Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes Held in July
Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, were held in July. The classes, which took place at MDI in Bar Harbor, ME, were very successful and were well-attended. More information about the classes.
Arsenic And You Website Evaluation Report Issued
An evaluation report of the "Arsenic and You Website" , has been completed. The Report, prepared by Jillian Maccini of Community Health Institute, evaluates the effectiveness of the website during its first year online. ArsenicandYou.org was produced and designed by Dartmouth's Superfund Research Program to "help families, caregivers and vulnerable populations learn about and potentially lower their exposure to this toxic metal and improve their long-term health."
COP-1 Fact Sheets Translated Into Different Languages
Fact sheets that were developed to summarize the four mercury science to policy papers as a translation tool for the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) delegates and others attending the Convention have all been translated into many languages. The fact sheets summarize information from all four papers pertaining to Policy, Air, Land and Water.
May 29 PPTOX VI Conference Talk
Dartmouth Superfund Program Researcher Dr. Margaret Karagas gave a symposium on "Prenatal mercury exposure in relation to immune outcomes in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study" on May 29 at the May 27-30 PPTOX VI Conference on the Faroe Islands.
Dr. Tracy Punshon Quoted on Need to Test Private Wells in NH
Dartmouth Superfund Program Researcher Dr. Tracy Punshon was quoted in the Valley News on the importance of testing private wells in NH for arsenic due to the serious health effects of arsenic exposure for adults and children.
Paper Published on Effect of Arsenic Exposure and Changing Salinity
Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainee Thomas Hampton and researchers Celia Chen and Bruce Stanton are co-authors of the paper Arsenic Reduces Gene Expression Response to Changing Salinity in Killifish. The study used novel toxicogenomic techniques to analyze the effect of arsenic exposure in wild killifish populations acclimating to changing salinity.
Paper Published on Impact Sediments have on Water Column MeHg Levels
Dartmouth Superfund Program Project 2 Co-Leader Robert Masson of the University of CT is a co-author of the paper Role of Sediment Resuspension on Estuarine Suspended Particulate Mercury Dynamics. The study employed the Gust Microcosm Erosion Core system to assess particulate Hg (mercury) and MeHg (methylmercury) exchange between sediments and the water column. MeHg has a propensity to bioaccumulate and cause health problems for humans and wildlife at high exposure levels.