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, Science Pub at Salt Hill Pub, Lebanon, NH
A Science Pub will be held at Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH on March 29, 6:00-9:00pm. Dartmouth Superfund Research Program researcher Celia Chen and other Dartmouth researchers will discuss science to policy.
2018 Recent News
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 Seacoastonline.com 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.