Category Archives: PROTECT Events and Presentations

April Webinar: Dr. Larry Lash, “Renal Toxicology of Trichloroethylene”

April Technical Webinar: Renal Toxicology of Trichloroethylene, Dr. Larry Lash – Watch on Youtube On Monday, April 13th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host its spring technical webinar of the 2019-2020 academic year. This webinar will feature Dr. Larry Lash, Ph.D. professor and associate chair of pharmacology at Wayne State University School of […]

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PROTECT Researchers Meet in San Juan for Annual Retreat

Over 80 PROTECT researchers met at the Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to discuss future plans and harmonization for the centers. Although our cohort is based in Puerto Rico, our team is distributed across 6 universities. Due to the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and geographically spread nature of the team, the PROTECT Annual […]

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PROTECT Team Attends 2019 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting in Seattle

From November 18th-20th, 32 PROTECT Trainees, Researchers, and Staff attended the 2019 SRP Annual Meeting which was hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Seattle, Washington. This year’s meeting was organized by the University of Washington and the University of Louisville with the support of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Superfund Research Program.                 […]

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Project 2 Trainee Elana Elkin Receives the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award

PROTECT Project 2 Trainee Elana Elkin was recently granted the prestigious Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award at the Annual NIEHS Superfund Research Program Meeting in Seattle on Nov. 19th. Elana received this award to honor her work examining how environmental contaminant exposure affects placental development and function. When asked about Elana’s work and progress on her […]

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Fall 2019 Technical Webinar: “Single cell bioinformatics and metabolomics: Methods and Tools for environmental health research” by Dr. Lana Garmire

On Monday December 9th from 1:00-2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host a technical webinar titled “Single cell bioinformatics and metabolomics: Methods and Tools for environmental health research” presented by Dr. Lana Garmire. Dr. Garmire is a tenured professor working in the Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics at University of Michigan Medical School. Her research areas […]

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Five PROTECT Trainees Receive Individual Development Plan Awards

At the recent 2019-2020 Trainee Orientation, PROTECT welcomed the new class of student researchers and honored the 2018-2019 Individual Development Plan (IDP) Award Winners. The following 5 trainees were given IDP Awards for their exceptional efforts to complete their Individual Career Development Activities: Shayan Hojabri, Elienisse Rodriguez, Nancy Cardona, Luisa Feliciano, Amailie Santos-Rivera. Each of […]

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PROTECT Researcher Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega Wins Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award

Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega, Leader of the PROTECT Community Engagement Core, is the 2019 recipient of the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award, presented by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award, which honors pediatrician and prior APHA president Helen Rodriguez-Trias, is presented annually to individuals with a strong track record of working for social […]

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PROTECT Welcomes the 2019 Class of Student Researchers at Trainee Orientation

On Monday, September 16th, the PROTECT team kicked off the 2019-2020 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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Fall 2019 Professional Development Webinar: “Publishing Environmental Health Research: Tips for Authors” by Dr. Sally Darney

CHECK OUT THE RECORDING HEREPresentation Available Here On Monday October 21st from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host our first professional development webinar of the 2019-2020 academic schedule. This webinar, featuring Dr. Sally Darney, the Editor-in-Chief from the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal who is not only a scientific writing expert but also holds authority on how […]

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PROTECT Undergraduate Research Fellow Tom Onsi wins poster award at UMICH Undergrad Research Opportunity Program Summer Research Symposium

On Wednesday July 31st, undergraduate M-Scholars Fellow Tom Onsi won a poster award at the 2019 University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Summer Research Symposium for his poster titled: “Extracellular vesicle production changes in response to toxicants in placental villous tissue”. This event is the culminating event for all University of Michigan students participating in […]

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PROTECT Team Members Present at ISEE 2019

Researchers and trainees from PROTECT attended and presented at the 31st annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2019). This year’s conference was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from August 25th through 28th. A total of 12 participants from PROTECT attended the conference, which typically draws over 1,000 people annually and includes […]

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PROTECT, CRECE, & ECHO Researchers held meeting at University of Michigan

On July 10th-11th PROTECT, CRECE, and ECHO researchers from Northeastern University, University of Michigan, and University of Puerto Rico came together to discuss research progress and protocol harmonization across the three projects. The meeting was held at the University of Michigan where researchers discussed the Puerto Rican cohort participant visit schedules, forms and questionnaires, data […]

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Training Core Presents the PROTECT Academy Seminar on Big Data Analytics

On Friday, June 21st from 10-11:30 am EDT the PROTECT Training core will be hosting the PROTECT Academy Seminar on Big Data Analytics for PROTECT researchers, staff, and trainees to attend. This seminar will be a new addition to the PROTECT Academy Interdisciplinary Introductory Seminar Series focused on Environmental Health Disciplines for Non-Experts presented to […]

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PROTECT, CRECE, & ECHO Researchers Meet in Puerto Rico

On Friday, May 17th, more than 30 PROTECT, CRECE, and ECHO researchers, research staff, trainees and nurses met at the Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico to discuss research status, recruitment, plans and data management for the three research projects. Co-Directors Akram Alshawabkeh, José Cordero and John Meeker started off the meeting by […]

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PROTECT/CRECE/ECHO Researchers Visit Community Health Centers & Clinic Partners in Puerto Rico

On Thursday, May 16th PROTECT researchers met in Puerto Rico to visit 4 different Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and clinics where participants for the PROTECT, CRECE, & ECHO Cohorts are recruited. PROTECT/CRECE/ECHO researchers and staff participated in the clinic visits, including Akram Alshawabkeh, José Cordero, Anne Magrath, Ingrid Padilla, Carmen Vélez Vega, John Meeker, […]

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CEC Director Dr. Carmen Velez Vega & Research Coordinator Hector Torres Zayas Lead Report Back Workshop

Back in March of this year, CEC Director Dr. Carmen Velez Vega & Research Coordinator Hector Torres Zayas coordinated and lead a workshop titled, “Report Back Strategies for the Dissemination of Research Findings,” for the Center for Collaborative Research in Health Disparities (CCRHD) Community Engagement Core.  This workshop focused primarily on the mobile app (DERBI) […]

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PROTECT Trainees Max Aung and Amber Cathey present at the Society for Reproductive Investigation 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Paris

Between March 12-16th, 2019, PROTECT Project 1 Trainees Max Aung and Amber Cathey attended the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting hosted by the Society for Reproductive Investigation in Paris, France. This year the meeting focused on a “From Innovation to Impact” theme and welcomed over 1,300 attendees, breaking the overall attendance record. [1] Max Aung presented […]

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Project 2’s Rita Loch-Caruso received the Mentorship Award at the 2019 Society of Toxicology Meeting

In March at the 2019 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting Project 2 Leader Rita Loch-Caruso was presented with the Women in Toxicology Mentorship Award. From Saturday, March 9th to Thursday March 14th, PROTECT researchers attended the 58th Annual SOT Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland where Rita received this recognition after being secretly nominated by 22 of […]

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PROTECT Hosts the 2019 Annual Northeast SRP Meeting at Northeastern University

From April 3rd-4th the PROTECT team hosted the 2019 Annual Northeast SRP Meeting at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute where SRP researchers, staff, and trainees from Boston University, Columbia University, University of Rhode Island, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, MIT, Brown University, and University of Pennsylvania joined together to discuss their ongoing work and […]

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PROTECT’s Phil Brown presents at the Cambridge Science Festival

Phil Brown, Director of the Research Translation Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core, joined with research translation core leaders Jennifer Kay (MIT SRP) and Wendy Heiger-Bernays (BU SRP) for a presentation at the annual Cambridge Science Festival (Please see presentation below). The Festival was established in 2007 and now includes 10 days of […]

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PROTECT Participates in Environmental Justice Panel at CitSci2019

PROTECT Community Engagement Core Co-Leader Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega was a featured panelist on the Environmental Justice special panel at CitSci2019, held on March 15, 2019, in Raleigh, NC. The panel, “Environmental Justice and Community Science: A Social Movement for Inpowerment, Compliance, and Action,” featured four panelists presenting case studies in community-driven research and was […]

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PROTECT Project 2 Researchers receive awards, recognition, and praise at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting 2019.

From Saturday, March 9th to Thursday March 14th, PROTECT researchers attended the 58th Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The Annual SOT Meeting has a global presence, consisting of “…members from 60+ countries and is dedicated to enhancing the impact and relevance of toxicology around the globe.”[1] When asked about the meeting PROTECT […]

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PROTECT Report Back Team hosts community meeting with study participants in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

On the afternoon of Saturday, March 23rd, the PROTECT Community Engagement Core spent the afternoon celebrating and hosting a Report Back session with participants at the Clinical Laboratory Toledo in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This activity was organized as a part of our ongoing efforts to engage our participants in the study results and research, and […]

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March Webinar: Dr. Leo Trasande, “Sicker Fatter Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future”

March Webinar: Sicker Fatter Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future … and What We Can Do About It, A Conversation with Author and Leader in Children’s Environmental Health, Dr. Leo Trasande On Monday, March 11th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host its spring webinar of the 2018-2019 […]

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Data Core Leader Dave Kaeli Presents on PROTECT Database for EarthSoft Office Hours

On Thursday, January 24th, Data Management and Modeling Core Leader Dave Kaeli returned to EarthSoft’s Office Hours to present an update on PROTECT’s use of EarthSoft’s EQuIS software for database management. Since 2010, PROTECT and EarthSoft have collaborated on the development of the EQuIS software for PROTECT’s use, which facilitates data cleaning, sharing, and analyzing […]

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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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PROTECT Team Participates in 2018 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting

PROTECT researchers, trainees, and administrators traveled to Sacramento, CA, in late November to participate in the 2018 Annual Superfund Research Program meeting. The theme for this year’s meeting, which was held November 28-30th, was “The Next Generation of Superfund Training, Translation and Research.” Thirteen PROTECT trainees participated in the Trainee Program on November 28th, which […]

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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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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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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 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 Center Holds Annual Retreat in Atlanta, GA

On March 2nd and 3rd, 2018, 42 PROTECT researchers, trainees, administrators, advisers, colleagues, and guests from across mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the Center’s Annual Retreat. This year’s retreat was slightly out of the ordinary due to its location; normally held in Puerto Rico, the event needed to be rebooked to […]

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US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Delegates Visit PROTECT and CRECE in Puerto Rico

On January 23rd and 24th, 2018, 16 delegates from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation visited the PROTECT and CRECE teams in Puerto Rico with purposes of promoting humanitarian aid. The delegation was composed of corporate representation from companies such as IBM, Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Abbott, among others. During this gathering, Dr. José Cordero, […]

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PROTECT Project 4 Team Members Present at AGU Conference in New Orleans

PROTECT Project 4 Leader Dr. Ingrid Padilla and several of her student trainees attended and presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Conference that was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from December 11th-15th, 2017. The AGU works to bring together “a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and […]

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Padilla Presents PROTECT Research at International Society of Exposure Science Conference

From October 17-20, 2017, Dr. Ingrid Padilla, PROTECT Project 4 Leader, attended the 27th Annual Conference of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), where she presented on the “Influence of Hydrogeological Factors on Exposure to Emerging Contaminant in Karst Environments.” The 3-day long conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and featured approximately 600 […]

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Lin and Rajic Present at AEHS Conference

PROTECT Project 5 researchers and trainees presented at the 33rd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy held on October 16 to 19th, 2017, in Amherst, Massachusetts. This national conference was organized by the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS) which includes a wide variety of representation from academia, state and federal […]

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Padilla, Project 4 Leader, Presents at the University of Rouen, France

From May 14th-27th, 2017, Dr. Ingrid Padilla, leader of PROTECT’s Project 4, was a visiting scholar at the University of Rouen located in Normandy, France. The objective of the visit was to establish collaborative work with leading hydrologists and microbiologists on karst and public health issues. Team members of the University of Rouen were particularly […]

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NIEHS Director Joins PROTECT and CRECE in Puerto Rico for Community Environmental Health Forum

In late March of 2017, the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Dr. Linda Birnbaum, visited Puerto Rico to participate in a community forum on environmental health issues which was held in San Juan. On the evening before the forum, PROTECT and CRECE team members had the honor of meeting with Dr. Birnbaum […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Members Conduct Training and Survey at Environmental Health Symposium for Speech-Language Pathologists

On Saturday, September 24th, PROTECT and CRECE leaders Dr. Emily Zimmerman and Dr. Phil Brown presented at the Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist Continuing Education Symposium. The event was held at Northeastern University and was attended by more than fifty speech-language pathologists and students. At this symposium, Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Brown also surveyed those in […]

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PROTECT and CRECE members attend ISEE Conference in Rome, Italy

In early September, PROTECT and CRECE members attended the 28th Annual Conference for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) held in Rome, Italy. The main theme of the conference was “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology.” ISEE is a global organization with members located in more than 60 countries. The society’s conference […]

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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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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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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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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 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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April Webinar: Dr. Shashi Murthy and Dr. Sean Kevlahan to present “From Lab Bench to Commercial Product: A Case Study of Quad Technologies & A Discussion of Commercializing Academic Discoveries”

On Monday, February 8th, PROTECT co-hosted its third installment in the Collaboration for Innovation webinar series with the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education at Northeastern University. This webinar featured Dr. Shashi Murthy, Northeastern University and Dr. Sean Kevlahan, Quad Technologies, who presented, “From Lab Bench to Commercial Product: A Case Study of […]

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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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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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March Webinar: NIEHS Director Birnbaum to present on Environmental Health Issues – recording now available

Date: Wednesday, March 4th Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (2:00 – 3:00 PM AST) Webinar Title: “Winding Roads: My Career in Science” Presenter: Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD On Wednesday, March 4th, PROTECT hosted its fourth installment of its webinar series, Careers in Environmental Health Sciences, during which guest speaker and NIEHS director Dr. Linda S. […]

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PROTECT researcher Gu talks toxicogenomics at Harvard School of Public Health

On January 23rd, Professor April Gu, Project 5 investigator, gave a talk to an audience from clinical and environmental disciplines at the Harvard School of Public Health entitled, “Develop a Quantitative Toxicogenomics Technology Platform For Toxicity Assessment and Water Quality Monitoring.” During her presentation on her work in PROTECT, Professor Gu described the concept and […]

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Over 60 attend 5th annual PROTECT retreat in Dorado, Puerto Rico

On January 16th and 17th, PROTECT researchers, trainees, administrators, advisers, colleagues and guests gathered at the Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar in Dorado, Puerto Rico for the 5th annual PROTECT retreat to discuss research progress. This year’s theme focused on celebrating trainee achievements; over 20 trainees from across the five participating universities were in attendance. […]

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December Webinar – Camp Lejune: A Case Study, presented by Frank Bove, ScD (now available to download)

Monday, Dec. 1st  1:00 – 2:00pm EST Webinar Title: “Camp Lejeune: A Case Study” Presenter: Frank Bove, Sc.D. On Monday, December 1, 2014, PROTECT hosted the second installment of its webinar series, Careers in Environmental Health Sciences, during which guest speaker Dr. Frank Bove discussed his experience as an epidemiologist and his work at Camp […]

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Community Engagement Core Advisory Committee convenes at the Manatí Medical Center

 On Monday, November 24, 2014, the PROTECT Community Engagement Core and Human Subjects and Sampling Cores convened a meeting of the Community Engagement Advisory Committee at the Manatí Medical Center.   This meeting was organized with the support of the Manatí Medical Center Community Relations Department. The meeting centered on providing a overview of the […]

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PROTECT researchers and trainees gather at annual Superfund Research Program conference

The 2014 Superfund Research Program (SRP) annual meeting was held on November 12-14 in San Jose, California. Over 300 researchers, trainees, and administrators attended the conference from all of the SRP Centers as well as federal stakeholders, including representatives from NIEHS, EPA, and ATSDR. Twenty members of the PROTECT Center had the opportunity to attend […]

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PROTECT at the 2014 SACNAS Conference in Los Angeles

PROTECT Project 4‘s Professor Ingrid Padilla and trainees recently participated in the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Los Angeles, California on October 15-18. Professor Padilla was actively involved in the conference, chairing a session entitled “Conversations with Scientists in Engineering” and serving as […]

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PROTECT partner EarthSoft to host Office Hours with data core leader Kaeli

EarthSoft, an organization that develops innovative environmental database management software and PROTECT Center collaborator, will be hosting Office Hours with Data Management and Modeling Core Leader Dave Kaeli on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET. During this presentation, Professor Kaeli will demonstrate how his team is working to utilize EarthSoft’s EQuIS Enterprise 6 […]

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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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PROTECT Orientation 2014

The annual PROTECT Orientation was held on Monday, September 15th. This meeting serves as an introduction to PROTECT for new students at all of the research institutions, as well as an update on this past year’s progress for all involved. Each Core and Project gave a short presentation, followed by a discussion of this year’s training theme and research […]

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PROTECT Center well-represented at the EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Workshop

The PROTECT Center was well-represented at the recent EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Consortium/Non-PRASA Systems Workshop that was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 11th and 12th, 2014. Afterwards, many people, including from EPA and local agencies, expressed how impressed they were with the programs. The first day of the conference focused on […]

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PROTECT Trainee Cotto Receives Outstanding Poster Award

Irmarie Cotto Ramos, PROTECT Trainee at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (Project 4), recently attended the “Fourth International Conference on Emerging Contaminants in the Environment (EmCon2014)”  held in Iowa City on August 19-22, 2014. She received an outstanding poster award for her presentation on “Detection and Monitoring of Phthalates in Source Groundwater”. We are […]

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Alshawabkeh presents invited plenary at IAP2014 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Dr. Akram Alshawabkeh, PROTECT co-director and Project 5 leader, presented an invited plenary lecture at the 2014 International Conference on “Interfaces Against Pollution (IAP2014)”, held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, May 26 – 28, 2014. Dr. Alshawabkeh described basics and principles of electrochemical methods for in situ treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater with a focus on solar-powered […]

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PROTECT represented at RISE2014

Five members of PROTECT presented at this year’s Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo. RISE is an annual exhibit of exciting new research at Northeastern University that can be translated into real-world applications. Below are descriptions of their posters, which are available for download. Leiming Yu’s presentation illustrated how PROTECT [Core D] efficiently manages big data and distributes […]

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PROTECT researcher Monica Ramirez-Andreotta to speak at the next research call along with BU SRP for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

On Thursday, April 24th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, PROTECT Investigator Monica Ramirez-Andreotta (Core F) will be participating in a Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) research call, titled: “Healthy Urban Gardens: Your Soil and You.” This is part of the CHE’s series featuring the Superfund Research Program, which is organized by the Boston University SRP. Urban agriculture continues […]

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March 2014 Highlight: Monica Ramirez Presents on Water Impacts

On February 26th, in collaboration with the Museum of Science Boston, PROTECT Investigator Monica Ramirez-Andreotta presented a lecture on water quality and impacts on human and environmental health. A video recording of Dr. Hahn’s and Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta’s presentation is available online. The seminar was part of The Myra Kraft Open Classroom at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and […]

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PROTECT researchers present at Manatí Medical Center conference to promote influenza vaccination during pregnancy

PROTECT researchers, Dr. José Cordero (Core C Leader) and Dr. Liza Anzalota (Core C Recruitment Coordinator), worked in collaboration with the Manatí Medical Center (MMC) in Puerto Rico to offer an educational activity for physicians to promote influenza vaccinations for pregnant women. After touring the MMC, Dr. Cordero presented a conference on the importance of […]

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PROTECT researchers present EPA CLU-IN Webinar

PROTECT researchers Ingrid Padilla, PhD, Project 4 Leader, and David Kaeli, PhD, Core D Leader, presented a CLU-IN Webinar, hosted by the EPA and sponsored by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Their presentation, titled, “Application of the PROTECT Data Management System to Assess Relationships Between Environmental Chemical Exposure and Population Birth Outcomes in Northern Puerto Rico,” focused on the use of […]

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January Webinar: “Spinning Community – University Partnerships”

Spinning Community – University Partnerships Dr. Jonathan London, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis Dr. Jonathan London is an Assistant Professor in the Human and Community Development, Department of Human Ecology, at the University of California, Davis. Jonathan’s research addresses conflicts and collaboration in natural resource and environmental issues, with a particular emphasis […]

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PROTECT Trainees and Researchers Presented at the SETAC Annual Meeting in November, 2013

PROTECT Trainees and Researchers presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 34th Annual Meeting, on November 17th – 21st in Nashville, TN. The SETAC Annual Meeting is a 5-day event with training and learning opportunities for over 2,000 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers to gain knowledge and skills in the latest […]

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PROTECT Trainees Present Posters at SRP Training and Outreach Event at the Museum of Science in Boston

PROTECT Project 5 and Project 3 trainees presented their research posters at an SRP Training and Outreach event hosted by the Boston University Superfund Research Program at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA, on November 18th, 2013. This provided a venue where SRP Trainees could meet, network and learn from each other, as well as gain an appreciation for […]

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PROTECT attends the SRP annual meeting

21 members of PROTECT (trainees, administrators and faculty) attended this year’s SRP meeting in Baton Rouge. In addition to presenting posters, PROTECT director Akram Alshawabkeh and trainee postdoc Kelly Hogan co-moderated the session on “Risks of Pollutants during Early Life Exposures”. Check out the pictures below from the meeting.

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PROTECT at SACNAS

The PROTECT team is at SACNAS 2013 in San Antonio TX! In addition to Training Core Executive Director Kristin Hicks, UPRM students Angel Anaya, Irmarie Cotto and Norma Torres are also attending (pictures of Norma and Irmarie are below.)

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PROTECT at March for Babies

On August 18, 2013 the PROTECT Core C Team participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies in San Juan. Trainees, nurses, and faculty were on hand to participate. In addition to participating in the walk itself, the Core C team manned a booth that explained the PROTECT work to the community. Thank you […]

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PROTECT at the EPA Community Involvement Conference

This week members of the PROTECT team attended the EPA Community Involvement Conference in Boston.  Center Manager Mariah Nobrega, Human Subjects and Sampling Core Director Liza Anzalota, and incoming Community Engagement Core co-Leader Carmen Velez all participated in various sessions focused on best practices in community involvement and communication.

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PROTECT featured in Puerto Rico newspaper

On July 30th PROTECT was featured in El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s most widely-read newspaper. The story, entitled Retos del Parto Prematuro (“Challenges of Preterm Birth”), raised awareness of the problem of preterm birth on the island and described the PROTECT study.  The story was released in advance of PROTECT co-Director Jose Cordero presenting at […]

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EREM 2013 conference co-hosted by PROTECT

On June 23-26, PROTECT co-hosted the 12th International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation (EREM2013).  Organized by Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh (PROTECT co-Director and Project 5 leader), EREM2013 brought over 80 participants from 22 countries to Northeastern’s campus to share the latest research in electrokinetic and electrochemical techniques.  Several Project 5 trainees presented in the poster session, including […]

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PROTECT featured as part of the SWIM Water Innovation Exhibition

SWIM is a gathering of senior executives in the water technology and engineering industry working in collaboration to further Massachusetts position in the global marketplace. This year’s conference was held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Northeastern; it convened top leaders to explore global opportunities and how our industry can accelerate the delivery of innovative […]

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Northeastern Trainees Present at RISE2013

Northeastern Project 5 Trainees Lily Rajic and Noushin Fallahpour presented at Northeastern’s Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE) on March 22, 2013.

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NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum Visits PROTECT Partner UPRMSC

On Monday February 4, NIEHS Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum visited the University of Puerto Rico in a talk coordinated by Core C Investigator Dr. Braulio Jimenez.  During Dr. Birnbaum’s visit, she gave a lecture entitled “Future Research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences” in which she discussed transdisciplinary research such as PROTECT’s as […]

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PROTECT joins with Social Science Environmental Health Institute to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

On December 3rd environmental activists, scholars, students, and community members met to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s landmark work Silent Spring and to launch the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University.  The event was co-sponsored by PROTECT. Over forty people attended the lectures and reception.  Julia Brody, Executive Director […]

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Dorothy Vesper gives poster presentation at IAH Congress

PROTECT Researcher, Professor Dorothy Vesper of the Dept. of Geology at West Virginia University presented a poster on the “Development of Hydrogel Tracer Beads as Proxies for NAPL Contamination in Karst Aquifers” at the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress on September 16 – 21, 2012. Her poster can be found here.

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Lauren Tetz presents at SRP Trainee Webinar Series 8/1 at 1pm

PROTECT Postdoc Lauren Tetz will be presenting as part of the SRP Trainee Webinar Series.  This is a series of webinars throughout the year highlighting the outstanding research/activities conducted by trainees (graduate students and post-docs).  Lauren’s presentation will be on August 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will include talks from Lauren Tetz […]

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Meeker gives talk on Endocrine Disruptors [VIDEO]

Project 1 Leader John Meeker recently gave a TED-style talk on Endocrine Disruptors as part of the UMich Environmental Sciences Department’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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Cordero works with EPA, Mt. Sinai to Promote Children’s Environmental Health Awareness

PROTECT co-PI and Core C Leader Jose Cordero is collaborating with the EPA and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine to raise awareness of children’s environmental health, particularly in Puerto Rico. This one day, free-of-cost, conference will provide attendees with the latest information on hot topics in Children’s Environmental Health including prenatal exposures, asthma, childhood lead […]

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Alshawabkeh Seminar at Columbia SRP – March 19, 2012

PROTECT PI and co-Director Akram Alshawabkeh will present at the Columbia SRP on March 19th.  This follows a presentation earlier this year at Northeastern by Columbia SRP Director Joseph Graziano as part of the PROTECT webinar series (click here to view Dr. Graziano’s presentation). Click here for more information about Dr. Alshawabkeh’s presentation at Columbia. […]

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LET’S TALK ABOUT WATER – October 15, 2011 – Register Today!

Please visit the LTAW site at www.neu.edu/protect/events/ltaw

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PROTECT Student Wins 1st Place in Conference Poster Competition

PROTECT is very proud to report that Juan Manuel Paz-Garcia, a visiting student at Northeastern from the Technical University of Denmark, won first prize in the student poster competition at the EPA/TEI Sustainable Remediation Conference 2011, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on June 1-3, 2011. JuanMa’s poster, entitled “Mathematical Modeling of the Role […]

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PROTECT WVU Researchers at Buckeye Cave Again!

PROTECT researchers Prof. Dorothy Vesper and graduate student Amanda Laskoskie (West Virginia University) recently took another trip to Buckeye Cave (Amanda’s local research site that she uses to develop the models that will be used to understand how pollutants may travel through Puerto Rico’s aquifers.) At this trip, John and Amanda got the ISCO automated […]

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PROTECT Researchers Highlighted at Puerto Rico Water & Env’t Association Conference

UPRM Professor and Project 4 leader Ingrid Padilla recently spoke at the Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association 2011 Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, held on May 16-20, 2011.  Her talk, entitled “Relating Source-Water Outcomes and Adverse Birth Effects” was one of the invited talks of the conference, which was sponsored by the Puerto Rico Health Department, the EPA, […]

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March for Babies brings PROTECT, March of Dimes, together

A recently published article by El Nuevo Dia (May 16, 2011 – available here) highlighted the March for Babies held in San Juan the day before.  The march – in Spanish “Marcha Por Los Bebés” – was intended to raise awareness of preventing preterm birth in Puerto Rico.   PROTECT co-Director and Core C leader Jose Cordero, who […]

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WVU researchers visit local research site, Buckeye Cave

PROTECT researchers Prof. Dorothy Vesper and graduate student Amanda Laskoskie (West Virginia University) recently took a trip to Buckeye Cave in West Virginia. Buckeye Cave, formed from the same geological processes as the karst (limestone) aquifers in Puerto Rico, is Amanda’s local research site that she uses to develop the models that will be used […]

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Dorothy Vesper presents at 2/8 webinar

PROTECT Researcher, Prof. Dorothy Vesper of the Dept. of Geology at West Virginia University gave a talk via WebEX on Tuesday, February 8th titled, “Fundamentals and Research in Karst Geochemistry.” The talk took place live at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in CID, Conference Room 123 from 10:30am to 12:00pm, Puerto Rico time. […]

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See the PROTECT retreat field trip photos

PROTECT faculty Ingrid Padilla and Dorothy Vesper led a field trip to Rio Camuy during the PROTECT annual retreat in early February. Photos from the field trip can be seen below; click on the slideshow to download larger versions. Thanks to Ingrid Padilla, Dorothy Vesper and Amanda Lakoskie for taking these photos.

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Jose Cordero leads symposium on premature birth prevention strategies

In concert with colleagues at the March of Dimes and the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Dr. Jose Cordero (PROTECT co-Director and Research Translation Core Leader, March of Dimes Prematurity Steering Committee Chair, and Dean of the UPRMSC Graduate School of Public Health) recently held a symposium focused on premature birth prevention strategies. […]

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PROTECT Co-Director Cordero speaks on Children’s Health

Featured in the Harvard Gazette, March 5, 2010: José Cordero, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, spoke on “Children’s Health: Learning from the Consequences of our Success” at the Harvard School of Public Health March 4. Cordero said that today’s leading cause of child mortality is birth defects, […]

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