Centers and Institutes

Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

The mission of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute is to conduct social science-oriented research, teaching, community engagement, and policy work in the area of environmental health.

The Institute works on the following areas:

  • Create specialized emphasis for training social scientists to collaborate with life scientists
  • Coordinate with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s focus on doctoral training in environmental sociology
  • Link faculty and students with research and internship opportunities at local and distant environmental health research sites
  • Continue and expand biomonitoring and air/dust monitoring, including innovative methods of reporting individual data to participants
  • Develop low-cost, community-based monitoring programs
  • Create campus-wide resource for the teaching of research ethics, cultural competence, and community-based participatory research
  • Conduct lecture series designed to integrate environmental health interests across campus
  • Work with Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island

PROTECT (Puerto Rico Test Site to Explore Contamination Threats)

Supported with funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Superfund Research Program, The PROTECT Center will study exposure to environmental contamination in Puerto Rico and its contribution to preterm birth (less than 37 completed weeks of gestation). PROTECT also seeks to better understand the phenomena affecting fate and transport of hazardous substances in karstic aquifers and to develop green remediation strategies that attenuate and mitigate exposure to protect human health and ecosystems. Through integrated analytical, mechanistic, epidemiology, fate-transport, and remediation studies, along with a centralized, indexed data repository, PROTECT will deliver new knowledge and technology in the area of contaminants of interest to the Superfund Research Program as a potential cause of preterm birth. The new knowledge and technology will also be useful more broadly in the overall field of environmental health.

Phil Brown is co-director of the Community Engagement Core and the
Research Translation Core



Catskills Institute

The Catskills Institute preserves the legacy of Jewish life in the Catskills by holding an annual History of the Catskills Conference (since 1995), keeping an extensive website, maintaining the world’s largest archive of Catskills material, developing museum exhibitions, public speaking, and assisting researchers and filmmakers. Visit the website for access to thousands of photos, postcards, menus, rate cards, and other material; poetry, interviews, fiction, and non-fiction, hotel and bungalow colony lists; historical material; links to other sites.