Archived CU SRP Seminars

March 18 2013

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Columbia Superfund Research Program March Seminar/Webinar

Dr. Arup K. SenGupta, P.C. Rossin Professor, Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, presented, "Mitigating Global Arsenic Crisis Through Innovations: Past Progress and Future Challenges" at the Columbia University Superfund Research Program Monthly Seminar. The seminar took place at 4pm on March 18th in the 11th floor conference room of the Allan Rosenfield Building on the Columbia Medical Center Campus, 722 West 168th Street, NYC.  This seminar was broadcast as a webinar. Please find links below to background papers for the seminar.

Invitees: All interested in the topic
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location: Allan Rosenfield Building 722 West 168th Street 11th Floor Conference Rm, Room 1101 New York, NY 10032

January 28 2013

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Koren Kathleen Mann

The January 2013 SRP Seminar/Webinar focused on an important bio-medical topic. Dr. Koren Kathleen Mann Assisstant Professor in Oncology from Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and McGill University gave a fabulous presentation on, "Mechanisms of arsenic-enhanced atherosclerosis: what we've learned from mouse models".
If you would like more details on this presentation, you may contact Dr. Koran Mann directly via email: koren dot mann at mcgill dot ca

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location: Columbia University's Health Sciences Campus: William Black Medical Research Building, Pharmacology Library, Room 724, 650 West 168th Street

December 17 2012

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Peter Knappett and Frederick Domann

Presenter Frederick Domann with Mary Gamble: SRP December 2012 Seminar

The December 2012 SRP Seminar/Webinar included both geoscience and bio-medical talks. Dr. Peter Knappett, Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, gave a talk on "Investigating Hydraulic Connections Between Shallow, High Arsenic Aquifers and Deeper, Low Arsenic Aquifers in Bangladesh". Dr. Frederick Domann, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, presented,  "Redox Regulation of Epigenetic Processes: A Role for Arsenic".

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location: Columbia University's Health Sciences Campus: William Black Medical Research Building, Pharmacology Library, Room 724, 650 West 168th Street, NYC

November 19 2012

12:59 pm

Dr. Habibul Ahsan Kazi and Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed

CU SRP collaborator Professor Kazi Matin Ahmed (center) from Dhaka University with Director Joe Graziano (lt) and Associate Director Lex van Geen (rt)

The CU SRP November Seminar/Webinar consisted of two talks. Dr. Habibul Ahsan PI for the CU SRP Health Effects of As Longitudinal Study (HEALS) project and Director of the Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at University of Chicago gave a presentation on Recent findings and progress of HEALS. Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed, CU SRP scientist and professor at the University of Dhaka's Department of Geology presented Towards Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh: Achievements and Challenges.

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location:Comer Building, 1st floor conference room, Columbia University Lamont Campus, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY

October 15 2012

12:59 pm

Benjamin Bostick

Dr. Benjamin Bostick, CU SRP scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, presented, "Geochemical Approaches to Remediating Arsenic at Superfund Sites".

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location:Comer Building, 1st floor conference room, Columbia University Lamont Campus, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY

September 17 2012

12:59 pm

Mark Rosenzweig

Mark Rosenzweig, Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University, presented Identifying the Hidden Costs of a Public Health Success: Arsenic Well Water Contamination and Productivity in Bangladesh.

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Location: Columbia University's Health Sciences Campus: William Black Medical Research Building, Pharmacology Library, Room 724, 650 West 168th Street, New York City

May 14 2012

12:59 pm

Khalid Khan, Alexander van Geen

Topics and presenters: Khalid Khan, Postdoctoral Researcher at Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology at Oregon Health and Science University, presented Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention for Reducing Arsenic Exposure in Rural Bangladesh and Alexander van Geen, Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University gave a talk on The new blanket survey of arsenic in tubewells of Araihazar: a step towards commercial testing throughout Bangladesh?

Here is a more detailed schedule:

3:00pm-4:00pm
"Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention for Reducing Arsenic Exposure in Rural Bangladesh"
Khalid Khan
Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology
Oregon Health and Science University
khank at ohsu dotedu

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm
"The new blanket survey of arsenic in tubewells of Araihazar: a step towards commercial testing throughout Bangladesh?"
Alexander van Geen
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
avangeen at ldeo dot columbia dot edu

5:00pm Adjourn

Location: Health Sciences campus: Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room (eleventh floor, room 1101), Rosenfield Building, Columbia University, 722 West 168 Street, New York, NY.

April 23 2012

12:59 pm

David C. Christiani, Michael Berg

Topics for the Columbia SRP seminar included: "Arsenic exposure, genetic susceptibility and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" by David C. Christiani, Co-Principal Investigator of Harvard's SRP and Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics, Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health, and "Arsenic in Vietnam's drinking water resources, exposure levels and mitigation" by Michael Berg, Research Group Leader with Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.

Please note that this seminar was not accessible remotely. Here is a more detailed schedule:

3:00pm-4:00pm
"Arsenic exposure, genetic susceptibility and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus"

David C. Christiani
Harvard Superfund Research Program
Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health
dchris at hsph dot harvard dot edu

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm
“Arsenic in Vietnam's drinking water resources, exposure levels and mitigation”

Michael Berg
Eawag
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology
michael dot berg at eawag dot ch

5:00pm Adjourn 

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location:Comer Building, 1st floor conference room, Columbia University Lamont Campus, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY

March 19 2012

12:59 pm

Akram Alshawabkeh, Ivan Mihajlov

Akram Alshawabkeh, Co-Director of Northeastern University SRP, George A. Snell Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, presented an overview of the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT). Ivan Mihajlov, Graduate Research Fellow, Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will present: "Contamination of a community well in Bangladesh: Where did the arsenic come from"

Here is a more detailed schedule:

3:00pm-4:00pm
"Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT)"

Akram Alshawabkeh
Co-Director of Northeastern University SRP
George A. Snell Professor of Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Northeastern University
aalsha at coe dot neu dot edu

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm
"Contamination of a community well in Bangladesh: Where did the arsenic come from?"

Ivan Mihajlov
Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
mihajlov at ldeo dot columbia dot edu

5:00pm Adjourn

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location: Pharmacology Library William Black Medical Research Building, Room 724 Health Sciences Campus, Columbia University 650 West 168th Street, New York City

February 27 2012

12:59 pm

Dr. Yan Zheng

Dr. Yan Zheng of City University of New York Queens College and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will present, "Challenges and Opportunities to Mitigate Arsenic Risks in Health, Water Supply and Agricultural Sector".

From 3pm to 4pm, Dr. Yan Zheng gave a presentation on "Challenges and Opportunities to Mitigate Arsenic Risks in Health, Water Supply and Agricultural Sector".

Occurrence of groundwater with elevated concentrations of arsenic is well recognized in several countries in South Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.  It has been estimated that about 50 million people are exposed to arsenic at concentration greater than 0.05 mg/L, the drinking water standard for most of these countries.  In Bangladesh, 1 in 14 adult deaths is attributable to chronic exposure to arsenic at current exposure level, resulting in significant economic loss.  Lowering exposure from drinking water is the most effective intervention strategy whereby coordinated efforts by the water supply and the health sectors can improve targeting the worst affected population.

When arsenic-laden groundwater is pumped for irrigation, arsenic accumulates in soil, and in turn, rice grains. This has been shown to reduce rice yield. Hence, it is only a matter of time that arsenic will have a significant impact on food security and food safety.

A key challenge in developing of a coordinated approach to support multi-sectorial implementation plans for arsenic mitigation is that it needs to be initiated by the highest level of the government.  A regional dialogue among policy and decision makers and technical experts offers an opportunity towards re-defining the arsenic issue as being a multi-sectorial one, and to call on the highest level of political support from the government to address it with adequate financing. Such dialogue can also be used to articulate solutions drawn from experiences from countries in this region to be implemented in the near future.

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia Superfund Research Program
Location: Columbia University Health Sciences Campus, Pharmacology Library, William Black Medical Research Building, 7th Floor, Room 724, 650 West 168th Street, New York City

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