Our Research Translation Core (RTC) enables the CU SRP Center to address issues of high relevance, maximize program investments, and foster innovation while promoting cutting-edge research on the health impacts and geochemistry of Arsenic (As) and Manganese (Mn) via drinking water, primarily from groundwater. Our emphasis is on government partnerships, focusing on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and local/state agencies managing groundwater drinking water supplies.
The RTC works with each Project PI and the Community Engagement Core (CEC) to engage in constructive collaborations with agencies that can benefit from our expertise. The RTC has been facilitating interactions with site managers of the Vineland and Dover Superfund (SF) site, i.e., EPA, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) where Columbia scientists have been working on applying accelerated remediation approaches. We are collaborating with NJDEP, New Jersey Geological Survey (NJGS), US Geological Survey (USGS) and local county departments of health partners to enhance risk based maps of As groundwater concentrations to assist in siting private wells. In addition, as part of a class curriculum designed by our SRP scientists, Barnard College students are working with NJDEP to create educational videos for residents who may have arsenic in their wells.
The RTC and our geographic information system (GIS) partners at EPA, ATSDR, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are collaborating to develop and utilize state-of-the art geospatial and analytical tools. Updates to the CU SRP online mapping service will help to identify and analyze the impacts of Superfund sites on vulnerable populations, to more effectively remediate high priority sites.
We continue to communicate novel findings from our biomedical research to broad audiences via organized forums in the US and Bangladesh. Research translation is augmented by monthly multidisciplinary seminars, information exchange forums, and targeted meetings. Our government partners from EPA, NIEHS, USGS, and state and local agencies often participate via our webinars. We also collaborate with other university SRP centers and Superfund agencies at the SRP annual and regional meetings, RTC workshops, Partnerships for Environmental Public Health, and other EPA, NIEHS, and ATSDR events. In addition, we inform NIEHS of our Center's research briefs, publications, and success stories on a regular basis via phone, emails, and the online SRP data form. Our SRP website is being updated on an ongoing basis and will be profiling over the duration of the project Columbia SRP research and scientists. The website provides links to key EPA, NIEHS, SRP resources and targets local environmental health issues of interest to the general public.