Archived CU SRP Seminars

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

December 19 2011

12:59 pm

Erica Field, Norman Kleiman

Topics for this Columbia SRP seminar included: "Throwing the Baby out with the Drinking Water: Unintended Consequences of Arsenic Mitigation Efforts in Bangladesh" by Erica Field, Department of Economics, Duke University and "Arsenic and Cataracts" by Norman Kleiman, Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. This seminar is accessible remotely, please see details.

Here is a more detailed schedule:
3:00pm-4:00pm
"Throwing the Baby out with the Drinking Water: Unintended Consequences of Arsenic Mitigation Efforts in Bangladesh"

Erica Field
Department of Economics
Duke University
emf23 at duke dot edu

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm
"Arsenic and Cataracts"

Norman Kleiman
Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
njk3 at columbia dot edu

5:00pm Adjourn 

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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 New York.

December 2 2011

12:59 pm

Thomas R. Holm, Habibul Ahsan

"Arsenic in Illinois Glacial Aquifers: Geochemistry and Removal at Water Treatment Plants" by Thomas R. Holm, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute (PRI) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and "Updates on Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS) and Bangladesh Vitamin E and Selenium Trial (BEST) studies in Bangladesh" by Habibul Ahsan, Director of Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago.

Here is a more detailed schedule:

3:00pm-4:00pm
"Arsenic in Illinois Glacial Aquifers: Geochemistry and Removal at Water Treatment Plants"

Thomas R. Holm
Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
trholm at illinois dot edu

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm
"Updates on Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS) and Bangladesh Vitamin E and Selenium Trial (BEST) studies in Bangladesh"

Habibul Ahsan
Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention and Department of Health Studies
University of Chicago
habib at uchicago dot edu

5:00pm Adjourn

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location: Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room (eleventh floor, room 1101), Rosenfield Building, Columbia University, 722 West 168 Street, New York, NY

October 17 2011

12:59 pm

Malgosia Madajewicz, Megan Niedzwiecki

"Who should make decisions about providing drinking water? An experiment with allocation of decision making authority in rural Bangladesh" by Malgosia Madajewicz, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University and "Glutathione and Arsenic Methylation in Bangladesh" by Megan Niedzwiecki, Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Detailed schedule:

3:00pm-4:00pm
"Who should make decisions about providing drinking water? An experiment with allocation of decision making authority in rural Bangladesh"

Malgosia Madajewicz
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University
malgosia at iri dot columbia dot edu

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm
"Glutathione and Arsenic Methylation in Bangladesh"

Megan Niedzwiecki
Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
megan dot niedzwiecki at gmail dot com

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 New York.

September 19 2011

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Matthew Perzanowski, Alexander van Geen

Topics for the September seminar included: "Arsenic and Respiratory Disease" by Matthew Perzanowski, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and "Direct evidence of contamination of a Pleistocene aquifer by incursion of high-arsenic groundwater in the Red River delta, Vietnam" by Alexander van Geen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.

3:00 - 4:00 Arsenic and Respiratory Disease

               Matthew Perzanowski
               Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences
               Mailman School of Public Health
               Columbia University

4:00 - 4:05 Break

4:05 - 5:00 Direct evidence of contamination of a
               Pleistocene aquifer by incursion
               of high-arsenic groundwater in the Red
               River delta, Vietnam

               Alexander van Geen
               Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
               Columbia University

5:00 Adjourn

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia University Superfund Research Program
Location: Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room, Allan Rosenfield Building, Room 1101, Health Sciences Campus, Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street, New York City

March 21 2011

12:59 pm

Laboratory & field studies directed to accelerating arsenic remediation at a major US Superfund site

Open thesis defense: "Laboratory & field studies directed to accelerating arsenic remediation at a major US Superfund site in New Jersey" by Karen Wovkulich.

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Location: Comer Building, 1st floor conference room Columbia University Lamont Campus,61 Route 9W, Palisades New York.

February 28 2011

12:59 pm

Robert Wright, Alexander van Geen

Topics for the Columbia SRP included "A Framework to Study Gene-Environment Interactions in Children" and "Impact of fecal contamination of shallow low-arsenic wells in Bangladesh on diarrheal disease".

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

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