The Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ways in which arsenic and mercury in the environment affect ecosystems and human health. We communicate our results to communities, grass-roots organizations, and state and federal agencies, and we train students to conduct research from both a clinical and community-based perspective. We hope you will be inspired to ask questions about our work, and will learn about the ways these metals may affect your health.


Director Bruce Stanton to Speak on Arsenic at MIT Speaker Series

Author and Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum, Director of the Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) Fellowship Program at MIT, has invited Director Bruce Stanton to speak as part of the KSJ Seminar Series. He will speak on December 1 at MIT on Arsenic in ground water in New England and related health issues.

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Guerinot and Punshon Win BioArt Competiton

Mary Lou Guerinot and Tracy Punshon are part of a winning team for the 4th annual BioArt competition run by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Their entry will be displayed in the National Institutes of Health Visitor Center next year. A listing of all of the winners can be found in the press release. The winning images and videos can be viewed here.

Margaret Karagas Quoted on Arsenic Exposure and Infants

"These results suggest that arsenic exposure may increase the risk and severity of certain types of infections," says Margaret Karagas, a professor of family and community medicine and a professor and chair of epidemiology at the Geisel School of Medicine, in a "U.S. News & World Report" story about a link between arsenic exposure in the womb and respiratory risks in babies. Read more at Dartmouth Now.

Chen presents as part of The Toxicity of Power

Celia Chen, Ph.D., was invited by the Duke Superfund Research Center to present as part of the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall Symposium, “The Toxicity of Power.” Her talk, “Mercury Pollution: From Power Plants to Human Exposure,” was part of a day-long meeting bringing together scientists, students, regulators and the concerned public to highlight specific toxicological problems from a range of energy producing activities and to discuss ways in which these problems can be minimized.
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program Fall Symposium, “The Toxicity of Power.”

C-FARR Workshop Nov. 2-3

Over 35 researchers and policy stakeholders attended a two-day workshop in Hanover, NH for the Collaborative on Food with Arsenic and associated Risk and Regulation (C-FARR). The group discussed the issue of arsenic in food and the ways in which the science can better inform policy to protect public health.

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Mark Borsuk Paper Describes Water-Testing Initiative

The article A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior, published in the Journal of Environmental Health, describes "an initiative—undertaken by the Tuftonboro (New Hampshire) Conservation Commission, with support from state agencies and a research program at Dartmouth College—to increase water testing rates in a rural region with a relatively high number of wells." The initiative has helped to address barriers to well water testing of hazardous contaminants.

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Mercury: From Source to Seafood

WATCH Mercury: From Source to Seafood to learn how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and how to keep mercury out of the environment.

In Small Doses: Arsenic

WatchIn Small Doses: Arsenic and learn about the risks of exposure to arsenic in private well water.

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