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Trainee Spotlight: Nobel Hernández

Haga clic aquÍ para leer una entrevista con Nobel en español. Nobel Hernández is a doctoral student studying Public Health with a specialty in Social Determinants of Health at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. He is expected to graduate in May 2023. He previously completed a Master of Public Health Education at […]

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An Interview with PROTECT Trainee Nobel Hernández

This interview was conducted for Nobel’s Trainee Spotlight article. To read the full story in English, click here. 1. ¿Cuál es tu Grado Mayor o Disciplina? Tengo un Maestría en Educación en Salud Pública de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas Actualmente, Estudiante Doctoral en Salud Pública con Especialidad en Determinantes Sociales […]

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PROTECT Researchers Develop Robust Flow-Through Platform for Organic Contaminant Removal

PROTECT Project 4 researchers focus on development of treatment platforms that effectively remove organic pollutants in water at a low-cost. Toxic organic chemicals from Superfund sites have long been a threat to drinking water resources and human health. The Fenton and Fenton-like water treatment processes generate hydroxyl radicals, which have a strong oxidation potential and […]

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PROTECT Researchers Participate in a Pilot-Scale Assessment of Puerto Rico Tap Water Contamination and Human-Health Impacts

PROTECT studies health outcomes in pregnant women in the Puerto Rico birth cohort. The home of PROTECT’s cohort is in the northern karst region of Puerto Rico, which is also the home of two of the island’s most extensive and productive drinking-water aquifers. This area has a record of groundwater contamination and drinking-water supply-well closures, […]

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Project 1 Researchers Find that Exposure to Phthalate Mixtures is Associated with Oxidative Stress Biomarker

PROTECT Project 1 researchers have found that exposure to a mixture of phthalate metabolites has a strong positive association with oxidative stress. This work, published in a paper in Environment International in September 2021, contributes to a better understanding of why exposure to phthalates is linked to an increased risk of preterm birth. Phthalates are […]

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Trainee Spotlight: Amber Cathey

Amber Cathey is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Health Sciences department at the University of Michigan who has been working with PROTECT for five years under the mentorship of John Meeker. She earned her Master’s in 2017 and her PhD in 2021. She currently leads several research projects that use advanced statistical methods, […]

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PROTECT and SRP Researchers Investigate How to Make Data More FAIR

The projects funded by NIEHS’s Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) produce large amounts of data. Many of the projects cover multiple disciplines, spanning the fields of environmental science, health science, and more. Due to the transdisciplinary nature of much of the data collected, findings from SRP projects can ideally be used in other […]

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PROTECT’s Data Management and Analytics Core Receives Supplement to Make Data AI Ready

This September, PROTECT’s Data Management and Analytics Core (DMAC) received supplemental funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop a suite of methods to prepare data for large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) analyses. This supplement is part of an NIH initiative to make NIH-supported data suitable for AI/ML […]

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November 2021 Webinar: Environmental Justice in the Federal Government: Roots and Opportunities with Charles Lee

On Friday, November 12th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST, PROTECT hosted its November 2021 webinar. This webinar featured Charles Lee, a Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lee spoke about some of the emerging federal strategies to push environmental justice forward, and the history that informs today’s environmental justice […]

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PROTECT Co-Director José Cordero Receives 2021 Arnold J. Capute Award

PROTECT co-director and Human Subjects and Sampling Core Leader José Cordero has been awarded the 2021 Arnold J. Capute Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities. Dr. Cordero was honored in a ceremony held by the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities on Tuesday, October 14, 2021. A trained pediatrician […]

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Former PROTECT Trainee Stephanie Eick Joins Emory University as an Assistant Professor

Former PROTECT Trainee Stephanie Eick has joined the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health. Dr. Eick began her work with Emory in September and is on the tenure track. Dr. Eick is an environmental epidemiologist, focused on reproductive and perinatal health. More specifically, […]

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October Webinar: Engaging Native American Communities in Environmental Health with Dr. Karletta Chief

On Monday, October 25th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm EDT, PROTECT hosted its October 2021 webinar. This webinar featured Dr. Karletta Chief, member of the Community Engagement Core and Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Chief spoke about engaging with Native American communities that are […]

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PROTECT Community Engagement Core Shares PROTECT Responde Kit with Recruitment Clinics

Over the past few months, the PROTECT Community Engagement Core (CEC) Team in Puerto Rico has created and shared educational materials and resources on environmental contaminants and their public health impacts with the cohort community through the social media campaign PROTECT Responde. One major goal of this campaign is to disseminate educational efforts through the […]

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