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Brown Leads Conference on Exposure and Health Issues Raised by PFASs

On June 14th and 15th, 2017, Dr. Phil Brown, director of the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and the Research Translation Core (RTC) for PROTECT and co-director of the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) of CRECE, took part in leading a conference titled “Highly Fluorinated Compounds – Social and Scientific Discovery.” The goal of the […]

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NIEHS Director Joins PROTECT and CRECE in Puerto Rico for Community Environmental Health Forum

In late March of 2017, the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Dr. Linda Birnbaum, visited Puerto Rico to participate in a community forum on environmental health issues which was held in San Juan. On the evening before the forum, PROTECT and CRECE team members had the honor of meeting with Dr. Birnbaum […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Honor Community Health Centers at Annual Retreat

As part of the 2017 Annual Retreat, PROTECT and CRECE held a ceremony to honor the Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and other community partners that have been instrumental in advancing both centers’ work in Puerto Rico. The ceremony, which was held on February 17th in San Juan, brought together community partners, researchers, scientific advisory […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Members Conduct Training and Survey at Environmental Health Symposium for Speech-Language Pathologists

On Saturday, September 24th, PROTECT and CRECE leaders Dr. Emily Zimmerman and Dr. Phil Brown presented at the Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist Continuing Education Symposium. The event was held at Northeastern University and was attended by more than fifty speech-language pathologists and students. At this symposium, Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Brown also surveyed those in […]

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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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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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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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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

On Monday, May 9th, PROTECT hosted the fourth installment in our webinar series, Collaboration for Innovation. This webinar featured Curt Spalding, EPA Region 1 Administrator, who presented “EPA New England Update: Innovation and Collaboration on Hazardous Waste Clean-up.” To view the recording of this presentation via WebEx, please click on this link.   Biography H. Curtis […]

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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”

On Monday, February 8th, PROTECT co-hosted its third installment in the Collaboration for Innovation webinar series with the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education at Northeastern University. This webinar featured Dr. Shashi Murthy, Northeastern University and Dr. Sean Kevlahan, Quad Technologies, who presented, “From Lab Bench to Commercial Product: A Case Study of […]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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