Training Opportunities for Grad, Post-Grad Students
The Dartmouth Superfund Research Program is sponsoring a variety of training opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students from February to April, including: "Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals" (for early/beginning investigators); "Write Winning NSF Grant Proposals"; Interview & Presentation Skills Workshop-- Conversations that Count; and "NIH Career Development Awards". For more information go to our Training Core page.
CEC Coordinator Kathrin Lawlor Speaks on Arsenic in Private Well Water
Kathrin Lawlor, Dartmouth SRP Community Engagement Core Coordinator, will be speaking in the Town of Nottingham, NH about arsenic in private well water on March 30. She will be part of a panel of speakers from the NHDES, NHDHHS and USGS. Free test kits will be available from the NHDHHS public health lab.
Celia Chen Presents at Museum of Science March 31
Celia Chen will join BU researchers as a speaker for the What's In Your Fish? Forum at the Boston Museum of Science on March 31 at 6 pm hosted by the BU Superfund Research Center. Participants will learn how toxic pollution contaminates aquatic ecosystems and the fish we eat, and have the opportunity to share their perspectives on the risks, benefits, and ecological impacts of consuming seafood and consider ways to address these concerns. To register in advance, please visit this link.
Celia Chen to Present at NIEHS Oceans and Human Health Meeting
Celia Chen, Ph.D. will be presenting at the NIEHS Oceans and Human Health Meeting at Research Triangle Park April 13-14.
Bruce Stanton to Participate in Drinking Water Forum
On April 24, Director Bruce Stanton will be participating in a community forum on drinking water issues in Rockport, ME convened by the Environmental Health Strategy Center/Prevent Harm. He will be part of a panel of speakers who will discuss the problem of arsenic in well water from different perspectives.
April Science Writing Workshop for New England SRP Training Cores
The Training Cores of the Dartmouth, BU, Brown, and Northeastern SRP Centers will come together April 26-27 at Northeastern University in Boston to learn about science writing and share their experiences as researchers with the science fellows at the MIT Knight School of science Journalism. Registration details to follow.
Investigators Find High Concentrations of Toxic Metals in Whales
Investigations led by the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme, have shown that a pod of beached whales had high concentrations of mercury and cadmium, including in their brains. The level of these toxic metals in the whales increased with their age. Scientists found mercury at levels high enough to cause severe neurological damage in humans and demonstrated for the first time that the toxic element cadmium can cross the blood-brain barrier in adults. See article in The Press and Journal.
Researcher Brian Jackson Quoted on Effects of Arsenic Levels in Rice Snacks
"If you are a person who is eating rice every day, and also snacking on rice products, then that five micrograms from rice crackers becomes significant. If once a month, not so much," Brian Jackson, a research associate professor and the director of Dartmouth's Trace Metal Analysis Core Facility, tells The Daily Meal in a story about arsenic levels in the snacks and whether they pose a risk to people. Read more.
Study on Lentils Can Counteract Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh
Researchers at the University of Calgary are studying whether Saskatchewan-grown lentils can counteract the effects of chronic arsenic poisoning from well water in Bangladesh. This problem affects up to 77 million people in that country and has been called "the worst case of mass poisoning in the world" by the World Health Organization (WHO). The study is described on the CBCNews web site.
FDA Withdraws Approval of Arsenic-based Nitarsone in Animal Feed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn approval of the use of Nitarsone in animal feed as of December 31, 2015 as reported on the FDA website.