2014

Events

Dartmouth SRP Director Stanton presents Arsenic Research to U-Penn SRP

On November 20, 2014 Dr. Bruce Stanton will speak on his arsenic research to the U-Penn SRP.

Recent News

November

Mercury video shown at American Public Health Association Meeting

The Dartmouth Superfund Program video, Mercury: From Source to Seafood, was shown as part of the APHA Film Festival.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Dr. Keeve Nachman presented “Arsenic-Based Animal Drugs: A Case Study in Scientific Evidence, Media Coverage and Policy Change”

His presentation to 20 Dartmouth Superfund team members and invited guests captivated the audience as he told the story of his quest to ban Roxarsone use in chicken. Dr. Nachman is the Director of the Food Production & Public Health Program, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Director Bruce Stanton Presents on arsenic at U-CONN Avery Point

Dr. Stanton presented his arsenic research to 50 colleagues, students and trainees on November 7 as part of the University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences, Seminar Series.

October

Introduction to Applied Bioinformatics Course at MDIBL Another Success

October 9-14, 2014

Twenty-five graduate students and Ph.D. researchers attended the 3rd annual Applied Bioinformatics Course at the Mt. Desert Island Marine Biological Laboratory. Sponsored by several programs including the Dartmouth SRP, the course provides hands-on training with major bioinformatics resources while developing a conceptual framework to foster successful application of the bioinformatic skill set to biological research.

August

Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit 2014: Consequences of Arsenic in Water and Food

Mt. Desert Island Marine Biological Lab and the Dartmouth SRP hosted a two-day stakeholder-driven meeting focusing on reducing the human health consequences of arsenic in the environment. Over 30 participants from state and federal government, industry, not-for profits, education organizations, media and academia worked together to craft specific long and short-term goals to address the issue.

July

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.

June

New Hampshire Environmental and Health DepartmentsTeam up With Dartmouth to Improve Well Water Safety

For More Information; Concord Monitor Story

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

May

FDA to Update Seafood Guidance

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National Drinking Water Awareness Week, was May 4-10

Keep your drinking water safe for your family and
TEST YOUR WELL!! Learn more from NH DES!

April

Guerinot featured in The New York Times Well Blog

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Deborah Blum writes a column, Poison Pen, for the New York Times about chemicals and the environment. Blum recently highlighted research by Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D. The article discusses how rice is particularly prone to absorbing certain toxic metals from the soil.

March

Communicating Risk to the Public March 27 & 28 presented by Brown SRP and NEWMOA

Research Translation Coordinator, Laurie Rardin, presented a case study on arsenic in food products as part of a day-long workshop, “Communicating Risk to the Public,” for environmental regulators and consultants. The workshop was held in Westford, MA and Providence, RI.

NATIONAL GROUNDWATER AWARENESS WEEK -- MARCH 9-15!

Follow the links to learn more about what you can do--and REMEMBER TO TEST YOUR WELL!

NH DES
National Groundwater Association
U.S. EPA

Dartmouth SRP Awarded CDC Funds to Determine the Private Well Testing and Treatment Rate in NH

The Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores received a $93,000 sub-award from the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) to design and conduct surveys of private well water users in the state. DES received a grant in 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess and manage risks associated with exposure to arsenic in wells. Mark Borsuk, Ph.D., will lead the project for Dartmouth. Surveys will be conducted in 2014 with the goals of determining the baseline private well water testing and treatment rates and identifying the major factors that limit testing and treatment. The results will be used to design cost-effective, targeted interventions. “Arsenic in private wells is a significant public health issue in New Hampshire," commented NH DES Commissioner Thomas Burack. "DES is very pleased to be working with Dartmouth both to better understand the magnitude of the health impact and to find more effective ways to help well users protect their health."

NIEHS Workshop on Arsenic March 3-4, 2014

Dartmouth SRP researchers, Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D. and Carmen Marsit, Ph.D. presented as part of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program workshop “Health effects and mitigation of arsenic: current research efforts and future directions" in Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Guerinot's talk was entitled, “From the Soil to the Seed, Arsenic in Rice,” and Dr. Marsit spoke on the developmental effects of arsenic. The workshop was designed to highlight significant new and emerging research on low dose exposure to arsenic in human health.

February

Dartmouth Gets $8 Million to Research Arsenic and Children

The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth a five-year grant to study arsenic. “With the expansion of the center, we will have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of environmental exposures to common contaminants such as arsenic during fetal development and childhood and the impact these exposures have on childhood immunity, growth, and neurological development,” says Margaret Karagas, director of the center and also an Investigator for the Superfund Research Program. Former Interim President Carol Folt, now Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is associate director of the center and a project co-investigator.

January

Dartmouth Now Selects C-MERC as one of its Top 12 Stories in 2013

The Dartmouth Now team reviewed the more than 850 stories they published in 2013 and selected 12 of their favorite headlines. Confronting Mercury Contamination in the Environment came in at #2 and highlights the work of Celia Chen, Ph.D. and the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Program efforts to bring mercury research to inform international mercury policy.

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