Fall 2021 | Program Newsletter

Undergraduates communicate environmental exposure research

UNC undergraduate students spent their summer working in the Fry Lab, building an understanding of how environmental exposures to toxic substances are associated with human disease. They shared their experiences at the Summer Undergraduate Pipeline (SUP) Research Symposium, held on July 27.
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Water filters meet computer modeling

UNC SRP’s Project 5 is focused on identifying ways membrane systems can be better designed and implemented to improve arsenic removal and disposal methods. Now they are utilizing new molecular simulations to meet these goals.
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CEC develops digital interactive notebook for science teachers

The Digital Interactive Notebook is a tool developed in collaboration between teachers and researchers to bring current research into the classroom.
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UNC SRP Trainee Spotlight

Changing the mother's diet as an intervention for prenatal arsenic exposure.
By: Jeliyah Clark
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Also, view this short video for which Jaliyah won the 2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Styblo awarded $1.3 million to build upon previous research

Mirek Styblo, PhD, Project 1 Co-PI and Beverly Koller, PhD, in UNC’s Department of Genetics were awarded R01 funding to build upon previously published research into developing humanized mouse models to study arsenic toxicology.

Into the Dataverse: A dataset of Superfund geolocations

The UNC SRP-Dataverse portal serves as a primary platform for publishing SRP related data across projects and cores. Julia Rager, PhD, co-lead of the Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC) was instrumental in getting this portal set up and Eric Brown Jr., a doctoral candidate in UNC SRP Director Rebecca Fry’s lab, led efforts to publish a dataset in the Dataverse in April.
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Trainees mentor high school students over summer,

a Q&A with Projects 2 & 5

This past summer, two high school students from the NC School of Science and Math's mentorship program had the opportunity to experience what it's like working in the SRP Project 2 and Project 5 labs.
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Awards & Presentations

  • Meghan Rebuli, PhD, co-leader of the RETCC, won Young Investigator Award for the Society of Toxicology's Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section. (March 2021)
  • Owen Duckworth, PhD, leader of Project 4 was selected as a 2020 Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ) Outstanding Associate Editor for his excellent work in the performance of his duties as an Associate Editor. (April 2021)
  • Orlando Coronell, PhD, leader of Project 5, and trainee Mikayla Armstrong, presented virtually at the Annual Spring Meeting of the American Chemical Society on how a new reverse osmosis membrane modification method may result in better arsenic removal and higher water productivity than unmodified counterparts. (April 2021)
  • UNC SRP CEC hosted a professional development webinar for STEM teachers titled, Arsenic Exposure: Exploring the intersection of environmental health and susceptibility to SARS-CoV2. (April 2021)
  • Meghan Rebuli, PhD, gave oral presentations at the American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting and the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine Annual Congress. (May 2021)
  • Bevin Engelward, Sc.D., was featured in the UNC SRP and IEHS webinar series for a presentation titled, MIT SRP: Research in response to community concerns reveals a role for DNA repair in Gene-Environment interactions. (June 2021)
  • Orlando Coronell, PhD, met with members of the NC Legislature, the NC Policy Collaboratory, and Frank Leibfarth, PhD, from UNC's Chemistry Department, to discuss novel technologies for water purification, focusing on PFAS removal. (June 2021)

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