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Mt. Desert Island Marine Biological Lab and Dartmouth SRP are hosting a meeting to focus on reducing the human health consequences of arsenic in the environment. The summit will open with a public lecture by Deborah Blum, best-selling author of The Poisoner's Handbook, on Wednesday, August 13 at 5 p.m.
Science Communication Workshop on September 12
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University will be leading a one-day workshop at Dartmouth to help scientists improve the way in which they communicate their research to the public, the media and more. Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program and NAC-SETAC.
Introduction to Applied Bioinformatics Course at MDIBL
October 9-14, 2014
The goal of the Applied Bioinformatics Course is to provide hands-on training with major bioinformatics resources while developing a conceptual framework to foster successful application of the bioinformatic skillset to biological research. We will focus on analysis of high throughput sequencing data to identify differentially expressed genes, investigate biological functions, and predict interaction networks. Topics covered include web-based gene and protein resources, genome browsers, DNA and RNA-Seq data analysis using CLC Genomics Workbench and the R statistical computing environment, Ingenuity® pathway analysis, gene set enrichment analyses and machine learning applications.
More information and the current agenda can be found at the course web site. Limited financial aid is available.
In the News
NHPR Reports on 50,000 Wells at Risk of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts and Treatment Solutions
Well Water for 80,000 New Hampshire Residents May Contain Metals Exceeding Human Health Standards
The United States Geological Survey released information today regarding a study showing three-in-ten well water samples from SE NH contained metals at concentrations exceeding the US EPA drinking water standards.
USGS Release; USGS Fact Sheet; NH DES Release
Mary Lou Guerinot Interviewed on NHPRs Word of Mouth
The interview discusses Guerinot's research arsenic in rice.
Vivien Taylor Awarded KC Donnelly Externship
Vivien Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Trace Element Analysis Core working with Dr. Brian Jackson, where her research focuses on developing methods for determining mercury and arsenic species. Through this NIEHS-sponsored externship, she will expand on her current research by evaluating passive sampling techniques for measuring mercury in situ in estuaries. Passive samplers have been applied as a powerful tool for assessing the bioavailable fraction of organic contaminants, but have not been widely used for metals. This work will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Robert Burgess from the EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division, who has expertise in developing passive sampling techniques for organic pollutants. This project will allow Vivien to develop new tools for understanding mercury behavior, and will support the Dartmouth SRP and the EPA's goals of assessing environmental exposure to contaminants.
Tuftonboro Conservation Commission Receives Award for Excellence for Well Testing Efforts Aided by Dartmouth SRP Community Engagement Core
The Lakes Region Planning Commission presented the award for exemplary leadership, guidance and persistence in raising awareness about the importance of testing well water for current and future residents.
NIEHS Funds Dartmouth SRP for Five More Years
Dartmouth recently received a $13 million grant to continue the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program (SRP) for five more years. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Dartmouth is one of 18 Programs funded by the NIEHS to conduct multidisciplinary research that ultimately supports decisions related to hazardous waste sites and contaminants found at Superfund sites. Dartmouth's SRP focuses specifically on understanding human exposure to arsenic and mercury and how the contaminants move through ecosystems. "This funding allows us to forge ahead with our research and address serious issues affecting public health both locally and globally, namely exposure to arsenic in private well water and rice products and exposure to mercury in fish, said Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., Program Director.