|Sara Flanagan (top left), Tiffany Sanchez (top right), Steve Chillrud and Jeff Blair (bottom left), and Sandra Baptista (bottom right)|
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) held the Environmental Health Science Facilities, Engagement, Science, and Training (EHS FEST) event at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina, December 5–8. EHS FEST convened more than 1,200 attendees, including NIEHS grantees, trainees, investigators, community partners, and government collaborators. During the SRP Annual Meeting held on Monday, December 5, Sara Flanagan, doctoral student at the City University of New York and Columbia SRP CEC research associate, presented a poster co-authored with Steven Spayd, Nicholas Procopio, Steven Chillrud, Stuart Braman, James Ross, Robert Marvinney, Andrew Smith, and Yan Zheng titled “Reducing exposure to arsenic from private well water: Who benefits most from traditional testing promotion?” Madhi Saranadasa, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, presented a poster co-authored with Maria Argos, Farzana Jasmine, Faruque Parvez, Mahfuzar Rahman, Tariqul Islam, Rakib Zaman, Mohammad Yunus, Muhammad Kibriya, and Habibul Ahsan titled “Differential gene expression and chronic arsenic exposure in a transcriptome-wide association study of adults in Bangladesh.” Joe Graziano and Nancy LoIacono represented the Columbia SRP at the Administrator’s Meeting.
Columbia SRP researchers presented four posters during the EHS FEST poster sessions held on December 6 and 7. Steven Chillrud presented a poster co-authored with Stuart Braman, Sara Flanagan, Yan Zheng, and Joseph Graziano titled “Private well arsenic-testing outreach pilot targets children, unborn babies through health care providers.” Beizhan Yan presented a poster co-authored with Martin Stute, Reynold Panettieri, James Ross, Brian Mailloux, Matthew Neidell, Lissa Soares, Marilyn Howarth, Xinhua Liu, Pouné Saberi, and Steven Chillrud titled “Association of groundwater constituents with distance to unconventional gas wells and topography in NE Pennsylvania.” Sara Flanagan presented a poster co-authored with Yan Zheng titled “The case for universal screening of private well water quality in the U.S.: Evidence from arsenic.” Tiffany Sanchez presented a poster co-authored with Faruque Parvez, Tariqul Islam, Jagoda Balac, Vesna Slavkovich, Alauddin Ahmed, Rabiul Hasan, Victoria Benoit, Xinhua Liu, Habibul Ahsan, and Joseph Graziano titled “Inorganic arsenic levels in rice are correlated with urinary arsenic: A pilot study quantifying aggregate arsenic exposure in the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS).” The Columbia SRP video “Arsenic in Well Water: Treatment Options” was shown at the Film Festival on Wednesday, December 7. Sandra Baptista, Columbia SRP RTC Co-PI, presented the "National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund Footprint: Site, Population, and Environmental Characteristics Mapper" at the Sensors and Technologies Fair on December 6. Steven Chillrud, Columbia SRP RTC Co-PI, and Jeff Blair of AethLabs presented “Modular Monitors for Particulates, Black Carbon, PAHs/VOCs and Bioaerosols for Public Health Studies” at the Sensors and Technologies Fair on December 7. Chillrud also participated in the Workshop on Commercializing Sensor Technologies on Thursday, December 8.