Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program
December 2015 Newsletter, Volume 15
Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program

C-FARR Workshop Brings Together Experts on Arsenic in Food

Over 35 researchers, policy stakeholders and program leaders attended a two-day workshop at Dartmouth College as part of the Collaborative on Food with Arsenic and associated Risk and Regulation (C-FARR). The group discussed the issue of arsenic in food and the ways in which the science can better inform policy to protect public health. The resulting five papers will be published in a special section of the Journal STOTEN and translation products will include a website on arsenic in food and water.

Well Water Community Action Toolkit New Resource to Help Private Well Owners

The Well Water Community Action Toolkit is one of the final products of two years of work to assess and manage risks associated with exposure from arsenic in private wells. In late fall the Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores concluded their work for the project funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a contract to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The full report provides details and the Be Well Informed web application provides well owners with recommendations for treatment methods.

Celia Chen Participates with U.S. EPA

Celia Chen, Ph.D., presented a talk on her mercury research at two National Priority List Superfund sites at a regional meeting between EPA New England, NIEHS and the SRP Centers from Dartmouth, Brown, Boston University and Northeastern.  She was asked to present as part of the panel which included U.S. EPA Remedial Project Managers.

Director Stanton Speaks to MIT Science Journalism Fellows

Bruce Stanton, Ph.D., was invited by writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum, Director of the Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) Fellowship Program at MIT, to present as part of the KSJ Seminar Series. His talk on "Arsenic in ground water in New England and related health issues," was well received by the  KSJ fellows, all of whom are well-known journalists in the U.S. and abroad.

CEC Leader Participates in Safe Water from Every Tap

Mark Borsuk, Leader of our Community Engagement Core, presented as a panelist for the Research Triangle Environmental Health Summit, Safe Water from Every Tap, which examined the quality of drinking water from private wells in North Carolina. He discussed our work with the NH Department of Environmental Services to survey private well owners and evaluate interventions to improve the rate of well water testing and treatment in NH.

Save the Date!

The next NH Arsenic Consortium Meeting will be March 24, 2016, NH DES/DHHS offices, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Contact for more details.

Trainee Updates

Vivien Taylor presented her KC Donnelly award research in a talk titled, Proof of Concept: Using Passive Sampling Polymers to Monitor Mercury and Methyl Mercury in Estuarine Waters, at the 2015 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, and is leading the C-FARR paper on arsenic exposure through seafood.

Britton Goodale has been serving as a trainee representative on the C-FARR Steering Committee and is a co-author on the C-FARR paper addressing arsenic in seafood.

Kate Buckman is conducting her KC Donnelly award research externship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lab in Narragansett, RI, to evaluate ways to link mercury exposure to ecologically relevant outcomes using killifish.

Tom Hampton served as a moderator at the 2015 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting for the session on Big Data and Data Science Applications.

Shoreh Farzan received an NIEHS  R-00 grant and has accepted a position with the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Todd Warczak presented a poster at the 2015 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting entitled, Identification and Characterization of Genes with a Novel Role in Arsenic Detoxification in Plants.

Recent Papers

Notch EG, Goodale BC, Barnaby R, Coutermarsh B, Berwin B, Taylor VF, Jackson BP, Stanton BA. 2015. Monomethylarsonous Acid (MMAIII) Has an Adverse Effect on the Innate Immune Response of Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PLoS One 2015 Nov 10;10(11):e0142392. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142392. eCollection 2015.

Punshon T, Davis MA, Marsit CJ, Theiler SK, Jackson BP, Conway DC, Karagas MR. 2015. Placental Arsenic Concentrations in Relation to Both Maternal and Infant Biomarkers of Exposure in a US Cohort. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2015 Nov; 25(6):599-603. doi: 10.1038/jes.2015.16. Epub 2015 Mar 25.

Paul MP, Rigrod P, Wingate S, Borsuk ME. 2015. A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior. Journal of Environmental Health, December 2015, Volume 78, No. 5, 30–39.

Balcom PH, Schartup AT, Mason RP, Chen CY. 2015. Sources of water column methylmercury across multiple estuaries in the Northeast U.S. Marine Chemistry. J. Mar Chem Volume 177, Part 5, 20 December 2015, Pages 721–730. doi:10.1016/j.marchem 2015.10.012.

Gribble MO, Karimi R, Feingold BJ, Nyland JF, O'Hara TM, Gladyshev MI, Chen CY. 2015. Mercury, Selenium and Fish Oils in Marine Food Webs and Implications for Human Health. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Published online: 08 September 2015, pages 1-17. doi:10.1017/S0025315415001356.