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Below are a few snapshots of recent University of Washington Superfund Research Program (UW SRP) accomplishments. 

UW SRP Hosts the Summit of the Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition (NWTCC)

Each year the University of Washington Superfund Research Program helps the NW Toxic Communities Coalition host a summit to bring together experts on areas of member interest. The theme for the 2019 Summit was remediation of contamination. This year's summit covered a myriad of topics from the effects of contaminants on cognitive development, to detoxifying the body, solid waste disposal, mushrooms that clean soils, and houseplants that clean air.

After welcomes by Patty Martin, President of the NWTCC Board and

Tom Burbacher, Director of Community Engagement and Research Translation for the University of Washington Superfund Research Program, the event featured a line up of diverse speakers.

These included Dr. Bruce Lamphear from Simon Frazier University, Dr. Margi Ikeda of Natural Medicine of Seattle, Howard Sprouse, President and lead engineer of Remediators Incorporated, Philipp Schmidt-Pathman, an expert on solid waste disposal, and Dr. Stuart Strand of the University of Washington College of Engineering. Read More.

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Dr. Judit Marsillach selected for 2019 Data Innovation Lab 

In late June, Dr. Judit Marsillach of Project Three will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to join an interdisciplinary team of early career biologists and computer scientists to work on issues related to rural health. The goal of the Data Science Innovation labs is to form interdisciplinary teams to use pre-existing datasets from rural communities to help improve their public health. Read more

Low-cost devices collect samples to measure arsenic contamination.

After finding that periphyton in contaminated lakes contain levels of arsenic many times higher than in lake plants from the same area, Ken Burkart, an undergraduate on Project 4, advised by Jim Gawel, devised an effective and low-cost sampling device with materials from a hardware store to collect periphyton samples for lab analysis. After deploying the devices in May, samples will be harvested in June and July. Read more.

UW SRP co-Sponsors campus visit for the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps

On March 14th the UW SRP co-sponsored a campus visit with the UW College of the Environment for twenty members of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps. The Duwamish Valley Youth Corps is a program run by Carmen Martinez and Paulina Lopez of the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition to build community capacity by involving youth in community service and personal development. Read more

UW SRP welcomes BJ Cummings as the new Manager of Community Engagement

The UW SRP is delighted to announce the hire of BJ Cummings to manage Community Engagement under the direction of Tom Burbacher, Director of Community Engagement and Research Translation. Cummings has a long and illustrious history of engaging communities to advocate for better environmental health and has won numerous awards for her work to advocate for better community and environmental health. Read More

Sampling underway at Lake Killarney

A field team from has been working with the EPA region 10 dive team to deploy instruments in Lake Killarney for the UW SRP Project 4 Arsenic Lakes project. This project aims to quantify spatiotemporal patterns and primary drivers of arsenic mobility, bioavailability and ecological toxicity in shallow lakes near the historic ASARCO smelter. Learn more.

New paper on arsenic cycling in lakes

Rebecca Neumann and James Gawel are co-authors on a new paper in Limnology and Oceanography. In it, they present results showing that the processes that cycle arsenic between sediments and the water column differed greatly in shallow and deep lakes, with important consequences for its bioavailability. Full article here.

Dr. Xia presents at the Harvard School of Public Health

On April 4th, Dr, Zhengui Xia, Principal Investigator of Project 2, gave an invited talk at the Harvard School of Public Health. The title of her seminar was "The effect of gene-environment interactions on cognitive impairment in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease". 

We want to hear from you!

UW SRP Director, Evan Gallagher, and Director of the Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores, Tom Burbacher, are eager for feedback and partners. Please don't hesitate to contact them or Research Translation Manager, Lisa Hayward, at

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