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Prof. Dave Kaeli Presents at NIEHS Spring Workshop

On July 20th, Data Management and Modeling Core Leader David Kaeli participated in the NIEHS WTP Spring 2016 Workshop/Awardee Meeting, held in Boston, MA. The meeting, titled “Responding to Emerging Health Threats Through Research and Training,” was part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NIEHS and the 30th anniversary of the Superfund Research […]

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Winners Selected for PROTECT Trainee Individual Development Plan Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 PROTECT Trainee Individual Development Plan (IDP) Award winners for their successful efforts in enhancing their extracurricular experiences and increasing their professional skills. Winners will be provided with a $1,500 stipend to be used towards attending a conference of their choice from a list of pre-approved options. The winners are:   Nerida […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Participate in March of Dimes March for Babies Event in San Juan

On Sunday, June 26th, members of the PROTECT and CRECE Team participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Chapter of the March of Dimes works to reduce the rate of preterm birth on the island, which in 2014 was 12% of all births. Members of […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Celebrate New Clinic Opening

On June 23rd and 24th, PROTECT and CRECE team members met in Puerto Rico for an in-person meeting and celebration of the opening of the new clinic in Manatí, Puerto Rico. For the first day, the group joined in a technical discussion with a strong focus on recruitment of study participants and data collection procedures. […]

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NIEHS Director Visits Northeastern University

On Monday, July 18th, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum visited Northeastern University. Northeastern has been working in partnership with NIEHS on a number of projects related to Environmental Health, a field which has been a longstanding area of focus for the educational institution. Birnbaum’s visit began with a meeting […]

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PROTECT and CRECE to Study Zika in Pregnancy

On Friday, July 15th, PROTECT and CRECE received funding from the NIEHS to study the Zika virus in Puerto Rico. This funding is part of the Zika Infants and Pregnancy (ZIP) study, which aims to enroll 10,000 women from 15 different countries in a study to assess the outcomes of a Zika infection during pregnancy. […]

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Dr. Huerta-Montañez Meets with CDC to Discuss Zika

On June 11, Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montañez met with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during his visit to Puerto Rico. The meeting was attended by Dr. Stephen Waterman (Chief of the CDC’s Dengue Branch), Dr. Francisco Alvarado-Ramy (Senior CDC Official for the Zika Response in Puerto Rico), […]

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Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montanez Presents on Zika at CHPAC Meeting

On May 24-25, Dr. Gredia Huerta-Montanez (CEC, CRECE) attended the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) meeting in Washington, DC, where she presented on the Zika virus. The CHPAC is an advisory board to the EPA that is composed of external researchers, academics, health care providers, environmentalists, state and tribal government leaders, and members of the public. […]

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PROTECT Trainee Arshley Rey To Intern with EPA Region 2

PROTECT Project 4 Trainee Arshley Rey has been selected for a summer internship with the U.S. EPA Region 2 lab at the Edison Environmental Center, located in Edison, NJ. Under the supervision of John Bourbon, she will work primarily in the Metals lab to analyze samples for the presence of zinc, magnesium, lead, and other […]

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Trainee Nerida de Jesus Presents at 10th National Monitoring Conference

Project 4 Trainee Nerida de Jesus presented research at the 10th National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, FL, on May 2-6, 2016. The conference, sponsored by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council, brought together over 700 attendees from academia, federal and local government, and industry for discussions and panels focusing around the theme of “Working Together […]

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Dr. Ingrid Padilla Appointed Member of Navy Research Advisory Committee

Dr. Ingrid Padilla, Project 4 Leader, has been appointed a member of the Navy Research Advisory Committee (NRAC), a civilian scientific advisory group that provides objective scientific analyses to the U.S. Navy. The NRAC advises and provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, […]

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PROTECT Trainees Participate in Water Quality Monitoring Day

On April 9th, 2016, the EPA–GRO Team, with the support of PROTECT, the Institute of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at UPRM, and the Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi-Puerto Rico Alpha Chapter, organized and conducted water quality education activities for the Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. […]

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Curt Spalding, EPA Region 1 Administrator, Presents Webinar: “Innovation & Collaboration”

On Monday, May 9th, EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding visited Northeastern’s campus and presented a talk as part of PROTECT’s “Collaboration for Innovation” Webinar series. Curt’s talk focused on innovation and collaboration within the EPA Region 1 Superfund program, especially as it pertains to working with local governments and communities. One of the issues […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Open New Clinic in Puerto Rico

In mid-April, PROTECT and CRECE (Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico) began seeing participants at a new clinic located in Manatí, Puerto Rico. The clinic is designed to create a safe, welcoming environment for our participants and their families, and is conveniently located near the hospital where the babies are born […]

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Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega and Trainee Colleen Murphy Collaborate with Undergraduate Students from University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez

On March 1, 2016, Community Engagement Core (CEC) Co-Leader Dr. Vélez Vega and trainee Colleen Murphy joined three undergraduate civil engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez to discuss community engagement for a project the students have been independently conducting with a community in Añasco, Puerto Rico. Nerida De Jesus Villanueva, Angeliz Vargas Medina, […]

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PROTECT Co-Hosts Northeast Superfund Research Program (NE SRP) Training Workshop

From April 26th – 27th, 2016, PROTECT and the SRPs from Boston University and Dartmouth College co-hosted the second annual Northeast Superfund Research Program (NE SRP) Training Workshop. This year’s workshop was held at Northeastern University in Boston, and was attended by Trainees from BU, Dartmouth and NEU who participated in the event’s professional development and […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Provide Education on Zika Prevention

As peak mosquito season approaches, PROTECT and CRECE have continued to reach out to local communities to provide education on Zika virus prevention. Community Engagement Core members Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega, Dr. Gredia Huertas, Abigail Figueroa, and trainee Colleen Murphy were invited to the Arecibo Campus of Eastern University, a private institution, to provide information […]

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Dr. Vélez Vega and Trainee Colleen Murphy Present at 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session

Dr. Vélez Vega, Co-Leader of the Community Engagement Core, and trainee Colleen Murphy represented PROTECT at the 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session on April 21st, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Innovative Solutions to Combat Global Health Disparities.” Dr. Vélez Vega participated in a panel called “Hot Topics: Lessons Learned,” […]

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Dr. Vélez Vega Presents at the 2016 Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Dr. Carmen M. Vélez Vega, Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, presented research findings at the 2016 Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. The Conference, held from April 9th to 11th in San Francisco, focused on sustainable solutions to global health issues. Dr. Vélez Vega presented the results from a study completed in collaboration with […]

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May Webinar: Curt Spalding, EPA Region 1 Administrator, to Present “EPA New England Update: Innovation and Collaboration on Hazardous Waste Clean-up” – Recording Now Available

On Monday, May 9th, PROTECT hosted the fourth installment in our webinar series, Collaboration for Innovation. This webinar featured Curt Spalding, EPA Region 1 Administrator, who presented “EPA New England Update: Innovation and Collaboration on Hazardous Waste Clean-up.” To view the recording of this presentation via WebEx, please click on this link.   Biography H. Curtis […]

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Dr. José Cordero and March of Dimes Push for Fortified Corn Masa Flour

On April 14th, the Food and Drug Administration approved the addition of folic acid—a B vitamin known to prevent birth defects—to corn masa flour. The announcement comes after four years of efforts by the March of Dimes and PROTECT’s Co-Director Dr. José Cordero. For years, folic acid has been a mainstay of grain products such […]

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EPA Proposes New Superfund Site in Dorado, Puerto Rico

On April 6th, 2016, the US EPA proposed the addition of the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Recent sampling at this site has found contamination from tetrachloroethylene (also called perchloroethylene, or PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), which has spread to drinking water wells that serve approximately 67,000 people in the […]

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CDC Recommends DEET to Control Zika

The CDC recommends the use of DEET to protect people against the mosquito that carries the Zika virus, especially pregnant women. But there are very few published studies looking at the possible effects of DEET on unborn children, and none of the existing studies looked at exposure during the first trimester. One study conducted in […]

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PROTECT Trainees Offer Water Quality Workshop to Children in Puerto Rico

On March 15th, 2016, the EPA-GRO TEAM and PROTECT Trainees offered a workshop to middle school children about the importance of water quality and commonly measured parameters. The workshop reached about 50 students from the school Dr. Francisco Vázquez Colón del Bo. Magueyes, located in the municipality of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The purpose of the […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Release New Reproductive Health Bulletin for Healthcare Professionals

PROTECT Project 1 and Research Translation Core along with the CRECE Community Outreach Core have collaborated to produce a Reproductive Health and the Environment Bulletin, which presents up-to-date research about environmental exposures and preterm birth. With over 100 studies referenced, the Bulletin provides a comprehensive overview of research on health outcomes associated with exposure to […]

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Puerto Rico Prepares for Zika Epidemic

By the end of 2016, 25% of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million inhabitants are expected to become infected with the Zika virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help prevent the spread of the mosquito that carries Zika, local governments — along with the CDC — are spraying communities with insecticides, removing […]

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PROTECT Project 5 Researchers Present at Boston Public School Science Fair

On March 5th, 2016, Project 5 researchers Ljiljana Rajic, David Berroa and Savannah Gregor participated in the 70th Annual Boston Public Schools’ Citywide Science and Engineering Fair that was held at Northeastern University. The Fair was organized by Boston Public Schools’ Science Department, Science from Scientists, and Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education. Project 5 […]

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PROTECT Trainees Win Individual Development Plan (IDP) Awards

We would like to congratulate our 2015 PROTECT Trainee Individual Development Plan (IDP) Award winners for their successful efforts in enhancing their extracurricular experiences and increasing their professional skills.  The PROTECT Trainee IDP Award provides winners with a $1,500 stipend to be used toward a conference or research lab visit to a PROTECT partner or […]

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MassDEP to Revisit 200 TCE Sites to Assess Risk of Birth Defects

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will be returning to 200 previously-closed trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination sites to determine if TCE poses an imminent hazard in those locations. The selected sites were closed for further cleanup prior to the EPA’s 2011 finding that short-term maternal exposure to TCE is associated with a higher risk of cardiac […]

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PROTECT Identifies Biological Mechanisms Linking Exposure to Toxic Chemicals and Preterm Birth

Project 2 investigators are conducting innovative studies with human placenta and extraplacental membranes (which form the fetal compartment) to better understand the relationship between exposure to toxicants and preterm birth. Because immune cells such as macrophages can be important sources of reactive oxygen species as well as mediators of pro-inflammatory responses relevant to labor onset, […]

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PROTECT’s Dr. José Cordero Appears on NPR to Discuss Puerto Rico’s Efforts Against the Zika Virus

Dr. José Cordero, PROTECT Co-Director and leader of the Human Subjects and Sampling Core, appeared on NPR’s “Here & Now” on February 3rd to discuss Puerto Rico’s efforts against the spread of the Zika virus. Listen to the segment below, or visit this website to learn more. Zika is a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitos that typically causes […]

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PROTECT and KWI Conference: Karst, Groundwater Contamination, & Public Health

The Karst, Groundwater Contamination, & Public Health:  Moving Beyond Case Studies Conference was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 27-30th. The conference was supported by the non-profit organization Karst Waters Institute (KWI), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Science Foundation (NSF) and PROTECT, and was initiated and lead by Prof. Dorothy […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Work With Local Physicians to Inform Participants About the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

With the arrival of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, both PROTECT and CRECE (Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico) have begun reaching out to participants, healthcare professionals, and local communities to provide education and support. Zika, which originated in Africa and spread to South America in 2015, is […]

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PROTECT Co-sponsors Reproductive Health and the Environment Symposium at Northeastern University

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, PROTECT co-sponsored the Reproductive Health and the Environment Symposium at Northeastern University. The Symposium, which was open to the public, featured keynote speakers and panelists from local universities and organizations in the community. Keynote speaker Laura Vandenberg of UMass Amherst started the event with a talk focusing on endocrine disruptors […]

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Over 350 Participants Gathered for the 2015 Annual NIEHS SRP Meeting Hosted by PROTECT

PROTECT would like to thank everyone for their hard work and participation in this year’s annual SRP meeting! The theme of this year’s meeting was “SRP Collaboration for Innovation”, and took place from November 18-20th at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The SRP annual meeting brought together more than 350 researchers, trainees, and administrators supported […]

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PROTECT Presents at EPA Region 1 Superfund Research Program Meeting

          Drs. Lily Rajic (Project 5) and Rachel Grashow (Core A) represented PROTECT at the Superfund Research Program meeting held on November 10th at the EPA Region 1 office in Boston, MA. Along with five other Region 1 universities (Boston University, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brown University, […]

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Giese receives $100K grant to improve testing for carcinogens in food

As a spin-off of technology developed in the PROTECT program,  Roger Giese (Project 3 Leader) has received  funding from the Exploratory Grant Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which is part of the Department of Agriculture.  The idea of the project is to expand and replace many tests for carcinogens in […]

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PROTECT adopts Equivalent Porous Media (EPM) approach to Model Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport in Karst Aquifers

Predicting hydraulic behavior of karst aquifers is difficult because of their high degree of heterogeneity and anisotropy. In a new study to address these challenges, PROTECT trainees Reza Ghasemizadeh and Xue Yu, implemented Equivalent Porous Media (EPM) Simulation of Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport in Karst Aquifers. The work, published in PLOS ONE, focused on evaluation […]

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PROTECT Project 5 presents at UMass Amherst, MA

PROTECT Project 5  Associate Research Scientist Lily Rajic and trainee Shirin Hojabri presented their work at the 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy October 19-22, 2015, in Amherst, Massachusetts. This is a national conference that attracts 600-800 attendees, which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, a number of industries including […]

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EPA Prepares a Plan to Cleanup Pesticide Contamination in Manati, PR

In Manati, Puerto Rico, a legacy of pollution has an end in sight.  On October 1, 2015 the EPA proposed a plan of action to address the detrimental community impacts from the Pesticide Warehouse III Superfund Site. For years, pesticides and dioxins from the former pesticide facility have been contaminating the soil and groundwater of […]

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PROTECT recruitment surpasses 1000 pregnant women!

This week, PROTECT is pleased to announce that recruitment figures for the PROTECT study have reached over 1,000 women! Thanks to the hard work on behalf of the nursing, administrative and medical staff in the Human Subjects and Sampling Core, 1,012 women have currently enrolled in PROTECT, where they are followed throughout their pregnancy until […]

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PROTECT Co-Director José Cordero named Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health at the University of Georgia

PROTECT is proud to announce that Co-Director and Core C Leader Cordero has been named the first Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health at the University of Georgia in Atlanta, GA where he will head its Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Patel Distinguished Professorship was created to foster expanding research and service opportunities in […]

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PROTECT Project 1 Leader Meeker and Colleagues Receive $9.5M Grant to Advance Research on Child Health

PROTECT is proud to announce that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has awarded to a University of Michigan team led by John Meeker (Project 1 Leader) $9.5M to establish a large-scale interdisciplinary research hub at the University of Michigan (U-M) for the new Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR) Program. Known as […]

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PROTECT RTC-CEC Leader Phil Brown Presents at the EPA’s Environmental Justice Technology Integration and Information Branch Webinar

On September 16th, 2015, Phil Brown (RTC-CEC Leader) presented at an environmental justice webinar on how socioeconomic status, contamination and housing policy can affect health in lower income communities. This event was hosted by the EPA’s Technology Integration and Information Branch (TIIB), and included the video “Place Matters: Where You Live Predicts Your Health”, as […]

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PROTECT Researchers Receive Big Data Grant from the National Science Foundation

Along with the PI Jennifer Dy (PI), PROTECT Core D Leader Dave Kaeli (Co-PI) and PROTECT researcher April Gu (Co-PI) have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project entitled “BIGDATA: IA: Exploring Analysis of Environment and Health Through Multiple Alternative Clustering.” The broad objective of this study will be to […]

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PROTECT Participates in NIEHS and EPA CLU-IN Webinar

PROTECT was pleased to participate in the NIEHS SRP and EPA’s Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) webinar on August 24th, 2015 entitled “TCE, PCBs, and Phthalates – Exposure, Mechanisms of Disease, and Clean-Up Remedies.” Attended by 450 people, the webinar highlighted PROTECT’s investigation into environmental contamination and preterm birth in Puerto Rico. Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh […]

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Puerto Rico Faces Many Challenges

Puerto Rico continues to face many challenges including a severe water drought, a crisis in health care, and worsening financial conditions. The recent record-breaking drought has affected 2.5 million residents living on the eastern side of the island, where water rationing has resulted in island-wide business closings and a damaged tourist industry. The drought has […]

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PROTECT Wins the People’s Choice Award at the EPA Community Involvement Training Conference

We are proud to announce that PROTECT has won The People’s Choice Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 14th Community Involvement Training Conference, held on August 4 – 6, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. This dynamic conference brought together more than 450 participants from the EPA and the Agency’s partners and stakeholders who plan […]

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PROTECT Study Participants Get Involved

PROTECT is excited to announce the incorporation of former cohort participants Abril Burgos, Jayrin Rosa and Joanabeth Maisonet as support staff in Core C. Abril, Joana and Jayrin live in the northern karst area of Puerto Rico and participated in PROTECT during their previous pregnancies. They are mothers of three beautiful children, one of whom […]

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PROTECT Researchers Visit Health Clinic PRYMed

                          On June 8, 2015 PROTECT researchers Dr. Carmen Vélez and Dr. Liza Anzalota visited PROTECT-affiliated health clinic PRYMed in the municipality of Ciales, Puerto Rico. During this meeting the PROTECT team shared research findings with key leaders at PRYMED and continued to […]

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PROTECT Researchers Partner with March of Dimes in San Juan

  On June 28, 2015, PROTECT partnered with the March of Dimes Puerto Rico chapter for the “March for Babies” in San Juan, Puerto Rico to raise awareness of preterm birth on the island. PROTECT Co-Director, Dr. José F. Cordero and Core C Director, Dr. Liza Anzalota led the team along with PROTECT team members, […]

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Introducing PROTECT’s first ROUTES scholar, David Berroa!

The “Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences”(ROUTES) is a new program at Northeastern University designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority undergraduate students participating in environmental health (EH) research, which studies the effects of environmental contaminants on human health and communities. ROUTES scholars will receive training in interdisciplinary settings to enable […]

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Phil Brown Wins NIEHS Training Grant for Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science

Dr. Phil Brown, Director of the Research Translation Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core, has received a highly competitive T32 training grant from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science. The program is co-directed by Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and Silent […]

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PROTECT Core D Leader David Kaeli Presents at NIEHS SRP Webinar

On June 24, 2015, PROTECT Core D Leader David Kaeli, Ph.D., presented his work during the NIEHS SRP webinar Integrating Data from Multidisciplinary Research, Session I: Introducing the Big Picture, hosted by the EPA. The focus of the webinar was to present the concept of big data in the context of environmental health sciences and […]

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PROTECT Trainee Xiangyu Li Presents at ALLDATA 2015

On April 19-24th, 2015, Northeastern University Ph.D. PROTECT trainee, Xiangyu Li, presented his paper Big Data Analysis on Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats at the ALLDATA 2015 Conference in Barcelona, Spain. His presentation with Prof. David Kaeli highlighted the collaborative work between PROTECT’s Core D and Project 3. At the conference, Xiangyu attended […]

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Landmark Conference on Social Science-Environmental Health Collaborations

On May 21-22, 2015, the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI), in partnership with the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) and Silent Spring Institute hosted the first ever Social Science-Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Collaborations Conference at Northeastern University. This two-day conference brought together approximately 100 scholars, government agency professionals, community organizers, and […]

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PROTECT Project 5 Trainees Present at SWIM 2015

On May 20th 2015, PROTECT trainees Shirin Hojabri, Roya Nazari, Noushin Fallahpour and Dr. Ljiljana Rajic attended the Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts (SWIM), held at Northeastern University. SWIM, organized by the New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) and Northeastern University, brought together international water experts and leaders to learn about advances in water technology […]

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Padilla Receives Distinguished Professor Award in Civil Engineering at UPRM

Dr. Ingrid Padilla, PROTECT Project 4 Leader, has received the 2014 Distinguished Professor Award in Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico. The award honors her outstanding teaching, research, and service contribution to the institution. At PROTECT, Dr. Padilla investigates the fate and transport processes that control the temporal and spatial distribution of contaminants in […]

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PROTECT Researcher Publishes Study Assessing Toxicity Risk of WV Chemical Spill

The 2014 Freedom Industrial chemical spill affected the drinking water supply of 300,000 people in Charleston, West Virginia metropolitan area.  In the wake of the spill, one of the most pressing concerns was understanding the impact of the chemical spill, as the main contaminant associated with the spill – 4-methyl-1-cyclohexanemethanol (4-MCHM) – has little to […]

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Phil Brown Wins NSF Grant to Study Perfluorinated Chemicals

Phil Brown, Director of the Research Translation Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core, has received a $343,163 grant from the National Science Foundation to study  “Perfluorinated Chemicals: The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants.” His project investigates the social discovery, scientific controversies, and regulatory issues of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are […]

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Trainee González starts K.C. Donnelly Externship at the CDC

Human Subjects Core trainee Andrea L. González (Advisor: Jose Cordero) started her externship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia with Victor De Jesus, Ph.D., Chief of the Biochemical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch. González began her work at CDC this March and will finish in May. She […]

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PROTECT Trainee Kelly Ferguson Presents at COW2015 and Meets Policy Makers at the EPA

On April 29, trainee Kelly Ferguson gave a talk at the 8th Copenhagen Workshop on Endocrine Disrupters. Her talk, entitled “Developmental effects of phthalates: what are the mechanisms?” introduced the PROTECT cohort and summarized preliminary findings on the relationship between maternal phthalate exposure during pregnancy and changes in hormone, inflammation, and oxidative stress levels.   […]

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Trainee Carmona de Jesus Receives K.C. Donnelly Externship

PROTECT is proud to announce that Marvic Carmona de Jesus has been awarded a K.C. Donnelly externship!  Mr. Carmona is a graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, working towards his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering.  His adviser, Prof. Ingrid Padilla, leads PROTECT’s […]

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PROTECT RTC-CEC Leader Phil Brown Receives Prestigious ASA Practice and Outreach Award

PROTECT is proud to announce that Dr. Phil Brown, sociologist and environmental justice advocate and PROTECT Community Engagement and Research Translation Core leader, will be the 2015 recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Environment and Technology Section’s Practice and Outreach Award. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Brown has worked with community groups, environmental justice […]

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Alshawabkeh and Suh receive a grant to increase participation of underrepresented minority undergraduates in environmental health research

Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh (PROTECT PI/PD and Project 5 Leader) together with Dr. Helen Suh of Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University received a prestigious National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) R25 program training grant to enhance diversity in research in the environmental health sciences. The project “Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences” (ROUTES) is focused […]

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USGS briefs congress about groundwater vulnerability to contamination

Groundwater is a valuable source of drinking water for approximately 130 million people in United States.  However, natural and human activities have been resulting in high concentrations of certain chemicals in groundwater that can affect human health. The United States Geological Survey or USGS released new findings on groundwater contamination at the Congressional Briefing “Our Nation’s Groundwater […]

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PROTECT trainees present their work in Amherst, MA

PROTECT Project 5 trainees presented their work at the 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy October 20-23, 2014, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Presentation titles: Noushin Fallahpour: Hydrochlorination of TCE by Pd and H2 produced from a copper foam cathode in a circulated electrolytic column at high flowrate Roya Nazari: Degradation of chlorobenzene in simulated groundwater using […]

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