ICMGP Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island

The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant will be held July 16-21, 2017 in Providence, RI. The conference is co-chaired by Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen.Press release.

2017 Recent News


ICMPG Meeting Mentioned in Providence Journal Fishing Round-Up

The Providence Journal has included ICMGP 2017 (International Conference on Mercury) as a Global Pollutant in their fishing round-up!

Study Finds Toxic Mercury in Artic Tundra

Researchers led by Professor Daniel Obrist, chairman of UMass Lowell's Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, "...found that airborne mercury is gathering in the Arctic tundra, where it gets deposited in the soil and ultimately runs off into waters." The new research identifies gaseous mercury as the major source. Dr. Obrist is presenting this research at the July 16-19 International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Providence, RI, which is co-chaired by Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen. More information.


Arsenic and You Website Provides "Wealth of Information"

According to NIEHS's Environmental Factor e-newsletter, Dartmouth College Superfund Program's Arsenic and You website provides a "wealth of information on how people are exposed to arsenic and steps that they can take to reduce exposures". The website was developed to inform the public and answer questions about arsenic in water, food and other sources.


Brain Buzz Science Cafe on Arsenic in Food

Todd Warczak spoke about arsenic in rice for a Brain Buzz Science Café at the Upper Valley Food Coop in White River Junction on May 10 to a great group full of questions. He discussed his research in detail and provided great information on how to address the problem of arsenic in rice. More information.

Kathrin Lawlor Talk on Importance of Testing Wells

Dartmouth Superfund Program Community Engagement Coordinator, Kathrin Lawlor, spoke to a full house about the importance of testing wells for arsenic and other contaminants in Belmont, NH. Partners Pierce Rigrod from the NH Department of Environmental Services and Lou Barinelli from the NH State Public Health Lab were also part of the program.

Kathrin Lawlor Presents to UNH Environmental Health Class

Community Engagement Coordinator, Kathrin Lawlor, presented to a University of New Hampshire environmental health class of 30 students on the topic of arsenic in NH and provided an overview of our program's research and outreach activities.

Union Leader Coverage of Arsenic and You Website Launch

The Manchester Union Leader story about our new website Arsenic and You --


Arsenic and You Launched at Local Event

Arsenic and You, the first website to provide comprehensive information on arsenic in food, water and other sources, was officially launched and celebrated at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH on April 26. About 30 people gathered to hear remarks sent by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Annie Kuster in support of the research on arsenic conducted by the Dartmouth Superfund Program and the development of the Arsenic and You website, which will help people identify and reduce their potential exposure to the toxin. Read more about the website. Find it at

SRP Regional Meeting at Northeastern University

On April 4-5, 2017 the Northeastern PROTECT Superfund Research Program (SRP) hosted a regional meeting of over 100 attendees from Dartmouth, Boston University, Northeastern, Brown and Columbia SRP programs. Everyone found the meeting highly productive and informative. For more details visit the Northeastern webpage.


Concord Monitor Cites Dartmouth Superfund Program Work

An article in the Concord Monitor cites work by the Dartmouth Superfund Program, in cooperation with our stakeholders, to inform and educate private well owners about the need to test and treat their wells, as well our CEC (Community Engagement Core) and RTC (Research Translation Core) work to survey private well owners and test interventions. The article also mentions our new website, Arsenic and You.

NH Water & Watershed Conference

Dartmouth Superfund Program Community Engagement Coordinator Kathrin Lawlor and Trace Element Analysis Research Scientist Vivien Taylor presented at the March 24, 2017 NH Water & Watershed Conference at Plymouth State University. Kathrin spoke on "Arsenic in Private Well Water: Engaging a variety of stakeholders to create lasting change" and Vivien presented on "Controls and Impacts of Mercury in Watersheds in the Northeast". For more information .


Margaret Karagas Quoted on Importance of Reducing Arsenic Exposure in Food

Superfund Program researcher Margaret Karagas is quoted in Health on the importance of reducing consumers' exposure to arsenic in food. She mentions the strategies of “testing private wells for arsenic and eating a diverse diet" in addition to soaking rice and cooking it in extra water.

AAAS 2017 Arsenic in Food Session Big Success!

Sixty people attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science session, Arsenic in Food: From Soil to Plate to Policy. Mary Lou Guerinot was the session organizer and Margaret Karagas, David Salt and Keeve Nachman were the presenters. A story in Science Magazine provides a great summary.

Bruce Stanton Speaks at Gordon Research Conference

Dartmouth Superfund Program Director Bruce Stanton spoke at the Gordon Research Conference "Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions" in Galveston, TX. His February 14 talk was attended by 160 people.

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