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Understanding chemical exposure from the inside, out

We worry about our exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in our environment, our diets, our homes and workplaces. But some of those very same chemicals are actually produced inside our bodies as byproducts of normal metabolism, inflammation, infections and other metabolic processes. The challenge is to be able to differentiate whether chemical levels inside a person’s... Read more »

Finding new ways to optimize remediation of contaminated soil

Soil at many Superfund sites contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): byproducts of industrial processes such as oil and gas production or wood preservation with creosote. Some of these PAHs are potent carcinogens. One of the most effective ways to clean up these hazardous chemicals is bioremediation, a process in which contaminated soil is excavated and... Read more »

Leveraging resources to better understand chemical exposures

A joint effort between the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) and the UNC Superfund Research Program, led by Dr. Damian Shea, has led to the creation of the Southeast Global Change Monitoring Portal (GCMP). The GCMP supports the efforts of multiple state and federal agencies and other organizations by providing a centralized, comprehensive catalog of... Read more »

A Sticky Situation

The UNC SRP Research Translation Core collaborated with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to create a 900 square foot exhibit featuring the history and science of coal tar remediation at manufactured gas plants in North Carolina. UNC SRP investigators, as well as experts from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and industry, provided... Read more »

ESE master’s student develops chemical risk assessment interface

March 13, 2014 The following article, by Sara Mishamandani, is reprinted from the March 2014 issue of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ newsletter, Environmental Factor. The NIEHS article contains additional information, including a recording of Shapiro’s webinar tutorial. Andy Shapiro, a Master of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering... Read more »