March 11-15, 2018 SOT Annual Meeting

The Society of Toxicology's (SOT) Annual Meeting and ToxExpo will be held on March 11-15, 2018 in San Antonio. For additional information and to register.

March 18-20, 2018 Session on Private Wells at US Geological Society of America Meeting

The event will be an excellent opportunity for professionals working in the field of private wells to discuss current research and policy programs, share educational approaches and materials, and interact with one another. For more information on the conference, or to register, please visit the website.

March 26-27, 2018 NE Regional SRP Meeting in Woods Hole, MA

The March 26-27 NE Regional SRP Meeting in Woods Hole, MA will bring together the eight Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers in the northeast for two days for scientific sessions and a special focus on trainee development. It will be attended by faculty and trainees from all of the NE SRPs including: BU, Northeastern, Dartmouth, Brown, Penn, MIT, Columbia, and URI. For additional information.

March 29, 2018 Science Pub at Salt Hill Pub, Lebanon, NH

A Science Pub will be held at Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH on March 29, 6:00-8:00pm. Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Celia Chen and other Dartmouth researchers will discuss science to policy.

April 17, 2018 Talk at Plymouth State University Sidore Lecture Series

Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen will be giving an invited talk on April 17 at 7:00pm for the Plymouth State University Sidore Lecture Series. Her presentation, "Does Science Bring Balance to Environmental Policy? A View from the Inside," will focus on her experience bringing mercury science to policy on a local to global scale.

May 10, 2018, NH Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Conference Keynote Address

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Tracy Punshon will be giving the keynote address on arsenic in food and water at the May 10 NH Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Conference.

May 17, 2018 NHDES Source Water Protection Conference Plenary Talk

Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Tracy Punshon will be giving a plenary talk on our SRP research on the health effects of low-dose arsenic on the maternal child population at the May 17 NHDES (Department of Environmental Services) Source Water Protection Conference. For information and to register.

Applied Bioinformatics & Environmental Genomics Classes in July 2018

Applied Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics Classes, offered by MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, will be held in July 2018. More information and application instructions.

2018 Recent News


Celia Chen Quoted in NIEHS Environmental Factor Newsletter on NIEHS-Funded Papers

Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen is quoted in an NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Environmental Factor newsletter story on NIEHS-funded papers on the global mercury problem. Dr. Chen co-chaired the ICMGP 2017 mercury conference which commissioned the papers. The papers are published online in a special issue of Ambio.

Revised NH Arsenic Bill May Require N.H. DES to Propose Standard for Arsenic Level in Drinking Water

A NH House subcommittee may rewrite a bill requiring NHDES(Department of Environmental Services) to propose a limit on the amount of arsenic in drinking water by January 1. If the subcommittee doesn't like what DES proposes the subcommittee would impose their own standard. Additional information .

EPA Proposes Major Changes to Safeguards on Coal Ash Waste Disposal

The US EPA has proposed major changes to Obama-era rules on the disposal of coal ash waste, providing states and utilities with more latitude in how they dispose of the toxic substance. More information.


Melting Permafrost Could Release Mercury into Environment

According to an article in National Geographic online, a recent study shows that mercury contained in the Artic permafrost may be released into the environment as the permafrost melts. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin that can be harmful to children and adults.

Arsenic Found in Gluten-Free Foods

According to a posting on The OzBlog, eating gluten-free foods may be exposing people to elevated levels of arsenic because of the presence of arsenic in rice. Exposure to arsenic can lead to health problems, including certain cancers and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease. It can also affect development in children, according to an ongoing study by Dartmouth Superfund Program researchers who have been following children since birth.


NH Arsenic Consortium Communicates Risk of Arsenic in Food and Water

A major goal of the NH Arsenic Consortium, which includes Dartmouth researchers, is to communicate the health risks of arsenic in food and water. The Consortium meets annually to share research findings and outreach efforts. An article in NH Business Review highlights these health risks and quotes Dartmouth Superfund Program Director Bruce Stanton on the dangers.

Importance of Promoting Testing of Wells for Arsenic in Maine

An editorial in the Portland Press Herald describes the importance of promoting increased testing of private wells for arsenic, as well as helping low-income Mainers pay for items such as filters for their water systems. The editorial also explains the success of a legislative change that lowered the threshold for notification on children's exposure to lead.

First Lego League Robotics Team Stresses Testing Wells for Arsenic

A Letter to the Editor in by the Lego League Robotics Team of Kennebuck, ME focuses on the need for more people in Maine to test their wells for arsenic. The Robotics Team researched the problem of arsenic-contaminated well water as part of their robotics project.

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