Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program
Winter 2015 Newsletter, Volume 13
Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program

Northeast Superfund Research Programs Hold Training Workshop, April 2-3, Boston University Medical Campus

This workshop is focused on the Trainee experience and will include sharing research while engaging in networking and professional development. Please register soon!


Dartmouth SRP Partners with NAC SETAC to Hold Alan Alda Science Communication Workshop

Our Science Communication Workshop was a big success with fifteen academic, federal agency and non-profit researchers participating in a workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Participants learned techniques to improve the way they communicate their research to the public, policymakers, the media and more.

New Community Engagement Coordinator, Kathrin Lawlor, Brings Years of Public Health Experience

Kathrin joins us having served most recently as the District Director of the St. Johnsbury Office of Local Health with the Vermont Department of Health. She has spent over 10 years in community outreach and education throughout Vermont, and over seven years in community public health.


Arsenic Meetings Bring Stakeholders Together

The Dartmouth SRP partnered with the Mt. Desert Island Biological Lab to hold a two-day stakeholder-driven meeting focusing on reducing the human health consequences of arsenic in the environment. The Summit 2014: Consequences of Arsenic in Water and Food brought together over 40 participants from state and federal government, industry, not-for profits, education organizations, industry, media and academia  to craft specific long and short-term goals to address the issue.

The New Hampshire Arsenic Consortium Annual Meeting followed soon after and had record attendance. Current research and outreach activities were presented in the morning and the afternoon was reserved for discussion on areas chosen by the group --increasing municipal participation in reducing arsenic exposure, working with the medical community, addressing treatment systems, and how to use digital mapping to communicate information.

Trainee Updates

A record 80 people attended the Science Pub, But is it Safe to Eat? What to Make of Those Food Studies, organized by the Dartmouth Office of Outreach. Panelists Celia Chen, trainee Todd Warczak and Mary Choate a nutritionist from the Hanover Food Coop, guided questions and conversation focused on arsenic in food particularly rice, and mercury in fish.

Kate Buckman and Vivien Taylor received a grant from the Northeastern States Research Cooperative to study the role of landscape on mercury concentration and bioavailability in vernal pools around Vermont. They will be collaborating with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and involving citizen scientists. 

Britton Goodale was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award fellowship from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate effects of low-dose organic and inorganic arsenic exposure on the innate immune response in human lung cells and other adverse biological effects.

Recent Papers

Estimated Exposure to Arsenic in Breastfed and Formula-Fed Infants in a United States Cohort
Courtney C. Carignan, Kathryn L. Cottingham, Brian P. Jackson, Shohreh F. Farzan, A. Jay Gandolfi, Tracy Punshon, Carol L. Folt, and Margaret R. Karagas. Environmental Health Perspectives

Recent Advances in the Measurement of Arsenic, Cadmium, and Mercury in Rice and Other Foods
Brian P. Jackson, Tracy Punshon. Current Environmental Health Reports

NIEHS Extramural Paper of the Month
Natural Selection Canalizes Expression Variation of Environmentally Induced Plasticity-enabling Genes
JR Shaw, TH Hampton, BL King, A. Whitehead, F. Galvez, RH Gross, N. Keith, E Notch, D Jung, SP Glaholt, CY Chen, JK Colbourne, BA Stanton. Molecular Biology & Evolution