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May 9-10, 2012


Social, Psychological, and Economic Impacts of Superfund and Other Contaminated Sites
This workshop was designed to provide a small forum for different scientific and related communities to discuss the full spectrum of issues surrounding the economic and societal costs of site contamination. The participants shared their viewpoints regarding contaminated neighborhood or site issues with the goal of identifying research topics and providing a more holistic understanding of the effects that hazardous waste sites have on our society.


May 8, 2012


The Human Gut Microbiome in Health and Ulcerative Colitis
Dr. Susan Huse
Josephine Bay Paul Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA

Co-sponsored by SRP and Children's Environmental Health (CEH).
Seminar abstract.


May 4, 2012


Early Environmental Influences on Child Health and Development: An Update on the National Children's Study
Dr. Stephen Buka
Professor and Chair
Department of Epidemiology in the Public Health Program (PHP)
Brown University
Seminar abstract.


April 10, 2012


Environmental Research Ethics Retreat
This event was co-sponsored by Brown University's Superfund Research Program, Children's Environmental Health and Northeast Ethics Education Partnership (NEEP). Event schedule.


April 9, 2012


Celebrating Rhode Island's Superfund Research Program in Appreciation of Senator Jack Reed
Event schedule.


April 2, 2012


Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Confererence
A learning and networking event as part of a movement to create healthier and more environmentally sustainable hospitals in Rhode Island. This conference provides a wealth of practical tools/resources to educate, motivate, and facilitate sustainable practices that increase operational efficiency, create extraordinary environmental benefits, and save costs.


Mar 2, 2012


A Systematic Approach to Gene-Environment Interactions in Child Development
Dr. Robert O. Wright
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Health
Director, Superfund Research Program
Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health
Seminar abstract.


Feb 13, 2012


New Integration of targeted and system-level approaches to understand environmental exposure and human disease
Dr. Kun Lu
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seminar abstract.


Feb 3, 2012


Fate, transport, and remediation
Dr. Upal Ghosh
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland
Seminar abstract.


Dec 2, 2011


Picillo Farm and the Evolution of the Superfund Program in Rhode Island
Terrence Gray, Assistant Director for Air, Waste & Compliance
Matthew DeStefano, Superfund NPL Program
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Seminar abstract.


Nov 4, 2011


Nanoparticle-lipid interactions: Implications in nanotoxicology and nanomedicine
Dr. Geoffrey Bothun
Deppartment of Chemical Engineering
University of Rhode Island
Seminar abstract.


Oct 19, 2011


Environmental Activism in Native America
A co-sponsored event by the Center for Environmental Studies, Office of Institutional Diversity, Superfund Research Program-Community Engagement Core, Third World Center, and the Undergraduate Finance Board (UFB).
Seminar abstract.


Oct 7, 2011


Toroku: The Long-Term (and Tragic) Environmental History of a Japanese Mountain Hamlet
Dr. Timothy S. George
Department of History
University of Rhode Island
Seminar abstract.


May 6, 2011


Perspectives on the History of Industrial Waste Disposal in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Joel Tarr
Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor
of History & Policy
Department of History
Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar abstract.


April 8, 2011


Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: The Vision and Distinguishing Adaptive versus Adverse Effects
Kim Boekelheide
Director, Brown University's SRP Program
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Brown University
Seminar abstract.


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island
Join regional health care professionals for a learning and networking event on creating environmentally sustainable hospitals for staff, patients and communities in Rhode Island.
Co-sponsored by Brown University's Children's Environmental Health and Superfund Research Program.
Event announcement.


Friday, March 4, 2011


Linking Environmental Toxicants to Neurodegenerative Disease: Persistent Organic Pollutants and Engineered Nanomaterials
Kurt Pennell
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts University
Seminar abstract.


Friday, Februrary 4, 2011


Genetic and Environmental Factors for Testicular Dysgenesis: Fetal Origins of Adult Reproductive Deficiency?
Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao
Principal Investigator
Developmental Reproductive Biology Group
Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH)
Seminar abstract.


Friday, January 21, 2011


Brown University's SRP Annual Retreat
Review of program and scientific achievements.
Future Directions of SRP-funded Research.


Friday, December 3, 2010


Epigenetic Modifications Induced by Enviromnental Pollutants: Results from Human Studies
Andrea Baccarelli
Associate Professor of Environmental Epigenetics
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard School of Public Health, Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk Program
Seminar abstract.


August 2, 2010


Contact with Beach Sand and Risk of Illness: Steps in the evolution of a perspective on epidemiologic research, public health, and disproportionate impacts
Dr. Christopher D. Heaney
W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar
University of North Carolina
Gillings School of Public Health
Seminar abstract.


May 7, 2010


Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology: Lessons Learned from Microbial-Nanoparticle Interactions
Pedro Alvarez
George R. Brown Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University
Seminar abstract.


March 31-April 1, 2010


Waiter, There's a Phthalate in My Soup
Science Seminar for Journalists: Reporting on the Science and Impacts of Toxic Chemicals.

Photo gallery.


March 30, 2010


Environmental Training for Attorneys
Environmental Health & Chemical Exposures: Law & Science

Co-Sponsored by the RI Bar Association and Brown's SRP.


March 19, 2010, Seminar


Nanomaterial Exposure and Environmental Effects: Predictive Tools for Assessing Risk
Mark Wiesner
Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke University
Seminar abstract.


March 5, 2010, Seminar


Design of Programmable Anticancer Agent & Dioxygen Reactivity of Dinitrosyl Iron Complexes
Eunsuk Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Brown University
Seminar abstract.


February 5, 2010, Seminar


PCBs, Nutrition and Endothelial Cell Function: Implications in Atherosclerosis
Bernhard Hennig
Professor of Nutrition and Toxicology
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Director, UK Superfund Research Program
University of Kentucky
Molecular and Cell Nutrition Laboratory
College of Agriculture
Seminar abstract.


January 25, 2010, SRP Annual Retreat


Assessing the achievements and establishing the goals and direction of Brown's SRP.


Friday, October 2, 2009, Seminar


Diesel Air Pollution and Asthma in New York City
George D. Thurston
Professor, NYU School of Medicine
Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine
Seminar abstract.


Friday, May 1, 2009, Seminar


Aggregation and Bacterial Cytotoxicity of Carbon-Based Nanomaterials in Aquatic Environments
Menachem Elimelech
Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering
Environmental Engineering Program
Yale University
Seminar abstract.


Friday, April 3, 2009, Seminar


Arsenic Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Exposure Assessment in New Hampshire
Margaret Karagas
Professor of Community and Family Medicine in Epidemiology
Dartmouth Medical School
Seminar abstract.


Friday, March 6, 2009, Seminar


Applying Spatial Methods in Environmental Research
John R. Logan
Professor of Sociology
Director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences
Brown University
Seminar abstract.


February 18, 2009, Special Seminar


Flame Retardant Dilemma: Fire Safety, Human Health and the Global Environment
Arlene Blum
Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Seminar abstract


February 6, 2009, Seminar


Learning to Add: Assessing the Combined Effects of Similarly-Acting Toxic Exposures
Gregory Howard
School of Public Health, Environmental Health
Boston University
Seminar abstract


January 15-16, 2009, SBRP Annual Retreat


Assessing the achievements and establishing the goals and direction of Brown's SBRP.
Retreat Itinerary


December 1, 2008, Seminar


Public Schools and Contaminated Land in Rhode Island: Using SBRP Research Translation and Community Outreach to Foster Research and Advocacy
Laura Senier, MPH MA
Department of Sociology, Brown University
Social Sectors Development Strategies, Inc.
Seminar abstract


November 21, 2008, Forum


NanoTECH: A Forum on the Health, Safety and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials
410 South Main Street, Third Floor
Providence, RI
Sponsored by The RIght Safe Coalition.
Program Description


November 7, 2008, Seminar


The Unique Vulnerability of Children to Toxic Exposures in the Environment
Phil Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor and Chair, Community and Preventive Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Seminar abstract


October 23, 2008, Special Seminar


Love Canal ... 30 Years Later -- What do we know, 'For Sure',
and Where do we Go From Here

Lois Gibbs
Love Canal Leader
Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
Seminar abstract


October 3, 2008, Seminar


Diesel Exhaust and Lung Cancer - An Exposure Biology Analysis
Thomas Smith
Professor of Industrial Hygiene
Department of Environmental Health
School of Public Health
Harvard University
Seminar abstract


September 23-24, 2008, Workshop


Vapor Intrusion in Commercial and Industrial Buildings: Assessment and Mitigation
Vapor intrusion workshops co-sponsored by NEWMOA and SBRP.
Program Description


August 12-14, 2008, Conference


National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media Atlanta, Georgia
Roundtable #1: Academic-Community-State Partnerships to Enhance Community Knowledge of Environmental Health Issues
Academic institutions can serve as important resources to communities facing health impacts of exposures to environmental contaminants. In this session, efforts to establish and maintain partnerships between academic institutions and community members, medical professionals and state representatives in order to increase community awareness of environmental contamination issues and to build community capacity to address environmental health issues will be described.
Moderator: Elmer Akin, DPH, MDB, Inc., Marietta, GA

Gaining Greater Perspective and Relevance for Academic Research through State and Local Partnerships
Kelly G. Pennell, Ph.D., P.E., Phil Brown, Ph.D., Eric Suuberg, Sc.D. and Kim Boekelheide, Ph.D.,MD., Brown University, Providence, RI

Academic-Community Partnership to Address Lead Poisoning
Rosemary Caron, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Providing Environmental Health Education to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Kathleen Gray, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

For detailed information on the conference as well as information on all scientific sessions, presenter guidelines, housing, registration, etc., please click here.


July 27 - August 8, 2008, Summer Course


Environmental Toxicology and Human Health
This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts relating to adverse effects of toxic substances on human health with particular interest paid to development of human cancers. Lectures will cover fundamentals of toxicology including exposure routes to toxic substances and their absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, adverse effects of different environmental exposures such as cigarettes smoking, heavy metals, sun light, and potential health risks associated with incorporating nanotechnology in to our daily lives. The World Trade Center, Chernobyl Incident, Hurricane Katrina, and some catastrophic events will be used as case studies to reinforce the concepts covered in the lectures.
Course Description


May 2, 2008, Seminar


Improving Water Quality by Riverbank Filtration – Experiences in
India and Jordan

Presented by Dr. Thomas Boving
Assoc. Professor, Environmental Hydrogeology
Department of Geosciences
University of Rhode Island


March 27, 2008, Conference

    Clinical Practice Implications of Indoor Air Pollution for Primary Care Physicians and Health Care Professionals
Providence Marriott Hotel, Marquis Room
Program brochure


Februrary 28, 2008, Conference

    Green Technology: Science, Innovation & Enterprise
Rhode Island Convention Center


February 1, 2008, Seminar

    Green Chemistry: Current Status and Future Challenges
Presented by Dr. Paul Anastas
Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry
Yale University
Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering


January 17-18, 2008: Retreat

SBRP All-Day Retreat

    A review of the seven research projects and six cores.
Laboratories for Molecular Medicine Building, 70 Ship Street, Providence, RI


December 7, 2007, Seminar

    Environmental Behavior of Fluorotelomer Alcohols and Esters in Soils
Presented by Dr. Linda S. Lee
Associate Director
DP Center for the Environment
Professor, Environmental Chemistry
Purdue University
Department of Agronomy
Crop Soil & Environmental Sciences


December 3-4, 2007, Superfund Basic Research Program Annual Meeting, Durham, NC


Kim Boekelheide: Toxicity Testing for Risk Assessment in the 21st Century

Kelly Pennell: Evaluating the Effect of Site-specific Features on Vapor Intrusion Risks using a 3-D Numerical Model

Anatoly Zhitkovich: Cellular Vitamin C as the Key to High Mutagenicity and Genotoxicity by Chromium(VI)


Linda Covington, Kelly Pennell, Kim Boekelheide: Reuse In RI: A State-Based Approach To Complex Exposures

Kelly G. Pennell, Eric M. Suuberg: Brown University's SBRP: Bridging Research and Practice

Phil Brown, Laura Senier, Elizabeth Hoover, Crystal Adams, Rebecca Tillson, Alison Cohen: Building Stakeholder Involvement in Brownfields Redevelopment: Crafting a Statewide Policy to Ensure Environmental Justice and Stakeholder Equity

Nicholas Heger: Interspecies Approach to the Assessment of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Low Dose or Complex Mixtures

Jillian L. Goldfarb: PAH Mixtures: Trends in Vapor Pressure Behavior and Adherence to Raoults Law of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Mixtures

Haley Menard: Cell Cycle and Apoptotic Responses of Human Lung Cells to Formaldehyde

Xinyuan Liu: Targeted Removal of Bioavailable Metal as a Detoxification Strategy for Carbon Nanotubes

Xiaolin Li: Cationic surfactants: emerging contaminants of concern and new tracers for contaminant source apportionment, sediment transport and in-situ transformation of endocrine disrupting compounds

Lorin Jakubek: Toxicological Effects of Metal Leaching from Single-walled Carbon Nanotube on Calcium Ion Channels


November 2, 2007, Seminar

    Determining the fate of eggs with DNA damage
Presented by Dr. Patrick J. Devine
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
Université du Québec


October 18, 2007, Special Seminar

    The Secret History of the War on Cancer
Presented by Dr. Devra Davis
Department of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public Health


October 5, 2007, Seminar

    Using Breast Milk to Study Exposure to Environmental Pollutants and Breast-Cancer Risk
Presented by Dr. Kathleen F. Arcaro
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Veterinary and Animal Sciences


August 19-23, 2007, Symposium

    American Chemical Society National Meeting
A symposium titled "Environmental Contaminants at Low-levels and in Complex Mixtures" at the 234th American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston, MA, offered through the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry.


June 11-12 , 2007, Workshop

    Vapor Intrusion Mitigation
A one-day workshop focusing on implementing mitigation systems and evaluating their effectiveness, the effect of biodegradation, and two case studies in the Northeast.
Co-sponsored by Brown University's SBRP and the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA).


May 24, 2007, Seminar

    What's Good for the Planet and the Economy is Good for Health: With the Right Leadership
Presented by Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson
Department of Environmental Health Science
The University of California at Berkeley


May 4, 2007, Seminar

    Overview of the Molecular Mechanisms of toxicity for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): Receptor binding/gene regulation, metabolism and ROS
Presented by Dr. Larry W. Robertson
Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
College of Public Health, The University of Iowa


April 20, 2007, Seminar

    Endocrine Disruptors and Breast Cancer:  The Cape Cod Study and Beyond
Presented by Dr. Julia G. Brody
Executive Director
Silent Spring Institute


April 18, 2007, Celebrate Rachel Carson's Birthday

    Celebrate Rachel Carson's Birthday

This May marks the 100 anniversary of the birth of noted writer and
ecologist Rachel Carson.  Her 1962 book, Silent Spring, is an eloquent
testimony to the dangers of synthetic pesticides, and is widely regarded
as sparking the modern environmental movement.


March 2, 2007, Seminar

Toxicity and Carcinogenicity of Nickel Compounds: Role of Ascorbate

    Presented by Dr. Konstantin Salnikow
Laboratory of Comparative Carcinogenesis
National Cancer Institute at Frederick
National Institutes of Health


February 28, 2007, Workshop

Contaminated Sediment Remedies

    Sediment characterization and remediation.


February 2, 2007: Seminar

Actinides in Solution: Nuclear Waste, Strong Correlations, and Emergence

    Presented by Dr. John Bradley Marston
Professor of Physics, Brown University


January 19, 2007: Retreat

SBRP All-Day Retreat

    Review of the research projects
Laboratories for Molecular Medicine Building, 70 Ship Street, Providence, RI


December 1, 2006: Seminar

Forensic and Scientific Issues in Low-level Chemical Environmental Exposures

    Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Laposata
Operates Forensic Pathology & Legal Medicine, Providence, RI, a medical consulting practice specializing in analysis of cause, manner and circumstances of death
Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Brown University
Former Chief Medical Examiner, State of Rhode Island


November 3, 2006: Seminar

Poisons in the well: Exposure, Consequences and Remediation of Arsenic and Manganese in Bangladesh
   Presented by Dr. Joseph H. Graziano
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Professor of Pharmacology
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University


October 6, 2006: Seminar

Challenges in Revitalizing Brownfields in Rhode Island
    Presented by Terry Gray, Assistant Director for Air, Waste and Compliance
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management


June 16, 2006: Joint Retreat

RI-IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Program (RI-INBRE) & The Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP)
    Whispering Pines Conference Center, W. Alton Jones Campus, University of Rhode Island


April 19, 2006: Seminar Series

Title: Environmental Behavior of Complex PAH Mixtures
    Presented by Dr. Catherine Peters, Associate Professor in the Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
  Co-sponsored by the Fluids, Thermal, and Chemical Processes FTCP Group


April 13, 2006: Seminar Series

Transcription Stress Response
    Presented by Dr. Mats Ljungman, Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan Medical School
  4:00pm at 70 Ship Street, Room 107, Providence, RI
Co-sponsored by the Department of Pathology at Brown University


April 3, 2006: Seminar Series

Developing Nanotechnology as if Health, Environment and Society Mattered
    Presented by Dr. Joel Tickner, Health and Clinical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  4:00pm at Maxcy Hall, Zimmer Lounge, 112 George Street, Providence, RI
Co-sponsored by NIRT/nanotech


March 16, 2006: Seminar Series

Are Disease Clusters Real? Lessons from Studies of Cape Cod
    Presented by Dr. Thomas Webster, School of Public Health at Boston University
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Pathology at Brown University


March 8, 2006: Workshop

Manufactured Gas Plant Workshop
Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs) operated during the 19th century and into the early 20th century providing fuel for electricity to communities throughout the United States. As natural gas became more accessible due to pipeline infrastructure, MGPs were closed. Although MGPs no longer operate, environmental contamination remains at several former MGP locations. This workshop will provide information necessary for managing environmental investigations and remediation activities at former MGP facilities.


March 3, 2006: Forum

Breast Cancer, The Environment and Women of Color
Breast cancer advocacy and environmental justice communities are natural allies. Both share a mutual concern about the relationship between the environment and human health. Recently, there have been efforts by both breast cancer and environmental justice activists to link their efforts, through workshops, conferences and research projects. Join us to learn more about the emerging partnership between these two advocacy movements and how this alliance will enhance our scientific understanding of the relationship between cancer and the environment.
    Full Description


March 1, 2006: Seminar Series

Daphnia as a Keystone Conduit for Metal Trophic Transfer
    Presented by Dr. Carol Folt, Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College


February 23, 2006: Seminar Series

Toxicogenomics of a Multinational Disease: Environmental Origin of Endemic Nephropathy
    Presented by Arthur Grollman, M.D., Professor of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook
  Sponsored by the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University
Co-sponsored by RIH COBRE Center for Cancer Research Development
Co-sponsored by the Superfund Basic Research Program at Brown University


January 17, 2006: Retreat

SBRP All-Day Retreat
    Brown University 70 Ship Street, Providence, RI


December 19, 2005: Seminar Series

Green Nanotechnology through Collaborative Research on the Mechanisms of Nanomaterial Toxicity
    Full Description


September 30, 2005: Seminar Series

Green Chemistry: Necessary Steps To A Sustainable Future
    Full Description


June 17, 2005: Joint Retreat

W. Alton Jones Campus, University of Rhode Island