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.
- Provide an effective communication interface between the SRP and governmental agencies (especially our state partner agencies) and other SBRPs.
- 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 SBRP investigators mechanisms by which their results find both the broadest and most appropriate scientific audiences.
- Offer technology transfer and development mechanisms within the program.
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
Superfund Research Program (SRP)
Currently Funded Multiproject Research Programs (P42)
Core Leader: Eric Suuberg, Sc.D., P.E.
Core Co-Leader: Phil Brown, Ph.D.
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.
Contributor: Kelly Pennell, Ph.D., P.E.