez Vega, Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, presented research findings at the 2016 Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. The Conference, held from April 9th to 11th in San Francisco, focused on sustainable solutions to global health issues. Dr. Vélez Vega presented the results from a study completed in collaboration with […]

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May Webinar: Curt Spalding, EPA Region 1 Administrator, to Present “EPA New England Update: Innovation and Collaboration on Hazardous Waste Clean-up” – Recording Now Available

Date: Monday, May 9th, 2016 Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT (1:00 – 2:00pm AST) Location: 431 ST, Northeastern University Webinar Title: “EPA New England Update: Innovation and Collaboration on Hazardous Waste Clean-up” Presenter: Curt Spalding, Administrator for EPA’s New England Region (Region 1) On Monday, May 9th, PROTECT hosted the fourth installment in our webinar series, Collaboration for […]

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PROTECT Trainees Offer Water Quality Workshop to Children in Puerto Rico

On March 15th, 2016, the EPA-GRO TEAM and PROTECT Trainees offered a workshop to middle school children about the importance of water quality and commonly measured parameters. The workshop reached about 50 students from the school Dr. Francisco Vázquez Colón del Bo. Magueyes, located in the municipality of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The purpose of the […]

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PROTECT Project 5 Researchers Present at Boston Public School Science Fair

On March 5th, 2016, Project 5 researchers Ljiljana Rajic, David Berroa and Savannah Gregor participated in the 70th Annual Boston Public Schools’ Citywide Science and Engineering Fair that was held at Northeastern University. The Fair was organized by Boston Public Schools’ Science Department, Science from Scientists, and Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education. Project 5 […]

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PROTECT’s Dr. José Cordero Appears on NPR to Discuss Puerto Rico’s Efforts Against the Zika Virus

Dr. José Cordero, PROTECT Co-Director and leader of the Human Subjects and Sampling Core, appeared on NPR’s “Here & Now” on February 3rd to discuss Puerto Rico’s efforts against the spread of the Zika virus. Listen to the segment below, or visit this website to learn more. Zika is a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitos that typically causes […]

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PROTECT and KWI Conference: Karst, Groundwater Contamination, & Public Health

The Karst, Groundwater Contamination, & Public Health:  Moving Beyond Case Studies Conference was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 27-30th. The conference was supported by the non-profit organization Karst Waters Institute (KWI), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Science Foundation (NSF) and PROTECT, and was initiated and lead by Prof. Dorothy […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Work With Local Physicians to Inform Participants About the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

With the arrival of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, both PROTECT and CRECE (Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico) have begun reaching out to participants, healthcare professionals, and local communities to provide education and support. Zika, which originated in Africa and spread to South America in 2015, is […]

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April Webinar: Dr. Shashi Murthy and Dr. Sean Kevlahan to present “From Lab Bench to Commercial Product: A Case Study of Quad Technologies & A Discussion of Commercializing Academic Discoveries”

Date: Monday, April 11th, 2016 Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (2:00 – 3:00 PM AST) Webinar Title: “From Lab Bench to Commercial Product: A Case Study of Quad Technologies & A Discussion of Commercializing Academic Discoveries” Presenters: Dr. Shashi Murthy, Professor of Chemistry and Co-Founder of the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education, Northeastern University and […]

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PROTECT Co-sponsors Reproductive Health and the Environment Symposium at Northeastern University

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, PROTECT co-sponsored the Reproductive Health and the Environment Symposium at Northeastern University. The Symposium, which was open to the public, featured keynote speakers and panelists from local universities and organizations in the community. Keynote speaker Laura Vandenberg of UMass Amherst started the event with a talk focusing on endocrine disruptors […]

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December Webinar: Prof. Susan Schantz to present Novel Methods to Assess the Impact of Prenatal Chemical Exposures on Infant Cognition – Recording Now Available

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015 Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (2:00 – 3:00 PM AST) Webinar Title: “Novel Methods to Assess the Impact of Prenatal Chemical Exposures on Infant Cognition” Presenter: Susan L. Schantz, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign On Monday, December 14th, PROTECT hosted its second installment in our webinar series, Collaboration for Innovation, during which our guest […]

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Over 350 Participants Gathered for the 2015 Annual NIEHS SRP Meeting Hosted by PROTECT

PROTECT would like to thank everyone for their hard work and participation in this year’s annual SRP meeting! The theme of this year’s meeting was “SRP Collaboration for Innovation”, and took place from November 18-20th at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The SRP annual meeting brought together more than 350 researchers, trainees, and administrators supported […]

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PROTECT Presents at EPA Region 1 Superfund Research Program Meeting

          Drs. Lily Rajic (Project 5) and Rachel Grashow (Core A) represented PROTECT at the Superfund Research Program meeting held on November 10th at the EPA Region 1 office in Boston, MA. Along with five other Region 1 universities (Boston University, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brown University, […]

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November Webinar: Prof. Daniel Aldrich to present Networks in Crisis: Data on Social Capital and Resilience – recording now available

Date: Monday, November 30th Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (2:00 – 3:00 PM AST) Webinar Title: “Networks in Crisis: Data on Social Capital and Resilience” Presenter: Prof. Daniel Aldrich, Northeastern University On Monday, November 30th, PROTECT hosted its first installment in our webinar series, Collaboration for Innovation, during which the guest speaker, Prof. Daniel Aldrich, Northeastern […]

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Giese receives $100K grant to improve testing for carcinogens in food

As a spin-off of technology developed in the PROTECT program,  Roger Giese (Project 3 Leader) has received  funding from the Exploratory Grant Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which is part of the Department of Agriculture.  The idea of the project is to expand and replace many tests for carcinogens in […]

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PROTECT adopts Equivalent Porous Media (EPM) approach to Model Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport in Karst Aquifers

Predicting hydraulic behavior of karst aquifers is difficult because of their high degree of heterogeneity and anisotropy. In a new study to address these challenges, PROTECT trainees Reza Ghasemizadeh and Xue Yu, implemented Equivalent Porous Media (EPM) Simulation of Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport in Karst Aquifers. The work, published in PLOS ONE, focused on evaluation […]

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PROTECT Project 5 presents at UMass Amherst, MA

PROTECT Project 5  Associate Research Scientist Lily Rajic and trainee Shirin Hojabri presented their work at the 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy October 19-22, 2015, in Amherst, Massachusetts. This is a national conference that attracts 600-800 attendees, which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, a number of industries including […]

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EPA Prepares a Plan to Cleanup Pesticide Contamination in Manati, PR

In Manati, Puerto Rico, a legacy of pollution has an end in sight.  On October 1, 2015 the EPA proposed a plan of action to address the detrimental community impacts from the Pesticide Warehouse III Superfund Site. For years, pesticides and dioxins from the former pesticide facility have been contaminating the soil and groundwater of […]

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PROTECT recruitment surpasses 1000 pregnant women!

This week, PROTECT is pleased to announce that recruitment figures for the PROTECT study have reached over 1,000 women! Thanks to the hard work on behalf of the nursing, administrative and medical staff in the Human Subjects and Sampling Core, 1,012 women have currently enrolled in PROTECT, where they are followed throughout their pregnancy until […]

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PROTECT Co-Director José Cordero named Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health at the University of Georgia

PROTECT is proud to announce that Co-Director and Core C Leader Cordero has been named the first Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health at the University of Georgia in Atlanta, GA where he will head its Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Patel Distinguished Professorship was created to foster expanding research and service opportunities in […]

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PROTECT Project 1 Leader Meeker and Colleagues Receive $9.5M Grant to Advance Research on Child Health

PROTECT is proud to announce that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has awarded to a University of Michigan team led by John Meeker (Project 1 Leader) $9.5M to establish a large-scale interdisciplinary research hub at the University of Michigan (U-M) for the new Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR) Program. Known as […]

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PROTECT RTC-CEC Leader Phil Brown Presents at the EPA’s Environmental Justice Technology Integration and Information Branch Webinar

On September 16th, 2015, Phil Brown (RTC-CEC Leader) presented at an environmental justice webinar on how socioeconomic status, contamination and housing policy can affect health in lower income communities. This event was hosted by the EPA’s Technology Integration and Information Branch (TIIB), and included the video “Place Matters: Where You Live Predicts Your Health”, as […]

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PROTECT Researchers Receive Big Data Grant from the National Science Foundation

Along with the PI Jennifer Dy (PI), PROTECT Core D Leader Dave Kaeli (Co-PI) and PROTECT researcher April Gu (Co-PI) have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project entitled “BIGDATA: IA: Exploring Analysis of Environment and Health Through Multiple Alternative Clustering.” The broad objective of this study will be to […]

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PROTECT Participates in NIEHS and EPA CLU-IN Webinar

PROTECT was pleased to participate in the NIEHS SRP and EPA’s Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) webinar on August 24th, 2015 entitled “TCE, PCBs, and Phthalates – Exposure, Mechanisms of Disease, and Clean-Up Remedies.” Attended by 450 people, the webinar highlighted PROTECT’s investigation into environmental contamination and preterm birth in Puerto Rico. Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh […]

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Puerto Rico Faces Many Challenges

Puerto Rico continues to face many challenges including a severe water drought, a crisis in health care, and worsening financial conditions. The recent record-breaking drought has affected 2.5 million residents living on the eastern side of the island, where water rationing has resulted in island-wide business closings and a damaged tourist industry. The drought has […]

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PROTECT Wins the People’s Choice Award at the EPA Community Involvement Training Conference

We are proud to announce that PROTECT has won The People’s Choice Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 14th Community Involvement Training Conference, held on August 4 – 6, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. This dynamic conference brought together more than 450 participants from the EPA and the Agency’s partners and stakeholders who plan […]

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PROTECT Study Participants Get Involved

PROTECT is excited to announce the incorporation of former cohort participants Abril Burgos, Jayrin Rosa and Joanabeth Maisonet as support staff in Core C. Abril, Joana and Jayrin live in the northern karst area of Puerto Rico and participated in PROTECT during their previous pregnancies. They are mothers of three beautiful children, one of whom […]

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PROTECT Researchers Visit Health Clinic PRYMed

                          On June 8, 2015 PROTECT researchers Dr. Carmen Vélez and Dr. Liza Anzalota visited PROTECT-affiliated health clinic PRYMed in the municipality of Ciales, Puerto Rico. During this meeting the PROTECT team shared research findings with key leaders at PRYMED and continued to […]

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PROTECT Researchers Partner with March of Dimes in San Juan

  On June 28, 2015, PROTECT partnered with the March of Dimes Puerto Rico chapter for the “March for Babies” in San Juan, Puerto Rico to raise awareness of preterm birth on the island. PROTECT Co-Director, Dr. José F. Cordero and Core C Director, Dr. Liza Anzalota led the team along with PROTECT team members, […]

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Introducing PROTECT’s first ROUTES scholar, David Berroa!

The “Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences”(ROUTES) is a new program at Northeastern University designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority undergraduate students participating in environmental health (EH) research, which studies the effects of environmental contaminants on human health and communities. ROUTES scholars will receive training in interdisciplinary settings to enable […]

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PROTECT Core D Leader David Kaeli Presents at NIEHS SRP Webinar

On June 24, 2015, PROTECT Core D Leader David Kaeli, Ph.D., presented his work during the NIEHS SRP webinar Integrating Data from Multidisciplinary Research, Session I: Introducing the Big Picture, hosted by the EPA. The focus of the webinar was to present the concept of big data in the context of environmental health sciences and […]

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PROTECT Trainee Xiangyu Li Presents at ALLDATA 2015

On April 19-24th, 2015, Northeastern University Ph.D. PROTECT trainee, Xiangyu Li, presented his paper Big Data Analysis on Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats at the ALLDATA 2015 Conference in Barcelona, Spain. His presentation with Prof. David Kaeli highlighted the collaborative work between PROTECT’s Core D and Project 3. At the conference, Xiangyu attended […]

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Landmark Conference on Social Science-Environmental Health Collaborations

On May 21-22, 2015, the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI), in partnership with the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) and Silent Spring Institute hosted the first ever Social Science-Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Collaborations Conference at Northeastern University. This two-day conference brought together approximately 100 scholars, government agency professionals, community organizers, and […]

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PROTECT Project 5 Trainees Present at SWIM 2015

On May 20th 2015, PROTECT trainees Shirin Hojabri, Roya Nazari, Noushin Fallahpour and Dr. Ljiljana Rajic attended the Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts (SWIM), held at Northeastern University. SWIM, organized by the New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) and Northeastern University, brought together international water experts and leaders to learn about advances in water technology […]

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Padilla Receives Distinguished Professor Award in Civil Engineering at UPRM

Dr. Ingrid Padilla, PROTECT Project 4 Leader, has received the 2014 Distinguished Professor Award in Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico. The award honors her outstanding teaching, research, and service contribution to the institution. At PROTECT, Dr. Padilla investigates the fate and transport processes that control the temporal and spatial distribution of contaminants in […]

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PROTECT Researcher Publishes Study Assessing Toxicity Risk of WV Chemical Spill

The 2014 Freedom Industrial chemical spill affected the drinking water supply of 300,000 people in Charleston, West Virginia metropolitan area.  In the wake of the spill, one of the most pressing concerns was understanding the impact of the chemical spill, as the main contaminant associated with the spill – 4-methyl-1-cyclohexanemethanol (4-MCHM) – has little to […]

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Phil Brown Wins NSF Grant to Study Perfluorinated Chemicals

Phil Brown, Director of the Research Translation Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core, has received a $343,163 grant from the National Science Foundation to study  “Perfluorinated Chemicals: The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants.” His project investigates the social discovery, scientific controversies, and regulatory issues of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are […]

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Trainee González starts K.C. Donnelly Externship at the CDC

Human Subjects Core trainee Andrea L. González (Advisor: Jose Cordero) started her externship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia with Victor De Jesus, Ph.D., Chief of the Biochemical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch. González began her work at CDC this March and will finish in May. She […]

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PROTECT Trainee Kelly Ferguson Presents at COW2015 and Meets Policy Makers at the EPA

On April 29, trainee Kelly Ferguson gave a talk at the 8th Copenhagen Workshop on Endocrine Disrupters. Her talk, entitled “Developmental effects of phthalates: what are the mechanisms?” introduced the PROTECT cohort and summarized preliminary findings on the relationship between maternal phthalate exposure during pregnancy and changes in hormone, inflammation, and oxidative stress levels.   […]

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Trainee Carmona de Jesus Receives K.C. Donnelly Externship

PROTECT is proud to announce that Marvic Carmona de Jesus has been awarded a K.C. Donnelly externship!  Mr. Carmona is a graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, working towards his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering.  His adviser, Prof. Ingrid Padilla, leads PROTECT’s […]

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PROTECT Represented at RISE2015

Six 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.   Xue Yu’s work focused on exploring the fractal behaviors of groundwater level fluctuations in various aquifers of Puerto Rico.  The […]

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PROTECT Researchers Study Sociodemographic Patterns of Household Water-Use Costs in Puerto Rico

PROTECT Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Xue Yu published a paper on “Sociodemographic patterns of household water-use costs in Puerto Rico” in Science of The Total Environment.  The variability of household water-use costs across different sociodemographic groups in Puerto Rico was evaluated using census microdata from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Through multivariate analyses such as […]

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First Time Mom with Kelsey Nixon – One Mom’s Story of Delivering a Preemie

This 4:15 video of “One Mom’s Story of Delivering a Preemie” chronicles first time mom Kelsey Nixon’s journey through the birth of her son Oliver at 28 weeks gestation.  In this video, Kelsey describes the “pure shock” of learning that she would be delivering her baby 3 months early due to complications from liver pain […]

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PROTECT trainees attend tricholorethylene (TCE) vapor intrusion workshop

PhD students Reza Ghasemizadeh, Shirin Hojabri and Roya Nazari together with Postdoctoral Fellow Xue Yu and Associate Research Scientist Lily Rajic attended the TCE Vapor Intrusion: State of the Science, Regulations, & Technical Options workshop on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at UMass Lowell in Lowell, MA. The workshop was organized by the Northeast Waste Management […]

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PROTECT participates in the Northeast SRP Training Workshop

The Northeast Superfund Research Program (SRP) Training Workshop was held on April 2nd and  April 3rd, 2015, at Boston University Medical Campus in Boston, MA. The workshop was jointly organized by the SRP Centers at Boston University, Dartmouth College, and Northeastern University (PROTECT Center). The first day of the workshop, attended by 29 trainees, began […]

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Alshawabkeh and Suh receive a grant to increase participation of underrepresented minority undergraduates in environmental health research

Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh (PROTECT PI/PD and Project 5 Leader) together with Dr. Helen Suh of Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University received a prestigious National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) R25 program training grant to enhance diversity in research in the environmental health sciences. The project “Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences” (ROUTES) is focused […]

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March Webinar: NIEHS Director Birnbaum to present on Environmental Health Issues – recording now available

Date: Wednesday, March 4th Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (2:00 – 3:00 PM AST) Webinar Title: “Winding Roads: My Career in Science” Presenter: Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD On Wednesday, March 4th, PROTECT hosted its fourth installment of its webinar series, Careers in Environmental Health Sciences, during which guest speaker and NIEHS director Dr. Linda S. […]

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PROTECT researcher Gu talks toxicogenomics at Harvard School of Public Health

On January 23rd, Professor April Gu, Project 5 investigator, gave a talk to an audience from clinical and environmental disciplines at the Harvard School of Public Health entitled, “Develop a Quantitative Toxicogenomics Technology Platform For Toxicity Assessment and Water Quality Monitoring.” During her presentation on her work in PROTECT, Professor Gu described the concept and […]

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February Webinar: “EPA/ORD Contaminated Site Project and Ground Water Research” – recording now available

Date: Monday, February 23rd Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (2:00 – 3:00 PM AST) Webinar Title: “EPA/ORD Sustainable & Healthy Communities Research Program’s Contaminated Site Project (SHC 3.61) and Contaminated Ground Water Research” Presenter: David G. Jewett, PhD On Monday, February 23rd, 2015, PROTECT hosted the third installment of its webinar series, Careers in Environmental […]

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Over 60 attend 5th annual PROTECT retreat in Dorado, Puerto Rico

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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Prof. Phil Brown appointed to NIEHS Council

Professor Phil Brown, Research Translation Core Leader and Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, has been appointed to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council through 2018. The NAEHSC is a Congressionally mandated body that advises the secretary of HHS, the director of NIH, and the director of the NIEHS on matters relating to the direction of research, […]

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Prof. Kaeli, Core D Leader, named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Professor Dave Kaeli, Data Management and Modeling Core Leader, was recently named Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computer Machinery. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society and delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. Awardees must be nominated and endorsed by ACM members and must demonstrate having […]

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PROTECT researcher Anzalota gives talk at Minority Health & Health Disparities conference

Dr. Liza Anzalota, Human Subjects Core Director and Community Engagement Core Liaison at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus, gave a talk at the 2014 Minority Health & Health Disparities conference in December entitled, “Transdisciplinary Collaborations to Increase Awareness of Preterm Birch in Puerto Rico: Lessons Learned from the PROTECT Participants and the Community” […]

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December Webinar – Camp Lejune: A Case Study, presented by Frank Bove, ScD (now available to download)

Monday, Dec. 1st  1:00 – 2:00pm EST Webinar Title: “Camp Lejeune: A Case Study” Presenter: Frank Bove, Sc.D. On Monday, December 1, 2014, PROTECT hosted the second installment of its webinar series, Careers in Environmental Health Sciences, during which guest speaker Dr. Frank Bove discussed his experience as an epidemiologist and his work at Camp […]

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Community Engagement Core Advisory Committee convenes at the Manatí Medical Center

 On Monday, November 24, 2014, the PROTECT Community Engagement Core and Human Subjects and Sampling Cores convened a meeting of the Community Engagement Advisory Committee at the Manatí Medical Center.   This meeting was organized with the support of the Manatí Medical Center Community Relations Department. The meeting centered on providing a overview of the […]

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Phil Brown joins Scientific Advisory Panel of the Breast Cancer Fund

Phil Brown, Research Translation Core Leader and Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, recently accepted an invitation to join the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Breast Cancer Fund, a leading environmental health organization. The Breast Cancer Fund’s mission is to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.  In developing […]

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PROTECT researchers and trainees gather at annual Superfund Research Program conference

The 2014 Superfund Research Program (SRP) annual meeting was held on November 12-14 in San Jose, California. Over 300 researchers, trainees, and administrators attended the conference from all of the SRP Centers as well as federal stakeholders, including representatives from NIEHS, EPA, and ATSDR. Twenty members of the PROTECT Center had the opportunity to attend […]

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PROTECT is hiring a Senior Research Scientist/Engineer

The PROTECT Center is seeking a Senior Research Scientist/Engineer with experience and a focus on environmental health, specifically one or more of the following: Health informatics Geospatial informatics Environmental epidemiology This individual will work closely with scientists from different disciplines across multiple institutions to analyze large, complex environmental/biological datasets. Responsibilities Perform applied research and analysis […]

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PROTECT at the 2014 SACNAS Conference in Los Angeles

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 […]

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PROTECT at NU’s Pop-Up Open Lab Experience

  On October 27th, Professor Dave Kaeli and trainees from Core D and Project 5 presented at the 6th annual Northeastern Pop-Up Open Lab Experience and Reception entitled, “Aha! Making Sense from Big Data.” Through posters and software demonstrations, the group on how the PROTECT Center uses various kinds of data to explore the relationship […]

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PROTECT partner EarthSoft to host Office Hours with data core leader Kaeli

EarthSoft, an organization that develops innovative environmental database management software and PROTECT Center collaborator, will be hosting Office Hours with Data Management and Modeling Core Leader Dave Kaeli on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET. During this presentation, Professor Kaeli will demonstrate how his team is working to utilize EarthSoft’s EQuIS Enterprise 6 […]

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PROTECT trainees present their work in Amherst, MA

PROTECT Project 5 trainees presented their work at the 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy October 20-23, 2014, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Presentation titles: Noushin Fallahpour: Hydrochlorination of TCE by Pd and H2 produced from a copper foam cathode in a circulated electrolytic column at high flowrate Roya Nazari: Degradation of chlorobenzene in simulated groundwater using […]

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PROTECT researcher Vesper presents to Pittsburgh Geological Society

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 […]

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PROTECT Orientation 2014

The annual PROTECT Orientation was held on Monday, September 15th. This meeting serves as an introduction to PROTECT for new students at all of the research institutions, as well as an update on this past year’s progress for all involved. Each Core and Project gave a short presentation, followed by a discussion of this year’s training theme and research […]

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PROTECT Center well-represented at the EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Workshop

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 […]

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PROTECT researcher’s work published in Science

PROTECT investigator Ferdi Hellweger‘s work was recently published in the journal Science. In collaboration with his graduate student, Neil Frederick, and Erik van Sebille from the University of New South Wales, Australia, Professor Hellweger quan­ti­fied the role of neu­tral processes by sim­u­lating divi­sion, muta­tion, and death of some 100,000 indi­vidual marine bac­teria cells with full […]

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Congratulations to recent PROTECT graduates!

Ten PROTECT trainees recently graduated from their respective programs. We would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments, thank them for their service in PROTECT, and wish them well in the next step in their careers! Miguel Anzalota (Core C) completed his MPH degree at the University of Puerto Rico and recently started at the […]

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PROTECT visiting scholar completes tenure at NU

Dr. Jie Peng, Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Hohai University in Nanjing, China, recently completed his tenure as a visiting scholar with the PROTECT Center at Northeastern University. Under the guidance of Professor Akram Alshawabkeh (Project 5), Dr. Peng assisted in developing and conducting experiments on the fate and transport of contaminants in soil […]

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PROTECT researchers quoted in Washington Post

On September 1, 2014, the Washington Post published an article by Jill U. Adams entitled, “Are parabens and phthalates harmful in makeup and lotions?” in which John D. Meeker (Project 1) and Julia Brody (Core F: Community Engagement) are quoted as experts in chemical additives and their health effects in humans. PROTECT researchers collect data […]

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September 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT trainees present at the 2014 ISEE conference

PROTECT trainees Kelly Ferguson, Lauren Johns, and Luis Rivera (Project 1) recently presented their research at the 2014 ISEE conference in Seattle, WA. This was the 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). This year’s theme was “From Local to Global: Advancing Science for Policy in Environmental Health.”   LEFT: Lauren […]

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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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August 2014 Spotlight: “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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Puerto Rico Task Force for Preterm Birth honored by March of Dimes

The Puerto Rico Task Force for Preterm Birth was recently recognized by the local March of Dimes chapter for its effort to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality in Puerto Rico. PROTECT’s José F. Cordero, MD, MPH (Co-Director, Core B Co-Leader, and Core C Leader) and Liza Anzalota, MD, MPH (Core C Study Director) are both […]

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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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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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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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May Webinar: “Environmental Metabolomics: A Dual-Platform Biomonitoring Approach to Assess Toxicant Exposure and Metabolic Response”

Environmental Metabolomics: A Dual-Platform Biomonitoring Approach to Assess Toxicant Exposure and Metabolic Response Kurt D. Pennell, Ph.D., P.E., Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University Kurt Pennell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Dr. Pennell received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and completed […]

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April Webinar: “Two Perspectives on Ethical Review of Research Involving Human Subjects”

Two Perspectives on Ethical Review of Research Involving Human Subjects Daniel Wikler, Ph.D., Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics, Professor of Ethics and Population Health, and Co-Director of the Program on Ethical Issues in Global Health Research, Harvard School of Public Health Daniel Wikler, PhD, is Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Ethics and Population Health in […]

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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 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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January Webinar: “Spinning Community – University Partnerships”

Spinning Community – University Partnerships Dr. Jonathan London, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis Dr. Jonathan London is an Assistant Professor in the Human and Community Development, Department of Human Ecology, at the University of California, Davis. Jonathan’s research addresses conflicts and collaboration in natural resource and environmental issues, with a particular emphasis […]

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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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