Author Archives: Alessandra Bryant

PROTECT and Silent Spring Institute’s Report Back App deemed a model for future research at the PEPH Conference

On Thursday, December 13th, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences  (NIEHS) hosted a two-day conference for the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) Annual Meeting, where various environmental health science professionals came together to discuss the topic of reporting back research results. Members of PROTECT’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) discussed the significance of PROTECT’s […]

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Trainee Spotlight: Morgan Hines

Morgan Hines is a 5th year Biology & English Student from Louisville, Kentucky and a member of both the University Scholars & Honors Programs. Morgan’s first position as a ROUTES scholar was within the Speech and Neurodevelopment Lab (SNL) of Dr. Emily Zimmerman in Fall 2017, which is a part of Project 1 within the […]

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Project 5’s Long Chen Promoted to Associate Research Scientist

On December 1st, 2018, PROTECT Project 5’s Long Chen was promoted to Associate Research Scientist. After working under the leadership of Akram Alshawabkeh as a Post Doc since early December 2017, Long’s work ethic, leadership abilities, and accomplishments continue to guide his success. In his new role, Long will be assuming the administrative responsibilities of the […]

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PROTECT Project 4 Trainees Autum Downey & Jill Riddell Present at the Geological Society of America 130th Annual Meeting

PROTECT Project 4 team members recently presented study findings that organic carbon concentration in cave sediments can be used as tracer of input from Hurricane Maria and other Natural Disasters at a recent geological researcher’s conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Tuesday, November 6th, PROTECT Trainees Autum Downey and Jill Riddell presented a poster with these […]

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Kelly Ferguson, Former PROTECT Trainee, Wins NIEHS Mentor of the Year

PROTECT Collaborator and former trainee Dr. Kelly Ferguson recently won the 2018 NIEHS Mentor of the Year Award. Presented by the NIEHS Trainees Assembly (NTA), this award aims to honor an NIEHS scientist who has used training to support NIEHS fellows and trainees scientifically and personally. To qualify, a mentor could be a Principal Investigator, […]

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PROTECT Researchers evaluate Hurricane Maria’s Impact and suggest a ‘Visionary Rebuilding’ plan for Government Institutions

The impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the island is massive, with over a thousand lives lost and over $90 billion dollars in damage, part of which decimated the electric grid and 80% of the agricultural sector. Many Puerto Ricans were left homeless and a total of 215,000 people left the island for the […]

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Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) among pregnant women may contribute to adverse birth outcomes

Pregnant women and their fetuses represent susceptible populations to environmental contaminants. Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) among pregnant women may contribute to adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth. This study assessed longitudinal urinary PAH metabolite concentrations over two time points in pregnancy cohorts in Boston (N = 200) and Puerto Rico (N = […]

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PROTECT Welcomes the 2018 Class of Student Researchers at Trainee Orientation

On Monday, September 17th, the PROTECT team kicked off the 2018-2019 academic year with the annual Trainee Orientation and Welcome. This multi-institutional meeting hosted by the Training Core is held every fall as a means of introducing new student trainees to PROTECT. The event also serves as an update for all attendees on the progress the PROTECT […]

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PROTECT Study shows widespread presence of phthalates from multiple sources in karst aquifers in Puerto Rico

Phthalates are widely used in many consumer products; DEHP is the most frequently used plasticizer in the market. Their extensive use results in spatially-widespread sources that are difficult to identify. Their presence in groundwater is related to land use patterns and is influenced by hydrogeologic characteristics. Phthalate contamination is important to evaluate in eogenetic karst […]

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PROTECT Project 5 Continues Partnership with e.THROUGH Project: Welcoming Professor Juan Manuel Paz, Celebrating the Research of Eduardo Mateus & Alexandra Ribeiro

Juan Manuel Paz is Assistant Professor at the University of Malaga (UMA), Spain. He obtained his PhD at the Technical University of Denmark and performed postdoctoral research in different institutions in Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. He also was research scholar at Northeastern University for 5 months in 2011, so we are happy to have […]

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How important are subsurface sediments to the overall function of karst aquifers?

All aquifers contain a “matrix” – the solid component through which the water flows – but karst aquifers also contain sediments that can move dynamically between mobile (readily transported) and stationary (stored) pools. Both pools of sediments can influence contaminant mobility and storage as well as hinder or enhance remediation efforts. PROTECT Researchers & Trainees […]

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November Webinar: Tracey Woodruff, “Without Consent: Chemical Exposures and Our Health”

On Monday, November 26th from 1:00 – 2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host the first webinar of the 2018-2019 academic schedule. This webinar will feature Tracey Woodruff, a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures during pregnancy and effects on prenatal and child health as well as on her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy […]

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Welton granted NIEHS Award to Study Impacts of Traumatic Experiences & Prolonged Recovery due to Hurricane Maria on Preterm Birth Outcomes

Michael Welton is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow & Teaching Associate in the College of Public Health at University of Georgia. Welton works with the Human Subjects & Sampling Core within PROTECT as well as the Human Subjects Core in CRECE, and has been working on the NIH funded ZIP Study (Zika in Infants and Pregnancy) for […]

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Trainee Opportunity: Apply to be an Assistant Professor in Department of Hydrogeoscience at West Virginia University

Position Title: Assistant Professor Location: Morgantown, West Virginia POSITION DESCRIPTION  The West Virginia University Department of Geology & Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position in geology at the Assistant Professor level starting in August 2019. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Geoscience or a broadly related field is required at the time of appointment. […]

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PROTECT Welcomes New Team Members, and Celebrates our Recent Departures’ Contributions & Future

 PROTECT welcomes Patrick Compton, a new PhD student at Northeastern University studying Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Water Systems. Patrick graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Engineering and spent the next five years on active duty as a Civil Engineering Officer. He has worked on […]

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PROTECT Center Holds Research Staff Team Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Protect Center held an extended meeting in San Juan where our Research Team, Human Subjects & Sampling Core, as well as key members of the Executive Committee had a chance to present and discuss what they are working on and go over our current research strategies.  The PROTECT Center also had researchers and contributors […]

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PROTECT Presents at the 2018 International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment, at the National University of Seoul

PROTECT researchers Dr. Carmen M. Vélez Vega and Zaira Rosario presented in the 2018 International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment, better known as INCHES 2018. Dr. Vélez Vega presented on the work of PROTECT’s Community Engagement Core, while Zaira Rosario presented on the research conducted under CRECE. Dr. Vélez Vega was also part […]

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PROTECT Trainee Norma Torres Featured in SRP Newsletter

The July Edition of the SRP Newsletter “Trainee Spotlight” features PROTECT Project 4 trainee Norma Torres, highlighting her work with Dr. Ingrid Padilla on contaminant distribution in karst aquifers. Norma has been with PROTECT since 2011, during which time she has received two Individual Development Plan Awards from PROTECT as well as the prestigious Ford […]

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Cave Sediments & Hurricanes: Digging into the Past

Puerto Rico is finally starting to recover from Hurricane Maria, but the huge storm may continue to influence the cave and karst systems for generations. A group of PROTECT researchers met in Puerto Rico in July to collect sediment samples from a cave and spring to start addressing this question. Caves can trap and store […]

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PROTECT Researcher Dorothy Vesper Elected as GSA Fellow

In May 2018, PROTECT Project 4 researcher Dorothy Vesper was elected as a Geological Society of America Fellow. New GSA Fellows are nominated by existing Fellows in recognition of their contributions to the field of geoscience, and are elected during the spring GSA Council meeting. Dr. Vesper was nominated by Madeline Schreiber of Virginia Tech […]

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PROTECT Team Members Attend the 15th “Sinkholes Meeting”

Current and past members of PROTECT attended the 15th “Sinkholes Meeting” (15th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst) in Shephardstown, WV, during April 2018. The Sinkholes Meeting is one of the oldest interdisciplinary conferences focused on karst and the associated issues. The conference proceedings includes blind, peer-reviewed manuscripts for publication. […]

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PROTECT Welcomes Eduardo Mateus & Alexandra Ribeiro to the Team

We are delighted to welcome Professors Eduardo Mateus and Alexandra Ribeiro as visiting scholars from the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE),  Faculty of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA) in Portugal. They will be working with Professor Akram Alshawabkeh and the PROTECT Center for the next few months on advanced […]

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