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.
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.
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.
New Hampshire Environmental and Health DepartmentsTeam up With Dartmouth to Improve Well Water Safety
For More Information; Concord Monitor Story
FDA to Update Seafood Guidance
National Drinking Water Awareness Week, was May 4-10
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.