UNC Superfund Research Program Newsletter - Volume 6

We were excited to host the UNC SRP Annual Retreat in October with 45 UNC SRP team and external advisory council members in attendance. We are grateful to our external advisors for providing valuable feedback to guide our continued success.

Partnerships expand well testing project into Union County, NC

Grounded in collaboration between scientists and stakeholders, Well Empowered aims to engage vulnerable communities in well testing in Union County, NC. Clean Water for NC and researchers from UNC SRP's Project 4 advised the UNC SRP Community Engagement Core on the well testing plan.

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UNC students and staff gather to work with real-world data

Over fall break, students and staff members from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, the Curriculum in Toxicology, and Environmental Medicine gathered on campus for the PRogramming for Environmental HEalth And Toxicology (PREHEAT) Retreat.

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Trainee Talks: Mikayla Armstrong's Journey

A former UNC SRP Trainee reflects: “Being an SRP trainee gave me the opportunity to try so many things that I might not otherwise have done."
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UNC SRP study featured in NIEHS Research Brief

Kun Lu, PhD, and team assessed how arsenic alters the microbiome and how much arsenic can be dissolved into the bloodstream after being broken down by the gut.
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DMAC research featured in NIEHS Risk e-Learning webinar

Julia Rager, PhD, presented on the health risks related to chemical drivers and mechanisms of variable smoke exposure from wildfires.
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In the News

Rebecca Fry, PhD, Director, was quoted in The Well on November 3, 2022, on lead found in UNC campus fixtures, and subsequent testing efforts. (Image: UNC student conducting water sampling)
  • A publication on the link between exposure to wildfire smoke and cardiovascular harm, co-authored by Julia Rager, DMAC, and Ilona Jaspers, RETCC, was featured as NIEHS Extramural Paper of the Month. (October 2022)
  • Andrew George, CEC, was quoted by NC Policy Watch in an article detailing the slow response time from Lincoln County after the discovery of high levels of arsenic in residents’ drinking water. (September 2022)

Awards & Presentations

  • Rebecca Fry, Director, presented as part of the Emerging Issues PFAS in NC Panel hosted by the UNC Science and Policy and Advocacy Group and NC Conservation Network at UNC. (November 2022)
  • Dana Haine, CEC, received the 2022 NCSTA Non-School Setting Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the NC Science Teachers Association. (November 2022)
  • Monica Strada, CEC, received NCSTA District 3 Outstanding Science Teacher Award, and during the ceremony they specifically cited her work with UNC SRP and the Digital Interactive Notebook. (November 2022)
  • Orlando Coronell, Project 5, was invited to present at the 5th International Symposium on Physics of Membrane Processes (PMP2022) on Insights on molecule transport through polyamide films from molecular dynamics simulations. (October 2022)
  • Orlando Coronell and Christian Chung, Project 5, gave the keynote presentation titled Removing PFAS from North Carolina Waters during the University Day ceremony at UNC, Chapel Hill. (October 2022)
  • Sarah Yelton, CEC/RT, shared the Digital Interactive Notebook with ~40 teachers at the annual SciREN Triangle Networking Event hosted by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. (September 2022)
  • James Xenakis, Project 2, presented a paper detailing the interaction between inorganic arsenic exposure and body weight at the International Mammalian Genome Conference in Canada. (July 2022)

Recent Publications

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