|Left to Right: Faruque Parvez, Sandra Baptista, Joe Graziano, Mary Gamble, Caitlin Howe, Jessica Cox, Jing Sun, Tiffany Sanchez, Brian Mailloux|
The 2015 NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) annual meeting was held November 18th to 20th at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) SRP Center hosted the event. The PROTECT Center is a multi-project, multi-institution collaboration including Northeastern University, University of Puerto Rico, and University of Michigan.
CU SRP participants presented a total of eleven posters. Jing Sun won an award in the environmental sciences and engineering category of the annual poster competition for her poster, "Use of reactive transport modeling for understanding and designing the magnetite based arsenic immobilization strategy." Jing also presented a poster titled, "Use of oxalic acid for mobilizing arsenic from contaminated sediments and decreasing vulnerability to reduction" and a poster co-authored with CU SRP scientists Ben Bostick, Steve Chillrud, Brian Mailloux, and Lex van Geen titled, "Insights from a kinetics-based model describing aqueous arsenic concentrations at Superfund sites."
On Day 1 of the meeting, during the SRP Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores (RTC-CEC) Program, Sandra Baptista, CU SRP RTC Co-PI, participated in the workgroup, “Communicating Science Online” and CU SRP RTC/CEC Co-I Stuart Braman participated in the workgroup, “Reporting Back Exposure Data to Individuals and Communities.” Braman presented an RTC poster co-authored with Steve Chillrud, Sara Flanagan, and Yan Zheng on, "Collaboration to reduce arsenic exposure from private well water in New Jersey.” Yan Zheng, CU SRP CEC PI, presented an RTC poster co-authored with Sara Flanagan, Karyn Butts, Andrew Smith, and Robert Marvinney on, "Arsenic in private well water: collaboration on community engagement in Maine" and an RTC poster co-authored with Joseph Ayotte on, "Tackling arsenic exposure from private well water in rural American communities." Brian Mailloux, Co-I on Projects 4 & 5, presented an environmental science and engineering poster titled, "Metagenomic and radiocarbon analysis of PLFA, DNA, RNA, and proteins to better understand arsenic impacted aquifers in Bangladesh."
On Day 2 Faruque Parvez presented a biomedical poster, "Arsenic exposure, non-malignant respiratory outcomes and immune modulation in the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS) cohort." CU SRP Project 3 PI Mary Gamble presented a poster co-authored by Maria Argos, Farzana Jasmine, Brandon Pierce, Vesna Slavkovich, Joe Graziano, Muhammad Kibriya, and Habib Ahsan titled, "Epigenetic and gene expression effects of arsenic exposure." CU SRP Student Caitlin Howe, who works on Project 3 with Dr. Gamble, presented a poster, "Sex-specific influences of arsenic and nutritional indices on post-translational histone modifications in Bangladeshi adults." Jessica Cox, Postdoctoral Fellow, Project 3, presented a poster, "Arsenic exposure and global %5mc and %5hmC in a population of Bangladeshi adults."
On Day 3, during a scientific session on Sustainable Communities, SRP Student Tiffany Sanchez, who works on Project 2 with CU SRP Director Joe Graziano, presented a biomedical talk titled, "Identifying intermediary pulmonary effects among Bangladeshi adolescents with known life stage water arsenic exposure.”
Bernice Ramos-Perez represented the CU SRP at the Administrators’ Program.