Core B: Research Translation Core

K.C. Donnelly Externship Award 2013

James Rice (far right) poses with other KC Donnelly Externship awardees and Poster winners for a photo at the 2013 SRP Annual Meeting.

Vapor Intrusion Workshop 2013
The Brown University SRP Research Translation Core cosponsored a "Vapor Intrusion (VI) Workshop" with the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association in Providence, RI on 9/26/13 and in Westford, MA on 9/27/13.

Vapor Intrusion Workshop organizers Jennifer Griffith (NEWMOA) and Jim Rice (Brown SRP) welcome the audience.

Workshop speaker Prof. Kelly Pennell presented an overview of the VI topic and field sampling methods.

Speakers and workshop organizers. Left to Right: Kelly Pennell and Eric Suuberg (Brown SRP), Laurent Levy (Gradient Tech), Henry Schuver (US EPA), Richard Spiese (VT DEC), Jim Rice (Brown SRP), Angela Harvey (RI DEM), Jennifer Griffith (NEWMOA), Carl Gruszczak (CT DEEP), Ahsan Munir (COMSOL), Rui Shen (Brown SRP), Tom Spirka (COMSOL).

Angela Harvey (RI DEM) discussed Rhode Island's policies and challenges related to VI.

Prof. Eric Suuberg (Brown SRP) points to interesting results from Brown SRP's VI computer model, which predicts the flow of contaminant vapors through soil into indoor building air.
Core B: research translation core
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The Research Translation Core (RTC) is the main modality by which information of value and relevance to assessing issues related to environmental health and dealing with brownfields and Superfund site characterization, remediation and/or utilization becomes available to the broad range of stakeholders. It has developed a very effective management structure, which involves a State Agencies Liaison (SAL) to ensure that there is excellent communication with our state partners and other regulatory agencies (EPA as well as regional regulatory groups). This program has made an operational decision to define as the scope of the activities covered by the RTC as communications on a "professional-to-professional" level, because there exists a closely coupled, but separate, Community Outreach Core (COC) that has as a main focus communication with non-professional stakeholders (the community). This definition of responsibilities ensures coverage of all key stakeholders, while establishing reasonable scopes for the RTC and COC.

Specific Aims
  • Provide an effective communication interface between the SRP and governmental agencies (especially our state partner agencies) and other SRPs.
  • Offer local health, regulatory, business, educational, journalistic, and economic organizations access to the best current scientific understanding of relevant environmental issues, and coordinate with the COC in these activities.
  • Provide Brown SRP investigators mechanisms by which their results find both the broadest and most appropriate scientific audiences.
  • Offer technology transfer and development mechanisms within the program.

State Partners
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM)
Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)

Other Agencies with whom the RTC has collaborated
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA)
Rhode Island Bar Association
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Brown University Institute of Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Gordon Research Conferences
Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

NIEHS websites
NIEHS homepage
Superfund Research Program (SRP)
Currently Funded Multiproject Research Programs (P42)

Contact Information
Core Leader: Eric Suuberg, Sc.D., P.E.
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Core Co-Leader: Phil Brown, Ph.D.
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Core Co-Leader: Terrence Gray, P.E.

Core Co-Leader: Robert Vanderslice, Ph.D.

Engineering State Agencies Liaison (ENGSAL): James Rice, Ph.D.

Environmental Health State Agencies Liaison (EHSAL): Marcella Remer Thompson, Ph.D.